Brenda & Samuel Gewurz Lectures in Urban Design


Joshua Kraus

Rebuilding New York City, Project by Project: Perspectives from a McGill alum in the Mayor's Office

Thursday 23 March 2017

The McGill University School of Urban Planning is pleased to welcome Mr. Joshua Kraus to present at the annual Gewurz Lecture in Urban Design. Mr. Kraus is the Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Capital Project Development.



B.D. Wortham-Galvin 

The (in)formal city
Thursday 10 March 2016

The McGill University School of Urban Planning is pleased to welcome Prof. B.D. Wortham-Galvin to present "(in)formal city" at the annual Gewurz Lecture in Urban Design. Wortham-Galvin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Public Interest Design, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and BUILT at Portland State University. 



Adam Greenfield

Another city is possible: Practices of the minimum viable utopia
Friday 13 March 2015

In partnership with McGill's Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, the School of Urban Planning welcomed Adam Greenfield, a Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities, an international research centre at the London School of Economics, and the founding director of Urbanscale, a design consulting firm focused on relationships between information technology and the urban experience.

To view a recording of this lecture, please click here.



Herman Hertzberger

The school as a city, the city as a school
Thursday 13 March 2014

Hertzberger’s lecture showcased the work of a world-renowned designer of learning environments, providing information on the ongoing efforts of McGill University and its partners to create such environments in the Quartier de l’innovation. In addition to heading Architectuurstudio HH since 1960, Mr Hertzberger has also been a leading writer and educator for nearly 50 years.

To view a recording of this lecture, please click here.



Andrew Altman

Tackling large‐scale urban transformation: The journey of a city planner from Washington to the London Olympics
14 March 2013

The School was pleased to welcome the head of urban planning for the 2012 London Olympics; prior to that, Altman served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning in Philadelphia and as Planning Director for Washington DC.



Jürgen Happ

Designing sustainable cities: a case study of the Masdar City master plan
Thursday 8 March 2012

The School of Urban Planning partnered with the Urban Development Institute of Québec to welcome Jürgen Happ, of Foster + Partners (London), who presented a detailed overview of Masdar City--a real-life experiment in zero-carbon, zero-waste urban development.

To view a recording of this lecture, please click here.



Gordon Harris

The UniverCity project
1 March 2011

See a McGill Reporter interview with the speaker here.

Douglas Olson

Landscape architecture and urbanism: A question of scale
10 March 2011



Adèle Naudé Santos

Urban design speculation in the academic context
Thursday 11 March 2010

Gewurz Lecture Spring 2010

Open or download a high-resolution version of this poster: Spring 2010 Gewurz Lecture poster



Ray Gindroz

Consensus, urbanism, and architecture
Thursday 12 March 2009



Andrea Gabor

Designing for sustainable communities
Monday 31 March 2008

Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Lectures in Urban Design

Open or download a high-resolution version of this poster: Poster--Spring2008GewurzLecture



Larry Beasley

Making a great city by design
Monday 29 October 2007

The McGill School of Urban Planning was pleased to welcome Professor Larry Beasley from University of British Columbia, former co-director of planning for the City of Vancouver, to deliver the inaugural Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Lecture in Urban Design. Professor Beasley is largely credited with the transformation of Vancouver's downtown core along New Urbanism lines, known as 'Vancouverism' or the 'Vancouver Model'.