Sea2City Design Challenge


Sponsor: City of Vancouver, BC, Canada
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Type: RfQ, invited, prequalifications
Eligibility: Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners
Fees: none
Language: English
Process: Two (2) firms will be selected to:
• Provide a comprehensive design package for a preferred conceptual coastal flood management approach for two sites in False Creek (each Design team will be responsible for two sites).
• Provide illustrative concepts showing where future coastal flood management approaches and/or structures could be developed along the currently unprotected portions of the False Creek shoreline.
• Participate in 1-day, inter-team design charrette at the conclusion of the Sea2City to apply lessons learned through the challenge process to a fifth site.
• Produce a final set of materials designed to inspire and inform the community and the City.


The amount budgeted for the professional fees and valued parks and public spaces. for Sea2City is between $175,000 and $225,000 per team. Total fees include all applicable taxes and expenses, including travel.


13 July 2021 – Registration deadline for prequalifications
Design Challenge:
To help inform a framework and vision to guide urban development and ecological revitalization in Vancouver’s False Creek floodplain, a highly valued and constrained urban waterway in the heart of the city. The innovative and exciting design challenge will engage two multidisciplinary teams to work co-operatively with the City of Vancouver and project partners to:

• Explore coastal adaptation approaches that respond to the social equity, economic, and ecological challenges posed by sea level rise and coastal flooding.
• Investigate coastal adaptation approaches for sea level rise beyond 1 metre.
• Expand the City’s toolbox of coastal flood management approaches.
• Increase public awareness of climate change and sea level rise.


To register for the prequalification documentation, go to:

All enquiries regarding this process must be addressed to:
Harinder Kainth, Contracting Specialist