Shonda is Principal at SvN Architects + Planners with over fifteen years of experience in large-scale urban regeneration projects, including focused work on mobility planning and design. Her expertise services both public and private sector clients who want to invest in transit-oriented intensification and creating walkable, thriving communities.
With her background in social work and community development, Shonda has developed a particular expertise in the socio-economic and participatory aspects of planning and design. As a result, SvN’s urban design practice has won multiple local and national awards for projects such as ‘Eglinton Connects’ and the ‘Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration’, which transform car-focused marterials into urban, complete streets with generous public boulevards, public art, and protected bike lanes.
Other key projects that Shonda has led include: Dundas Connects, City of Mississauga; Hurontario LRT, Metrolinx; SmartTrack Station Area Planning; North York General Hospital Campus Strategy and Plan; Branksome Hall Master Plan; Newmarket Secondary Plan; and the Alexandra Park Revitalization for TCHC. Shonda has also authored numerous city building and neighbourhood development plans and guidelines for municipalities including the Hamilton, Vaughan and Toronto. Shonda’s advisory is highly sought-after for her strong ability to navigate and stitch together city building objectives with market realities.
Shonda is qualified as an Expert Planning and Urban Design Witness at the (former) Ontario Municipal Board and Toronto Local Appeal Body.