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Course Description

Join fellow professionals for stimulating roundtable dialogues and a design charrette on urban design theories, process and products. Through case studies from local and international projects, participants will explore practical paradigms for planning and developing urban and suburban developments.

Participants will hear from a multidisciplinary team of experts in the field of urbanism as they discuss topics such as urban design in context, theories and paradigms in developing new communities and urban intensification. Focusing on the city, there will also be discussions on the planning history of Ottawa,  Ottawa’s Greenfield development, and Ottawa’s recent experiences in urban intensification. The course will culminate with a Design Charrette on an intensification and/or greenfield site in Ottawa.

This course is designed for architects, landscape architects, engineers and any other professionals interested in urbanism and especially in the city of Ottawa. If you work with planners, then this course would give you the base knowledge that you need.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course for the continuing education hours.

Course Structure:

The class size is limited to 25 people. This is a great opportunity to mingle with the academics and expert practitioners through discussions and design exercises, etc. in a small group setting. Participants will have opportunities to network over coffee during each class. There will also be a catered lunch on the last day of the program.

Dates: Saturdays: April 29, May 6
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Location: Architecture Building, Carleton University


$800 + HST

Program fee includes all materials and lunch.

We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund all paid registrations should the minimum number of registrations not be met.

Eligibility Requirements:

This program is designed for architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, graduate students and/or other professionals interested in the discourse in urbanism. Please note that this is a non-credit course therefore no university credit would be earned.


Course Schedule

April 29 May 6
8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Introduction 
9:00 – 10:15: Urban design in Context

Presenter:  Randolph Wang

Urban intensification – theories and paradigms 

Presenter: Ben Gianni

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break/Q and A
10:30 – 11:45: Planning history of Ottawa

Presenter: David Gordon

Urban intensification – Ottawa’s recent experiences

Presenter: Randolph Wang

11:45 – 12:00: Q and A
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch Lunch /Introduction of design charrette 

Presenter: Randolph Wang

12:30 – 13:45: Developing new communities – theories and paradigms

Presenter: Ben Gianni

Design charrette 
Presenters: Ben Gianni, Randolph Wang
13:45 – 14:00: Coffee Break/Q and A
14:00 – 15:15: Developing new communities – Ottawa’s Greenfield development

Presenter: Donald Morse

15:15 – 15:30: Q and A
3:30 – 4:00:  Feedback

Course Coordinators

Randolph Wang, MCP, MCIP, RPP

Randolph WangRandolph Wang is a Registered Professional Planner and a senior urban designer with the Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Development of the City of Ottawa. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (major in urban planning) from Tongji Univerisity in Shanghai and a Master of City Planning Degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Randolph has extensive experience in downtown and mainstreet revitalization, waterfront redevelopment, transit-oriented development, public realm improvements, infill, as well as new town and suburban design. His current practice at the City of Ottawa has included development review and policy development. He has involved in the preparation and review of some of the City’s urban design policy documents and guidelines, and is a lead urban designer of a number of community planning and urban design studies. During his tenure as a senior planner at the Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute in the 1990s, Randolph completed a number of high-profile planning and urban design studies that contributed to the transformation of that city.

Randolph is a member of the Urban Design/Urban Habitat Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and the Urban Forum steering committee. He is also a frequent urban design critic engaged in the review of student works at local colleges.


 Benjamin Gianni

Photo of Ben GianniBenjamin Gianni is an Associate Professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University where he heads the Urbanism program. Mr. Gianni received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Arch. from Yale University.  He served as Director of the School of Architecture at Carleton University from 1992-2000 and Director of the School of Information Technology from 2003-2006.

Professor Gianni’s research interests focus on the areas of housing and urban development.  Of particular interest is public housing constructed in the decades following WWII in Europe and North America, and its redevelopment from the 1990s onward.  He is currently finishing a book on pre-WWII suburbanization in Pittsburgh, comparing the form of automobile suburbs from the 1920s with the streetcar suburbs that preceded them.   His research also includes urbanization, suburbanization and a study of large-scale housing ensembles in contemporary China, questioning the legacy of modernism and its transposition to different cultural and temporal contexts.


Donald Morse, M.Pl., M.C.I.P., R.P.P.

Mr. Morse spent twenty-eight years as Senior Planner and Senior Urban Designer for the City of Ottawa and previously, the City of Vanier. His work included: a) all aspects of urban design relating to suburban, rural and urban development, b) policy planning relating to the first comprehensive Official Plan for the City of Ottawa and the City of Vanier Official Plan, c) the preparation and management of Community Design Plans for Riverside South, Lees Transit Station, Richmond Village, Beechwood Avenue and Uptown Rideau and d) comprehensive streetscape implementation strategies for Hazeldean Road and various streets in Vanier. Prior to that, Mr. Morse was a Community Planner in Sudbury, Ontario, a Regional Planner in Grande Prairie, Alberta and a Subdivision Planner in Ottawa. Mr. Morse has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is a retired Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.


Dr. David L.A. Gordon, FCIP, RPP, AICP, P.Eng

David Gordon is Professor and Director of the Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. He holds the D.Des from the Harvard GSD and has also taught at Toronto, McGill, Western Australia, Harvard and Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to becoming a professor, David was a principal in a prominent Toronto design firm  and a manager in a waterfront redevelopment agency, twice sharing CIP national awards. His latest research includes Town and Crown: An Illustrated history of Canada’s Capital and comparison of Canadian and Australian suburbs.



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