Fadi Masoud

Fadi Masoud is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. 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 a Research Associate affiliated with the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism where he directed various research and design projects. Masoud also held faculty and research appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he taught design studios and seminars on urbanism, landscape, and visual representation.

Masoud holds professional degrees in planning and landscape architecture 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 the 2016 Charles E. Beverage Fellowship by the Olmsted Friends of Fairsted.

Masoud practiced as a landscape architect and a planner at several leading firms in Canada and the United States including West8, HOK, and NAK Design. His current research and design work focuses on establishing relationships between dynamic large-scale environmental systems, design, and the instrumentality of planning frameworks, policies and codes. He is working on developing an interactive regulatory planning tool that provides policy-makers with a dynamic framework database of “flux-based landscape coding strategies and land use regimes” for a more resilient urban fabric. Professor Masoud also leads a multi-year research project titled “Terra-Sorta-Firma” which maps and catalogues urban districts built on reclaimed land. The research investigates the adaptability of growing urban waterfronts as well as the potentials of designing novel littoral terrains and urban forms in the face of increased vulnerability due to climate change.

Masoud’s research and design work has been recognized through several international competitions, and has been 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

His work has been heavily exhibited including at the National Building Museum in DC, the Saint Étienne International Design Bienniale in France, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Trespa/Apra Design Centre in New York City, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.