Graham Macdonald

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My approach to Urban Planning is informed by context, interdisciplinary collaboration, consensus building, social sustainability and holistic systems thinking.

The urban, cultural and socio-economic fabric of diverse geographies has always fascinated me. Through work, study and my own incessant curiosity I have been lucky enough to travel through, and experience diverse urban and rural environments in Europe, SE Asia, Australia, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Research conducted during Masters degree included the role of art and culture in the development of both urban (Toronto) and rural areas (Vanuatu) and the application of social urbanism in Medellin, Colombia.

My Masters Thesis, "Making Creativity Social: Exploring Alternative Creativity-Led Planning Frameworks in Tanna" is published as a working paper by the Martin Prosperity Institute. You can download it here.

Since early 2012 I have been working at planningAlliance and sister firm rePlan. planningAlliance and rePlan provide interdisciplinary urban planning and design services to a wide range of public and private sector clients around the world. We help our clients to realize development forms that are functional and affordable, but also beautiful, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive.

Previous relevant experience includes a 6-month internship at Real Estate Consulting Firm LiveWorkLearnPlay. I also come from sales and customer service background which has afforded me outstanding and invaluable business development and people and organizational skills.

  • Work
    • planningAlliance
  • Education
    • University of Toronto
    • Simon Fraser University