Design Review Panel

Looking for volunteer members for our Design Review Panel

The City of Hamilton is seeking design professionals to serve as volunteer members of the Design Review Panel (DRP). The Panel provides expert and impartial design advice and guidance to City Planning staff on urban design matters.

DRP members will serve on a voluntary basis for a 4 year term. The DRP will meet once per month during regular business hours.

Required skills and experience

Potential candidates must have:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience and must be registered members in good standing in their respective professional associations.
  • Experience in:
    • Municipal planning related to Zoning Bylaw Amendment and Site Plan applications
    • Large scale urban revitalization projects
    • Peer review
    • High quality design and sustainable development
    • Communicating effectively and impartially within a multidisciplinary panel

How to apply

Interested candidates need to submit their CV, a cover letter summarizing their qualifications and experience, and a brief explanation as to why they are interested in Hamilton’s Design Review Panel. Submissions should be sent via email or mail to:
Attn: Anita Fabac
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5

Submission deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4 pm


The City of Hamilton's Design Review Panel is a voluntary technical panel that will provide expert and impartial design advice and guidance to Planning and Economic Development staff on urban design matters of development within Design Priority Areas.

The Design Priority Areas include:

The panel is strictly an advisory body and makes recommendations. It does not have the authority to approve or refuse projects or make policy decisions, or recommendations on land use.

Panel purpose

The purpose of the Panel is to:

  • Give advice and recommendations to staff on potential physical and aesthetic impacts of proposed buildings, landscapes, streetscapes, parks and infrastructure projects
  • Improve the quality of design
  • Provide supportive creative design responses in new development
  • Foster an effective relationship with the development industry
  • Increase public awareness about design in Hamilton

Panel composition

There are nine members on this panel that consist of:

  • architects
  • planners
  • urban designers
  • landscape architects
  • heritage professionals
  • green technology specialists

The recommendations of the panel are forwarded to Planning and Economic Development staff who accept them as input through the planning process and utilize these recommendations to shape the staff recommendation (or in the case of site plans the staff decision) going forward.

Previous panel members

  • Vincent P. Colizza, Vicent P. Colizza Architects
  • Robert Freedman, Freedman Urban Solutions
  • Mary Jo Hind, Perkins+Will Canada
  • J.A.(Sandy) McIntosh, Perkins+Will Canada
  • Mario Patitucci, Adesso Design
  • David Premi, DPAI Architecture Inc.
  • Yasin Visram, Perkins+Will Canada
  • James Webb, WEBB Planning Consultants Inc.
  • Kiran Chhiba, Dillon Consulting Ltd.
  • Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects

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