Larry Beasley is the retired director of planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the distinguished practice professor of planning at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy.
Over 30 years of civic service, Beasley implemented land use and transportation plans along with careful development management that have dramatically reshaped Vancouver's inner city. He also led the revitalization of neighbourhoods, a strong heritage preservation program, the city's urban design studio, and a successful civic fundraising initiative.
For the last 13 years of his civic service, he was a principal decision maker for Vancouver's development approvals. He now teaches and advises the private sector and governments around the world. He chairs the National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty of Ottawa's National Capital Commission; he is the chief advisor on urban design for the City of Dallas, Texas; he is on the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in the Netherlands; and he is the special advisor on city planning to the government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
For three years, he was also vice-president of Aquilini Development, and he is now senior development advisor to Concord Pacific Developments.
Beasley has studied architecture and has degrees in geography and political science (BA) and planning (MA). He has also been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees (Hon. L.L.D.), from Simon Fraser University and Dalhousie University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and an Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. He has also been recognized as an Advocate for Architecture by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
In 2007, he received the Kevin Lynch Prize, the most prestigious award in American planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Beasley is a member of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest honour for lifetime achievement.