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Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century
Shonda is a Principal and Urban Design Lead with over fifteen years of experience in large-scale urban regeneration projects, including focused work on mobility, planning, and design. Her expertise serves both public and private sector clients who want to invest in transit-oriented intensification and creating walkable, thriving communities.
With her background in social work and community development, Shonda has developed a particular expertise in the socio-economic and participatory aspects of planning and design. As a result, SvN’s urban design practice has won multiple local and national awards for projects such as ‘Eglinton Connects’ and the ‘Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration,’ which transform car-focused materials into urban, complete streets with generous public boulevards, public art, and protected bike lanes.
Shonda is the lead Urban Designer for the integration of Mimico GO Station and 327 Royal York, the inaugural project for Metrolinx’s Transit Oriented Development Market Driven Strategy. Other key projects she’s led include: Dundas Connects, City of Mississauga; Hurontario LRT, Metrolinx; North York General Hospital Campus Strategy and Plan; Newmarket Secondary Plan; and the Alexandra Park Revitalization for TCHC. Shonda has also authored numerous city building and neighbourhood development plans and guidelines for municipalities including in Hamilton, Vaughan and Toronto. Shonda’s advisory is highly sought-after for her strong ability to navigate and stitch together city building objectives with market realities.