Alumni Profiles

Rebecca Holt

Before joining the Urban Studies program, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Geography) from the University of Victoria and gained several years of experience working in the field of environmental management. Wanting to refocus her career on sustainable development in the built environment, she was drawn to the Master of Urban Studies program for its approach at using the metropolitan Vancouver region as a learning laboratory and because it allowed Rebecca to combine part-time studies with a full-time workload.

Rebecca currently works as a sustainability specialist for Perkins+Will Canada, an architecture and urban design firm.  She provides expertise to design teams and organizations on a variety of work related to sustainability concepts and high performance building design. Rebecca works extensively with sustainable development metrics and rating systems, and has contributed to community energy plans, sustainability plans, green building strategies, indicator and benchmarking programs, and sustainable land use planning.  In addition to her work and Perkins+Will, Rebecca teaches part-time at the School of Construction and the Environment at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

"The Master of Urban Studies program afforded me a solid understanding of the complexity of urban development issues, but most importantly for career development, it lent credibility to the new and evolving profession of specialized sustainability work."

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