SCARP Fall 2020 Graduates!



Congratulations SCARP FALL 2020 Graduates!
Despite 2020's challenges, you have proven your excellence, all the best to your next adventure
Way to go SCARP class of 2020!




Ruby Carrico – MCRP - ICP
Supervisor:  Jessie Hemphill

Project: Just the Beginning: A CCP Journey With Qualicum First Nation

“Ruby completed her ICP Practicum with Qualicum First Nation with her practicum partner Arden Streib. She is grateful to the QFN community for inviting them in to support the early stages of the QFN community planning process and the patience, guidance, and support that was extended to them along the way. She would like to send a special thank you to Arden and Maggie Low for walking beside her during her journey. Post-graduation Ruby is working for the Community Land Trust as their Community Engagement Manager.

Wonjun Cho - MCRP
Supervisor:  Professor Stephanie Chang
Project: Analysis of Housing Insecurity Among Vulnerable Seniors

I feel honoured and privileged to graduate from SCARP with the enormous support that I have received from my family, friends, professors, and staff. I am grateful to receive the 2020 PIBC Annual Student Fellowship Award based on my Mitacs research on the "Spatial Analysis of Housing Insecurity Among Senior Renters in Metro Vancouver." I am excited that I have begun my new journey as a Planning Services Technician at the City of Calgary. I look forward to creating more resilient and thriving communities by supporting people in need throughout my career.  



Laura Chow- MCRP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Alex Bigazzi
Project: Beyond distance – looking at Metro Vancouver’s transit service quality and who can access it

Conversing. Listening. Adapting.
In our first week together, we were asked “why planning?”
We answered “to leave the world a better place” or “to invoke change.”

We’ve completed a milestone together, but if we’ve learned nothing else, it’s that building healthier, happier, more equitable, and sustainable communities requires a lifetime of learning, listening, forgiveness, and humility. Acknowledging when we’re wrong, being open to dialogue, and adapting to new information. Thank you to my classmates for inspiring me to be better in both my personal and professional life and practice, and for making this two-year journey memorable.



Philip Climie – MCRP - ICP
Supervisor:  Jessie Hemphill
Project: Planning with Xeláltxw Mustimuxw 

'Each being ought to have the strength to be tolerant of the beauty of cognitive diversity... no one can ever know for certain what someone else knows.' - Leroy Little Bear



Katherine Davis – MCRP - ICP
Supervisor: Project: Jessie Hemphill
Project: ICP Practicum

I had the honour of completing my Indigenous Community Planning Practicum with the Homalco First Nation. Thank you for welcoming me, for sharing your stories, and for the many teachings I received. It was a pleasure to work with, and to learn from, Jeannie Hill and Pearl Penner – thank you for your support and friendship.  Thank you to Jessie Hemphill, Maggie Low, and Leonie Sandercock for your mentorship and guidance.  To the 2018 cohort - I could not have asked for a more inspiring, supportive, change-making, and fun group of people to navigate this degree with. Congratulations!



Ian Flock – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Mark Stevens
Project: Kensington-Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Guild Book- Exploring Community Design New and Old

After graduation I will practice planning throughout British Columbia, my home province. I value the many diverse landscapes and communities, and will continue to enjoy them with family and friends. I met a fantastic group of people during my time at SCARP, and I look forward to working with some of them in the future



Kaitlynn Given - MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Maged Senbel
Project: Portfolio

My passion for planning within the public realm has grown immensely given the experiences I’ve had as a planner over the past two years. I am thankful for the opportunity to partner with the City of Kelowna to develop a Parks & Public Spaces Toolkit, as part of SCARP’s Planning Studio. I am excited to continue exploring the complexities of planning and will remain open to new learning opportunities. As my approach to planning fluctuates, I hope to remain eager, curious and compassionate towards others.



Liana Glass – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Maged Senbel
Project: Case Studies in Social Purpose Real Estate

Towards Sustainable Housing: Exploratory Design Guidelines for Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s New Community Subdivision



Alexandra Heinen – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Mark Stevens
Project: Portfolio

Congrats to all 2020 Graduates. We have so many reasons to remember 2020, but especially this important milestone of transitioning from students to Professional Planners. Thank you to my cohort for inspiring me every single day. I look forward to our continued relationships as we grow professionally in this field.   

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” Dr. Seuss



Allison Henry – MCRP
Supervisor: Su-Jan Yeo
Project: Leveraging Partnerships to Support Resilient Cities- Case Study: The Rosslyn Business Improvement District's COVID-19 Public Realm Modifications

I will forever be grateful for the time I spent living in a city that has inspired me, surrounded by our passionate and thoughtful cohort. Now that I have completed the MCRP program, I’m thankful to be able to continue my work serving the Arlington, Virginia community.

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 



Jenna Hildbrand – MCRP – ICP
Supervisor: Jessie Hemphill
Project: Í:WESÀ:LS (Guiding us Forward): Our Practicum Journey with Sq’éwlets First Nation

I am grateful to have completed my Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) practicum placement with Sq'éwlets First Nation in S’olh Temexw, the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Stó:lō people, where I was welcomed with kindness and generosity. Yalhyexw kw’es hoy to all the community members in Sq'éwlets for allowing me to play a small part in your community’s planning journey. Thank you to Nicole Cardinal, my practicum partner and friend, for gently teaching me many life lessons throughout our practicum –I feel honoured to have walked this journey alongside you.



Angela Jarvis – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Larry Frank
Project: Completing the Loop: Active Transportation Interventions for the Woodsdale Corridor (District of Lake Country)

As a transportation planner, I strive to make my values explicit so that I will be in service of others, push forward with change, always seek the need, and stay committed to where I am needed. This means I won’t accomplish anything great alone. Thank you to my peers and educators in Civil Engineering, Planning, and Public Policy for diversifying my experience and deepening my passion for equitable mobility



Jonathan Kew – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Tom Hutton
Project: Policy and Process Considerations for Enhanced Resilience: A review of best practices and stakeholder perspectives to refine the UBC REAP 3.2 “Enhanced Resilience” credit

It has been a great privilege to share this two-year experience with my fellow students. In this period of uncertainty, with the myriad challenges of our generation before us, I am fortunate in being able to look towards my cohort for inspiration and guidance. A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Tom Hutton, Theresa Harding, and the SEEDS team for their mentorship. Special thanks also to SCARP's one-of-a-kind administration team for saving my life on multiple occasions, the clients who lent their time to my education, and the peers with which I had the chance to partner.



Henry Kosch – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Tom Hutton
Project: Next Stop: Broadway- City Hall – A Review of Business and Industry Changes along the Canada Line Corridor

I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to my family, friends and the SCARP community for all your support and guidance along this journey. I entered this program inspired to pursue my passion for community planning. With thanks to this program I am now prepared and am looking forward to entering the field during this time of unprecedented change. Congratulations to the class of 2020. It is our time now. 



Hayston Lam – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Stephanie Chang
Project: Piloting the Citizen’s Coolkit- with the University Neighbourhoods Association

From the east coast to the west coast and back – thanks, Mom & Dad.

You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring.”  ~Haruki Murakami



Timothy Luk – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Larry Frank
Project: Legal Analysis of Health Planning in British Columbia

My deep gratitude goes out to my family, who supported me from the very beginning when the idea of going back to school was nothing more than a dream.  With these new skills and experiences, I set out on a career focused on improving our communities and rooted in a dedication to serve others.  



Kevin Luzong- MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Nora Angeles
Project: Planning for Automation- Exploring the Feasibility of Autonomous Trucking Operations in Metro Vancouver

I’m so grateful for everyone who made my SCARP experience unforgettable. Thank you to my family and friends for your endless support and encouragement. Thank you to the SCARP faculty, particularly my studio advisor, Maged Senbel, and capstone advisors, Nora Angeles and Alex Bigazzi, for all of your guidance. Lastly, thank you to my fellow graduates for filling these past two years with so many amazing memories – I'm lucky to have shared this ride with you all.



Mark McNaughton – MCRP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Alex Bigazzi
Project: Exploring Innovative Models for Tenant Relocation

I am grateful to have completed my masters on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. At SCARP, I worked with Metro Vancouver on design and development interventions for tenant relocation. Currently, I work as a Planner for the City of Victoria advancing village and corridor planning, placemaking, and urban design Initiatives. I hope to continue to connect people, places, and ecology through my work as a planner.



Usman Nasim – MAP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Alex Bigazzi
Project: Evaluating the impact of UBC’s ‘walk and roll to school week’ program on children’s active travel mode share to school

"Usman has been doing advocacy for the uptake of active modes of transportation by doing research and public engagement. He has worked in multiple sectors within the development industry, including Land Use Planning, Urban Air Quality, Urban Mobility, and Climate Change Mitigation with local, state, and central governments. His thesis project at SCARP evaluated the effectiveness of school travel planning programs in Vancouver. He likes to call himself a ‘planning nerd’, as he has been associated with planning for almost 10 years now. Doing his undergraduate, graduate degrees in planning and over three years of work experience that too in planning."



Andrea Oakunsheyld – MCRP – ICP
Supervisor: Jessie Hemphill
Project: Planning with Xeláltxw Mustimuxw

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Andrea Oakunsheyld has launched her independent practice as a planner, facilitator, and consultant, wading into the world to create what change she can with what she has in th time that has been given to her.



Emilia Oscilowicz – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Penny Gurstein
Project: Young families and children in gentrifying neighbourhoods: How gentrification reshapes use and perception of green play spaces

Emilia’s capstone project focused on how neighborhood change and playground redevelopment may effect use and perceptions of public spaces in Barcelona, Spain. She now now works for the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability where she coordinates research on green gentrification and urban environmental justice in European, Canadian, and American contexts. She is currently leading the development of a report on anti-gentrification tools and urban green equity policies to be presented to EU urban delegations. 



Pearl Penner – MCRP- ICP
Supervisor: Jessie Hemphill
Project: ICP Practicum

I'm grateful to have completed my Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) practicum placement with Xwe'malhkwu (Homalco) First Nation located in Campbell River, BC. Homalco First Nation was very welcoming. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Homalco's CCP Coordinator, Jeannie Hill. I want to thank my mom, Patricia, and my boyfriend, Luke, for their ongoing and limitless support. It has been a very emotional two years as we lost my dad, David, in October 2018. My dad was very supportive of me pursuing higher education. I worked hard so that I can make him and my mom proud.



Mark Poskitt – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Larry Frank
Project: Greenery, Health, & Well-being- Understanding the health benefits of greenery at a city, neighbourhood, and building scale



Sydney Rankmore – MCRP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Martino Tran
Project: City- University Partnerships in Implementing the UN sustainable Development Goals

I am incredibly grateful for the learning opportunities SCARP has provided and all the amazing people I met through the process. What an amazing cohort of passionate and inspiring individuals! I am graduating with a passion for sustainability and climate change planning and hope to be able to use the tools given to me at my time in SCARP to improve the urban landscape and work towards a more sustainable future. 



Sean Reisman – MCRP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Martino Tran
Project:  Creating Affordability – An Assessment of the CMHC’s Rental Construction Financing Initiative in Vancouver, BC

After graduation, Sean started working for a local real estate developer as a Development & Acquisitions Analyst. He plans to apply the skills he learned at SCARP throughout his career to create vibrant and affordable communities. The friendships and bonds he made at SCARP are invaluable.



Lauren Roberts – MCRP – ICP
Supervisor: Jessie Hemphill
Project: Portfolio

I have immense gratitude for the ICP community. Thank you to my peers, mentors, and instructors; particularly Jessie Hemphill, Leonie Sandercock, Maggie Low, Aftab Erfan, and to all the folks up in Stellaquo who I got to create relationships with throughout our work on the comprehensive community plan. Thank you also to Chris Cardinal for getting through the hoops and hurdles With me and remembering to centre into a deeper understanding full of compassion and presence. Thank you for your patience, your perseverence, your accountability. You rock. I am excited, honoured, and humbled to be working alongside Alderhill Planning Inc, owned and operated by three Indigenous women who inspire me daily with how they show up and relate to the work and each other while creating radical spaces of care and transformation. 
Undergraduate degree in Indigenous Environmental Studies at Trent University, worked on Stellat'en First Nation's CCP for capstone project, received a 2019/2020 SSHRC Award, currently working for Alderhill Planing Inc. 



Jean Roe – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Jordi Honey Roses
Project:  Planning by Design: Applying Design Thinking to Municipal Planning

"Jean is so grateful for all of the wonderful and inspiring people she met while studying at SCARP. Her capstone research project, titled Planning by Design: Applying Design Thinking to Municipal Planning, explores how we might build a more human-centred planning process.  Jean is optimistic about the future of our cities and excited to dedicate her career towards building engaged, resilient and healthy communities." 



Ryah Rondolo – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Stephanie Chang
Project: Community Engagement Strategies for Marine Oil Spill Planning and Response  

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou. I'm especially thankful for the good friends and mentors I met during my time at UBC. They made my grad school experience so much more memorable and enjoyable! :) Projects I worked on while at SCARP include Risk Communication for Marine Oil Spills (MIDOSS) and UBC Climate Adaptation: Visualizing Climate-Adaptive Landscapes on the UBC Vancouver Campus (studio project). 



Elvia Sanchez Santa Cruz – MCRP
Supervisor: Professor Penny Gurstein
Project: Lessons for Rethinking Urban Living in a Post-COVID-19 Context

The COVID-19 pandemic and the experience of confinement have made evident the urgency of profound changes in the planning of our cities and neighbourhoods. Our dynamics have changed and therefore, our priorities on what we need in our daily life have shifted. Through her capstone, Itzel analyzes how the pandemic has shifted priorities around community operations and planning and identifies what opportunities emerge as neighbourhoods shift from response to recovery.

After her experience in SCARP; Itzel is now working for UN Habitat in Mexico, focusing on urban development and public space policies.



Soraya Sarshar – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Maged Senbel
Project: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Obtaining Mandatory Home Warranty for Residential Developments that Incorporate Rainwater Harvesting and/or Resilient Roofs



Jorge Soler Cruz – MCRP
Supervisor:  Associate Professor Jordi Honey-Roses
Project: Analysis of the relevance of government support strategies for small businesses in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic

I would like to thank my family and my loved ones for their unconditional support and love. I am also grateful for two amazing years at SCARP, for my instructors, and my classmates. “My most important problem was destroying the lines of demarcation that separate what seems real from what seems fantastic.”― Gabriel Garcia Márquez



Rose Southard – MCRP 
Supervisor: Professor Heather Campbell
Project: Development in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside



Arden Streib – MCRP – ICP
Supervisor: Jessie Hemphill
Project: Just the Beginning: A CCP Journey With Qualicum First Nation

I am lucky to have spent two years with the greatest cohort. I am especially proud of my fellow ICP students. Congratulations - I am so proud to know you all. I will forever be grateful to my practicum partner Ruby and to all of the members of the Qualicum First Nation community. Huy ch q'u!



Tru Taylor – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Maged Senbel
Project:  Retail in Review- An analysis of relationship between the age of buildings in Vancouver and the businesses that occupy them overtime

I appreciate all of the incredible individuals in my SCARP cohort and community that shaped my graduate school experience. I am especially grateful for my studio project team, Alex Heinen, Jean Roe and Laura Chow, who I learned so much from. Our team worked with the City of New Westminster to develop a Commercial Area Strategy for the 22nd Street Skytrain Station area (Shaping the Heart). After completing my research capstone with the City of Vancouver this past summer, I am now working as an urban planner and engagement specialist for MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement.



Jake (Michael) Vissers – MCRP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Alex Bigazzi
Project: Free-floating bike share as a last mile transit connection: using hazard models to understand bike share patterns at UBC 

This last year I was able to complete a capstone research project modeling bikeshare patterns at UBC. I'm incredibly grateful to have had an advisor like Dr. Bigazzi, who was patient, thoughtful and always made time to help. I'd also like to give a huge shout out to Kaitlynn Given and Sydney Rankmore for being fantastic teammates and even better friends, and pulling off an excellent studio project despite unprecedented circumstances. Reflecting on these last two years, I cannot overstate how thankful I am for all the incredible people I've met and friendships I've made.



Mackenzie (Graham) Walker – MCRP
Supervisor: Assistant Professor Martino Tran
Project: Portfolio

I am privileged and grateful for the opportunity to learn from friends, colleagues, professors, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm in the SCARP community. In my studies I explored the ways in which infrastructure policy, planning processes, negotiations, and behavioural patterns can be leveraged to support communities in implementing their vision. I’m thankful to those in my community that supported me through this school journey.



Andrea Witoszkin – MCRP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Mark Stevens
Project: Financing Affordable Housing: documenting the development and expansion of Vancity's Housing Accelerator Fund