Perimeter Director Neil Turok and Chief Operating Officer Michael Duschenes received the award on behalf of the Institute during a presentation at a council meeting on June 18, 2012. The announcement was preceded by a reception and tours at Perimeter Institute.
Perimeter's facility at 31 Caroline Street North, opened in 2004, was the recipient of the William G. Dailey Award of Excellence. This award honours Mr. William (Bill) G. Dailey, a former long-standing member of the City of Waterloo Site Plan Review Committee and former teacher at the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture.
The City of Waterloo decided to reinstate the Urban Design Award program, which had been popular prior to its discontinuation in 2000, with the 2012 awards covering projects approved and constructed between 2000 and 2010. The program recognizes industry leaders that have achieved the highest standard of design excellence based on the City's urban design objectives and through an Urban Design Jury review process. In total, the City received 26 nominations for the 2012 awards and the jury selected eight winners for the various awards in the program.