2021 Golden Leaf Award Entry Form

The window for submissions is now open.

Submission deadline is 5pm EST on Tuesday, April 7, 2021.

Awards Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 4pm. The location to be determined. The awards ceremony will be for 2020 AND 2021 winners!

This year’s categories are:

  • Adaptive Re-use (large scale) (old building, new design) – innovative new designs applied to existing properties either residential or commercial, especially Durham’s historic resources – over 20,000 SF or over 10M
  • Adaptive Re-use (small scale) (old building, new design) – innovative new designs applied to existing properties either residential or commercial, especially Durham’s historic resources – under 20,000 SF or under 10M
  • Large Development – new construction, conversions, or improvements to either a mixed-use property, or commercial property over 12,000 square feet
  • Small Development – new construction, conversions, or improvements to either a mixed-use property, or commercial property below 12,000 square feet
  • *New for 2021! Multi-Family Development innovative design for new construction, renovation, or restoration of a multi-family residential building containing five units or more
  • Hearth and Home (single-family development) – innovative design for new construction, renovation, or restoration of a single-family house or residential building containing four units or fewer
  • *New for 2021! – Placemaking – creative and fun Durham-focused designs that address public spaces to make them unique, useful, and memorable. This includes a wider variety of spaces such as alleyways, parks, community playgrounds, and art installations.
  • *New for 2021! – COVID-Inspired Creative Adaptation – small projects or interventions that directly respond to COVID restrictions from February 2020 on, these projects can be temporary or permanent but solve a unique need for the community (restaurants, businesses, or others).
  • Garden and Landscape – landscaping, personal border gardens, or community entrance projects, which have consistently maintained high standards of appearance and upkeep, contributing to resource conservation, the preservation of Durham’s natural resources and trees, and demonstrating respect for existing features of the land
  • Keep Durham Beautiful – given to a volunteer or group of volunteers for projects, programs, or events, that impact a Durham community or neighborhood, and address Keep Durham Beautiful’s mission to support volunteer efforts to:
  • beautify the natural environment
  • prevent or reduce litter and/or
  • advance efforts to reduce waste through reducing, re-using, or recycling
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