Sam holds a Master of Planning from Ryerson University and has worked and studied in cities across northeast Canada and the United States; Newport News Virginia, Halifax, Montreal and Toronto. Sam’s approach to planning is informed by a liberal arts background in cultural geography, photography, and design. Sam has a strong commitment to progressive planning, development and visual storytelling. His master’s research focused on realizing the potential of Back Space and laneways: marginal and underused sites in complex urban regions, drawing on case studies in Toronto, Berlin, and Detroit.
Prior to joining SvN Architects and Planners, Sam worked as a researcher for the Ryerson City Building Institute, investigating best practices in programing and cultural planning for civic museums, and most recently, as Special Assistant to Councilor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 – Trinity Spadina). While working in the Councilor’s office at Toronto City Hall, Sam acted as liaison between city staff and community stakeholders on parks and streetscape projects, as well as stewarding development approvals and minor variance applications in the Grange, Harbord Village, Kensington Market and Chinatown neighbourhoods. Sam remains engaged with his community through volunteer and support work for the Black Artist Network Dialogue, as a mentor for future planners, architects, and urban designers with the Maximum City youth engagement program, and as a guest lecturer and panelist at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning.