Photo by C.S. Cosco

I’m a Canadian planner, researcher and writer interested in urban issues: housing, immigration, transportation, growth management, and governance. Since 2012 I’ve been a researcher at the University of Amsterdam Department of Geography, Planning and International Development. I have worked in the areas of:


The writing on my blog is largely informed by my experiences in Toronto, where I received my B.L.Arch from the University of Toronto, and Vancouver, where I received my  M.A. and Ph.D. from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). I write regularly for online publications and in academic journals, and I’m editing a book of Canadian case studies in planning.

This website is designed and hosted at, with portraits provided by the very talented C.S. Cosco. All the other artwork is mine. You can contact me at planningutopia(at)