"If you are thinking on getting a specialized focus on Urban Design at the beginning of your career, or pushing for a strong boost to your mid-career pathway, the SFU's Urban Design Certificate is definitely the very best option I've found all across Canada, for several reasons.
- The professors are incredibly practical, dynamic, challenging, personable and true facilitators to spark the best out of their students. They healthfully set the design bar pretty high, but on parallel, they provide abundant Best Practices examples, a team-building methodology, and perhaps most valuable, their own hands-on experience.
- The materials provided (books, articles and other references) are simply of the highest quality and applicability in a daily working basis.
- The SFU "facilities", which in this Program are both indoor (campuses) and outdoor (key examples all across MetroVancouver) are as varied as incomparable.
- And the people you meet. One of the best assets of the Certificate is the diverse and highly-motivated peers you meet. Deep and fast-paced activities make you expand your best team-building strategies and tactics. Somehow, you feel you've been working with them for years, and become life-long professional colleagues.
In my case, being in my forties and after 20 years of practice, I have noticed a real update and uplift on my designing skills, at all levels: graphical, analytical, creative and problem-solving skills. All of them has made me being much more confident in my work, staying at the best North American practices level, and broadening my range of ways to approach different internal and external Stakeholders.
For all this, I can only recommend the SFU's Urban Design Certificate with the best of my Professional Advice."