City of Toronto seeks members for Public Art Commission and Design Review Panel

The City of Toronto is seeking members for two volunteer boards, the Toronto Public Art Commission and the Design Review Panel.

Toronto Public Art Commission (TPAC)

The TPAC is a City of Toronto arts advisory body and peer review group, made up of citizen volunteers with diverse backgrounds, that works collaboratively with the City’s Urban Design and Community Planning staff to provide recommendations and assist in the review of public art projects and policies. TPAC members provide feedback about public art plans from private developers as part of the Percent for Public Art Program. Projects include large-scale development, district public art plans, secondary plans, master plans, as well as contributions for private property and/or off-site locations. Members of the commission do not select the final artwork and are not members of any selection juries.

Applicants must either reside or work in Toronto. Previous experience in the arts is required. The following professions are encouraged to apply: artist, art educator, urban designer, architect, landscape architect, public institution representative, art historian, art critic, cultural planner, developer, lawyer or other representative from the corporate community; or an individual with experience in public art, Indigenous designer, artist, historian or traditional knowledge keeper, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) designer or artist; or an artist or designer from an equity-seeking group.

All TPAC meetings are being held virtually (via Webex) until it is safe to resume in-person meetings at Toronto City Hall. The commission meets every six weeks as required, and meetings are open to the public. The term of the appointment for members is generally four years. No remuneration is offered for this volunteer position.

Design Review Panel (DRP)

The DRP is an advisory body made up of 18 private sector design professionals who provide objective, professional advice to City Planning staff about proposed public and private development as well as new urban design policy. The role of the panel is to advocate for the highest quality design outcomes for the residents of Toronto. Established in 2007, the panel has become a significant forum for achieving design excellence within the city.

The DRP is seeking members who can fill the following roles: Indigenous design expert, landscape architect, urban designer, sustainability specialist, transportation specialist or architect. The DRP is seeking applications from design professionals with relevant experience and qualifications, including from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) design professionals and design professionals from equity-seeking groups.

All DRP meetings are being held virtually (via Webex) until it is safe to resume in-person meetings at Toronto City Hall. The panel meets during regular business hours, 12 to 15 times throughout the year. Each meeting is approximately five and a half hours and three to four projects are reviewed. The term of the appointment for members is approximately three years. No remuneration is offered for this volunteer position.

Application details

The deadline for applications for both the TPAC and the DRP is Friday, February 19 at 4 p.m.

More information, including application requirements, is available on the following pages on the City of Toronto website:

If you have questions, or would like more information about the TPAC, please contact Lara Tarlo [email protected]. For more information about the DRP, please contact Meredith Vaga at [email protected].


“The City of Toronto is committed to promoting design excellence in the buildings and the public realm of our rapidly growing city. We have an opportunity, and responsibility, to ensure a livable, comfortable, vibrant, diverse, safe and beautiful city for the residents and visitors of not only today, but also tomorrow. The Public Art Commission and the Design Review Panel are two made-in-Toronto solutions that help us achieve design excellence and livability in Toronto. I invite any qualified candidates to consider applying for these critical roles.”

- Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning

“Urban Design is one way we strive to achieve long-term livability and when done well, urban design supports a high quality of life for the people who inhabit the city, now and in the future. We know that Toronto is already one of the most livable cities in the world, but we cannot rest on our laurels. We have to keep working hard – in all aspects of design – to push the needle on what is good design, on what is public art to remain a world-class city.”

- Lorna Day, Director, Urban Design, City of Toronto

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