Call for members: Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel

Established in 2007, the Mississauga Urban Design Advisory Panel is seeking two new members. It has become an important voice in promoting design excellence in Mississauga. Panel members serve for a two-year term of appointment, during which time they are expected to bring their expertise in commenting on a range of important city building initiatives. As part of the rotation of current members, the City of Mississauga is seeking to fill the two vacancies with architects and urban designers with expertise in urban development and  who have a range of practical experience in conducting varying scales of project types, including large-scale developments and urban design projects.

The Panel is comprised of 13 members with a mix of design professions, including Urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, and an engineer with transportation expertise.

Members are responsible for: giving professional and objective advice to Planning and Building department staff on urban design matters for applications of proposed public or private developments; improving the quality of urban life in Mississauga by promoting design excellence within the public realm, including the pursuit of high-quality architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and environmental sustainability; and playing a significant role in raising awareness about the importance of good design within Mississauga.

While the Panel has no authority to approve or refuse projects or to make policy decisions, City staff will take the Panel’s recommendations into consideration for the development approval.

To be eligible, candidates must have: a minimum of 15 years relevant professional experience in architecture or urban design with an architectural background, and membership in a related professional association or organization; articulate and constructive communication skills in discussing design issues related to their profession; and a solid understanding of the municipal planning systems and development economics. LEED certification is an asset.

Applicants acknowledge and are committed to: meeting during regular business hours up to a maximum of 12 afternoons per year (monthly); having a two-year term for the appointment which may be extended at the end of the term; having suitable flexibility to attend the majority of panel meetings posted in advance; and serving on an unpaid and voluntary basis.

To be considered for a panel member, please submit ONE file with combined cover letter and resume in PDF format, and e-mail the document to Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

The submission deadline is April 7, 2015.

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