Jay Pitter

Senior Fellow, Equity-Based Placemaking

Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in cities across North America. She spearheads institutional city-building projects specializing in public space design and policy, forgotten densities, mobility equity, gender-responsive design, inclusive public engagement and healing fraught sites. What distinguishes Jay is her multi-disciplinary approach, located at the nexus of urban design and social equity, which translates community insights and aspirations into the built environment. Ms. Pitter also makes significant contributions to urbanism theory and discourse. She is the co-editor of Subdivided: City- Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity, and her forthcoming book, Where We Live, will be published in 2021. In collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute, she is leading the Forgotten Densities Working Group, a one-year cross-Canada pilot project that will document socio-spatial challenges, establish a multi-disciplinary community of practice, and convene conversations to constructively address urban density discrimination.