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Nina-Marie Lister

Nina-Marie Lister


Associate Professor, MCIP, RPP, Affiliate ASLA


B.A. Hons. (Toronto), M. Sc.Pl. (Toronto)




416.979.5000 ext. 6769

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Current Research Areas

Landscape and ecological design; Urban parks and natural heritage systems; landscape infrastructure, design for resilience, complex socio-ecological systems design; large-scale wild landscapes.

Current Teaching Areas

Planning Studio, Urban Ecology, Landscape & Physical Planning, Ecological Design, Landscape Urbanism, Research Methods

Scholarly Research + Creative Practice

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Programme Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. From 2009-2014, she was Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. A Registered Professional Planner with a background in landscape ecology and urban planning, she is the founding principal of PLANDFORM a creative studio practice exploring the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Prof. Lister’s research, teaching and practice focus on the confluence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on design for resilience and complex, adaptive systems approaches. At Ryerson University, Lister founded and directs the Ecological Design Lab, a collaborative incubator for ecological design research and practice, and an experimental generator in rapid prototyping for resilience. She is a member of the Ryerson Urban Water Centre where she contributes work on flood-friendly design and resilient water infrastructure.

She is co-editor of Projective Ecologies (with Chris Reed, Harvard GSD and ACTAR Press, 2014) and The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (with David Waltner-Toews and the late James Kay, Columbia University Press, 2008), and author of more than 30 professional practice and scholarly publications. These include contributions to Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD with Lars Müller Publishers 2010) and Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press 2008, winner of the J.B. Jackson Book Prize). She recently served as Guest Editor of the Journal of Ecological Restoration for a special issue on landscape connectivity, and is a featured author in the 100th anniversary issue of the Ecological Society of America’s premiere journal, Frontiers in Ecology. Her work has been featured in a variety of planning and design exhibitions, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Toronto Design Exchange, and the Van Alen Institute in New York. Prof. Lister served as the Professional Advisor for the 2010 ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition, which developed the concept designs for a wildlife bridge at the Vail Pass in Colorado. The concept designs are featured in a public exhibition on wildlife, infrastructure and urbanism, XING - Reconnecting Landscapes which launched in Toronto at Evergreen Brickworks in 2013 and is now on permanent exhibit at the Toronto Zoo. In 2012, Prof. Lister was named Senior Scholar with the Centre for Humans and Nature. In recognition of her international leadership in ecological design, Lister was awarded Honourary Membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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