Jonathan Tinney MA 2004

Current Work:  Principal, AECOM                                                                                                                                                                           

When I first landed at SCARP you might say I lacked focus. I can recall eight or ten areas of planning that I wanted, not needed, to pursue. Whether it was detailed application of planning regulation, theories of urban economic and spatial development, or new interactive techniques for community engagement – I had to look at them all.

More than a decade since graduation in 2004, I wish I could say that things have changed, but they haven’t. My resume tends far more toward breadth than depth. I can honestly say that my time at SCARP provided a strong foundation and backing that has supported my personal path of professional meandering.

Upon leaving UBC I worked as a retail planning consultant, managed community relations for the Canada Line rapid transit project, and oversaw major aspects of the development of a model sustainable community adjacent to Simon Fraser University.

I am currently a Principal overseeing the Design Planning and Economics practice across western Canada and the US Pacific northwest for AECOM, a global design and engineering firm. In this role I have the benefit of working collaboratively with more than 95,000 other professionals in more than 150 countries providing for an endless supply of opportunities to try new things in my career. 

Recent projects I and my teams have been engaged in include: a range of community and neighbourhood plans across western Canada;  several comprehensive, mixed-use masterplans for new communities here in Canada as well as in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia;  industrial and research campus plans in Edmonton and New Orleans; assessments of transit funding policy mechanisms within the Calgary and Toronto regions; strategies and technical assessments of district energy and green building options for the cities of Surrey and Fort McMurray. 

As that unfocused grad student, I always said I just wanted to work on great projects. Looking back I can say that my time at SCARP has allowed me to turn that rather undefined goal into a career path.