Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Dr. Adam Pantelimon PhD, RPP, MCIP, OUQ, FRIBA, MRAIC

Dr. Adam Pantelimon PhD, RPP, MCIP, OUQ, FRIBA, MRAIC




What are your hopes for the future of the planning profession?
Too often because of the broad term “planners,” we have to justify our exercise. What is it that we do anyway? Weddings, events, financials, maintenance planning??? As opposed to our colleagues in Quebec, urbanistes, or our colleagues in the UK, town planners, we have to explain our work and clarify our title. Over 82 % of the Canadian population is urban, so let’s dare to state “ We are urban planners or urbanists, and this doesn’t mean we’re not inclusive.”
We need to outline how we, urban planners, will deliver on expectations. The fact that we do have a reserved title is good, but not enough, we have to move towards a reserved act in urban planning. We have to stand for our reserved act and for our responsibility to plan our communities and urban areas durably and sustainably. We have to articulate that this can be achieved only by respected professionals who are accountable to the reserved act. We are looking after the population’s health, safety and well-being, and this is just a few examples [of many] for the rationale.
What are a few of your favourite places?
As humans, we need to interact with others. How does space encourage this exchange? Public space, or a public sphere, acts as a cultural, social, economic and political arena, and is a forum for expression. Socrates says that “By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.” We have many great examples that encompass all characteristics of exemplary public space, such as “Piazza del Popolo” in Cesena, Italy.
Anything else we should know about you?
I’ve come through my education with many ideas on how to build a community from antiquity to present-day, from east to west and from north to south. The key is to create harmony and live in a place designed for human scale, connected to its surroundings, through the efficient use of energy, resources, livability and bio-diversity.