November 7, 2023
We're proud to announce that SCARP alum Marta Farevaag has been awarded the Dean's Medal of Distinction this year!
About the Dean's Award
UBC Applied Science's Dean's Medal of Distinction recognises inspiring members of the APSC community for their deeply valued contributions to advance the faculty’s vision, mission, and mandate, and for their exemplary work in one of our member disciplines (including SCARP).
About Marta Farevaag
Marta Farevaag graduated from UBC SCARP's Master of Arts in Planning program, before our current Master in Community and Regional Planning was fouded.
Since then, Marta's career in consulting practice has bridged Planning, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture.
Since graduating, Marta has been very active in APSC's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, as a guest-critic in design studios, co-supervisor of graduating design project theses, member of SALA's advisory council, and adjunct professor.
She has been a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners since 2011 in recognition of her contributions to projects across Canada and her involvement in community and teaching initiatives. She's also an Honourary Member of the BC Society of Landscape Architects.
She has managed master plans for communities, parks, and heritage sites as well as acting as the urban planner on complex multi-disciplinary projects. She has been the planner on master plans and landscape plans for a number of National Heritage Sites, including Rideau Hall, the Central Experimental Farm and Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Marta was also part of the project team for a 2003 commemorations study for the NCC, and served on the 2012 jury for the War of 1812 Monument, now sited on Parliament Hill and through PFS worked on the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, a project recognized by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects as the best landscape design in 2016.
Marta is a founding Principal of PFS Studio, a Vancouver-based planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm, managing public engagement processes for many of PFS' urban and landscape design projects. She participates in many of the firm's multidisciplinary projects as the urban planner on the team.
She was Director of the League for Studies in Architecture and the Environment for twenty years, a member and past Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and member of the City's Urban Design Panel. She was Chair of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for seven years and served on its board for nine. She currently serves on the board of the Urbanarium a very active advocacy group of urban design and planning professionals.
Marta is active in civic and non-profit organizations including as a board member of the Vancouver Urbanarium Society and as a past Chair of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Vancouver City Planning Commission.