John L. Lewis

Associate Professor | Director, Indigenous Faculty Relations

John Lewis portrait

PhD, Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2006

MSc, Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2000

MPl, Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's University, Canada, 1996

BA, Honours Political Studies, Queen's University, Canada, 1990

Contact information
519-888-4567 ext. 43185
Location: EV3 3317

Research interests

  • Environmental Design and Visualization

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • Participatory Planning

  • Age-Friendly Community Planning

  • Accessible Design

Research grants/projects

  • AcesSim: A virtual environment tool for accessible environmental design and assessment
    • Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Planning for landscape change in the urban field: an interactive visualization approach
    • Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Cognition and the built environment: an examination of the wayfinding abilities and requirements of people with alzheimer's disease in the urban environment
    • Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Determinants of simulation bias in landscape planning and design
    • Funded by: Industrial Research Grant
  • Accessibility in environmental planning and design: A problem-based learning approach
    • Funded by: Learning Initiatives Fund

Contact John Lewis for more information on research opportunities.

Graduate student supervision

  Number of students currently supervising/co-supervising Total number of student supervisions/co-supervisions
Masters 5 24
PhD 1 5

Recent/key publications

[* = student co-authors]

  • Lewis, J. In Press. Older Adults: The Detached Ageism of the Planning Profession. In, Pojani, D. (Ed.), Alternative Planning Theory. London: Routledge.

  • Lewis, J. 2021. Métis Older Adults and the Negotiation of Nativeness. In, Hartt, M., Biglieri, S., Rosenberg, M. and Nelson, S. (Eds.), Aging People, Aging Places. Bristol: Policy Press.

  • Puxty, J., Lewis, J., Webster, S., Keresztes, C. 2021. Creating a more inclusive Ontario: age-friendly community planning guide for municipalities and community organizations. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

  • Groulx, M. and Lewis, J. 2017. Merely “Design Marketing?”: Professional Perspectives on the Use and Misuse of Environmental Visualizations in Community Engagement. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 31(4): 423-37.

  • Lewis, J. L. and Groh, A. (2016) ‘It’s About the People…: Seniors’ Perspectives on AgeFriendly Communities’, in T. Moulaert, and S. Garon (ed.) Age-friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison: Political Lessons, Scientific Avenues, and Democratic Issues. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

  • Lewis, J., Denton, M., Groulx, M., Ducak, K. 2013. Finding the Right Fit: Age-Friendly Community Planning. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

  • Lewis, J. 2012. More Art than Science: the Sources and Effects of Stylistic Variation in Visualization for Planning and Design. Environment and Planning B. 39(3): 551-565.

  • Lewis, J. 2010. Interethnic Preferences for Landscape Change: A Comparison of First Nations and Euro-Canadian Residents. Landscape Journal. 29(2): 215-231.

  • Lewis, J.  2011.  Interethnic Preferences for Landscape Change: A Comparison of First Nations and Euro-Canadian Residents.  Landscape Journal.  29(2): 215-231.
  • Lewis, J.  2010.  Student Attitudes Toward Impairment: an assessment of active and passive learning methods in urban planning education.  Teaching in Higher Education.  15(2): 187-198.
  • Lewis, J.L.  2009.  Student Attitudes Toward Impairment and Accessibility: an Evaluation of Awareness Training for UrbanPlanning Students. Vocations and Learning. 2(2): 109-125.
  • Lewis, J.L.  2008.  Contemporary Reflections on Changing Landscape Structure in the Pacific Northwest.  In, A. Lawrence (Ed.), Taking Stock of Nature: participatory biodiversity assessment for policy planning and practice.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 36 pp.
  • Lewis, J. L.  2007.  Perceptions of Landscape Change in a Rural British Columbia Community. Landscape and Urban Planning.  85(1): 49-59.
  • Lewis, J.L. and Sheppard, S.R.J.  2006.  Culture and Communication: can landscape visualization improve forest management consultation with indigenous communities?  Landscape and Urban Planning.  77(3): 291-313.
  • Lewis, J.L. and Sheppard, S.R.J.   2005.  Ancient values, new challenges: indigenous spiritual perceptions of landscapes and forest management.
  • Sheppard, S.R.J., Lewis, J.L. and Akai, C.  2004.  Landscape Visualization: an extension guide for First Nations and Rural Communities.  Edmonton, AB: Sustainable Forest Management Network.

Courses taught

  • PLAN 105: Introduction to Planning Analysis

  • PLAN 110: Visual Approaches to Design and Communication

  • PLAN 309/646: Site Planning and Design Studio

  • PLAN 700: Planning Paradigms and Theory

  • PLAN 704: Methods of Planning Analysis

  • PLAN 720: Introductory Planning Studio

  • PLAN 800 A/C: PhD Colloquium

  • PLAN 801: Foundations of Planning Scholarship