Urban Design

Create beautiful, vibrant and sustainable spaces

Creating spaces that combine function, visual appeal and sustainability is the urban design challenge of this century. Our award-winning Urban Design program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the craft of place-making and place-keeping. With perspectives and tools from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering and a host of other disciplines, you'll learn to help communities of all sizes to reach their full potential.

  • Choose from short, intensive courses designed for working professionals
  • Learn from leading urban design professionals across Canada
  • Work with a cohort of peers and build a strong professional network
  • Earn continuing education credits with various professional association



2-3 days / course


$700-$1,000 / course

Take our short and intensive courses one at a time to suit your schedule.

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Location update: Due to the COVID-19 situation, courses scheduled to start before August 31 in Vancouver or Surrey will move to online-supported delivery.

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April 2020

15 Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design URBD787 URBD787-VA1201

17 Planning for Transportation and Accessibility URBD790 URBD790-VA1201

June 2020

4 Studio II: Synthesis of Urban Form URBD779 URBD779-12041

September 2020

23 Theory and Practice URBD780 URBD780-VA12071

25 Visual Communication URBD786 URBD786-VA12071

November 2020

18 Economic Fundamentals URBD785 URBD785-VA12071

20 Public Realm URBD789 URBD789-VA12071

January 2021

28 Studio I: Analytic Tools URBD778 URBD778-SU12111

February 2021

24 Theory and Practice URBD780 URBD780-VA12111

26 Visual Communication URBD786 URBD786-VA12111

March 2021

17 Designing Integrated Neighbourhoods URBD783 URBD783-VA12111

19 Economic Fundamentals URBD785 URBD785-VA12111

April 2021

14 Ecological Planning and Sustainable Design URBD787 URBD787-VA12111

16 Implementation Methods URBD791 URBD791-VA12111

June 2021

3 Studio II: Synthesis of Urban Form URBD779 URBD779-12141

November 2021

19 Urban Vitalization URBD784 URBD784-VA12171

Part-Time Certificate Program


8 courses


Finish in 2 years


Our Urban Design Certificate includes electives that allow you to focus on specific urban design issues ranging from transportation to urban revitalization.

You'll learn to:

  • Understand the economic, social and environmental considerations involved in effective urban design
  • Communicate visually through hands-on graphic techniques
  • Become familiar with the history and principles of urban design and place-making
  • Improve your visual spatial awareness

Is this program for you?

This program is for urban design professionals looking to make a difference in their community, including:

  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Landscapers

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