In 2005, Toronto Community Housing formed a Design Review Panel for Regent Park as part of that community’s Revitalization. This panel was formed to set a new standard of architectural and design excellence for the buildings built as part of Revitalization.
Toronto Community Housing currently has a number of Revitalization projects underway in various stages of planning approvals or implementation. Building on the success of design review in Regent Park, Toronto Community Housing has now expanded the panel to include all
How design review works
The Design Review Panel supports staff in delivering design quality by giving input on public and private realms, from parks and open spaces to streets and other infrastructure, in addition to the buildings themselves.
Design quality is measured by the aesthetic qualities of building design as well as how the architectural designs uphold Revitalization objectives. These objectives include:
- Building inclusive communities
- Improving the physical environment of our residents’ lives in mixed-income communities
- Producing functional buildings that support our operational goals as a landlord
- Creating market value with our development partners
The Design Review Panel meets on an as-needed basis. For a project to move forward, the panel needs to reach a consensus in support of the proposal.
The panel is an independent body to guide and provide input into Toronto Community Housing’s Revitalization initiatives throughout the City of Toronto. It is officially recognized by the City and acts in an advisory capacity to Toronto Community Housing. It is in no way intended to replace the City of Toronto’s regulatory approval process.
Design Review Panel membersThe new members of the Design Review Panel were selected in late spring 2015. There is now 1 panel with 12 members. The new panel started their term in June 2015. The new members are as follows:
Panel ChairLeslie Gash, Chair, Vice President, Development (Interim), Toronto Community Housing
Alan Waterhouse, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning, University of Toronto
Andre D’Eila, Principal, Superkul Architects
Anne McIlroy, Principal, Brook McIlroy
Antoine Belaieff, Director, Regional Planning, Metrolinx
David Anselmi, Director, Canada Lands Company
David Leinster, Partner, The Planning Partnership
Gunta Mackars, Principal, Stantec Consulting
Ken Greenberg, Principal, Greenberg Consultants
Paul Bailey, Student, York University
Roland Rom Colthoff, Director, RAW Architects
Shirley Blumberg, Partner, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Sybil Wa, Architect, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Meetings in 2017
Meetings in 2016
Meeting locations and agendas will be posted when available.
Please email the Design Review Panel Secretary Joanna Kolakowska at email@example.com for more information about Design Review Panel meetings.
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