- Student Info
Dr. Ann McAfee, FCIP, MLAI, graduated from UBC in 1975 with an Interdisciplinary Doctorate in City Planning and Urban Land Economics. She has taught courses in planning, urban land economics, municipal management, and report writing at UBC, Queens, Sydney University, and SFU.
Ann’s career at the City of Vancouver, as Co-Director of Planning, Director of City Plans, and Senior Housing Planner, spanned 32 years. From 1974–1988, she was responsible for affordable housing programs. From 1994–2006, she guided CityPlan — Vancouver’s first multi-topic citywide planning process. Other responsibilities in her roles included: City input to regional planning, the Business Improvement Program, neighbourhood plans, and co-managing industry, transportation, financing growth and sustainability plans.
In mid-2006, Dr. McAfee established City Choices Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning and public engagement. Some of her projects included: advising Melbourne and Auckland plans, public process support to Stockholm and Gothenburg, and assisting decentralization and local governance programs in Ukraine. In 2011, Ann served as Canadian member on the American Planning Association Sustaining Places Task Force. In 2020, Ann was appointed to the Canada National Housing Council.
Dr. McAfee is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has been recognized by a variety of organizations including International Honorary Land Economics Society (Lambda Alpha), Urban Development Institute, and the Canadian Housing Design Council for her contributions to affordable housing, strategic planning, and innovative public processes. In 2007, she was co-recipient of the Kevin Lynch award for distinguished planning practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2018, Ann received UBC Alumni Builder Award and was recognized as LAI Land Economics Member of the Year.