John W. Danahy
John Danahy is a professional Landscape Architect, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, and an OALA Academic Councilor. Professor Danahy has developed an internationally recognized expertise in digital media for design, planning and visualization. He teaches in landscape architecture, urban design, planning, architecture, and computer science. His mentors and influences include Jan Gehl (Copenhagen), Jim Clark (SGI), Alain Fournier (CSRI) and Ron Baecker (KMDI). He has lead the development of research software systems at the Centre for Landscape Research (CLR) and been a pioneer in the use of computing and virtual reality in urban design and landscape architectural practice. He is Director of the CLR, a steering committee member of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) and a founding member of the Canadian Design Research network (CDRN).
Since joining the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto in 1981, he has concentrated his creative professional practice work through the CLR on numerous innovative commissions with consulting firms, agencies, cities and citizens groups as a means of engaging basic research in design funded from the bottom up. His projects focus on urban design work that applies the basic research technologies invented at CLR and in other collaborating labs for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa-Gatineau, the City of Ottawa, the City of Toronto, the Friends of Fort York, and numerous university research labs. The most recent example of design visualization work he has developed contributed to a Development Strategy Study for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation by DuToit Allsopp Hillier on the two brown-field development blocks on the eastern edge of Fort York National Historic Site (this work received a 2006 Award of Excellence, Canadian Institute of Planners). His other research area in urban social factors design has produced encouraging results in the newly formed MLA Programme at Toronto where two of his MLA thesis students have won ASLA Graduate Thesis Honor Awards (2003, 2006) in the annual graduate thesis competition.