Andy Yan is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Andy Yan has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. He specializes in the fields of urban regeneration, applied demographics, Geographic Information Systems, neighborhood development, public outreach, social media and quantitative research.
His work has been featured in a number of local, national and international publications, both in print and online, as well as academic venues. Media outlets where Andy has appeared include BNN, BCBusiness, the national and local editions of the Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight, the Huffington Post, Ming Pao, the Province, Sing Tao, Ming Pao, the Tyee, the Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Magazine, the Vancouver Observer, the Vancouver Sun and Yahoo News. Internationally, he has been interviewed and cited by the Australian Financial Review, Bloomberg, the Economist, the Harvard International Review, Maclean’s, Monocle Radio, Mother Jones, the New Yorker, the New York Times, South China Morning Post, Reuters, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Andy holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of California – Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours distinctions in Geography and Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Andy is a registered professional planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional.
With academic service, Andy is also an adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and in Planning at the University of British Columbia School of Regional and Community Planning.
In community service, he has been a two-term appointee to the City of Vancouver City Planning Commission and a former member of the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board Advisory Panel. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House.
Andy has been the recipient of the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s award for Leadership in Advocacy and Innovation and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Advocate for Architecture award. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Simon Fraser University President's Media Newsmaker of the Year Award.