SCARP’s pursues its vision (“Knowledge in Action — Planning in Partnership”) to improve lives, communities, and environments built and natural. In other words, we work to inspire real and positive change in communities.
To this end, forging partnerships isn’t just a core competency of professional planning, but a key part of how SCARP benefits the larger community. SCARP proudly maintains strong relationships in the community, between disciplines and professions, with policy-makers and entire communities. We invite members of the community to join our network of partners.
Our partners benefit from students’ work and insights, while providing them real-world projects, as well as internships and mentorships.
SCARP’s Planning Studio is an intensive 7-month professionally-oriented course in which students partner with community, municipal and private sector organizations to identify problems and propose possible solutions.
The Planning Studio is a very valuable part of the SCARP professional identity and a source of pride for SCARP.
Students work in teams of three with complementary skills and abilities.
Three faculty instructors, and a team of faculty advisors with diverse planning knowledge and expertise, support the students through all stages of project definition, analysis, revision and delivery. The best projects benefit from the active engagement of project partners.
Each year SCARP engages four or five local, regional or international organizations to undertake collaboratively conceived studio projects. Under defined parameters with agreed-upon representatives, this partnership delivers a student-produced project for the benefit of multiple communities or organizations. The best partnerships are multi-year partnerships with longitudinal gains and committed project champions within the partner organizations.
“SCARP has and continues to produce excellent professional planners who populate planning-related and administrative and elected offices throughout Canada and internationally.”
-Municipal employer of SCARP graduates
SCARP’s intensive programs and real-world work prepare our students for wisdom and professional excellence. SCARP’s students represent diverse backgrounds, diverse educations, and diverse professional aspirations and expertise. Having a SCARP-trained professional planner is an excellent way to tackle projects and challenges.
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In February 2012, Chief and Council of the Musqueam Indian Band endorsed a partnership between the Band and the School of Community & Regional Planning for the design and delivery of a new curriculum on Indigenous community planning.
This has become a concentration of SCARP’s Master of Community and Regional Planning program, and is the first such program in the world.
This agreement was made possible by the UBC-Musqueam MOA and endorsed by the UBC-Musqueam Development Committee. The ICP concentration’s partnership and cultural immersion approach is unique among planning programs in North America.
In partnership with Musqueam Indian Band, SCARP co-designed and co-delivers the Masters of Community and Regional Planning program’s Indigenous Community Planning concentration. ICP trains a new generation of planners to break with the colonial legacy and culture of planning, to work in respectful partnership with Indigenous communities, centered on their priorities.
This partnership and cultural immersion approach is unique among planning programs in North America, and represents a thriving and invaluable partnership.
SCARP is proudly dual-accredited in both Canada and the United States. We benefit from a strong relationship with the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute of Planners. This affiliation includes reciprocal institutional development, faculty membership, and student mentorship and professional resources.