Joanne Proft MA 1997

Current Work:  Manager of Community Planning & Transportation, UBC Campus & Community Planning

I entered SCARP with a Bachelor’s of Music and a passion for cities in 1995. Following graduation in 1997, I embarked on a Master’s of Landscape Architecture at UBC and graduated with an MLA in 2001. For the past 15 years, I have pursued work in both the private and public sector focused on sustainable community planning, urban design and transit-oriented development.

In my current capacity as Manager of Community Planning at UBC’s Campus and Community Planning, I lead the development of policies, plans and projects on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.   

Formative past positions include 3 years as a senior researcher at the UBC James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments; as a designer with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates on Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York; in Vancouver, as a Project Manager with TransLink, the regional transportation authority; and as Planning Manager for the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, where I led the planning program for a new Capital City for the UAE.

SCARP fuelled my passion for cities and broadened my understanding of the varied interests and tradeoffs involved in creating successful urban places, and provided the foundation to translate this passion into a career that I love.