Dennis plays a leading role in Sasaki’s planning and urban design practice with specific emphasis on international work. His 25 years of both national and international experience encompass diverse project types including urban districts, new communities, campus environments, waterfronts, and urban regeneration.
Through his design practice, Dennis focuses on strategic thinking and creating value for clients. He approaches his urban design work collaboratively, integrating landscape, planning, and architecture with a critical understanding of the forces that shape contemporary cities.
Dennis has led Sasaki’s urban work for a number of significant projects around the world including the 2008 Beijing Olympics master plan, the master plan for Monterrey Tec and associated Research Clusters in Monterrey, Mexcico, the National Creative Cluster and Songzhuang master plan near Beijing, China, the Samsung Electronics Global Research District in Suwon, Korea and the master plan for new Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research at Masdar in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Educated at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (with Distinction and Thesis Prize) and the University of Toronto School of Architecture (with Honours), Dennis speaks regularly at conferences and academic institutions and has participated on multiple international design competition juries. At Harvard, Dennis teaches in the GSD Professional Development program and in 2010 taught a studio focused on the Boston Innovation District.
Dennis has led and participated in remarkable teams that have been honored with more than 45 design awards, including national recognition from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP).
Dennis has been inducted as an Honorary member of ASLA – a title bestowed upon only a handful of professionals nationwide. He also served as the youngest President of Sasaki Associates from 2004 until 2011.