Born in South Africa, Frank was trained as an architect receiving a B. Arch from the University of the Witwatersrand (1966), and urban planning receiving a MCP from MIT (1973). In between, he worked as an architect in France for Jean Prouvé and in England for Arup Associates. Frank arrived in Canada in 1971. He worked as a planner for the City of Toronto, for the NDP Research Group and Marshall Macklin Monaghan before starting his own firm. In 1986, he joined with Joe Berridge to found a new urban planning and urban design consultancy which is today known as Urban Strategies Inc. While working with the City, Frank played a key role identifying and creating the Master Plan for the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. This downtown neighbourhood is today substantially complete and considered a very successful example of inner city urban renewal.
His work evolved through an integration of regulation and design. He had extensive experience working on dozens of private developments, among them 45/141 Bay – a 2.8 million square foot office development adjacent to Union Station linked by a bridge park over the rail corridor, Brookfield Place and the Rogers head office in Toronto, and Oak Park in Oakville and the DuPont head office in Mississauga. He has successfully represented clients in many cases before the OMB, including some of Toronto’s most complex and ambitious developments. He undertook three workshops on behalf of the Canadian government in South Africa during the transitional period towards majority rule in that country.
The studies and projects he completed demonstrate the success of his approach. He is the lead planning consultant for Oxford Properties on an ongoing basis for both the Yorkdale and Square One shopping centres, Frank has guided a number of master planning initiatives, most recently for Bridgepoint Health, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto’s Central Waterfront, and the Master Plan for the University of Toronto- Scarborough campus. His public policy studies include Living Downtown in Toronto, Guidelines for the Reurbanisation of Metro Toronto and the recently Tall Buildings Report: Initiating Change in Downtown Toronto.
Frank sang for 20 twenty years as a member of a community choir. He has 4 kids and 3 grandchildren.