Studio I: Analytic Tools

This course, the first of two urban design studios, focuses on the inventory and analysis stage in urban design. When this stage does not receive the rigour it deserves, the result is a misconceived project that leaves out some physical, economic, or social considerations in the urban design proposal.

Building on what you’ve learned so far in SFU Continuing Studies’ Urban Design Certificate, you'll further develop your site-reading skills, site signatures, and place making abilities. Your comprehensive analysis will show consideration of ecological, cultural, and social contexts; transportation; land use; building form and massing; economics; infrastructure; heritage conservation; and open space.

You’ll work in teams to produce a series of maps and narratives, using Surrey City Centre as the case study.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 3 Michael von Hausen $950.00 38 Register
Surrey 3 Michael von Hausen $1000.00 40 Register

What will I learn?

In this course, you’ll do the following:

  • Learn about the interrelated elements of urban design analysis, including social, economic, and ecological factors
  • Apply effective methods for reviewing an urban design project, including site observation, selective data review, photography, and mapping techniques
  • Work separately and in a project team to create a realistic urban design project that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the process
  • Examine a live site, Surrey City Centre, and apply various urban design analytic techniques to discover the site’s key form-makers

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Field trips
  • Team projects
  • Small group discussions and exercises
  • Group presentations

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, architects, and landscape architects
  • Engineers, real estate developers, and building technicians
  • Elected officials and local government administrators
  • NGO staff, financiers, and lawyers
  • Community organizers and advocates

How will I be evaluated?

Your final grade will be based on an in-class team presentation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members, and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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