Capital Design Guidelines

The Capital Design Guidelines have been developed to provide a clear and consistent understanding of “design excellence” in the National Capital Region. 

These guidelines are intended to clarify the NCC’s expectations for the quality of spaces, facilities, architecture and structures of national importance, in keeping with its planning and stewardship mandate.

The Capital Context

The National Capital Region is located on the ancestral territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg nation. Located at the confluence of three major rivers, the region was first established as a place of gathering and trade by Indigenous peoples over 8,000 years ago. In recent history, it has become a thriving metropolis and modern international capital.

The quality of the Capital experience relies on the development of places of high physical quality, which protect and showcase its exceptional natural and cultural features, and create a strong sense of place and meaning. The Capital’s valued features include cultural and natural landscapes, historic sites, and iconic buildings and monuments of international significance. The National Capital Region’s heritage assets are evidence of Canada’s rich and varied history, and they showcase its diverse and evolving legacy, from traditional and ongoing Indigenous culture to modern symbols of achievement.