2020 National Urban Design Awards - Jury Members | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

2020 National Urban Design Awards - Jury Members


Susan Fitzgerald, FRAIC

Susan Fitzgerald, FRAIC is the design director at FBM and an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work, with FBM and independently with Susan Fitzgerald Architecture, has been the recipient of many accolades—including the Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome, Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, the Wood Design Award, the EnRoute Air Canada Award in partnership with the RAIC, Maritime Design Awards, and multiple Lieutenant Governors’ Awards including the Medal of Excellence.

In addition, the work has been nominated for multiple Mies’ Crown Hall Americas Prizes (IIT College of Architecture) for the best work in the Americas. Widely exhibited and published, her specific approach to practice was showcased in Elke Krasny’s international exhibition ‘Thinking out Loud: The Making of Architecture’.

Since 2014 she has been running a master’s design studio in Havana, Cuba in close collaboration with Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría studying the infrastructure of the city. Susan was made a fellow of the RAIC in 2015.

Jean Trottier, CSLA, MPPI, RPP

Jean Trottier is Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate urban design courses since 2001. He holds a degree in landscape architecture from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University. Before dedicating himself full-time to academic life he worked in both public and private sectors in Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Jean currently chairs the editorial board of Landscapes | Paysages Magazine and is a member of the Canadian Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Council for Canadian Urbanism and is past Chair of Winnipeg’s Urban Design Advisory Committee.

Doug Leighton, RPP MCIP

Doug has over thirty-five years’ international experience as a planner, architect, urban designer, consultant and development industry executive. A proponent of urban design and sustainable development, he has a record of successful projects, awards, innovation and leadership.

As VP Sustainability for Brookfield Residential Properties, Doug created and executed the company’s strategy for North American leadership in sustainable homebuilding and land development. As Principal of a leading New Zealand consultancy he built its urban design practice and led major waterfront, airport, housing, community and resort projects. As founding Planning Director for Banff he led initiatives such as Banff’s downtown redevelopment, and as Whistler Senior Planner the creation of Village North and redevelopment of Whistler Creek.

Doug holds undergraduate (BA Hons - Geography) and Masters (ME Des - Architecture) degrees from the University of Calgary with post-graduate studies at Harvard and Queens.

A co-founder of Urban Design Forum New Zealand, Doug helped develop that country’s national urban design policy. He has served on the Whistler, Banff, Auckland, Victoria and Calgary design panels; and as a Director of the New Zealand, Alberta and British Columbia Planning Institutes.

He currently teaches urban design at the University of Calgary, serves on several boards and advises clients on urban design, planning and sustainable development.