design review panel members
Learn more about the members of the Waterfront Design Review Panel.
The mission of the Panel is to provide objective, professional advice to designers, developers and governments to ensure that high-quality design is a critical consideration for all of the development on Toronto’s waterfront. The Panel is expected to contribute to a culture of quality by raising the bar for builders and architects, and by maintaining a high standard of design excellence which results in a better built environment for everyone.
Visit our Design Review Panel page to read the by-laws and learn more about the role this independent advisory body plays in waterfront revitalization projects.
M.Arch., OAA Partner, WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON INC.
Since 2007, Betsy Williamson has taught graduate-level design studios at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She has also been a visiting professor of design studios at the California College of Arts and Lawrence Tech College of Architecture and Design, leading their Master Class Practitioner Series.
Partner, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.
Brigitte Shim was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1958. She was educated at the University of Waterloo where she earned degrees in environmental studies and architecture. She has worked on the west coast of Canada with Arthur Erickson and Associates, and in Toronto with Baird/Sampson Architects.
Bruce Kawabara, Chair
OAA, FRAIC, AIA, RIBA Partner, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Bruce Kuwabara is a founding partner of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, a Toronto architectural practice recognized internationally for designing civic buildings and cultural institutions that reflect a deep commitment to public life.
Founding Principal, Stoss.
Chris Reed is the founding principal of Stoss. His innovative, hybridized approach to public space has been recognized internationally, and he has been invited to participate in competitions and installations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Taiwan, and China.
M.Des., MAAPQ, FCSLA, MASLA, C.Q. Principal, Claude Cormier + Associés
After establishing an office in Montreal in 1995, Mr. Cormier developed an internationally recognized practice that extends far beyond the conventional realm of traditional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art and architecture
OAA, FRAIC, AIA Partner, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.
As both an academic and practising architect, George Baird has extensive, varied design knowledge. As an author, he has addressed issues in architectural history and theory in books as well as in articles in academic and architectural journals.
OAA AAA RAIC, Partner gh3
Pat Hanson, OAA AAA RAIC is a founding partner of gh3, a practice based on a new paradigm that explores the overlap of architecture, landscape and sustainability. She is a registered architect who has deliberately staked out a broad practice in the belief that design encompasses the entire spectrum of the built environment, designing projects which bridge beyond architecture into urban design and landscape.
Paul J. Bedford, Vice Chair
RPP, MCIP, OALA (Honourary) Urban Mentor and Retired Chief Planner, City of Toronto
As Chief Planner for the City of Toronto for eight years, Paul Bedford focused his energy on the development of new planning values, policies and processes to guide the next generation of city building in Canada’s largest city.
C.M., FRAIC, MAIBC, LEED Fellow; Managing Director, Perkins + Will, San Francisco
Since merging his Vancouver-based firm with Perkins + Will in 2004, Peter has been a driving force across the organization, directing over 100 employees working on projects across Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.