Patrick Condon


Professor and Chair, Urban Design

Contact details


3144 – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability





MLA, University of Massachusetts
BSc, University of Massachusetts


Patrick chairs the Master of Urban Design program. He has over 25 years of experience in sustainable urban design: first as a professional city planner and then as a teacher and researcher. Patrick started his academic career in 1985 at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of British Columbia in 1992. After acting as the director of the landscape architecture program, he became the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments. In that capacity he has worked to advance sustainable urban design in scores of jurisdictions in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Recognizing the need for collaboration as a fundamental part of designing sustainable communities, Patrick has pioneered public engagement methods. He has successfully focused attention on how to make systemic change in the way cities are built and operated, notably in his East Clayton project in Surrey, BC. More recently, he and his research partners collaborated with the City of North Vancouver to produce a 100-year plan to make the city carbon-neutral by 2107. Patrick and his partners received the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence and the BC Union of Municipalities Award of Excellence for this work.

Select publications

Condon, P. (2010). Seven rules for sustainable cities. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Condon, P. (2007). Design charrettes for sustainable communities. Washington, DC: Island Press.