In Memoriam - Kamala Rao

In Memoriam - Kamala Rao (October 30, 1972 - June 27, 2018)


Kamala Shanthi Rao was a loving partner and mother, caring friend and a passionate and conscientious planner. Born and raised in Alaska, Kamala’s love of the outdoors began early in life. She was an avid climber, back country skier and camper and cyclist. Kamala would continue her love of the outdoors while living in Oregon, Colorado, Washington State and later settling in British Columbia.


Alumna receives grant to teach woodworking to youth


SCARP Alumna Shirin Karoubi is the executive director of Toolbox, a program designed to challenge gender stereotypes and encourage the building of healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys. It will also support the development of self sufficiency and confidence at a young age. The program will be led by women identifying who have a background in woodworking, metalwork, and electronics, as well as experience training youths in these skills.

SCARP Alumni Gather at CIP Conference

SCARP alumni gathered at a reception hosted by the School at the Canadian Institute of Planners Conference held June 17-20 in Calgary. The theme of this year's conference was Building Resilience, and forum for discussions about the challenges facing our cities in the future.

SCARP students presented on Implementing the UN New Urban Agenda in Canada: issues, opportunities and responsibilities. The conference program read:

Carleigh Oude-Reimerink Brings Yoga to YVR

Carleigh Oude-Reimerink recently graduated from the SCARP Masters of Planning program. Her Masters Professional Project explored the creation of a yoga space for passengers at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Carleigh spoke with, and surveyed passengers in the terminals at YVR. She also conducted a mapping exercise to determine which locations would be optimal for this type of space. She conducted background research on wellness and yoga, and researched best practices.


Magdalena Ugarte, a PhD graduate of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, has been awarded the 2019 Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The award recognizes “superior scholarship in a doctoral dissertation completed by a student enrolled in an ACSP-member school.”

Ugarte’s work examines the role that law, policy and planning practices have played in the dispossession and marginalization of Indigenous peoples in Chile, her home country, from colonial times until today. She explores how a recent government policy aimed at regulating Indigenous consultation restricts the rights and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples by imposing Western legal structures upon them.  

Based on extensive historical archival research and fieldwork, including interviews with dozens of Indigenous leaders and government officials ...

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