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David Gordon Elected a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners

Professor David Gordon, Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning, has been elected into the College of Fellows of the Canadian Institute of Planners. This is the highest honour from the Canadian planning profession.

The CIP honoured Gordon for his teaching, research and professional practice over the past 35 years. David was a practicing urban planner for 15 years before joining Queen’s in 1994, twice sharing the CIP’s National Award of Excellence for his professional work in Toronto. As a researcher, he has examined waterfront redevelopment, capital cities and suburbs across Canada and internationally. He has published books and won major grants including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship.  The Institute particularly noted his enthusiastic teaching of community planning and urban design, which has inspired many students to join the profession.

The CIP’s full citation can be found here.

Gordon said: “I am humbled by this honour from my profession. I was also completely surprised – I had no idea that my colleagues and students were arranging the nomination, which requires support from across Canada.”

Other SURP faculty who have been elected as CIP Fellows include Adjunct Lecturer Marni Cappe (2012); Professor Emeritus Hok-Lin Leung (2006); Professor Emeritus Mohammad Qadeer (2001) and the late Professor Eric Thrift (1953).

Professor Gordon will be inducted into the College of Fellows at a ceremony at the CIP’s national conference in Fredericton on Wednesday July 10.

In a rare double honour, at the same ceremony Gordon will also share the CIP’s Award for Planning Excellence for the book Planning Canadian Communities, co-authored with Professor Emeritus Gerald Hodge.

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