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Harold  Madi

Director of Urban Design

City of Toronto

Harold is the Director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto, where his extensive urban planning and urban design background lends to the multi-disciplinary practice of this section of the City Planning Division. Harold joined the City in 2014 after over 18 years in the private sector where he had led numerous large-scale, multi-faceted and visionary projects across Canada and abroad.  With an insightful, ‘big picture’ perspective on all aspects of urbanism from land use policy to streetscape design, he is now charged with leading nearly 80 staff in Civic Design, Heritage, Graphics and Visualization and the four district Urban Design Development Review units that comprise the City of Toronto’s Urban Design Section.

Prior to being appointed Director, Harold held a number of key positions in prominent Toronto-based firms, including Senior Associate at Brook McIlroy-PACE Architects, a founding Partner at Office for Urbanism, and Partner at The Planning Partnership.  In these capacities he developed a respected expertise and received a number of awards for master planning, revitalization, intensification and urban design strategies and guidelines for a variety of contexts and scales, including campuses, downtowns, corridors and waterfronts.

Harold is also a faculty member at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, and he sits on the Design Review Panels for the City of Vaughan, City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.