Patrick Condon has over 25 years of experience in sustainable urban design: first as a professional city planner and then as a teacher and researcher. He started his academic career in 1985 at the University of Minnesota, moving to the University of British Columbia in 1992, acting first as the Director of the Landscape Architecture program and later as the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments. In that capacity he has worked to advance sustainable urban design in scores of jurisdiction, in the USA, Canada and Australia. In recognition of the need for collaboration as a fundamental part of designing sustainable communities, Patrick has pioneered public engagement methods and has popularized his methods in his recent book called “Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities” (2007 Island Press). He has distilled his 20+ years of experience designing sustainable communities in his recent book “Seven Rules for Sustainable Cities, Design Strategies for a Post Carbon World” (2010 Island Press). He is now the Chair of the Masters of Urban Design Program at UBC.
He has successfully focused attention on how to make systemic change in the way cities are built and operated, notably in his East Clayton project in Surrey, BC. More recently, he and his research partners have collaborated with the City of North Vancouver to produce the “100 Year Sustainability Vision,” a plan to make the City of North Vancouver a zero-carbon community. Professor Condon and his partners have recently received awards from the Planning Institute of Canada and the American Society of Landscape Architects for this work.