We’re thrilled to announce that we’re working with Bruce Haden, Bruce Irvine, and Mark Holland—three urban design experts who are known as innovators in their fields!
Bruce Haden is a principal at Human Studio Architecture and Urban Design, and was previously the principal at Dialog’s Vancouver studio until 2015. As the principal at Dialog, he had leadership roles in many widely recognized projects including the LEED Platinum Student Nest Building at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver House tower, and the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, B.C.—for which the firm was awarded both the Governor General’s award and the World Architecture Festival design award. As an active member in the design community, Haden assisted both Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto in setting up their Design Review Panels, and was a founding board member of Urbanarium. He was also the design correspondent for CBC Radio’s The Early Edition for two years, and the Vancouver correspondent at Canadian Architect for a decade.
Bruce Irvine is a diverse planner with a background as a senior manager and planner in both the public and private sectors, and is known for bringing policy ideas into reality and delivering business plans that reduce costs while increasing sustainability practices. Previously, he was the director of community planning for the City of Coquitlam, the vice president of Calgary Economic Development, and the manager of development and building approvals for the City of Calgary. Notable projects include Calgary’s Currie Barracks and The Bridges, Edmonton’s downtown plan, and affordable housing work across western Canada. Irvine is the principal at City Forum Consulting and works with non-profits to further city building.
Mark Holland, president of Holland Planning Innovations Inc., started his career as a city planner for the City of Vancouver, where he subsequently became the founding manager of its sustainability office. Holland worked as a sustainable community planning consultant for ten years, and then moved into the real estate development industry. Among the many accolades he has received, Holland was awarded B.C.’s Planner of the Year in 2010 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work promoting sustainable communities across Canada in 2013. Holland is a professor in community planning at Vancouver Island University and has co-authored the widely referenced book Agricultural Urbanism, which explores the ways sustainable food systems can be integrated into city planning and design.
In their upcoming book, the three authors will collectively examine how urban communities can be revitalized and re-energized by strategic urban planning and design.