Frank Palermo

Frank Palermo, BArch, MArch, FRAIC, FCIP



Frank holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. His experience includes working as an architect with WZMH in Toronto and as Director of Downtown Planning for the City of Calgary. Since 1984 he has been a professor in the Faculty of Architecture & Planning at Dalhousie where he has also held the positions of Head of the Planning Department and Dean of the Faculty. Frank has been a member of the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Planning and Real Asset Management and is currently a member of HRM’s Urban Design Task Force.

Iyad Al-Halis

Iyad Al-Halis, BSc. Arch. Eng. (Jordan), M.Arch (USA), MPlan (Canada), LEED AP


Community Planner/Urban Designer

As an urban designer, Iyad draws extensively on his architectural background. He is passionate about the built form at all scales: from the doorknob to the structure of towns, but more critically interested in the way form touches people's lives. Seeing urban design and design communication as means to engage, imagine and plan, Iyad advocates that design must place people first. After all, urban design must be about bringing betterment and delight, is about unfolding both the beauty of places and joy of living together. Iyad wants to become skilled in designing progressive urban experiences for all.