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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.


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.


Tenure-track professorship at the Assistant/Associate level

The School is currently considering applications for a tenure-track position to be filled in August 2015. Please see Academic Positions in the School for details. 


Admissions for 2015-16: important note concerning reference letters and TOEFL/IELTS test scores

Applications for the next cycle (for the academic year beginning in September 2015) were due on 15 January 2015. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all other required material was received before the deadline with one exception: uploading of TOEFL/IELTS test scores (if applicable). Please see How to apply for further information!

New applications (for the academic year beginning in September 2016) will be due on 15 January 2016. 


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.


The School welcomes a new professor in economic aspects of urban planning

Professor Richard Shearmur joined our core full-time faculty in August 2013. Professor Shearmur, who has had a distiguished career as an academic with INRS UCS, currently focuses on the Geography of innovation, Local impacts of innovation, High-order services (KIBS), Intra-metropolitan economy, Regional development factors and policies, Applied methods of spatial analysis, and Statistical concepts and measures. He will boost our research and teaching activities in the areas of urban and regional economics, with a focus on metropolitan dynamics, the spatial distribution of innovation, mobility, and real-estate issues.  


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 !