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Ken Greenberg
Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.

Ken Greenberg is an 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, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis, 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 2014 Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. Involved in many grass roots and community initiatives he is a Board Member of Park People, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Toronto's parkls. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto where he an Adjunct Professor in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. He is also a co-founder and a Visiting Scholar at the new City Building Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto.A frequent writer for periodicals, he is 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
  • Connectivity Framework for Downtown Edmonton
  • Downtown Moves, a Plan for tranforming Ottawa's dowtown streets
His current projects include:
  • Ryerson Health Sciences, Toronto
  • Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa
  • Strategic Master Plan for Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Grange Park Renewal with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
  • Master Plan for York University, Toronto, ON
  • Master Plan for Durham College/ University of Ontario, Oshawa, ON
  • Waller Creek, Austin, Texas
  • Strategic Framework Canal District, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Master Plan for Innovation District, Durham NC
  • Master Plan for Liberty Village, Toronto
  • Master Plan for Bloor Yorkville BIA, Toronto
  • Master Plan for Gay Village at Church/Wellesley, Toronto
  • Precinct Plan for Yonge Summerhill area, Toronto
  • Urban Design Framework for SR (State Road) 520 reconstruction Seattle
  • Urban Design Framework, Daniels waterfront development project, Toronto

 

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'Universite; de Montreal, 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.

In 2010 Ken received the American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award.These Awards recognize design excellence in public and government. The 2010 Thomas Jefferson Awards honor three singularly unique practitioners who have all had a vital and positive influence on architecture's interaction with the public at large and have all exemplified the architecture profession's regenerative responsibility to make the everyday lives of the public better and earned these accolades in accordance with three award categories. Ken Greenberg, Assoc. AIA was awarded in the category of a public official or other individual who by their role of advocacy have furthered the public's awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence

Professional Background

2001 - Present

Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.

1987 - 2000

Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.

1977 - 1987

Founding Director, Division of Architecture and Urban Design, City of Toronto Planning and Development Department

1972 - 1977

Partner, Carter-Greenberg, Architects and Planners

Languages

Fluent in French and Spanish

Education

1970

Bachelor of Architecture University of Toronto

1968

School of Architecture Columbia University, New York

1966

School of International Affairs Columbia University, New York

1965

Bachelor of Arts Amherst College, Massachusetts

Selected Projects
2013

Master Plan for Gay Village at Church/Wellesley, Toronto

2013

Master Plan for Bloor Yorkville, Toronto

2013

Master Plan for Liberty Village, Toronto

2012

Master Plan Centennial College, Toronto

2012

Downtown Moves, a plan for transforming Ottawa's downtown streets 

2012

Grange Park renewal with Art Gallery of Ontario

2012

Connectivity Framework for Downtown Edmonton

2011

DiscoveryDistrict, Toronto

2011

Bank Street Community Design Plan, Ottawa

2011

Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa Streets

2010

Master Plan for Centennial College, Toronto

2010

Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa

2009

Rose Kennedy Greenway District Planning Study, Boston, MA

2009

Downtown 2021 Master Plan for Mississauga, ON

2009

Transit Hub Studies for Port Credit and Cooksville, Mississauga, ON

2009

Master Plan for York University, Toronto, ON

2008

Plans for the redevelopment of the US Postal Service site on the

 

Fort Point Channel in Boston

2008

Plans for the renewal of the Brick Bottom Inner Belt area in

 

Somerville, Mass

2007

Plans for the adaptive re-use of the Hearn, decommissioned

 

power plant in the Toronto Port Lands

2007

Strategic Planning for integration of cultural and recreational

 

resources around NY Harbor

2007

Plans for the Calgary Riverwalk on the Bow and Oxbow Rivers

2007

Plans for the Transnational Tower on Winthrop Square in Boston

2007

Development of Canada Square at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto

2007

Master Plan for Ryerson University

2007

Comprehensive Master Planning for the Lower Don Lands in Toronto

2007

Plans for the revitalization of Grange Park in Toronto in association

 

with the Art Gallery of Ontario

2006

Master Plan for the former Rockcliffe Military Base in Ottawa

2006

2010 Vision and Strategic Framework for Hartford, CT.

2006

Strategic Master Plan for Boston University.

2006

San Juan Waterfront Master Plan in San Juan, P.R.

2006

Plans for the new Don River Park in Toronto

2006

Integrated strategies for transit-oriented redevelopment

 

along the proposed new north/south LRT line in Ottawa

2006

Master Plan for the Grand Parade in Halifax

2006

Interim Chief Planner BRA (Boston Redevelopment Authority) for

 

the City of Boston MA

2005

Strategic Framework for Midtown Detroit surrounding the Detroit

 

Medical Center and Wayne State University

2005

Visiting Critic, Chinese University of Hong Kong

2005

The Preparation of a Strategic Framework, for the NoMA District

 

(north of Massachusetts Ave.) in Washington D.C.

2005

Vision for the integration of Ontario Place and Exhibition Place

 

on the Toronto Waterfront

2005

Studio Critic in Masters Program in Urban Design, University of

 

Toronto

2004

Preparation of plans for the new FilmPort (Toronto Film Studios

 

complex) on the Toronto Waterfront

2004

Master Plan for the transformation of Regent Park, Toronto

2004

Vision for the "Great River Park", Saint Paul MN

2003

The 'Big Picture for the Big Dig': the Rose Kennedy Greenway in

 

Boston

2003

Urban Design advice for the Cincinnati Center City Development

 

Corp (3CDC)

2003

Vision Plan and Policy Framework, Washington D.C.

2003

Detroit Riverwalk Design

2003

Glen Isle Waterfront Plan, Long Island, New York

2003

Piers 6-12 and Red Hook Container Terminal Master Plan,

 

Brooklyn

2003

Convention Center District Master Plan, San Juan

2002

Master Plan Downtown Fort Lauderdale

2002

East River Waterfront, Lower Manhattan

2002

North Point, Cambridge, Mass.

2002

Schuylkill River Gateway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2002

Charles Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Taubman

 

College of Architecture, University of Michigan

2001

Delaware Riverfront, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2001

Anacostia Riverfront, Washington, D.C.

2001

Adjunct Professor University of Toronto in the Masters Program

 

in Urban Design

2000

Visiting Critic in Urban Design Program at Harvard Graduate

 

School of Design, Studio on the restoration damaged portion of

 

the Venezuelan coastline

2000

Adjunct Professor University of Toronto in the Masters Program

 

in Urban Design

2000

Skyline Park, Denver, Colorado

1999

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

1999

Harbourfront Centre Master Plan, Toronto

1999

Downtown Plan for Charleston, SC

1999

University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan

1998

Director, Design Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1998

Fan Pier Redevelopment, Boston, MA

1998

Cambridge Research Park, Cambridge, MA

1998

Downtown Hartford Action Strategy

1997

Trinity College Master Plan, Hartford

1996

Downtown Reinvestment Strategy, Detroit

1995

St. Paul on the Mississippi Redevelopment Framework

1994

University of Minnesota Master Plan, Minneapolis/St. Paul

1994

East Riverside Community Plan, Windsor, Ontario

1993

Secteur du Moulon, Plateau de Saclay, France

1993

University of Western Ontario Master Plan, London, Ontario

1993

Alternative Development Standards Guideline, Ontario

1992

IJ-Oevers, Amsterdam

1991

Shaping Growth in the Greater Toronto Area

1991

Morrison Common Community Plan, Oakville, Ontario

1990

Building on Main Streets, Toronto

1990

University of Waterloo Master Plan, Waterloo, Ontario

1989

Faubourg Quebec, Montreal

1988

San Juan Waterfront, Puerto Rico

1987

Oak Park Master Plan, Oakville, Ontario

Awards

2015

Winner 2015 Ottawa Urban Design Award for the Rideau Centre/Arts Precinct Public Realm Plan 

2015

Recipient 2015 Community Innovator Award by 8-80 Cities

2014

2014 Gold Facilitation Impact Award for York University Master Plan by International Association of Facilitators

2014

Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award

2014

Canadian Institute of Planners Winner of the 2014 Awards for Planning Excellence in the category of Sustainable Mobility Transportation and Infrastructure for Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa's Streets

2014

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Citation for Downtown Moves: Transforming Ottawa's Streets

2013

 2013 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association for "Downtown Moves" for the City of Ottawa

2011

Calgary Mayor's Urban Design Award in 2011 for 'RiverWalk' with Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation.

2011

Ontario Professional Planners Institute's Excellence in Planning Award for "Lower Don Lands Framework Plan and Keating Channel Precinct Plan" in the Urban/Community Design category.

2011

Honorable Mention for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International with roadJET Architecture in joint venture with CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group.

2011

2011 Ontario Professional Planners Institute's Excellence in Planning Award for "Lower Don Lands Framework Plan and Keating Channel Precinct Plan" in the Urban/Community Design category.

2010

Institute of Transportation Engineers, Transportation Achievement Award 2010 for Lower Don Lands

2010

Civic Leadership Award for Greenway District Planning Study, presented by the Downtown North Association, Boston

2010

Certificate of Merit awarded by the Canadian National Urban Design Awards Program of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and Canadian Institute of Planners (NUDA) for the Riverwalk Master Plan, Calgary

2010

Campus Martius Park, Downtown Detroit, first winner of ULI Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award

2010

Best of Green Award winner in our Design & Architecture category, TreeHugger.com 

2010

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) National Award of Merit for the Calgary RiverWalk Master Plan 

2010

American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for public design excellence 

2010

AIA Regional and Urban Design Award for the Ryerson University Master Plan

2009

The Keating Channel Precinct of the Lower Don Lands Plan selected for' 'Best Futuristic Design Award' at the fifth annual International Building Exchange (BEX)Conference in Hamburg, Germany held in partnership with the World Green Building Council 

2008

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 2008 National Urban Design Special Jury Award - Sustainable Development for "Lower Don Lands"

2008

American Society of Landscape Architects 2008 Professional Awards "Honor Award in Analysis and Planning for Toronto Portlands Estuary: Reinventing the Don River as an Agent of Urbanism" 

2007

Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence for Vision and Master Plan

2007

"Port Lands Estuary" Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence for Large Place

2007

Neighbourhood Design, "Harbourfront Water's Edge Revitalization" Michigan ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)

2007

Design Honor Award for the Detroit RiverWalk National Honour Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for "Grand Parade/ Province House Master Plan, Halifax, Nova Scotia" 

2006

National AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design for the "NorthPoint Master Plan", Cambridge, MA 

2005

Boston Society of Architects in accordance the BSA/AIA New York Chapter Urban Design Awards Jury Special Citation for a Physical Plan to Greenberg Consultants for Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan, Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Chan Krieger & Associates 

2005

APA/NCAC (American Planning Association, National Capital Area Chapter) Award for Outstanding Work for the "District of Columbia: Vision for Growing an Inclusive City" 

2005

Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) 2005 Award for Regent Park Revitalization Urban Design Guidelines

2005

Willo von Moltke Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architect and Co-sponsored by AIA NY Chapter for NorthPoint Master Plan, Cambridge Mass in collaboration with CBT Architects, Boston

2005

American Institute of Architects, AIA Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design for Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan, Washington D.C.

2004

American Planning Association, Outstanding Planning Award for a Plan, 2004 for Near Southeast Urban Design Framework, Washington D.C.

2003

Canadian Institute of Planners 2003 Excellence Award for Regent Park Revitalization Plan

2003

Recipient of the Places Magazine/EDRA award for Planning for The Southwest Waterfront plan

2002

Recipient of AIA Honor award in Planning and Urban Design for Skuylkill Gateway project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2002

Recipient of Special Achievement Award from the International Downtown Association (IDA) for the New Center Economic Development Plan, Detroit, Michigan

Teaching

Ryerson University,Toronto, Co-founder and a Visiting Scholar
University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Arhitecture, Landscape and Design, Adjunct Professor 
Universty of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Affilate Masters of Urban Design Program
York University, Toronto
University of Waterloo
University of Toronto
Universite de Montreal
Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax
Graduate School of Design, Harvard
Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas
UC Berkeley
University of Pennsylvania
Chinese University, Hong Kong
Bard Graduate Center, NY
University of Michigan

 

 

Professional Associations

Fellow, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Fellow, Toronto Society of Architects
Fellow, Institute for Urban Design
Associate Member, American Institute of Architects
Member, Urban Design Forum

Voluntary Boards: Honorary Board Member, Council for Canadian Urbanism; Park People; Centre for City Ecology; Advisory Board Urban Land Institute (ULI) Ontario Chapter 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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