Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.
Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, founding partner of Urban Strategies Inc., and now Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit and San Juan Puerto Rico have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life. With over three decades of experience, he has managed large multi-disciplinary staff and consultant groups for both the public and private sectors. He applies a holistic approach to city building, crossing traditional boundaries and working in team settings collaborating with many talented professionals from a variety of disciplines. In each city, with each project, his strategic, consensus-building approach has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design. He is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for public design excellence and the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder published by Random House.
Some of Ken's most significant engagements include:
- Lower Don Lands, planning for the mouth of the Don River at Toronto Harbour, addressing urban design, transportation, naturalization, sustainability and other ecological issues, Toronto, ON
- Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, Saint Paul, MN
- Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River, New York, NY
- East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan, New York, NY
- Fan Pier, Boston, MA
- Southwest and Southeast Waterfronts, Washington, D.C.
- Vision Plan for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
- Master Plan for the NoMA District (North of Massachusetts Avenue), Washington, D.C.
- Kendall Square and NorthPoint Master Plans, Cambridge, MA
- Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action Strategy, Hartford, CT
- Strategic Framework for Midtown Detroit, Detroit, MI
- Harbourfront Center Master Plan, Toronto, ON
- FilmPort Toronto Film Studios complex on the Toronto Waterfront, Toronto, ON
- Interim Chief Planner, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
- Crossroads Initiative integrating the 'Big Dig' and Rose Kennedy Greenway with the city, Boston, MA
- Calgary Riverwalk along the Bow and Elbow Rivers, Calgary, Alberta
- Master Plan for Adaptive Re-Use of the Hearn Power Plant, Toronto Port, Toronto, ON
- Master Plan for Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
- Master Plan for University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN
- Master Plan for Trinity College, Hartford, CT
- Master Plan for University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
- Master Plan for the Renewal of Regent Park, a major public housing project in Toronto
His current projects include:
- Master Plan for Centennial College, Toronto
- Discovery District, Toronto
- King Portland Adelaide Bathurst Block, Toronto
- Ryerson Health Sciences, Toronto
- Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa
- Bank Street Community Design Plan, Ottawa
- Downtown Moves - Transforming Ottawa Streets
- Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa
- Southeast Inlet Development Plan, Atlantic City
- Updating Regina's Official Community Plan
- Vancouver Peer Review
- Strategic Master Plan for Boston University, Boston, MA
- Grange Park Renewal with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
- Downtown 2021 Master Plan for Mississauga, ON
- Master Plan for York University, Toronto, ON
Ken is a frequent lecturer and teacher in both North America and Europe, inspiring professionals and students in thinking about the demographically diverse, post-industrial city. He has been the Charles Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Taubman School at the University of Michigan and taught Masters studios in urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Toronto, L'Université de Montréal, UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent contributor to the Mayor's Institute for City Design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Institute of Architects, the Toronto Society of Architects and the Institute for Urban Design as well as a frequent participant in the Mayors Institutes. His work has garnered awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners, Progressive Architecture, the City of Toronto, the Canadian Architect, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects.