David Leinster

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Executed Works of Landscape Architecture
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David is a registered landscape architect and planner whose three-decade long award winning career has focused on public realm design.  He became a member of OALA and CSLA in 1989 and the ASLA and OPPI / CIP in 1999.   He is a past president of the OALA and has served on numerous committees representing the profession, including chairing the Joint Parks Department and Planning Department Interdivisional Steering Committee on the State of Toronto’s Ravines.  

He has designed public spaces in cities across Canada and internationally at a range of scales from neighbourhoods to public squares.   His passion for cities has motivated his involvement in design review programs including currently serving as the Chair of the City of Ottawa Urban Design Review Panel and as a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel.   David has also served as a juror on many urban design awards programs and has been involved as a guest critic and lecturer at numerous universities and colleges across Ontario and in the United States.     

David began his carrier with Hough Stansbury Woodland, becoming a partner in 2000.  There he led his firm’s work on the Judicial Triad Master Plan on Parliament Hill and the Regent Park Revitalization in Toronto.   In 2005 he joined The Planning Partnership as a Principal and has led many of the firm’s high-profile public realm and urban design projects including the award winning West Don Lands public realm master plan and implementation for Waterfront Toronto.  David is leading the public realm master plan for the ByWard Market in Ottawa and the restoration of Queen's Park North in Toronto.

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