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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. 


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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Bruce Kawabara

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.

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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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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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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

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.

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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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