Principal Tom Williams has announced that David Gordon has been appointed Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2009. Dr. Gordon received a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and M.Pl. from Queen's and an MBA and D.Des. from Harvard University. He has taught in the School since 1994 and has served as the SURP Acting Director since February 2008.
Dr. Gordon has also taught at the University of Toronto, Ryerson, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Before becoming a professor, Professor Gordon was a professional planner in the private and public sector for over 15 years, twice sharing the Canadian Institute of Planners' National Award of Distinction.
He is the author of over 100 books, articles and professional reports on urban planning, waterfront redevelopment and implementation techniques. Professor Gordon's current research is on the planning history of Canada's capital city and the development of suburbs.