Growing our Leadership Team

April 14, 2016

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Urban Strategies is proud to announce three new Partners, two Principals and three Staff promotions, recognizing excellence, dedication and professional leadership.



Our new promotions are:

Craig Lametti, Partner:
Craig has a track record of successfully completed and award-winning projects involving the interface of transit and community design. His high profile projects include regeneration strategies in Manchester, UK, the development of Ontario’s Transit Supportive Guidelines, the Crosstown Line in Toronto, planning for both the Green Line and Southwest LRT Corridors in Minneapolis/St.Paul, and development of the Community Building Strategy and station area plans for Waterloo Region’s 22 mile Central Transit Corridor. Read more.

Emily Reisman, Partner:
Emily specializes in master planning and policy development, with a focus on complex and significant sites and public infrastructure renewal. She frequently leads multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholder engagement strategies to develop long-term plans, such as Vaughan’s transformational Official Plan, a secondary plan for the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus and Phase 1 of Ontario Place Revitalization. Her Vision Cooksville and Growing Up Toronto projects go beyond built form to address other key elements of great communities. Read more.

Benjamin Hoff, Partner:
Benjamin takes a strategic approach to master planning, policy development and planning approvals. Recent high profile planning projects include the Queens Quay LCBO master plan, Honest Ed’s redevelopment, Vaughan’s Official Plan, Markham’s Cornell Centre Precinct Plan and numerous downtown development approvals. A leading campus planner, Benjamin’s clients include Waterloo, Guelph, UofT Scarborough, Brock, York and Cornell. He frequently assists Infrastructure Ontario, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the Toronto District School Board, Ryerson and other institutions with strategic planning. Read more.

Tim Smith, Principal:
Tim has been crafting master plans, policy plans and development strategies for downtown, suburban and campus environments for 20 years. Regeneration and intensification are themes in much of his work. He prepared downtown plans for the Ontario communities of Guelph, Orillia and Midland. His master plans for the University of Ottawa and Cornell University have won numerous awards of excellence. Tim is currently leading projects in Regina, Ottawa, Fredericton and Toronto. Read more.

Dennis Lago, Principal:
Dennis leads large-scale urban design projects spanning Canada, the U.S., the U.K, Singapore, and Malaysia, for both public and private sector clients. His work is recognized for finding practical and beautiful solutions to complex challenges facing urban environments. Dennis has delivered numerous award-winning global regeneration and waterfront projects. Current projects include the Princeton University Master Plan, the Cardiff Bay and City-Centre Revitalization in Wales, and the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan in Toronto. Read more.

Tyler Baker, Associate:
Drawing from his background in both planning and urban design, Tyler has expertly managed a range of development approvals, campus planning, and redevelopment projects in Toronto, across Canada, and abroad. Tyler has played a key role in many high profile Urban Strategies projects, including the Alexandra Park Redevelopment Master Plan in downtown Toronto and managing the urban design component of the update to Barbados’ national Physical Development Plan. Read more.

Josh Neubauer, Associate:
Josh contributes strategic thinking and strong project management to complex planning projects in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  He is the project manager for the Princeton Campus Plan project and has played a key role in Urban Strategies’ strategic planning work for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and assessing the potential expansion of Billy Bishop Airport. Josh is also contributing to the Downtown Relief Line transit project and played a key role in producing the strategic regeneration framework for Tottenham UK. Read more.

Naomi Ish-Horowicz Solomon, Office Manager
“The Voice of Urban Strategies” for the last ten years, Naomi is a warm, dynamic and resourceful individual who is our ‘go-to’ person for the smooth running of our office. She draws on her strong customer service background to support to her work colleagues in a busy work environment, utilizing a proactive and flexible approach to juggling many different priorities. Read more.