Fadi Masoud is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism and the Director of the Centre for Landscape Research. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Masoud held teaching and research appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Urban Studies and Planning and was an affiliated research faculty with the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.
Masoud holds a Bachelors of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo's School of Planning, specializing in Urban Design and Urban Development, a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Post-Professional Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with distinction.
Masoud's research and design work engages the landscape as an operational force in shaping the built environment. His work aims to establish relationships between large-scale dynamic environmental systems, social equity and vulnerability, design, and the instrumentality of planning frameworks, policies, and codes.
As director of the Centre for Landscape Research (CLR), Masoud emphasizes interdisciplinary design, education, and research that advances urban socio-ecological adaptation and resilience strategies including, novel urban codes, innovative geospatial decision-making tools, and the future of equitable metropolitan public open space. Through the CLR, Masoud has expanded his collaboration with various public agencies, research institutions, and governments across North America.
Masoud coordinates studio pedagogy and contributes to conferences, publications, and exhibitions that offer visions of an imaginative commitment to addressing the climate emergency. His work has been widely exhibited and recognized through several international competitions. He is the editor of Terra-Sorta-Firma: Reclaiming the Littoral Gradient (Actar – 2020), an illustrated and edited volume that documents waterfronts on "reclaimed" land and renders visible the ubiquity and precarity of this urban coastal condition.
Masoud is the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright Fellowship, the Heather M. Reisman Gold Medal in Design, the ASLA Certificate of Honor, and the Jacob Weidenman Prize. He was a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist and the recipient of the Charles E. Beverage Fellowship by the Olmsted Friends of Fairsted. Masoud recently served on various competition and award juries including the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Olmsted National Scholar, the City of Toronto Urban Design Awards, and the International Berkley Prize. Masoud currently sits on Waterfront Toronto's Design Review Panel and is a member of Resilient Toronto's Urban Flooding Working Group.