Pug Ed-now in its fourth year-is a program designed to engage senior elementary school students in architecture, design and urban development by studying the built environment that surrounds them. The 2010 Pug Ed program launched in March with 30 Grade 8 students participating from Jesse Ketchum Public School (Bay & Davenport) and Queen Alexandra Senior Public School (Broadview & Dundas).

The founders of the Pug Awards believe that a cultural appreciation for smart and responsible design can be achieved by exposing Toronto's youth to the issues, resources and professions that define the form and function of our city. The Pug Awards present a series of after-class sessions where students engage with some of Toronto's most influential professionals and organizations involved with the ongoing development of the city.

Students also enter a design competition requiring the preparation of a complete redevelopment proposal for a specific urban scenario. On June 1st at the Design Exchange in Toronto, students will make a verbal, written and visual presentation of their proposals to be judged by industry notables. Winners of the competition will receive significant educational bursaries-awarded in three levels of scholarship-and will be honoured at the Pug Awards closing ceremony on June 16th, 2010 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Pug Awards gratefully acknowledges the support of our Platinum Sponsors for their commitment to enhancing Toronto's cityscape through the promotion of innovative architecture and design. Through their advocacy of the Pug Ed youth education program, our Members' have given our city and its students an opportunity to think critically about urban environments and sparked community engagement that will resonate for generations to come. Thank you.
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