In built form, Toronto looks at first glance like many other large North American cities. But up close, the city reflects the various and often conflicting urban planning and urban design ideas that shaped it. "Toronto made, Toronto found" explores how the city came to look like it does today -- and the processes likely to determine its future form.

Bios on the architects, urban planners, and other experts I spoke with can be found on this page below the video, along with extended selections from our interviews (coming soon).

Participants and extended interviews

Anne McIlroy

Anne McIlroy, a Principal of Brook McIlroy, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987. Anne has over twenty-five years experience as an urban designer for master plan projects across Canada and the United States, and particular expertise in the development of design standards for communities, waterfronts, universities and other institutions. She is a recognized expert in the facilitation of design workshops and public consultation forums.

Richard White

Richard White is an independent historian and author, and longstanding part-time instructor in Canadian history at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). In 2003 he was appointed Research Director of the Toronto-based Neptis Foundation, a private foundation devoted to research in urban and regional affairs, where he developed a new interest in the history of urban planning. His comprehensive history of Toronto postwar planning, Planning Toronto: The Planners, The Plans, Their Legacies, 1940-80 was published by UBC Press in 2016. He blogs on Toronto planning history at www.torontoplanninghistorian.com.

Mark Sterling

Principal of Acronym Urban Design and Planning, Mark is an award-winning architect, urban designer and professional land use planner with over 33 years experience working in the complex planning and approvals environment of the Greater Toronto Area, including as the former director of Architecture and Urban Design for the City of Toronto. In addition, he is the Director of  the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and a lecturer in the Program in Planning in the Faculty of Geography.

Extended interview coming soon

Lorna Day

Lorna Day is Director of Project Planning and Development for Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She has more than two decades of experience as an urban designer and planner with the City of Toronto, and started her career as an architect.

Extended interview coming soon

Kim Storey and James Brown

Kim Storey and James Brown founded their multi-disciplinary firm BROWN+STOREY in 1981. Employing urban designers, architects, landscape designers, technologists and visualization experts, the firm specializes in developing projects which are sensitized to current ideas of public space, recreation, heritage, economic development and infrastructure renewal. BROWN+STOREY has designed many of Toronto’s best known streets and public spaces, including the West Toronto Railpath, Yonge-Dundas Square, and the revitalization of St. George Street and College Street.

Extended interview coming soon

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