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The Planning program educates students in the scientific, aesthetic, and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of communities. Planners work for all levels of government and in professional planning consultancies.

Applicants interested in focusing on natural science elements of planning, including environmental management and the use of geographic information sciences, should consider the BSc Specialization in Planning and those interested in the aesthetic, economic, and social issues of planning should consider the BA, Major in Planning. There are links to each of these on the left hand side of the webpage.

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Planning Program News

Re-Imagining YEG      

With tens of thousands of individuals arriving each year, our growing city must provide the amenities that new and existing residents have come to expect. One such amenity is active, vibrant spaces within the downtown core. In partnership with the City of Edmonton’s Urban Design Unit, our team has been tasked with providing examples of simple placemaking solutions that highlight the opportunities and possibilities present within the city’s downtown. These opportunities and possibilities will be portrayed through simple illustrations created by designers with backgrounds in the professions of urban design, architecture and planning. The intent of this project is to capture enough attention so that at least one of the proposed concepts will become a reality.

12 underutilized sites in downtown Edmonton have been re-imagined with over 40 diverse design submissions received. Three winners chosen by the public and will be determined by public voting available now until April 10, 2015. Please check out all the hand-drawn illustrations on our website

Check out the articles in the Edmonton Journal and the Metro


New Courses Introduced for 2015-2016 Academic Year

Starting Fall 2015, the University Planning program is introducing four new courses as part of the BA and BSc curricula. All four courses are available for current and new Planning students to take and will provide the necessary professional skills and training needed in the field of Planning.  We are excited to offer the following courses:

HGP 211 Design Fundamentals for Planners

HGP 317 Planning Theory

HGP 410 Professional Planning Practice and Ethics

HGP 412 Finance for Planners

Find more information about the new courses and the new BA and BSc curricula online at www.registrarsoffice.ualberta./Calendar

Sidewalk Detours and Pedestrian Safety

City Planning Manager Scott Mackie and University of Alberta Planning student Kelly Bennett are featured in the Edmonton Journal article "Sidewalk detours should show 'greater respect' for pedestrians". To read the full article, click HERE

Planning Students Take Part in Work Experience Placements

This summer marked the first cohort of UofA Planning students taking part in the work experience programs offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science. Once completing third year, students can voluntary participate in the work experience programs to gain real-life, hands on experience within the professional field of Planning. Eleven students are taking part in the work experience, working in both the private and public sector, finding placements in the Government of Alberta, Parkland County, City of Edmonton and Stantec. Read more»


Message from the Planning Director

It is my pleasure to welcome both new and returning students to the Planning program at the University of Alberta. We eagerly look forward to an exciting and challenging year for faculty and students alike and trust that it will be filled with new discoveries, perspectives and friendships.    read more »