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Make Rental Happen Challenge

Make Rental Challenge and Housing Symposium

The Regional Municipality of York in partnership with the Human Services Planning Board (HSPB) congratulates all teams who participated in the 2014 Make Rental Happen Challenge. The awards were announced at an awards and housing symposium on Friday, June 20 in Richmond Hill. Watch the videos below of the jury deliberations and the top entries for the Challenge.

Winners of the Make Rental Happen Challenge:

Brick, Mortar, and Iron from the University of Guelph included Daniel Foch and Kyle Foch. “Think Outside the Box” took home first place and $5,000

Honourable mentions

Institute Without Boundaries from George Brown College included Robert Iacocca, Helaena Parkes, Devin Sager, Francesca Anderson, Andrea Herrera Betancourt, and Theresa Kienitz. “Habi House” received an honourable mention and $1,000 in prize money

EAT: Emerging Architectural Thinkers from Yale University included Cecilia Hui. Cecilia’s “The Community Towers” also received an honourable mention and $1,000 in prize money

We thank all of those who participated across North America.

  • Baire Developments from the University of Saskatchewan included Andrew Pan, Joshua Steinhauer, and Wendi Sun
  • The Housing Puzzlers from Queens University included Cian O’Neil-Kizoff, Jenna Thibault, Natasha MacDonald, Holli Poholka, Randi Newtown, and Diane Tan
  • DHA from the University of Manitoba included Daryl Holloway
  • TMI from the University of Toronto included Tneshia Pages and Matthew Innocente

Jury Members

In addition to potential financial awards, entering this challenge gives students an opportunity to capture the attention of a five member jury panel of leading public and private sector professionals. Student submissions will be evaluated by the jury resulting in first place, second place, and third place winners.

  • Valerie A. Shuttleworth, MCIP, RPP - Director of Long Range Planning, The Regional Municipality of York, Ontario
  • Daniel H. Leeming, BA, Dip CP, MES, FCIP, RPP - Urban Planning and Design, Founding Partner of The Planning Partnership
  • Ralph Giannone, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC - Principal, Giannone Petricone Associates Inc
  • Don Pugh - Vice President, The Daniels Corporation
  • Brian Topp - Partner, Kool, Topp & Guy Public Affairs

Rental Happen Challenge Sponsors

The Human Services Planning Board of York Region would like to recognize all of the proud supporters of the Make Rental Happen Challenge.

Make Rental Happen Challenge Awards Sponsor

Thank you to IBM Canada Ltd. for supporting the Make Rental Happen Challenge as the presenting sponsor for the awards event.

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Make Rental Happen Challenge Awards Sponsor

The Human Services Planning Board of York Region is hosting an awards ceremony to recognize winners of the challenge followed by a full day symposium. Please stay tuned for more event details.

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Make Rental Happen Challenge In-Kind Media Sponsors

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