Julie Bogdanowicz is a Registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. She has a B.Arts in urban geography and environmental studies and a Masters of Architecture. She works for the City of Toronto in the Urban Design - City Planning where she reviews development applications and works on special projects. Most recently Julie co-managed a study called Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities.
Prior to working for the City, Julie has practiced architecture for over a decade in Vancouver, New York, Abu Dhabi and Toronto. Julie is also a sessional instructor of architecture at the University of Toronto.
What if our city took a new approach to improving liveability for families living in dense areas?
What if our new vertical neighbourhoods, buildings and units were better designed to address the needs of children?
What if young families could have the choice to remain in their high-density neighbourhoods rather than being forced to make a choice between their current housing or a move to low-density areas with long commutes?
The City of Toronto's City Planning Division has recently completed Guidelines to achieve these outcomes – "Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities". City staff will present the research that underpins the work and will describe a few of the Guidelines.