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 15 years 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.
In terms of public engagement, he has developed a unique modelling process to engage participants in meaningful 3-D design exercises. The intent of these exercises is to move away from expert-developed 2-D drawings, 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 in these exercises become designers.