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About - Reurbanist


Reurbanist is a multi-disciplinary firm that blends land use economics with urban planning and economic development. At its core, Reurbanist believes that great urban places that are compelling and vibrant must find success at both a fiscal and social level. Stronger cities and urban destinations translate into improved job growth, municipal tax revenue, and a higher quality of life for residents.

Reurbanist has offices located in Toronto and Seoul and is actively engaged in projects in Canada, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to working directly with our clients, Reurbanist provides support services for several major land economics consulting firms.

Reurbanist Global Experience

reurbanist global experience

For more information on Reurbanist, including our staffing biographies and a list of recent project qualifications, please contact us.



Mark Sim

Founding Member, Partner

Urban Planner, Retail & Real Estate Development Strategist

Mark is an internationally experienced urban planner and development strategist. As a city planner and development strategist, mark focuses on understanding the impact of retail and mixed use developments on communities and local markets. Developments that follow strong strategic plans are positioned to be beneficial to both the investors and local markets.

Mark emphasizes the role of economics and market research both from a public and private sector perspective and the necessity of creating a constant dialogue between stake holders and the professionals that are involved in the planning/development process. His experience in working with the community and the public sector was displayed during his time with the City of San Jose Urban Village team as well as during the Short Term Accommodations Study and retail studies for the Town of Canmore.

Mark has project managed a number of high profile real estate developments globally in Asia, the Middle East and North America. He specializes in providing expert advisory services for mixed use development and is active internationally and most recently in the Middle East region. Mark’s international project portfolio provides him with the ability to bring proven concepts and unique strategies for his clients.

Select Project Experience:

  • Town of Canmore (Canada) – Retail main street analysis and market projections
  • Town of Canmore (Canada) – Short term accommodations study with the goal of understanding tax implications and policy recommendations
  • Kingdom Centre (Al Mamlaka Mall) – Re-merchandising strategy and market analysis in Saudi Arabia
  • Al Hamra Luxury Centre – Market assessment and positioning study in Kuwait
  • Northwest Bahrain – Market analysis & development strategy for five assets in Bahrain
  • City of San Jose, Urban Villages (U.S.A.) – Project management, policy analysis and planning in San Jose
  • Pier #5 – Waterfront mixed use feasibility analysis, Busan, South Korea
  • Hanam Union Square (S. Korea) – Market Study and Retail Analysis in Seoul (currently under construction)
  • Dongdaegu KTX Station (S. Korea) – development consulting for US$350 million mixed use project over subway / high speed rail lines (currently under construction)


Shayne Conway

Technical Support Specialist



Shayne graduated in 2008 with a Honours Double Major in Urban Studies and Communication from York University, and with a specialized certificate in GIS from Mohawk College in 2012. He has worked for various municipalities on a range of projects. He is registered with the Canadian Institute of Planners and recently completed the examination for C.E.T (Civil Engineering Technologist) with ASET. Shayne has also recently been officially certified as a C.E.T. 










Jiyoung is pursuing her Honours B.A in Metropolitan Studies and Environmental Studies with a minor in Urban Planning and Architecture at New York University.  She has worked for various city organisations as an intern including New York City Department of Transportation and Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as NGO/NPOs such as Environment New York and CityNet Secretariat. Her interest lies in the field of sustainable urban planning, backed up with years of international experience in New York City, Suzhou, Berlin, and Seoul Metropolitan City.


Our consulting team is supplemented by a select number of junior associates brought on based on specific project needs.