The Missing Middle Competition (Completed)

Urban Exhibitions

The Missing Middle Competition (Completed)


In 2018, the Urbanarium held an open design competition to develop and present exciting options for addressing Metro Vancouver’s affordability and social health challenges, with outstanding design and social innovation. There were four study areas, one each in Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby and Surrey. Applicants were assigned one of the study areas randomly. Each study area was around four blocks in size and competitors selected one or two single-family lots to design and provide some contextual assessment based on the study area and municipal plans and by-laws.

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Co-Chairs of Urbanarium Competition Committee

Catherine Alkenbrack, Bruce Haden

Competition Committee Members

Richard Henriquez, Marta Farevaag, Ian Grais, Sam Khany,

Andrea Smith, Veronica Gillies, Michael Mortensen

Co- Sponsors

British Columbia Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Peeter Wesik

Supporting Sponsors


Chris Dikeakos Architects

Francl Architecture

GBL Architects

Ramsay Worden Architects

Shift Architecture

Dominion Blue

UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Creative Mornings