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...


At the end of a fun and moving party in his honour, some friends, colleagues, alumni and current students gather around Prof. David Brown, who retired in 2014.

School of Urban Planning


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.


2019 interuniversity charrette: Mont-Royal

In late March 2019, students from across Montréal participated in an interuniversity urban design charrette hosted by the School, exploring options for the 'Road over the Mountain' (Chemin de la montagne) on Mont-Royal. Read more about this event and view the team submissions here


School newsletter (Fall 2018)

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Professor search 

The School is recruiting for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship (although consideration will also be given to outstanding mid-career and senior candidates at the rank of Associate or Full Professor). Please see the full advertisement under Academic Employment for details.


Admissions for the academic year beginning in September 2019

The deadline for applications to the M.U.P. programme for the academic year beginning in Fall 2019 has now passed. The next deadline for admissions is the 15th of January 2020 for the academic year beginning in Fall 2020.  

The School handles all admissions to our programs through a deliberative committee-based process that is now underway, and which will continue into the spring, as we make recommendations for admission in several rounds. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT INDIVIDUAL FACULTY MEMBERS with requests for information and/or to be given special consideration for admission.


Fall 2018 Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Lecture in Urban Design 

On the 20th of November, the School welcomed Professor Vanessa Watson, planner and urban theoretician from Cape Town University, for a public lecture entitled New African City Plans: ‘world class cities’ or property developer land grabs? 

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Official launch of a new concentration:
Urban Development and Urban Design

The School now offers an exciting new concentration within its professionally-accredited M.U.P. degree program. As of the Winter 2018 academic term, students may formally specialise in Urban Development and Urban Design. Please see the details under Academic Programs.   


The School in the media 

Media attention is being drawn to an important new report that was prepared by McGill's UPGo researchers (Prof. David Wachsmuth, Danielle Kerrigan, David Chaney, and Andrea Shillolo) on the increasing commercialization of short-term rentals (such as AirBnB) in Canada and what cities should do about it.

Student Supervised Research Project featured in the Montreal Gazette: St-Luc rail yards relocation could earn CP half-billion dollars: Libman

Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy has been appointed for 4 years as a board member of the newly established transport planning authority for Montreal, Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM).

Charis Loong's first chapter from her Master's research project co-authored with Dea van Lierop and Ahmed El-Geneidy was recently featured in City Lab, Next City, and New York Magazine's Science of US section. Prof. El-Geneidy was interviewed by Global News and Metro News in Toronto regarding the same study.

Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy was interviewed by Jason Magder for the Montreal Gazette regarding the new Light Rail Project (REM) proposed by CDPQ for Montreal.


Visiting Professor

Prof. Julian Agyeman PhD FRSA FRGS was a Visiting Professor, School of Urban Planning during the academic year 2017-2018.

Julian is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of "just sustainabilities", the full integration of social justice and sustainability. As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. He thrives at the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges, disciplines and methodologies which he utilizes in creative and original ways in his research. 

While at McGill he gave a public lecture, taught a class in the Winter Term, and worked on a book, Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America. He was also working with The McConnell Foundation on its Cities for People and Future Cities programmes. You can find out more about him on his website.