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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. 

 

Betsy Williamson, Vice Chair

M.Arch., OAA Partner, Williamson Williamson

 

Betsy Williamson is a principal in the architectural design studio of Williamson Williamson, an office founded in 2008 with her partner Shane Williamson, that is committed to using both built and unbuilt work as vehicles to explore diverse research and design agendas.

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Brigitte Shim

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.

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Chris Reed

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.

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Claude Cormier

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

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Eric Turcotte

OAA, OAQ, MRAIC, RPP, MCIP, LEED AP BD+C

 

Eric Turcotte, partner at Urban Strategies, is an Urban Designer, Architect, and Planner with over 20 years of experience in Canada, the United States and Europe. His areas of expertise include downtown revitalization plans, redevelopment of inner city neighbourhoods, large scale institutional and corporate master plans and urban design guidelines.

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George Baird

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.

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Janna Levitt

BA, B.Arch, OAA, AAA, FRAIC; Partner, LGA Architectural Partners

 

Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) in 1989. She views architecture as an essential tool for creating living, working, and learning environments that improve people's lives. Much of her work as an architect and educator has explored design's role in bringing together and enhancing diverse communities.

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Jeff Ranson

Executive Director, Toronto 2030 District

 

Since 2002, Jeff has become one of Canada’s leading specialists in market transformation strategy for sustainable urban development. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District, catalyzing action in Downtown Toronto to achieve our 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals and sits on the International 2030 District Network Board of Directors.

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Nina-Marie Lister

MCIP RPP Hon ASLA

 

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. From 2010-2014, she was Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urban Planning at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.

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Pat Hanson

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.

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Paul J. Bedford, Chair

FCIP, RPP, OALA (Honourary) Urban Mentor and Former 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.

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Peter Busby

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.

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