Frank Ducote is the principal and sole practitioner of Frank Ducote Urban Design, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in urban design, physical planning and public engagement for creative and feasible outcomes for both private and public sector clients.
Frank is one of the most experienced urban designers in British Columbia, having worked at the municipal level for more than 25 years, and for the last decade as a private consultant in his own practice.
He served as senior planner and senior urban designer for the City of Vancouver for over 11 years and has held similar roles in San Diego’s City Architect’s Office, the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver.
Frank is also currently consulting to the City of North Vancouver to develop zoning and design guidelines for a range of low- to medium-density housing types in the Moodyville community.
In terms of public engagement, he has developed a unique modelling process to engage participants in meaningful 3-D design exercises. The intent is to move away from expert-developed 2-D drawings, thus allowing lay participants an equal opportunity to engage in a “hands-on” process. The result has been the fairly quick development of alternate scenarios worthy of comparison and discussion, with a goal of a shared vision moving forward. All participants become designers.
Frank's lifelong interest in visual art is represented by co-managing the home-based Blood Star Gallery on South Pender Island.