Joe Berridge, a partner at Urban Strategies, has played a key role in some of the largest and most complex urban regeneration projects in Canada, the U.S. the U.K., Europe and Asia. His extensive planning for the Toronto waterfront and the growth management and transportation plans for the Toronto region continue to help shape the future of that city.
Joe is currently an advisor on the planning of the next phase of Sydney Harbour and preparing a master plan for Cardiff Bay. He has played a major role in the regeneration of Manchester, first as strategic advisor to the reconstruction after the
1996 city centre bombing and more recently by preparing a regeneration plan for Hulme, an extensive public housing project, and other decayed inner city districts. He is the masterplanner of Manchester Airport City and the Manchester City Etihad Campus. He has master-planned several European large-scale developments, including the waterfront of Cork, Ireland and Belfast’s city centre, as well as several London docklands developments. He has prepared master plans for Governors Island in New York harbour, and for several major developments in Singapore.
He has extensive campus planning experience, having recently led the Queen’s University and Western University’s campus master plans, also providing ongoing advice to the University of Waterloo, most recently in the design of their new 120-acre Research and Technology Park. He led a number of neighbourhood and city centre plans in Sudbury, London, and Kingston, Ontario.
Joe was responsible for coordinating the master planning for the Trade Centre Complex at Exhibition Place and was the master planner for Festival Plaza. For almost a decade Joe was the master planning coordinator for Waterfront Toronto,
helping shape the future of the Toronto waterfront. Most recently, he played a central role in outlining a new direction for planning the city’s Port Lands, and is currently masterplanning the area around Billy Bishop Airport. He has had extensive
involvement in the preparation of Places to Grow and The Big Move; respectively the land use and transportation plans for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He has appeared on several occasions before the Ontario Municipal Board.
Joe has lectured at universities in Canada, the US, the UK and Europe and has served on many urban design award and competition juries. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributor to planning journals, writes book reviews
on urban issues for the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and the Literary Review of Canada, and is a regular TV and radio commentator. He is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Award and was made a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and of the Institute for Urban Design in 2002. In 2009 he was appointed to the Enabling Panel of the Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment, the English design review agency. He teaches in the Program in Planning at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow in the School of Public Policy and Governance.