Professional Development

3MT 2017: Alexander Thumm

May 02, 2017

SFU's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals this year took place on March 27th, 2017 in the Big Data Hub Theatre. Alexander Thumm presented "Strategically Planning for Parking: The Case of Laneway Houses". His supervisor is Dr. Anthony Perl.

Alex is a Master's student in the Urban Studies Program with broad interests in urban planning. He is particularly interested in the crossroads of land use planning and mobility. His thesis, "Strategically Planning for Parking", uses the case of Vancouver's relatively new laneway housing program to study the city's approach to parking policy and explore where it converges and diverges with the city's ambitious strategic policies. He asks: "How do we balance housing for cars and housing for people?" The parking question is a political one, and as a planner, he is especially interested in collaborative planning processes and how to implement politically feasible policy reform. 

His previous education in comparative politics and political theory has enabled him to apply his work in a variety of situations. His recent professional work has included researching and preparing short-term rental regulations for the City of Nelson and conducting research related to railways. He is also a consultant at OfCity Consulting as a Transportation, Housing, and Planning Consultant, where he helps bridge the gap between stakeholders and policy.


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