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Our Team

Established in 2000, the Public Space Workshop (PSW) team has expertise in urban design, landscape architecture, stakeholder engagement, mapping and social marketing.  Our team has won awards for their commitment to advancing active transportation.

We have worked throughout Ontario. Occasionally we share our experiences at conferences and by teaching.  Our experience tells us that every community, rural, urban and suburban has unique assets and energetic people that want to build healthier communities.

Hamilton workshop

We are inspired by some of the pioneers in cooperative planning and design  - Randy Hester, Stanley King and Co-Design and by all the communities that have stepped up to make changes for long-term sustainability.

We can help you with:

  • Education and talks about the benefits of cycling and walking (workshops, walk‐shops, event
    tables, educational talks, summits)
  • Strategic planning for active transportation (walking, accessibility and cycling)
  • Public and stakeholder engagement strategies - building support for change
  • Neighbourhood Improvement Planning
  • Visualization (graphics, artist renderings, mapping)
  • Design for trails and active transportation networks, public spaces, parks and streetscapes
  • Policy and plan reviews for active transportation supports
  • Events - cycling safety and education (bike maintenance, route planning and riding safety)
The links on the left contain some examples of our work.

Who is Public Space Workshop?

Paul Young, landscape architect OALA,  CSLA

Paul heads up Public Space Workshop. He is a registered landscape architect and an experienced facilitator. He has over 20 years experience in urban design, streetscape and park design. Paul has a master's degree in urban planning and over 15 years of strategic planning and facilitation on planning matters.

my facePublic Space Workshop (PSW) focuses on planning for active transportation and for parklands and open space. PSW also conducts community and stakeholder enagement to support active transportation.

At PSW we believe that sustainable and healthy communities emerge from a planning process that involves numerous stakeholders including the general public.  We strive to ensure projects become interactive learning opportunities for both participants, planners and designers. 

Paul Young’s urban design experience is complemented by 20 years of working in health promotion at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Paul's speaking engagements, articles and CV can be found HERE

Vivien Leong, active transportation analysis, communications and outreach

Vivien has over 20 years of experience in communications, outreach and community engagement. At public space workshop, she has worked on projects dealing with health and the built environment, walkability audits, school travel, and mapping healthy food and physical activity resources. She focuses on active and sustainable transportation planning, accessibility, and inclusion of diverse communities.

Vivien Leong

She promotes popular education methods to mobilize communities and has assisted with workshops, conferences, newsletters and reports for a range of organizations, including CultureLink Settlement and Community Services (CultureLink) and Healthy Transport Consulting. She helped develop the program and training for Communities on the Move, a Metrolinx-funded project designed to engage newcomer and multicultural communities in transportation planning for The Big Move project. She has co-facilitated professional development workshops on cycling safety and education, for teachers in the Town of Ajax.
And she assists with Transport Futures, a series of learning events on mobility pricing, transportation demand management, infrastructure funding, and technology.

Vivien has been involved with active transportation groups in Toronto, including Walk Toronto, Cycle Toronto, Ward 29 Bikes and Ward 30 Bikes. She has helped organize events such as the annual Bells on Danforth ride.  She was a recipient of Cycle Toronto’s Ward Advocate of the Year 2015 award.

Vivien has a master’s in environmental studies (planning) and a bachelor’s in communication, and is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).

John Fischer, geographic information systems (G.I.S) mapping

John has extensive experience with geographic information systems mapping. He is also a dedicated advocate with Walk Toronto and conducts tours throughout Ontario.