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School of Urban Planning

School of Urban Planning

Location

Location

  • Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 400
  • 815 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C2

About the School of Urban Planning

About the School of Urban Planning

Modern urban planning developed into a profession in the early decades of the 20th century, largely as a response to the appalling sanitary, social, and economic conditions of rapidly developing industrial cities. Initially, the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and public health provided the nucleus of concerned professionals; beautification schemes and infrastructure works marked the early stages of public intervention in the 19th century. Architects, engineers, and public health specialists were joined by economists, sociologists, lawyers, and geographers as the complexities of the city's problems came to be more fully understood and public pressure mounted for their solution. Contemporary urban and regional planning techniques for survey, analysis, design, and implementation developed from an interdisciplinary synthesis of these various fields, as did the practice of urban design.

Today, urban planning can be described as the collective management of urban development. It is concerned with the welfare of communities, control of the use of land, design of the built environment, including transportation and communication networks, and protection and enhancement of the natural environment. It is at once a technical and a political process that brings together actors from the public, private, and community spheres. Planners participate in that process in a variety of ways, as designers and analysts, advocates and mediators, facilitating the search for equitable and efficient solutions to problems of urban growth and development.

McGill University was the first institution in Canada to offer a full-time planning program. An interdisciplinary program was established in 1947, in which students combined a Master's degree in Urban Planning with one in a related field. An autonomous program was established in 1972. It became the School of Urban Planning in 1976, a unit within the Faculty of Engineering. It has strong links with the School of Architecture, which is housed in the same building.

Students come to the School from diverse backgrounds, the physical sciences, the traditional professions, such as architecture and engineering, and the social sciences. Alumni of the School work as planners and designers at various levels of government, in non-profit organizations, and with private consulting firms. Their expertise ranges from historic preservation to transportation planning, from housing development to computer imaging. They devote their efforts in increasing numbers to environmental planning and sustainable development.

The School has a rich track record of contribution to the community and to the profession. It devotes its energy to the study of urban problems and the formulation of policies in developing regions as well as in Montreal and other Canadian cities. Faculty and students collaborate actively with members of other McGill departments, notably Architecture, Geography, Civil Engineering, and Law, and with colleagues at other institutions in Canada and abroad.

The objective of the School is to produce qualified professional urban planners for the public and the private sectors. Training is provided at the postgraduate level; the degree offered is the Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.). Two formal specializations are available: in Urban Design and in Transportation Planning. M.U.P. students in the core program may also opt to spend a semester in Barbados as part of the Barbados Field Study Semester, which focuses on Global Environmental Issues. Details concerning each of these concentrations can be found at www.mcgill.ca/urbandesign, www.tram.mcgill.ca, and www.mcgill.ca/bfss respectively.

Upon completion of the two-year program of studies, graduates are expected to have acquired basic planning skills, a broad understanding of urban issues, and specialized knowledge in a field of their own choice.

The program of study offered by the School is fully recognized by the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec (O.U.Q.) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (C.I.P.). Graduates may become full members of the O.U.Q. and other provincial planning associations by completing their respective internship and examination requirements. Similar requirements must be met for admission to the American Institute of Certified Planners (A.I.C.P.) and other such organizations.

For details of the M.U.P. admission requirements and curriculum, consult the Programs, Courses and University Regulations publication for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, available at www.mcgill.ca/study.

Undergraduate Courses in Urban Planning

Undergraduate Courses in Urban Planning

The following courses taught by faculty in the School of Urban Planning are open to undergraduate students:

Undergraduate Courses in Urban Planning
ARCH 520 (3) Montreal: Urban Morphology
ARCH 521 (3) Structure of Cities
ARCH 550 (3) Urban Planning and Development
URBP 201 (3) Planning the 21st Century City
URBP 501 (2) Principles and Practice 1
URBP 504 (3) Planning for Active Transportation
URBP 505 (3) Geographic Information Systems
URBP 506 (3) Environmental Policy and Planning
URBP 507 (3) Planning and Infrastructure
URBP 519 (6) Sustainable Development Plans
URBP 520 (3) Globalization: Planning and Change
URBP 530 (3) Urban Environmental Planning
URBP 536 (1) Transportation Seminar 1
URBP 537 (1) Transportation Seminar 2
URBP 538 (1) Transportation Seminar 3

School of Urban Planning Faculty

School of Urban Planning Faculty

Director
Raphaël Fischler
Emeritus Professors
David Farley; B.Arch.(McG.), M.Arch., M.C.P.(Harv.)
Jane Matthews-Glenn; B.A., LL.B.(Qu.), D. en droit(Strasbourg)
Associate Professors
Madhav G. Badami; B.Tech., M.S.(IIT, Madr.), M.E.Des.(Calg.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment)
Lisa Bornstein; B.Sc.(Calif., Berk.), M.R.P.(C'nell), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
David F. Brown; B.A.(Bishop's), M.U.P.(McG.), Ph.D.(Sheff.)
Raphaël Fischler; B.Eng.(U. Tech. Eindhoven), M.Sc., M.C.P.(MIT), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Assistant Professors
Ahmed Elgeneidy; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Alexandria), Ph.D.(Port. St.)
Nik Luka; B.A.(Ryerson), M.Arch.(Laval), Ph.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with School of Architecture)
Adjunct Professors
Cameron Charlebois; B.Sc.(Arch.), B.Arch., M.B.A.(McG.)
Murtaza Haider; B.Sc.(NWFP UET-Pesh.), M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Marc-André Lechasseur; LL.B.(Sher.), LL.M.(Montr.)
Mario Polèse; B.A.(CUNY), M.A., Ph.D.(Penn.)
Richard Shearmur; B.A.(Camb.), M.U.P.(McG.), Ph.D.(Montr.)
Ray Tomalty; B.A., M.P.A.(Qu.), Ph.D.(Wat.)
Alain Trudeau; B.Sc.(UQAM), M.U.P.(McG.)
Guest Lecturers
Heather Braiden
Paul LeCavalier
Denis Lévesque
James McGregor
Pierre Morissette
Larry Sherman
Martin Wexler
Faculty of Engineering—2012-2013 (last updated Mar. 19, 2012) (disclaimer)