Design Experts for City of Vaughan’s Design Review Panel
The City of Vaughan is seeking design professionals to serve as a volunteer member of the Design Review Panel. Design excellence plays a key role in meeting future challenges for city development and serves as a basis for creating a more livable and beautiful city. High quality design of the buildings in which we live and work and the public realm in which we gather, move about and recreate is important to help Vaughan achieve its cultural, social, economic and environmental objectives. The Design Review Panel provides a valuable voice for design and a leadership role for design professionals within the development approvals process to promote the creation of an animated public realm, an attractive and pedestrian-oriented built form and sustainable and green building design.
In its advisory role, the Design Review Panel provides expert, professional advice to City Planning staff on proposed high density, infill, heritage and/or complex public and private developments. The Panel will act as an independent advisory body to the Planning Department to assist in achieving high quality architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, transportation planning and environmental sustainability in development.
The Panel will be comprised of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and transportation engineers/planners to ensure a balanced mix of professionals with appropriate expertise in city building and integrated design projects.
All Panel members must be registered members in good standing with their respective professional associations: Ontario Association of Architects; Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and /or the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects; Ontario Professional Planners Institute; and the Professional Engineers of Ontario or Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Panel members should be recognized experts in their fields with a minimum of 15 years of practice. LEED certification is an asset. Expertise in the following is encouraged:
- high quality design and sustainable development
- range of project scales and types, including large scale development; local and international
- master planning
- peer review
- communicating effectively and impartially within a multidisciplinary panel
Members of the Design Review Panel will participate for a minimum 2 year term, and meetings are scheduled on the last Thursday morning of every month excluding December and July.
Conflict of Interest
Panel members will not be excluded from bidding and carrying out work on projects in the City of Vaughan which are reviewed by the Panel. Where a conflict exists, Panel members will be required to declare the conflict and not participate in the review of that project.
The Panel’s Terms of Reference and Protocol can be found at: https://www.vaughan.ca/services/business/urban_design/design_review_panel/General%20Documents/DesignReviewPanelTermsofReferenceProtocol_2017.pdf
How and When to Apply
Interested candidates need to submit a cover letter summarizing their qualifications, experience, and briefly explain why they are interested in Vaughan’s Design Review Panel and their CV, by Friday December 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Submissions should be sent via email or mail to:
Rob Bayley, Manager of Urban Design & Cultural Heritage
City of Vaughan, Development Planning Department
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, Ontario L6A 1T1