Entro Award for Placemaking Design
What to enter: any project that helps build community through design interventions. This might be a poster for an event, a website for a tourist destination, a wayfinding system for a university or the design of a retail space.




Ray Cheah RGD, Creative Director at CIFAR in Toronto

With over 20 years experience, Ray has brought his award-winning creative strategies and brand stewardship to a wide range of industries from education to healthcare to consumer tech. At CIFAR, he provides brand vision and creative leadership to the in-house design team. Ray sits on the RGD’s Certification Portfolio Evaluation Committee.

What will you be looking for from entrants?

“Exceptional design starts with the core concept of being empathic to your audience and the ability to use the creative process to solve complex communication challenges. I will be looking for projects that focus on the human experience and how the design solution will highlight the identity of a place.”


Brian Dodo RGD, Principal, BmDodo Strategic Design and CEO/Founder, MAPP Africa Inc. in Kingston, ON

BmDodo Strategic Design is an award-winning, full service, strategic design company. Since founding BmDodo Strategic Design in 1998, Brian has worked on projects for the United Nations, European Commission, OpenText, BET, Kingston General Hospital and the City of Kingston just to name a few. Brian sat on the Loyalist College Graphic Design Advisory Board and RGD Board. He currently sits on the Boards of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Sustainable Kingston.

What will you be looking for from entrants?

“The world is littered with cool, useless design. It’s important for designers to think beyond cool, to use design to address real problems. I will be looking for "Design with Purpose" and how students tackle challenges using design as the solution.”

Angie Milligan, Exhibit Designer at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC

Angie has been working in the industry for the past 15 years. She bounced around the finance and tech sectors before finding a home in non-profit. She has a BFA in Communication Design from Emily Carr University and also studied marketing and communications at BCIT School of Business.

What will you be personally looking for from the entrants to identify winning work?

Building community is about having a clear understanding of the user/audience/patron’s needs. I will be looking for design solutions that demonstrate your understanding of your target audience’s behaviour and have clear goals as to the intent of the project. Document key choices about materials, software and/or graphic elements. Overall, I will be looking for an inclusive and accessible design.

Michelle Parrish, Creative Director at Entro in Toronto, ON

Michelle brings 15 years of design experience to her projects, specializing in signage and wayfinding programs, branded environments and interpretive graphics. She has a background in fine arts, graphic design and museum exhibits. Her experience with complex transit and education projects have given her useful perspective and understanding of signage and wayfinding strategy. Michelle is passionate about addressing unique needs for various communities, including programs in multiple languages and systems that are accessible to all users.


What will I be personally looking for from the entrants to identify winning work?

“I am interested in seeing work that address the needs of our ever-changing public environments – whether those environments are physical or virtual. Design solutions should have inherent flexibility. The way people interact throughout this pandemic has changed many of the landscapes where we connect with each other. Consider how we, as designers, can create placemaking solutions that promote well-being and human connectivity, and that are flexible enough to allow for future change.”