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Fadi Masoud

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Daniels Faculty


Fadi Masoud is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Daniels Faculty. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Masoud was a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an affiliated faculty with the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism, where he co-led research and design projects on coastal urbanism, urban codes, and the Future of Suburbia. 

Masoud’s research and design work engages the landscape and its underlying systems as operational forces in shaping urbanism. His current work focuses on establishing relationships between these dynamic large-scale environmental systems, design, and the instrumentality of planning frameworks, policies, and codes. He currently serves as a member of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel, The University of Toronto’s School of Cities Working Group, as well as a member of Resilient Toronto’s Urban Flooding Working Group.

Masoud practiced as a landscape architect and a planner at several leading firms in Canada and the United States including West8, HOK, and NAK. He holds a Bachelors of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, specializing in Urban Design and Urban Development, a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Post-Professional Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with distinction. 

He is the recipient of several awards including the Fulbright Fellowship, the Heather M. Reisman Gold Medal in Design, the ASLA certificate of Honor, the Jacob Weidenman Prize, and was the 2015 recipient of the Charles E. Beverage Fellowship by the Olmsted Friends of Fairsted. Masoud’s work has also been recognized through several international competitions and was published in numerous books and journals including: Topos, Landscape World Journal, MASS Context Journal, Conservation of Architecture Journal, Out of Water: Sustaining Development in Arid Climates, Design for Flooding, and New Geographies. A forthcoming research publication of urban districts built on reclaimed land, their evolution, potentials, and impending vulnerabilities is being collected into a graphic-rich atlas and an interactive web-platform. Masoud co-leads a multi-year research project for the development of a climate adaptive planning and design tool titled flux.land for Broward County, Florida.

Masoud has recently given lectures at the National Gallery in Ottawa, Oslo School of Architecture (AHO), University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, the 17th National Conference on Planning History, and the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Summit. His work has been heavily exhibited including at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, the Saint Étienne International Design Bienniale in France, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Trespa/Apra Design Centre in New York City, MIT, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.