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Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel Members

Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel Members

Christine Abe

David Anselmi

Moiz Behar

David Dow
B.Sc. Arch, B.Arch, OAA, MRAIC

Andrew Frontini

Mitchell Hall

John Hillier

Harold Madi

Nick G. Poulos
P. Eng

Patrick Saavedra
B.Arch-Sci, M.Arch., MUP, OAA, RAIC

Michael Spaziani

Mark Sterling

JP Thornton

Peter Turner


Christine Abe, BLA, OALA, CSLA, ASLA
Christine Abe is an award-winning landscape architect who is well-regarded for her ability to explore design from a large-scale perspective to the finer details. A graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Christine has gained extensive experience in master planning, mixed-use and institutional developments, condominiums, streetscapes, and urban parks and waterfronts. Christine’s service and expertise has led to her longstanding role as a Principal at The MBTW Group, where she leads the Urban Landscape Team and specializes in projects with a focus on high density, urban, mixed use developments, civic and institutional landscapes, and the urban public realm.

Christine has been instrumental in the development and implementation of innovative projects involving tall buildings, intensive and extensive green roofs, urban streetscapes and ‘on-slab’ lands¬cape construction. Christine’s portfolio includes select award-winning projects such as the University of Toronto at Mississauga – Hazel McCallion Learning Centre, the Canada’s National Ballet School Project Grand Jeté - Phases 1 and 2, Hullmark Centre, BMW Canada Headquarters, and Cornell Community Centre and Library. She is currently leading the extensive on-slab redevelopment of College Park in Toronto. Christine is an active member of the landscape architecture community in Toronto and volunteers her time in academic and professional organization activities. She has participated as a visiting lecturer and critic at both Ryerson University and the University of Guelph. Christine has gained valuable experience as a juror in various design award competitions across the province, including acting previously as a panel member for the Toronto Urban Design Awards, using her expertise in the field to critique entries based on landscape architectural and urban design excellence.



David Anselmi, OALA FCSLA
David Anselmi is Director, Real Estate for Canada Lands Company CLC Limited, an arms-length, self-financing federal Crown Corporation owned by the Government of Canada. Canada Lands purchases surplus federal properties at fair market value, improves them and sells them in order to optimize their financial and community value. Canada Lands also holds and operates selected assets such as the CN Tower in Toronto.

Canada Lands Company and Downsview Park have recently amalgamated whereby Canada Lands has direct responsibility for the Real Estate development of the Downsview Lands, leveraging their experience and proven track record in community building. Downsview Park itself consists of 231.5 ha (572 ac) of land in the north-west quadrant of the City of Toronto, and in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. The vision for Downsview Park is to create a great urban community, combining significant public open space, recreation and cultural activities with residential and mixed-use neighbourhoods.

David’s primary responsibility is for the overall planning, design and implementation of all aspects of the Downsview Lands and the execution of capital projects throughout the site and its 1.7 million square feet of existing buildings. David is also involved in Real Estate planning and development activities on other projects throughout the Ontario and Atlantic Provinces region of Canada Lands.

David is Chair of the City of Toronto Public Art Commission, a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, a member of the City of Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel, and a past member of the Nathan Philip Square Revitalization Public Advisory Committee. David was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design from 1990-1997, A Past President of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects from 1996-1998 and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.


Mr. Behar has more than 35 years of experience in planning, urban design and architecture in both the private and public sectors. Following his graduation, Mr. Behar worked as an architect in the private sector until 1988. Since then, he has served in senior capacities for the former cities of Etobicoke and North York as an urban designer, architect and planner. Before establishing his own planning, development and urban design consulting firm in late 1998, Mr. Behar was the Director of Urban Design in the City of Toronto (North York) in charge of urban design and streetscaping as well as site plan approval. Through his firm M. Behar Planning & Design Inc. (MBPD), Mr. Behar is currently providing planning, development, and urban design consulting services to municipalities and other public sector clients, as well as development companies throughout the GTA and beyond.


David Dow, B.Sc. Arch, B.Arch, OAA, MRAIC
David graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Dundee, Scotland, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, where he received the graduating class award for design excellence. Throughout his career he has brought considerable design and management expertise to architectural projects of varying complexity and size. Since joining Diamond Schmitt Architects in 1999, he has managed a wide range of institutional, health-care, commercial, recreational and residential projects, including the Bahen Centre for Information Technology at the University of Toronto, the Corus Quay office building on Toronto's waterfront, the Hudson and Charlie Condominiums in Toronto, the Computer Science and Engineering Building at the University of Michigan, Varsity Stadium in Toronto and the New Research Building at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. He is currently the lead designer of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary and manager of multiple residential projects.


Andrew Frontini, OAA, NSAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C
Andrew is a Principal at Perkins+Will and the Design Director of the Toronto and Ottawa Studios. Andrew’s design approach is driven by a strong social agenda. He uses bold material expressions and considered responses to context to create space around which communities form. His designs for universities, municipalities, library systems, and commercial and corporate clients have been published internationally and recognized through numerous design awards. Andrew has taught at the University of Waterloo and serves as a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto and the Ryerson University School of Architecture. Andrew shares his passion for design through exhibitions, published articles, and speaking engagements.


Mitchell Hall, OAA, MRAIC
Mitchell Hall is a principal of KPMB Architects, where he has demonstrated a commitment to innovation, high standards of execution and craftsmanship in all aspects of his design work. His recent projects in the fields of science and healthcare create humane, community-based environments, including Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, the George Brown College Waterfront Campus and currently a project for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He has forged design strategies to promote cross-disciplinary exchange, such as the McGill University Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, the Mike and Ophelia Laziridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, and the Destination project for The University of Lethbridge, which will bring together chemistry, biology, physics, psychology and neuroscience in a single teaching and research facility. Hall was also the design associate for the new dance training centre for Canada's National Ballet School, which through an emphasis on transparency brings vitality to the surrounding neighbourhood. His current projects include the Assiniboine Park Conservatory in Winnipeg and the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court Redevelopment in downtown Ottawa. He is an invited critic at the University of Toronto, McGill University, Dalhousie University and Ryerson University.


John Hillier, OALA, FCSLA
John Hillier is a landscape architect whose interests and experience extend into the realms of urban design and planning. He joined the firm of du Toit Associates Limited in 1977 and co-founded du Toit Allsopp Hillier in 1985. Highlights of Mr. Hillier's work include Confederation Boulevard in Ottawa, light rail transit urban design in Ottawa and Toronto, landscape for the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Square One Expansion and Mississauga's new Garden Park. In Toronto, he led the firm's contribution to the Gardener Expressway dismantling, the heritage landscape plan for the Gooderham and Worts Distillery and public realm aspects of the West Don lands Precinct Plan. Mr. Hillier is currently leading the firm's work with 'West 8' on the Toronto Waterfront.


Harold Madi, BURPl, MArch, MRAIC, MCIP, RPP

Harold is an award winning thought leader on urbanism with an insightful, ‘big picture’ perspective on all aspects of evolving urban contexts from high-level regional growth policies to the details of streetscape design. He has over 20-years of experience gained in the private and public sectors, and working on projects in almost every Canadian province and territory, as well as abroad. Harold’s breadth of experience and expertise is extensive and covers a wide range of urban and suburban contexts and scales.

Harold is the former Director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto, overseeing the largest section in the Planning Division and leading staff in Civic Design, Heritage, Graphics/Visualization and Development Review units for the City’s four districts. Currently, Harold is the Principal of Urbanism by Design – providing planning and urban design services, as well as strategic advising on matters of development, city-building and placemaking. Over two decades, Harold held a number of key positions in prominent Toronto based firms, including: Senior Principal and Urban Places Canada Lead for Stantec; Partner at The Planning Partnership; founding Partner of Office for Urbanism; and, Senior Associate at Brook McIlroy. During this period Harold was also a part-time faculty member at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University.

Harold is often sought after to speak, moderate, critique or interview on matters of planning and urban design, including 25 public or professional events in the last 5 years. His articles have been published in professional journals and he contributed a chapter to the recently published Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places. Recent professional involvement includes: assisting with the founding of the Council on Canadian Urbanism; Urban Design Awards juror for the cities of Mississauga, Vaughan and Edmonton; and prior to Mississauga, he has sat on Design Review Panels for the cities of Vaughan and Toronto, as well as Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.


Nick G. Poulos, P. Eng
Mr. Poulos is a partner of Poulos & Chung Limited responsible for the direction of the firm and the management of its resources. With over 25 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering, Mr. Poulos is recognized as one of the leading experts in these disciplines. From conceptual planning, assessment of alternatives and development of functional solutions, he is able to direct the effective and efficient delivery of transportation solutions to both public and private clients. His advice is sought in the planning of communities, major developments, development of policy and planning and the delivery of infrastructure investment. Extensive projects Mr. Poulos has been involved in include, Markham Transportation Planning Study Update, Highway 407 East Transitory Station System Plan, Seaton Transportation Technical Advisor, Ministry of Housing, Markham North and Markham Centre OPA5 Lands, Markham and East Urban Community Expansion Study, Ottawa.


Patrick Saavedra, B.Arch-Sci, M.Arch., MUP, OAA, RAIC
Patrick Saavedra is the University Architect and Director, Planning, Architecture, Design and Renovations at York University. Patrick oversees approximately 200 projects a year and a number of large capital projects as it relates to Architecture, Urban Design, Planning and BIM. Patrick has a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University as well as a professional Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Planning both from the University of Michigan, and has completed studies at University of Copenhagen.

He is a member of a number of professional associations including the Ontario Association of Architects, The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada and the American Institute of Architects. He has approximately 24 years professional experience as an Architect, a Planner and an educator. Prior to working at York University, Patrick was the Director of Urban Design with Burt Hill Inc. (now Stantec) in Washington, DC, a multi-disciplinary international firm, a leader in college and university projects. Patrick has lead projects of varying scales and complexity both locally and internationally including major projects in Dubai, New York, Trinidad and Tobago, Washington DC, Boston and other international locations.

With seven years teaching experience he was also an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC teaching in the graduate program at the School of Architecture focusing on the design of complex mixed use hybrid projects; he's also been a guest critic at a number of notable architectural schools in the US and Canada. Patrick is currently an instructor at Ryerson University where he teaches foreign trained architects. Patrick continues to be involved in a number of advisory roles as a member of a number of important York University Committees as well as other design industry related advisory and tasks groups and has presented at numerous AEC related events.


Michael Spaziani, OAA, FRAIC, MES, B.ARCH
Michael Spaziani is the principal of MSAi, an architectural firm specializing in urban design. Initiated in 1986 the firm is celebrating its 21st year of practice. Mr. Spaziani commenced his architectural career winning the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal for academic excellence upon graduation from Carleton University in Ottawa. A Dean's Honour Roll member at the University of Waterloo, he has been the recipient of many urban design awards in Ontario from building projects in Oakville, Mississauga, Pickering and Brampton. His Master Plan for the Wyndfield Community in Brantford was selected as the Ontario Home Builders Community of the Year in 2003. In 2006 he was selected as a juror for the Absolute Condominium for Mississauga's 25th Anniversary Urban Design Awards program. He has shown professional community leadership volunteering for important positions such as Chairman of the Toronto Society of Architects (1989 through 1990) and Councillor for the Ontario Association of Architects (1990 through 1993). He currently sits as a volunteer for the Mississauga Heritage Committee.



Mark is an award-winning architect, urban designer and professional land use planner. His expertise in city building at multiple scales, combined with his ability to bring diverse groups of people together, make him a strong guide to the designers who collaborate to build better communities.

Mark is the Director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and a lecturer the Program in Planning in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Geography.

Mark leads major urban intensification projects in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area. He is the project lead and /or urban design lead for a number of new mixed use developments in downtown Toronto that include mid-rise buildings and "tall buildings".

He led Toronto the Toronto Community Housing's Lawrence Heights Revitalization Plan. He also led growth plan related intensification strategies for the cities of Mississauga and Markham and the Town of Newmarket; and large-scaled planning and urban design projects such as the Birchcliff Community Plan for Build Toronto and the City of Saskatoon's Public Spaces, Activity Urban Form (2012 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence, 2011 Saskatchewan Premier's Award for Excellence in Design).

Mark was the Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the pre-amalgamation City of Toronto (1996-97). He has been a longstanding contributor to Toronto's waterfront revitalization, leading Waterfront Toronto's Port Lands Implementation Strategy and urban design components of the City of Toronto's Central Waterfront Secondary Plan (2002 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence) and a series of waterfront transit related environmental assessments. Mark was the urban design lead for Waterfront Toronto's West Don Lands Public Realm Plan, which has achieved Stage 1 LEED ND Gold.

Mark is a founding member of the Inaugural Urban Design Advisory Panel for the City of Mississauga, a past member of the City of Ottawa Urban Design Review Panel, jury member of the Mississauga and Markham Urban Design Awards and former vice-chairman of the Toronto Society of Architects.


JP is a Principal and Sector Leader at Kasian with over 23 years of experience in urban design and architectural practice. His valuable expertise in the fields of Commercial, Tourism, Exhibition Design, Residential, Corporate, Heritage and Transit Architecture has taken him to two continents, five countries and numerous cities worldwide, JP trained and practiced for 10 years as an Architect in the UK after which he spent 10 years leading a firm with offices in Vancouver and Seattle prior to moving to Mississauga and Stantec in 2012. JP's projects demonstrate his experience in creating innovative community based environments founded around people friendly design. JP's focus is to match land use with mobility and has lead the development of several million square feet of commercial development including one of the largest privately funded Transit-Oriented Developments in North America. Some of his speaking engagements include the City of Vancouver's Eco Density Series (The Development of Parking), The Planning Institute of B.C.'s AGM (The realities of Transit-Oriented Development) and Toronto's Revitalizing Downtowns Summit (How to implement and Develop Attractive Communities for Growth).


Peter Turner, B. Arch., MCP Urban Design, OAA, AAPEI, NSAA, AAA, MAIBC, FRAIC, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP, CanBIM BP1
Peter Turner is founder and a principal at Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. Turner Fleischer works in residential, commercial and mixed-use projects in a variety of scales, each having planning and design challenges. Peter, with his partners and associates, provides the firm with overall leadership. He focuses on urban design, site planning and design for projects from inception through approvals and development. The firm supports continuing education in which Peter mentors staff in various forums and manages the exploration tours program, including repeat visits to Mississauga. The firm is also active in the City of Mississauga with several major recent and current mixed-use residential projects for which Peter made Mississauga UDAP presentations. Peter has experience in many municipalities, with a record of fitting innovative and efficient new and infill development into communities. He has sat with the University of Waterloo Pragma Council, has been a panel member on the City of Vaughan Design Review Panel since 2015 and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects Practice Committee.