James Parakh

CTBUH Advisory Group Member

City of Toronto Planning Department, Urban Design Manager | Toronto, Canada


James Parakh is an award winning architect who is the urban design manager for Toronto & East York District of the City of Toronto's Planning Division.

James is highly regarded as an international authority in the field of Tall Building Urban Design through his role as Chair of the CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee. A role that he has had since 2014. In his role as CTBUH UH/UD Committee Chair James has written several research papers on tall building urbanism as well as being a principal author of two CTBUH Technical Guides: The Space Between and the Space Within Tall Buildings.

No other city in North America has experienced as much tall building construction as Toronto has over the last decade and a half. During this time, James has lead the urban design studio that has helped guide the review of development in Downtown Toronto and surrounding urban areas. A portfolio that…

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Awards Urban Habitat Jury (Chair 2018; Chair 2019; Chair 2020; Chair 2021; Chair 2022)

Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, Chair (2014 – Present)

Expert Peer Review Committee, Member (2016 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Shanghai 2014; New York 2015; China 2016; Australia 2017; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Awards Jury (2015; 2016)

Height and Data Committee (2014 – 2017)


22 October 2018

Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?

Numerous cities are now developing along polycentric lines, with several urban “nodes” focused around tall building clusters that often compete for commerce, attention and investment...


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28 October 2019

The Future of Sustainable Cities and How Tall Building Urbanism has Evolved

James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division

In the past 50 years, tall buildings and their relationship to streets and open spaces has evolved through various scales and typologies. As place-makers, how...


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20 October 2018

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal...


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