We are problem solvers who can help achieve successful outcomes for the full range of urban opportunities.

Urban Strategies® has always balanced public and private sector work and taken a strategic approach to city building.

What we do:

  • Master Planning
  • Urban Design Guidelines
  • Urban Transportation
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Visioning
  • Regional Growth Management
  • Waterfront Master Planning
  • Sustainable Community Planning and Design
  • Engagement / Consultation
  • Campus Planning (colleges, hospitals, institutions)
  • Parks and Open Space Planning
  • Green Cities
  • City Management / Smart Cities
  • Brownfield Regeneration
  • New Community Plans
  • Community Planning
  • Development Approvals
  • Mid-sized City Strategies
  • Plans of Subdivision
  • Policy Analysis
  • Competition Management
  • Model Making
  • 3D Renderings and Animation
  • Shadow Studies
  • Site Analysis & Regulatory Review
  • Expert Testimony
  • Zoning By-Laws & Official Plans

How we’re different:

We are focused exclusively on communities, cities and regions of all sizes. Individually, we each have a passion for different aspects of city-building, such as TOD, planning policy, campuses, waterfronts, public engagement — but these are overlapping interests. We work to put them together.

Tackling complex issues

Cities are complicated. We lead complex projects in cities all over the world. Clients benefit from fresh eyes and understanding of global best practices, with no preconceived approach or end solutions envisioned. We try and make the complicated simple.

What we don’t do:

We are strategists first. While our staff includes architects and landscape architects, we do not practice architecture or landscape architecture.  Our focus on the larger strategic picture means we can see the forest for the trees. Our plans identify a set of city-building elements that collectively and incrementally work together to catalyze change.

History 

Since the beginning our goals have been to work hard, have fun, and create better urban environments.

What started as a small partnership in 1986 has grown over three decades, into a firm with 50+ staff and an international portfolio.

The firm planted some of the first seeds of the ongoing urban renaissance in North America and the UK with groundbreaking studies on downtown living, intensification and urban regeneration. We also guided many landmark developments in Toronto and beyond. Today, Urban Strategies® continues to build on its international reputation as it takes on a diversity of urban challenges across North America and abroad.

Awards & Recognition

Since its founding in 1986, Urban Strategies has been recognized with over 80 awards from local, national and international organizations.

Year Award project
2014 OPPI Award for Excellence in Planning: Urban/Community Design Humbertown Master Plan
2014 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Awards - REBUILD Excellence in Project Development: Building Scale Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
2014 Waterfront Center - Excellence on the Waterfront Awards Punggol: The Sustainable Waterfront Town in the Tropics
2014 Alberta Professional Planners Institute Award of Merit McKernan-Belgravia Station Area Redevelopment Plan
2014 Singapore Institute of Architects Architectural Design Awards Special Categories - Bidadari Estate Master Plan
2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Merit Award in Sustainable Mobility Transportation & Infrastructure Complete Streets for Niagara
2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence Neighbourhood Planning Alexandra Park Revitalization Plan
2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards of Excellence City & Regional Planning Waterloo Region Central Transit Corridor
2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada National Urban Design Awards Certificate of Merit Urban Design Plans Region of Waterloo Central Transit Corridor – Community Building Strategy
2014 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Merit Award Orillia Downtown & Waterfront Revitalization Plan
2013 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence Casey House Municipal Approvals
2013 OPPI Award for Excellence in Planning: Municipal Statutory Planning Studies, Reports & Documents Downtown Guelph Secondary Plan
2013 OPPI Award for Excellence in Planning: Research/New Directions Downtown Toronto Tall Buildings Study
2013 OPPI Award for Excellence in Planning:Urban and Community Design University of Guelph Campus Master Plan
2013 Canadian Institute of Planning Excellence Merit Awards Rural/Small Town Planning Orillia Downtown Tomorrow
2013 Canadian Institute of Planners Planning Excellence Merit Awards Urban Design Eglinton Crosstown Design Framework
2012 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence in Planning Publications Transit-Supportive Guidelines for Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation
2012 Ontario Provincial Planners Institute Award of Excellence Communications/Public Education Transit-Supportive Guidelines for Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation
2012 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Willis Award for Innovation Plan SJ - Saint John’s New Municipal Plan, City of Saint John, NB
2012 Canadian Institute of Planners Honourable Mention City and Regional Planning Plan SJ - Saint John’s New Municipal Plan, City of Saint John, NB
2012 Canadian Institute of Planners, Honourable Mention, Neighbourhood Planning Downtown Sudbury Master Plan & Action Strategy
2012 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Merit Public Space and Streetscape Master Plan for Etobicoke Centre
2011 Planning Institute of British Columbia Award for Small Town & Rural Planning Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy
2011 Alberta Urban Municipal Association Innovator Communities Award City of Red Deer Environmental Master Plan
2011 Atlantic Planners Institute Award for Excellence, Physical Plan & Design Eastern Gateway Waterfront Master Plan, Charlottetown, PEI
2010 U.S. International Film & Video Festival Award, Certificate for Creative Excellence Vaughan Tomorrow: A Vision for Transformation
2010 Canadian Socienty of Landscape Architects National Honour Award in Planning & Analysis Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan, Ontario
2010 Society of American Architects Medallion of Honor for Design Excellence Brooklyn Bridge Park
2010 Society of Registered American Architects, Medallion of Honour Brooklyn Bridge Park
2010 Ontario Professional Planners Award for Excellence in Planning The Plan for Kerr Village, Oakville
2009 CIP Award in Neighbourhood Planning - Honourable Mention Bridgepoint Health Master Plan
2009 CIP Award for Planning Excellence in Planning Studies Brantford Downtown Vision & Masterplan
2009 OPPI Award fro Communications and Public Education Vaughan Tomorrow: A Vision for Transformation
2009 OPPI Planning Studies/Reports Award Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan
2009 Heart & Stroke Foundation Healthy Communities Award Ottawa Escarpment Area District Plan
2009 CIP Award for Planning Excellence The Big Move Regional Transit Plan, Metrolinx
2009 APA New York State Chapter, Award of Excellence for Comprehensive Planning Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan
2009 CSLA Award - Regional Honour Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan
2008 Design Exchange Award of Excellence in Urban Design Cornell Comprehensive Campus Master Plan
2008 Niagara Community Design Award for Policy and Plans The Queenston Secondary Plan, Niagara-on-th-Lake
2008 ULI Global Award for Excellence National Ballet School of Canada & Radio City
2008 CIP Award of Excellence for Neighbourhood Planning The City of Saint Paul Central Corridor Development Strategy
2008 CIP Award for Excellence for Planning in Urban Design St. Louis Gateway Mall
2007 City of Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence National Ballet School of Canada & Radio City
2007 APA, Minnesota Chapter, Honor Award The City of Saint Paul Central Corridor Development Strategy
2007 OPPI Award for Excellence King Edward Precinct Strategy, University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan
2007 Greater Toronto Homebuilders/Urban Development Institute Low Rise Project of the Year Don Mount Court Redevelopment
2007 APA Daniel Burnham Award Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
2007 CIP Award for Planning Excellence Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
2007 OPPI Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
2007 CIP Award Lower Don Vally Vision & Master Plan, Sheffield
2007 APA Public Outreach Award Youngstown Ohio Vision
2004 ASLA Award of Excellence for Planning and Analysis Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Stragegy 2020
2006 CSLA Award for Planning and Analysis Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Stragegy 2020
2006 CIP Award Canada's Capital: Core Area Sector Plan
2006 London Planning Award Silvertown Quays Masterplan and Design Code
2005 CIP Award for Planning Excellence Silvertown Quays Masterplan and Design Code
2005 Waterfront Center Honor Award Silvertown Quays Masterplan and Design Code
2005 APA, New York Upstate Chapter, Outstanding Planning Award Niagara Falls Strategic Master Plan
2004 CIP Paul Bedford Award for Planning Excellence Saint John Inner Harbour Land Use Plan and Implementation Strategy
2004 OPPI Excellence in Planning Award CAMH Master Plan
2004 CIP Paul Bedford Award for Planning Excellence CAMH Master Plan
2003 Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award Sarasota 2050 (with Glatting Jackson)
2003 OPPI Award for Planning Excellence Transformation AGO Open House
2003 OPPI Award for Planning Excellence Brock University Campus Plan
2002 CIP Peter Bloodoff Award for Planning Excellence Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto's Waterfront
2001 OPPI Central District Outstanding Planning Award & Provincial Professional Merit Award Reinvesting in Toronto: What the Competition is Doing
2001 OPPI Excellence in Planning Award Vision for the Redevelopment of the Queen Street Site, CAMH
2001 City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Award of Excellence University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan
2001 CSLA National and Regional Merit Award University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan
2001 ASLA Merit Award University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan
2000 APA Outstanding Planning Award for a Special Community Initiative The Learning Corridor, Harford, Connecticut
2000 City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Award Toronto Waterfront Plan
2000 APA, South Carolina Chapter, Outstanding Planning Project Award Charleston Downtown Plan
2000 ASLA Honor Award St. Louis Downtown Plan
1999 CIP International Grand Prize for Excellence Environmental Management and Land Use Planning for Sustainable Development, Barbados
1999 ASLA Planning Honor Award The Barbados National Park Plan, Barbados
1999 OPPI Provinicial Professional Merit Award Canada Life Assurance Head Office Campus Master Plan, Toronto
1998 OPPI, Central District, Outstanding Planning Award Oakville Uptown Core, Oakville, Ontario
1997 Waterfront Center Top Honor for Excellence on the Waterfront Award Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, St. Paul, Minnesota
1997 APA, Minnesota Chapter, Distinguished Planning Project Award Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, St. Paul, Minnesota
1996 CIP Award for Planning Excellence Making Choices: Guidelines for Alternative Development Standards
1995 Credit Valley Conservation Authority Merit Award Montgomery Village, Orangeville, Ontario
1994 OPPI Honour Award for Planning Excellence England Peel Regional Structure Study, Ontario
1994 OPPI Honour Award for Planning Excellence Speke-Garston Regeneration Plan, Liverpool
1994 Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design
1993 CIP Honourable Mention for Planning Excellence University of Waterloo Campus Master Plan, Ontario
1993 Canadian Architect Award Faubourg Quebec Community Plan, Montreal
1993 Progressive Architecture Citation Guidelines for the Reurbanisation of Metropolitan Toronto
1993 American Institute of Planners Outstanding Planning Award Guidelines for the Reurbanisation of Metropolitan Toronto
1992 CIP Honour Award Guidelines for the Reurbanisation of Metropolitan Toronto

Clients

Municipalities

Governments and Agencies

Institutions

Citizens and Cooperative Groups

Development Companies

Private Corporations