Mr. Larry Beasley

PROFESSOR LARRY BEASLEY, C.M., B.A., M.A., Hon. L.L.D., F.C.I.P., R.P.P.

Beasley LarryMr. Larry Beasley is the retired Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver.  He is now the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and urban design consultancy and the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia.

After more than thirty years of civic service in which he led the initiatives to transform Vancouver’s inner city, especially on pivotal waterfront lands, as well as its neighbourhoods and took the lead role in development approvals, Mr. Beasley now teaches and advises on urbanism around the world.  He chairs the ‘National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty’ of Ottawa’s National Capital Commission; he is Senior Advisor on Urban Design in Dallas, Texas; and he is a member of the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands.    He continues his long service as the Special Advisor on City Planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where he founded the planning agency and led the design of a new national capital.  For several years, he was vice-president of a major Canadian development company, Aquilini Development, managing projects across the country.  Recent work includes: completion of an award-winning plan for the expansion of Moscow in Russia, including the design of a new national government precinct; completion of an influential strategic organizational plan for the Toronto Planning Department; and, curation of an international competition in Dallas for the integration of downtown and the Trinity River across a massive freeway belt.

Mr. Beasley has studied architecture and has degrees in geography and political science (B.A.) and planning (M.A.).  He has also been awarded two Honorary Doctorate Degrees (Hon. L.L.D.), from Simon Fraser University and Dalhousie University.  He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has been recognized as an “Advocate for Architecture” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  In 2007, he received the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute and sits on the Board of the Canadian Urban Institute.

Mr. Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement.  In recognition of his national service, he has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Professional Awards Received by Larry Beasley

1987 Achievement Award – Downtown Vancouver Association (Legacies Program)
1987 Special Achievement Award – International Downtown Association, Washington D.C. (Legacies Program)
1988 National Honour Award – Canadian Institute of Planners (Legacies Program)
1990 Award for Planning Excellence – Planning Institute of British Columbia (False Creek North Plan)
1991 Award of Merit – Planning Institute of British Columbia (Coal Harbour Policy Plan)
1992 Award of Merit – Planning Institute of British Columbia (Central Area Plan)
1992 “Golden Nugget” Award – Pacific Coast Builders Conference, San Francisco, Calif. (False Creek North Plan)
1992 Excellence on the Waterfront – Waterfront Centre Society, Washington, D.C. (Coal Harbour Plan) Honour Award
1993 Award for Planning Excellence – Planning Institute of British Columbia (Downtown South Plan/Implementation)
1994 Award for Contribution to – Social Planning & Research Council of B.C. & Forum for Planning Action
Local Government (Victory Square Planning Program)
1994 “Georgie” – Silver Award – Canadian Home Builders’ Association of B.C. (Government Cooperation for Concord Pacific Place)
1995 National Honour Award for – Canadian Institute of Planners (Central Waterfront Port Lands Policy Statement)
Intergovernmental Cooperation
1996 Award of Merit – Planning Institute of British Columbia (Downtown Public Realm Improvements)
1996 Award of Planning Excellence – Planning Institute of British Columbia (False Creek North Policy Broadsheets and Official Development Plan)
1996 “World’s 100 Best Planning – United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, Nairobi, Kenya – for
Practices” Habitat II Summit, Istanbul, Turkey (Waterfront Planning Process and Plans)
1998 Award for Planning Excellence – Planning Institute of British Columbia (Vancouver Skyline Study)
1999 National Honour Award – Canadian Institute of Planners (Historic Preservation Planning in Xi’an, China)
2000 National Honour Award – Canadian Institute of Planners (Southeast False Creek Environmentally Sustainable Community – Policy Statement)
2003 Excellence on the Waterfront – Waterfront Centre Society, Washington, DC (Waterfront Promenade)
Honour Award
2003 Awards for Planning Excellence – Canadian Institute of Planners and Planning Institute of British Columbia (Downtown Transportation Plan)
2003 “Advocate for Architecture” Medal – Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
2004 Award of Excellence – Planning Institute of British Columbia (Urban Design Booklet -Vol.2: “Vancouver’s New Neighbourhoods”)
2004 Excellence on the Waterfront – Waterfront Centre Society, Washington, D.C. (False Creek North Neighbourhoods)
Honour Award
2004 Special Achievement – International Downtown Association, Washington, D.C.
Award for Planning (“Living First” Strategy Downtown)
2005 Plan Canada Feature – Canadian Institute of Planners (for “Moving Forward in Canadian Communities:
Article of the Year Soliloquy of an Urbanist”)
2005 Appreciation Award – Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
2006 Leadership in Healthy – Heart and Stoke Foundation of Canada
Public Policy Award
2006 Award of Excellence – Congress for the New Urbanism, Chicago, Ill. (“Living First” Strategy Downtown)
2006 Honorary Landscape Architect – Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
2007 Distinguished Alumni Award – Simon Fraser University Alumni Association
2007 Honorary Doctorate Degree – Simon Fraser University
2007 Kevin Lynch Prize – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008 Building Named for Him – “The Beasley”, Downtown Vancouver
2008 Award of Excellence – Planning Institute of British Columbia (for “Plan Abu Dhabi 2030”)
2009 Award of Excellence – International Society of City and Regional Planners, The Hague, Nl. (for “Plan Al Ain 2030”)
2010 Award of Excellence-Publications – Canadian Institute of Planning (for “Experiential Planning – A Practitioners
Account of Vancouver’s Success” – with Jill Grant)
2011 Honorary Doctorate Degree – Dalhousie University
2011 CLIDE Award – North Central Texas Council of Governments (for Dallas CityDesign Studio’s West Dallas Urban Structure Plan and Guidelines)
2011 Winner and Peoples’ Choice Award – Vancouver Viaducts Removal Competition (City of Vancouver)
2012 Design Leadership Award – International Interior Designers Association, Interior Designers Canada and Interior
Designers Institute of British Columbia
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Medal – Governor General of Canada
2012 Award of Excellence-Urban Design – Canadian Institute of Planners (for Dallas CityDesign Studio’s West Dallas Urban
Structure Plan and Guidelines)
2012 Competition Winner – Moscow Capital Expansion Competition (City of Moscow)

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