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ITE Southern Alberta Workshop and Luncheon

September 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm MDT

$10 – $400

At this month’s ITE Southern Alberta Section Luncheon…


In continuation of ITESA’s series of Complete Streets Workshops, we are offering a morning workshop prior to our September meeting. The topic for this workshop is Community Planning and will be conducted by our Guest Speakers Joyce Tang, Program Manager for Centre City and Main Streets Implementation and Amanda Szpecht, City Shaping Lead for Green Line both from the City of Calgary. The workshop will discuss how community planning contributes to our health and social well being and influences our quality of life. The event hours can be used towards your professional development hours required for APEGA.

The monthly luncheon presentation is as follows: 

Improving Urban Design Outcomes: The Quality Design Project  

What is our perception of good quality urban design?  Do the City of Calgary’s policies and guidelines set clear definitions and expectations for urban design? The Quality Design Project, currently underway, responds to MDP goals for improvement of planning and design outcomes through the creation of a more consistent understanding of expectations around design quality and clarity around definition and communication of design objectives. The project involves collecting data through criteria ratings, surveys and questionnaires which will inform both application review and policy content.  This presentation will outline the objectives and methodologies involved.

Speaker: David Down, Chief Urban Designer – City of Calgary

Topic: Achieving Quality Urban Design

Date:         Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time:        8:30 am – Breakfast & Networking

9:00 am – Complete Streets Workshop

11:15 am – Break / Networking

11:45 am – Buffet *Please e-mail southernalberta@cite7.org if you have special dietary requirements

12:15 pm – Speaker


**Purchasing your ticket by NOON on Thursday, September 13 to confirm your seat! Seating is limited. Please email us if you must leave early. ** 

 Bio for Joyce Tang

Joyce Tang is a landscape architect and planner passionate about the connection between the environment (both natural and built) and the physiological health of people. In her current role as the Program Manager that is responsible for the implementation of the Centre City and Main Streets Public Realm she strives to bring to life solutions that address the needs and ideas of stakeholders through the design and construction of meaningful public realm projects that are well designed, responsibly managed and executed.

Her Bachelor of Environmental Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture prompted her to publish research that found a positive relationship between the physiological health of seniors and viewing a garden. This educational foundation has shaped her career in planning and landscape architecture. Joyce is the founder and co-chair of the HealthYYC Initiative which was the result of her work on the Nose Creek Area Structure Plan which was the first City planning policy document that focused on health and community planning and a Health Impact Assessment

Bio for Amanda Szpecht

Amanda Szpecht has a decade worth of experience in the private and public sector on million dollar development projects as well as strategic planning on multi scale urban and regional planning projects. She is currently receiving a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Queens University, Canada. Most recently Amanda is leading and championing City Shaping for Calgary’s new LRT line, the largest infrastructure investment into the City. Her work involves significant stakeholder consultation as she maps the connections between transit, jobs, housing, community services, institutions, arts, culture and heritage and health services along the LRT line, with the intent to create opportunities for successful sustainable, thriving, vibrant, resilient, healthy and equitable neighbourhoods along the line and at Transit Oriented Development (TOD) stations.

David A. Down, Architect, AAA, FRAIC, LEED AP

Senior Architect/Chief Urban Designer
City of Calgary

David Down is Senior Architect and Chief Urban Designer with The City of Calgary.  He joined The City in 2005 with a mandate to advocate for higher standards of architecture and urban design.  The team works on implementing the urban design objectives of the Calgary Municipal Development Plan through its ongoing work in reviewing development applications, creating new design policy, and advising extensively on urban design issues. 

Prior to coming to the City of Calgary, David was principal of his own award-winning architectural firm (Down + Livesey Architects).  He holds a MArch degree from the University of Calgary and is LEED accredited.  David is a registered member (and Past President) of the Alberta Association of Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and an Adjunct Professor to the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design.


ITE Southern Alberta Workshop and Luncheon


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September 19, 2018
8:30 am - 1:00 pm MDT
$10 – $400
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ITE Southern Alberta Section


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