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Aerial view of McGill's main campus in central Montréal. Mont-Royal is to the left.

Student proposal for east-central Montréal

Autoroute Ville-Marie in central Montréal is among the most massive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Montréal, and its negative effects on the adjacent urban fabric and nearby communities are still major issues.

Postwar suburban subdivisions: blight or cultural landscapes of significant value?

The Place de la Cité project replaced the fine-grained urban fabric seen at the left with megastructures. Some saw it as progress, others as desecration. The conflict continues to rage...

Current and former faculty, staff, and students of the School of Urban Planning united at Homecoming 60/35




The School draws students from around the world. Through our core Master of Urban Planning degree program and an optional concentration in Transportation Planning, we train professionals for the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in two years of intensive study, much of which takes place in real-life group projects using the Montréal metropolitan region as a living laboratory. Our aim is to give individuals the intellectual and practical skills needed to excel in the field and thereby to improve human settlements around the world.


The School welcomes a new professor

We are very pleased to announce that Dr David Wachsmuth will join the School in August 2015 as Assistant Professor. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (First-Class Honours in International Development and in Classics, minor in Mathematics and Statistics), a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto (specialization in housing and social policy) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (dissertation title: Post-City Politics: US Urban Governance and Competitive Multi-City Regionalism). He is currently a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. David has worked as a professional urban planner in the non-profit sector, the Ontario provincial government and the Venezuelan barrios, and as a researcher in the Rebuild by Design project to rethink infrastructure planning in the Northeast US in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. His research lies in the field of critical urban studies and focuses on the changing politics and geography of urban governance and city-environment relations. His teaching at McGill will pertain to these areas of inquiry as well as to social policy and sustainability policy, urban theory and planning theory, and research methods. David’s hiring is truly excellent news for the School and for the University as a whole. 


Summer Office Hours

From June 22 to August 21, 2015, the offices of the School of Urban Planning will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday.  They will be closed on Fridays. 

The office will be also be closed in the week of July 27 – 31.

For information please email admissions [dot] planning [at] mcgill [dot] ca 

When the office is closed, general enquiries may be made at the offices of the School of Architecture, Room 201, Macdonald-Harrington Bldg.


2015 Gewurz Lecture : Friday 13 March

Adam Greenfield presented a talk entitled Another city is possible: Practices of the minimum viable utopia. Please click here for details.


The School in the media 

Student work in the School's Planning Studio 3 has been featured in a recent article published in the Montréal Gazette entitled 'McGill students helping Île-Perrot revitalize its downtown core'


The School and the Quartier de l'innovation

The School of Urban Planning is an academic partner in the Quartier de l’innovation (Innovation District), a joint initiative of McGill University and the École de technologie supérieure. The district is in the old industrial area of Griffintown, where ETS is located, to the south-west of downtown Montreal. For McGill University and the School of Urban Planning, the QI is an opportunity to explore ways of fostering innovation not only in technology but also in urban development, community life, culture, education, and other fields. Raphaël Fischler, Director of the school, and Cameron Charlebois, an Adjunct Professor in the school, have been involved in the creation of the QI, as have students in the Master of Urban Planning program. In fact, the idea of an innovation district was first put forward by students in Planning Studio 1 and presented to the head of ETS, who was also thinking of the future of his institution in a neighbourhood facing rapid gentrification. More recently, students in the School's Planning Studio 2 developed a series of proposals for mixed-use McGill residences that can function as innovation hubs in the QI. A brief presentation of the QI, in French, can be found in this video produced by McGill Multimedia Services. Information on the QI in English can be found on the QI website.


Award of Excellence for Gladys Chan

The School is pleased to announce that Ms Gladys Chan, our Student Affairs Coordinator, received an Award of Excellence from the Faculty of Engineering in May 2013. Please join us in congratulating Gladys on this important distinction !