Brenton Nader

PhD, Planning

Brendon Nader HeadshotPrior Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Social History, McGill University

Master of Arts, Urban History, McGill University

Master of Science in Planning, University of Toronto

Planning Interests

  • Small-scale and Artisanal Manufacturing
  • Makerspaces
  • Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Preservation
  • Planning Theory

Research Topic

My research focuses on new forms of urban manufacturing and their contributions to densification strategies.

Presentations/Publications/Professional Experience


  • Nader, B. (April, 2019). Privately owned public spaces in Toronto and the dissonance of geographical imaginations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Vinodrai, T., & Nader, B. (April, 2019). Making spaces? Planning for new forms of urban production. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.
  • Nader, B. (October, 2018). Evaluating the social inclusivity of Toronto’s privately-owned publicly accessible spaces. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers—Ontario Division, Toronto, ON.

Publications and Research Reports:

  • Wynveen, A., Nader, B., Rowan, C., Hilbrecht, C., & Miller, K. (2014). Not zoned for dancing: A comprehensive review of entertainment in downtown Toronto. Toronto, ON: City Planning Division, City of Toronto.

Of Note

  • Member, Heritage and Planning Advisory Committee, Region of Waterloo

At the University of Waterloo

  • Teaching Assistant for PLAN 362/674: Regional Planning and Economic Development, Fall 2018

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