Design Review Panel

The City of Vaughan Design Review Panel is a non-statutory, advisory body of design professionals with architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and engineering expertise to advise City staff on matters of design that affect the public realm, including proposed buildings, structures, landscape and associated streetscapes, in order to promote and uphold standards of design excellence in the City of Vaughan.

A view of the Design Review Panel discussing.

Design Review Panel Members

  • Alfredo Landaeta, Forrec (Chair)
  • Paul Kulig, Perkins+Will (Vice-Chair)
  • Megan Torza, DTAH 
  • Margaret Briegmann, BA Group  
  • Fung Lee, PMA Landscape Architects Ltd.
  • Harim Labuschagne, BDP Quadrangle 
  • Ute Maya-Giambattista, O2 Planning and Design Inc.
  • Michael Rietta, Giannone Petricone Associates Architects 
  • Guela Solow-Ruda, Petroff Partnership Architects
  • Wayne Swanton, Janet Rosenberg + Studio
  • John Tassiopoulos, WSP Canada Group Ltd.
  • Peter Turner, Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.
  • Henry Burstyn, IBI Group
  • Sharon Sterling, WSP Canada Group Ltd.

During the development application process, projects are reviewed twice as follows:

1) First Review (schematic design):
Scheduled at the pre-consultation stage during the initial functional design of the project to afford the possibilities of significant changes, if needed.

2) Second Review (detailed design):
Scheduled following revisions having been made to the development proposal or project. Intended to contribute to the detailed design process.
The Terms of Reference and Protocol includes further details on the following:

  • Purpose of the City of Vaughan Design Review Panel
  • Duties of the Panel
  • Scope
  • Membership
  • Meeting Protocol
  • Project Review Timing
  • Meeting Procedures
  • Presentation Materials
  • Monitoring
  • Conflict of Interest


Meeting Schedule, Agendas and Minutes 
The Design Review Panel is scheduled to meet the last Thursday of every month on the dates listed below. Meetings are open to the public and are located in Committee Room 243 at Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive.
2023 Meetings

January 26, 2023 - No Meeting

February 23, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1, Video #2

March 30, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1, Video #2

April 27, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1

May 25, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1

June 29, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1, Video #2

July 27, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1

August 31, 2023 - No Meeting

September 28, 2023 - No meeting

October 26, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1

November 30, 2023 - Agenda, Minutes, Video #1, Video #2

December 2023 - No Meeting



2022 Meetings

2021 Meetings
2020 Meetings
2019 Meetings 
2018 Meetings
2017 Meetings
2016 Meetings
2015 Meetings
2014 Meetings
2013 Meetings
2012 Meetings
2011 Meetings


Contact Information

For specific questions related to Design Review Panel, please contact:

Chrisa Assimopoulos

City of Vaughan l Urban Designer

905-832-2281, ext. 8017



City Hall

Development Planning Department,

Level 2, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive


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