Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Portrait of David Gordon.

David Gordon

Professor & SURP Director, FCIP, RPP, AICP, P.Eng.
Office:
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D321
Phone:
613-533-6000 ext. 77063
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About:

David Gordon teaches planning history, community design and urban development at Queen's. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, Ryerson, Western Australia, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Before becoming a professor, David was a professional planner for over 15 years, as director of an urban design firm and project manager for a Toronto waterfront agency. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has shared their National Award of Distinction three times.

David has written widely on urban planning including the books Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities (2006) and Planning Canadian Communities (2014 with Gerald Hodge) and Town and Crown: An illustrated history of Canada's capital (2015). His latest research includes histories of Canadian community planning and comparison of Australian and Canadian suburbs.

Dave is Faculty Coordinator of the National Executive Forum on Public Property and a founding director of the Council for Canadian Urbanism, where he chairs the Research Committee. He also enjoys celebrating the achievements of SURP alumni across Canada, and helping plan the redevelopment of the Queen's campus.

David was born in Ottawa and grew up in Montreal, New Brunswick and Europe. He lives in Upper Canada's oldest neighbourhood, and is active in community environmental and social service organizations. Dave can often be seen cycling around downtown Kingston with his daughter.

Credentials:

  • B.Sc., M.PL. (Queen's)
  • MBA, D.Des. (Harvard)
  • FCIP, RPP, AICP, P.Eng

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Research Interests:

My current major research field, planning history, uses longitudinal studies of planning practice to answer questions about implementation. The main site is Canada's national capital region, which is the focus of the country's longest sustained urban planning effort. The capital city research program was supported by three SSHRC grants and a Fulbright fellowship. The results are reported in a book, many refereed articles and a research website. This research stream culminated in another book, Town and Crown: An illustrated history of Canada's capital.

A second research focus is planning Canadian suburbs. This area has been addressed in several book chapters, articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research and Journal of Urban Design. The project was supported by a SSHRC grant to examine the proportions and policy implications of Canadian suburbs.  The research was recently extended for comparison with Australian suburbs during a recent sabbatical at UWA's Institute for Advanced Study.

 

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 172kB)