Patrick Condon has over 30 years’ 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. He is now senior researcher with the Design Centre for Sustainability at UBC, a sustainable urban design think tank that evolved from the original efforts of the Chair, and directs the University's new urban design degree program.
He has worked for decades to advance sustainable urban design in scores of jurisdiction, both here in Canada and abroad. He has lectured widely, and is the author of several books, most recently Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities (2007) and Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities (2010), both from Island Press.
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.