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Born and raised in Vancouver, Andy Yan is director of SFU's City Program. He has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. He specializes in the fields of urban regeneration, applied demographics, geographic information systems, neighborhood development, public outreach, social media, and quantitative research. Andy holds a master’s in urban planning from the University of California – Los Angeles and a bachelor of arts with first class honours distinctions in geography and political science from Simon Fraser University. He is a registered professional planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and a certified geographic information systems professional.
Andy is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Regional and Community Planning as well as an affiliate with the Master’s of Urban Design Program of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He has been and will be a visiting scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute (2002-2003, 2015-2016) as well as a visiting scholar at SFU’s Institute of Governance.
He serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Eastside Neighborhood House and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Climate Council. He was reappointed to the City of Vancouver’s Planning Commission in 2014.