Masonry is one of the oldest construction materials in the world that is still being practiced. All throughout history, buildings of great importance have been and continues to be constructed with brick, block and/or stone to ensure it will endure the ages. Some of the greatest contributions to architecture are masonry and this is a tradition we want to continue. In this contest, we want to see how far innovation can push a classic set of materials. What will be the next great masonry building?


Our objective is to use progressive masonry materials to design a modern masonry concept on one of the three identified sites. How well the design integrates and complements the surrounding neighbourhood will be a consideration in judging the designs. Entries will need to:

– Incorporate brick, block and stone in design (no thin veneer)

– Are predominantly masonry

– Propose innovative use of masonry in any one of its forms
– Display an understanding of masonry and its integration in structural or facade systems
– Illustrate a good overall design for a mid-size residential building;
– Are considerate of urban context and specific site requirements;
– images must be prepped for landscape-oriented panel, 18×24 (2 max) 
Toronto site:
952 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8
Oshawa site:
66 Emma Street, Oshawa, ON L1H 1Y3
Kitchener site:
227 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 1B1


There are many examples of mid-rise buildings which are utilizing the model of multi-use place making in their respective neighbourhoods.

DUKE is an engaging 7 storey building, located in the Junction, at Dundas and Keele.

Imagined by TAS, and created by Quadrangle Architects, DUKE is a bold gesture that brings a modern sensibility to the retro neighbourhood, but in a way that both respects and complements the existing streetscape.

The building’s articulated façade plays with geometric patterns. Cantilevered living spaces carve out intimate balconies and terraces that meet expansive glazed windows. A double-height retail space on the main floor animates Dundas West with convenient neighbourhood retail.

On the north side, DUKE stands tall, projecting a confident presence on the vibrant street. On the south side, sun-filled terraces gradually step down, creating a softer façade with unobstructed views of the Junction neighbourhood. And up top, terraces wrap around single and two-storey penthouse suites, offering a phenomenal perspective of the city.

The Neighbourhoods of Oak Park’s first phase included an inviting midrise condominium called The Renaissance. Now the second phase of Oak Park’s master plan includes another elegant midrise, The Cosmopolitan. Like its predecessor, its design effortlessly bridges the traditional and the modern exteriors that create true curb appeal within a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

When home is PACE on Main, you’re just steps from inviting outdoor cafes, restaurants, theatre, movies under the stars, hopping, classic car shows, recreation and leisure opportunities plus so much more!

The perfect complement to an enchanting neighbourhood of timeless heritage architecture, beautiful tree-lined streets and a limitless offering of inviting people places, PACE on Main is truly one-of-a-kind.

More than just an address, PACE on Main is about life in the heart of Downtown Stouffville. It’s luxury and comfort and everything new — the first mid-rise condominium residence to call Main Street Stouffville home.

How to Enter

Masonry Design Contest

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    Official Rules


    New competition deadline TBA.


    Sponsor is Masonry Works, 16-5155 Spectrum Way,  Mississauga, ON.


    The Masonry Design Competition begins in September and ends in May. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest based on both innovation of design and implementation of all requested materials (brick, block and stone).


    Contest is open to any student of the University of Waterloo’s Architectural Program. Student must be majoring in architecture. Up to three students may work as a team to contribute an entry, but please note that any prize acquired will be divided evenly among team members.


    Entries should be submitted electronically via the Masonry Design Contest webpage (“Contest Page”).

    The building should be a mid-rise, multi-use structure set in 1 of 3 available sites featured on the “Contest Page”. The structure must use brick, block and stone in the design. The structure must use full-bed masonry as the principal feature and not thin veneer cladding.

    Images must be fully rendered and at a quality of at least 300 dpi. Images must feature one of the three site options with buildings not expanding beyond the parameters given.

    Images must not have been published previously in other media.

    The design, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the Contest entrant(s). By entering the Contest, entrant(s) represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted designs are an original work created solely by the entrant(s), that the image does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the image.


    The First Place winning entry will receive CDN$3,000, Second Place CDN$2,000 and Third Place CDN$1,000. All winning entries will be featured in Masonry Works’ ad campaign to promote architectural innovation within Ontario. Winning entries will also appear on Masonry Work’s website. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the contest, which will exhibit winning entries, and [a potential of] 5 runners-up. The prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative is available.

    Potential winners shall be required to sign and return within thirty (30) days following an attempted notification, an Affidavit, Declaration or Certificate of Eligibility, Liability Release, and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and Warranty of Ownership and License in which the entrant warrants that he/she is the owner of the design and grants to Sponsor and its licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest without additional compensation. Failure to execute and deliver any required documents to Sponsor by the specified deadline may result in disqualification from the Contest, and selection of an alternate potential winner.


    The contest will be judged by a panel of brick, block and stone experts representing the masonry industry in Ontario. The contest will consist of two (2) rounds of judging. The first round will select the top ten (10) entries, which will be based on innovation and aesthetic appeal of design. The second round will select the final winners, who will be determined based on their ability to creatively integrate all three materials (brick, block and stone) in the design. Contestants will be notified by email of next steps. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.


    By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: Display at a potential exhibition of winners; publications featuring select entries in the Contest; advertising which promotes masonry design.


    THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants agree that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Ontario and the forum for any dispute shall be in the Province of Ontario, Canada. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or on connection with this Contest are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the design to not be an original or to be structurally impossible.

    By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if the entrant wins that Sponsor may use the winning photographs and each winner’s name in any advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible, cannot be traced or does/do not respond within thirty (30) days to a winner notification as required by the “Contest Prizes” Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

    The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant’s identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.


    If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned from causes beyond the control of Sponsor, Sponsor will not retain any rights in the submitted images.


    Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Top 5 submissions will be notified by email.