Online conference speaker

Charles Montgomery

Founding Principal, Happy City, author “Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design”

Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist and leader of transformative experiments, research and interventions for wellbeing in cities. His acclaimed book, “Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design”, examines the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness.

Collaborating with partners ranging from the Guggenheim Museum to local governments and city builders in Canada, the USA, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, Charles and his team have created experiments and design methods that enable everyone to help nurture happy, healthy, inclusive cities.

Among his numerous awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards the public’s understanding of climate change science. Charles is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Networks sub-council for Happy Cities.

His first book, The Last Heathen, won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize and vigorous praise from reviewers in The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere.