Part-time, in class Urban Design Certificate

Explore the interdisciplinary potential of urban design at SFU

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In SFU's part-time Urban Design Certificate, you'll study the craft of place-making through an interdisciplinary approach to urban design issues. You'll consider the economic, social and environmental considerations involved in sustainable urban design, and enhance your visual communication skills. A variety of electives will enable you to focus on specific urban design issues such as transportation, urban revitalization, the public realm, integrated neighbourhoods, implementation methods and more. You’ll apply what you learn in two practical studio courses.

Learn from leading urban designers in cities across Canada

Urban design studio at UniverCity

We bring together a variety of leading urban design professionals who are passionate about planning, designing and building livable communities. We offer most of our courses in Vancouver, with select offerings in Ottawa and Edmonton. All of our urban design courses are short and intensive—perfect for busy mid-career professionals.

Whether you're an urban planner from Nanaimo, a landscape architect from Calgary, or civil engineer from Vancouver, the program will provide you with the opportunity to create a professional network of students and instructors and empower you to make a difference in your community.

Start with the first course

If you're not ready for a program, we invite you to start with the first course, Urban Design Theory and Practice. It's useful on its own or as a foundation for the rest of the program. After completing the course, you'll have the option of applying to the program and finishing the certificate.


This program won a Program Excellence Award from The Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE)