Scott Torrance

Practice Leader, Landscape Architecture Studio

OALA, CSLA, GRP

Scott-TorranceScott Torrance connects people with nature through his work as a registered landscape architect. He believes deeply in the essential necessity and restorative function of integrating nature – flora, fauna and natural processes – into the urban experience.

He has extensive professional experience on projects of diverse scales and budgets for residential, commercial, institutional, and municipal clients. Recognized for his collaborative, enthusiastic, and constructive design approach, Scott has successfully completed many projects both as a leader and a member of large consultant teams.  Since 2012, his practice has integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) using Autodesk Revit, which allows multidisciplinary three-dimensional collaboration among design and engineering disciplines.

His work is recognized by his peers with both local and national awards for design excellence.  Award-winning projects include the West Toronto Railpath, Victoria Park Subway Station and Bus Terminal, Native Child and Family Services, ESRI Canada Garden in the Sky, MOTH Gardens, and 230 Sackville in the Regent Park Revitalization. Other notable projects include the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University, Aitken Place Park for Waterfront Ontario, and the Barrie Surface Water Treatment Plant.

Passionate about the design of urban parks and public space, Scott studied city and waterfront revitalization projects in Barcelona during the 1992 Olympics and Expo ’92 in Seville.  He has visited and studied the great gardens of Italian renaissance villas, French chateaux, Islamic Spain, the English Landscape School, Edwardian estates, and American country homes.  His passion for public art has led to collaborations with a number of prominent artists including Stephen Cruise, Arlene Stamp, Jeannie Thib, and John Dickson.

Scott is a certified Green Roof Professional and a recognized expert in green roof design. He is regularly invited to lecture on green roof design for the City of Toronto, architectural practices, and professional associations. Scott led a distinguished team to author the City of Toronto Guidelines for Biodiverse Green Roofs, which outlines best practices for promoting biodiversity on green roofs in Toronto. He currently serves on the City’s Green Roof Bylaw Technical Advisory Committee. In 2011, Scott was honoured with the OALA Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment for his advocacy for sustainable design, native plants, green roofs, and increasing biodiversity in the urban environment.

Scott has given his time to a number of committees and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Nathan Phillips Square Community Advisory Group. Previously, Scott was a board member and Past-Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee: a cross-disciplinary research and think tank group promoting the strategic value of design and the contribution of designers from all disciplines for economic, social and environmental goals.

Scott is a firm believer in connecting with, supporting, and integrating research and academia into his practice.  In 2016, he developed and delivered the first course on Urban Parks and Open Space for the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. He is supporting the research of a University of Toronto Civil Engineering PhD candidate in the implementation of low impact development strategies and collaboration with the discipline of landscape architecture. Previously, he supported the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory and work of noted urban ecologist and native bee researcher, Dr. Scott MacIvor, at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

A life-long resident of Toronto, he enjoys the dynamic, urban lifestyle of this great city situated on Lake Ontario.  A father of three, he and his family enjoy the outdoors together cross-country skiing, playing tennis, cycling and stand up paddle boarding.  He enjoys music, especially jazz, and plays guitar, bass, and a little piano.

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