Maya Desai

Maya Desai

M.Arch., LEED GA, OAA Intern

Senior Urban Designer
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Maya is an Urban Designer and Planner whose approaches to planning and design are focused on sustainable and resilient approaches, cultural narratives and resilience, and collaborative community engagement processes. Since joining MTA in 2009, she has been involved in a variety of high-profile museum, university, college, and master planning projects. Maya’s planning experience includes serving as a subject matter expert for Waterfront Toronto, developing master plans for Qatar’s Education City, Surrey City Development Corporation, and the Town of Whitby, as well as campus plans for the University of Lethbridge, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College.

Maya also maintains a solid relationship with the academic community as an Associate Professor in the Environmental Design and Design for Health programs at OCAD University and a frequent guest critic and lecturer in architecture and urban design studios at the University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan University, University of Waterloo, Concordia University, UC Irvine, Kent State University, and l’Université de Montréal. Maya remains actively engaged in professional and volunteer activities that focus on sustainability, health, and equity. She currently serves as an executive member of BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto) and a committee member of ClimateACT (Climate Advisory Committee for City of Toronto).

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