Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Alexandru Taranu FCIP

Alex is an urbanist and architect with over 30 years of experience in Canada and abroad. He has worked in consulting as well as government offices on a wide variety of projects and is currently Manager of Urban Design for the City of Brampton, Ontario, a dynamic city of almost 500,000 residents in the Greater Toronto Area. In his position Alex manages the Urban Design section with a staff of 15 urban designers, planners, architects, heritage coordinators with focus on Central Area planning and design, city-wide urban design policy, development design review, heritage preservation, urban design studies and special projects management.

His areas of expertise include downtown revitalization, redevelopment of inner city and suburban areas, sustainable urban forms and transit oriented development, urban design policy, design review and architectural control, heritage integration, process and project management.

Alex is founding member and director/secretary of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU) and founding member and past chair of Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute Urban Design Working Group. He has written articles for Plan Canada and Ontario Planning Journal, organized numerous events, workshops and presentations and is a frequent lecturer on urban design. He was a key contributor to the Ontario Professional Planners Paper and communication campaign on the “Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities” initiative as well as other key policy papers including the ones on the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement.

Alex has received the OPPI Award in 2007 for his professional work through the years within the planning profession. Alex has been nominated for his achievement in the areas of professional practice as well as teaching and mentoring of planners.