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Frank Palmero

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dalhousie University

Frank’s teaching and practice of planning is never just focused on the immediate project, land use strategy, transit initiative, or development regulation. He believes that any project, regardless of its scale, must start by figuring out with the community where it wants to go and what it wants to be, understanding what it has to work with, and inventing a way to get there.

Frank served as Senior Planner, Downtown Development Officer and Director of Downtown Planning for the City of Calgary. In that capacity he was responsible for the Downtown Plan, Inner City Plan, Heritage Plan, and the Urban Design Plan. 

As Director of the Cities and Environment Unit for over 25 years, Frank has worked on community plans and projects at every scale. Cities and Environment Unit developed the First Nations Community Planning Modelwhich continues to be used across the country. Both the Model and the dozens of community plans which have emerged from it have been awarded the highest honours available for planning.