Jay Pitter - Canada
Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-nominated author and placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centres. She spearheads institutional city-building projects, rooted in neighbourhood knowledge, focused on: democratizing urbanism, transit equity, safe streets, healing fraught sites, and narrative-based public engagement. Jay also has extensive dignified housing development expertise. She has consulted with the Toronto Housing Corporation, worked with the City of Toronto as a housing subject matter expert and led a housing deep listening series in Toronto and Vancouver. Furthermore, Jay's upcoming book Where We Live, which will be published by McClelland & Stewart at Penguin Random House Canada, uncovers the crisis across the country from the Arctic to the East Coast. She also shapes urgent city-building conversations through media platforms such as the Agenda and Canadian Architect—as a keynote speaker for organizations like University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—and as a knowledge producer in urban planning faculties across North America. Recently, Jay consulted on Edmonton’s new heritage plan; hosted a professional development luncheon for women city-builders in Detroit; initiated a safe and connected streets engagement following the mass shooting on the Danforth, and led (RE)IMAGINING CHEAPSIDE, a Confederate monument placemaking process in Lexington. She is currently finalizing a shelter design guidelines process in partnership with Hilditch Architects and just launched HER City, an international placemaking project focused on how urban design impacts women's safety, leisure, and play.