SvN to Present at CIP 2016 Convention

SvN’s Shonda Wang and Clara Romero will deliver a talk called “Engaging Developers and Landowners in Developing Built Form and Urban Design Guidelines” at Accent 2016, the Canadian Institute of Planners annual conference, which will take place July 5 – 8, 2016 in Quebec City.

Referencing the recently developed Downtown Hamilton Tall Buildings Guidelines and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Built Form Guidelines as primary case studies, Shonda and Clara’s session will examine the process of developing built form and urban design standards to shape the relationship between built form, land use and the public realm. A particular focus of this highly visual presentation will be the process of engagement with not only staff and the public, but also landowners and developers.

Attendees to this year’s conference can expect a program with inspiring keynote addresses, a variety of concurrent sessions, interactive workshops, and learning tours that develop your professional skills and knowledge. The social programming promises to immerse you in the local arts, culture, and culinary scene of this historical city.


About the CIP

The Canadian Institute of Planners works on behalf of over 7,800 planning professionals nation-wide, serving as the voice of Canada’s planning community. Since its beginning in 1919, CIP has grown into a federated national organization with Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations across Canada, and with links to planning associations worldwide.

To learn more about the CIP, please visit their website at

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We prepare detailed Design Guidelines for municipalities in order to advance the policies, goals and objectives of Official Plans and Official Community Plans, specifically those related to the design of streets, parks, open spaces and buildings. We apply our combined technical and design expertise to the creation of effective and comprehensive guidelines.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We help proponents manage the risk associated with P3 projects in Ontario. Our expertise in managing complex development processes means that we can help avoid delays in project approvals and regulatory processes, which can undermine project feasibility and increase project costs.