Assistant Professor Fadi Masoud (MLA 2010) was appointed to Waterfront Toronto's Design Review Panel this past summer.
Formed in 2001, by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, "Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate to transform 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of brownfield lands on the waterfront into beautiful, sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces." Comprised of leaders in architecture, landscape design, engineering, and planning, its Design Review Panel is responsible for setting design standards across the waterfront and helping Toronto achieve worldwide recognition as a centre of creativity and design.
Masoud, who teaches in the Daniels Faculty's landscape architecture program, joins faculty members Professor Brigitte Shim, Professor Emeritus George Baird, and Sessional Lecturer Pat Hanson as well as Alumni Claude Cormier (Barch 1986) and Janna Levitt (MArch 1986) who are also part of the panel.
Masoud’s research and design work engages the landscape and its underlying systems as operational forces in shaping urbanism. His current work focuses on establishing relationships between these dynamic large-scale environmental systems, design, and the instrumentality of planning frameworks, policies, and codes.
Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Masoud was a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an affiliated faculty with the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism, where he co-led research and design projects on coastal urbanism, urban codes, and the Future of Suburbia.
Masoud is currently working on a graphic-rich atlas and an interactive web-platform that charts the evolution, potentials, and impending vulnerabilities of urban districts built on reclaimed land. He also co-leads a multi-year research project for the development of a climate adaptive planning and design tool titled flux.land for Broward County, Florida. His 2018 Option Studio "Coding Flux: In Pursuit of Resilient Urbanism in South Florida" recently received the Sloan Award, a Studio Prize from Architect magazine.