Sonny Tomic is manager of Centre City Planning and Implementation at the City of Calgary. He's an award-winning urban designer with more than twenty years of experience in small, medium and large scale projects in planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture in Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.
Sonny is a passionate advocate for high quality public realm planning and design. His appreciation of the different aspects of urban design and the interrelationships between built form and public realm is revealed in his comprehensive award-winning approach to urban design. Sonny was involved in a broad range of projects — from downtown planning and revitalization, design of public spaces and streetscapes, waterfront developments, renewal of military bases — to master planning and design of new mixed-use communities.
Sonny's award portfolio includes the 2005 and 1998 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design; 1998 Gold Award from the Economic Development Association of Canada, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Outstanding Planning and Professional Merit Awards, 2000 and 2003 Hamilton Sustainable Community Award, and Ontario March of Dimes 2003 Barrier-Free Award. Sonny is an active member of the Alberta Design Think Tank, co-founder of Ontario Urban Design Working Group, and the CIP National Urban Design Initiative (renamed to CanU). He is past contributing editor for urban design for Plan Canada Journal.
Sonny is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Calgary, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Waterloo, University of York, Ryerson University, and McMaster University.