APRIL 9 – 16, 2021

This Spring 2021 we are celebrating the collaborative work of post-secondary students, faculty, and city staff that address Vancouver City strategies and plans. See the top projects from the term below!










Vancouver City Strategies & Plans – Spring 2021

  • Corporate Plan
  • Broadway Plan
  • City Hall Campus Masterplan
  • Climate Emergency Action Plan
  • Engaged City Task Force
  • Food Security
  • Healthy City Strategy
  • Culture | Shift
  • Rain City Strategy
  • Resilient Vancouver
  • Restart Smart
  • Special Event Policy
  • Transportation 2040
  • Urban Forest Strategy
  • Vancouver Plan
  • VanPlay

Student Projects

After scrolling through the many projects, vote for your favourite by clicking the BLUE button below! You will be taken to our online submission form to select the name of the project you nominate for People’s Choice.

Accounting for Nature

Responding to the Climate Emergency by Valuing Ecosystem Services


Fusing NFT art, cultural storytelling, and local patronage

Bike Buddy

Helping cyclists navigate, plan and discover bike routes

Bridging the Gap

Bridging equity and green infrastructure

Broadway Plan Youth Engagement Strategy

Digital Strategies for Youth Engagement in Planning

Climate Action Equity in Canada

50-city climate justice case study

Colour, Kits, and Connection

Building earthquake emergency preparedness awareness through art

Columbia Market Gardens

Commemorative and pedagogical landscape design for Oakridge

Corner Growth

Affordable meal kits for DTES Washington Market storefronts

Dialogue Diary

Amplifying marginalized voices within Joyce-Collingwood

Erasing Erasure

History activism – “A Day at CRAB Park”

Growing Green in Grandview-Woodland

Grandview-Woodland urban forest plan

Monitoring the St. George Rainway Co-Benefits

Tracking urban heat island effect and biodiversity

Penguin Rewards

App promoting walkable communities and local businesses


Automating benchmarking metrics tracked by different cities

Queen Elizabeth Park: A Park for Our Community

Managing densification and environmental stressors around QE Park

Rain Down the Wrong Path

Marketing campaign for green rainwater infrastructure

Reimagining Roadways: Promising Practices for Open Streets


Blueways for a cultural reconnection with urban water

Sense in Cents

Funding public events through micro-donations

St George Rainway: From Grey to Green

Engaging the public in green rainwater infrastructure

The Punjabi Market Community Zine

Community-based magazine for connecting the neighbourhood

Vancouver Plan: Youth Outreach Design

Immersive, scalable youth event for equity in Vancouver Plan

Our Expert Judges

Every HUBBUB we welcome three expert judges (one City staff + one faculty + one CityStudio alum) to explore the showcase and select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place projects to be celebrated at the end of the showcase. The first place team will receive a banner on their CityStudio Project Page. This semester we are proud and grateful to have the following judges:

Faisal Mirza

Civil Engineer II, Solid Waste Strategic Services

City of Vancouver

Jennifer Reid

Instructor, Co-op / Career Co-op & Career Development Centre

Langara College


Bradley Sarandi

CityStudio Vancouver Alum

Embark SFU

Spring 2021 Champions

At CityStudio Vancouver, no one exemplifies the work we aim to do more than our Champions. We truly admire these folks for their commitment to change in the City and to mentoring students.

Each semester, we celebrate one City staff and one faculty member who have participated in 5 or more course collaborations. These individuals are not only committed to collaborative city-building and community-engaged learning, but they also provide us with invaluable insights and feedback, allowing us to improve our process and expand our collective impact.

By providing opportunities for students to gain career skills and contributing to a meaningful project, these Champions have been an integral part in helping to make Vancouver more sustainable, liveable, joyful, and inclusive.

Jhenifer Pabillano

Project Manager, Engineering Strategy & Standards

City of Vancouver

5 time collaborator
“Partnering with CityStudio always generates new insights and perspectives on the work I do at the City. It’s been fantastic to also help students learn about the work that a city can do!”


Instructor Semester in Dialogue

Simon Fraser University

4 time collaborator with studio course
“It’s been such a gift to be an instructor in the CityStudio community since 2016. I love supporting students as they test, experiment and implement ideas that have tangible social and environmental impact!”


HUBBUB 16 Wall of Awesome

Each semester CityStudio Vancouver brings together City of Vancouver staff with faculty from the local post-secondary schools. Without the collaborative efforts of the following individuals we couldn’t get students into City Hall to shake things up. Thank you for all your openness and innovative work! These are the City staff and Faculty Champions of Spring 2021. 

Awesome City of Vancouver Staff – Spring 2021

  • Ada Lam
  • Amritpal Kaila
  • Andrew Misiak
  • Angela Danyluk
  • Angie Weddell
  • Ava Choi
  • Barbara Campbell
  • Brad Badelt
  • Cameron Owen
  • Christopher Son
  • Connie McGinty
  • Dana McDonald
  • Dean McIntosh
  • Desiree Hamilton
  • Doug Smith
  • Erin Embley
  • Geoff Teoli
  • Gillian Wong
  • Heidi Horlacher
  • Jaclyn Jimenez
  • Julie McManus
  • Katherine Howard
  • Krista Voth
  • Laura Jane
  • Lauren Whitney
  • Leila Todd
  • Leslie Ng
  • Marga Pacis
  • Matt Gibbs
  • Rene Cravioto
  • Ryan Hirakida
  • Sarah Carten
  • Sarah Kristi Lone
  • Scott Russell
  • Stephanie Petsinis
  • Stina Hanson
  • Tadhg Healy
  • Tim Douglas
  • Tracy Wilkins
  • Wendy Mendes
  • Wendy de Hoog
  • Yuri Artibise

Awesome Vancouver Faculty – Spring 2021

University of British Columbia

  • Allison Earl
  • Andrew Almas
  • Catherine Douglas
  • Daniel Roher
  • Erin Goheen
  • Kees Lokman
  • Kyle Nelson
  • Lucas Lau
  • Michael Lipsen
  • Moberley Luger
  • Neil Armitage
  • Rebecca Beutel
  • Stephanie Braconnier
  • Tara Ivanochko
  • Vinicius Pecanha

Simon Fraser University

  • Andreanne Doyon
  • Anne-Marie Nicol
  • Helmine Serban
  • Kendra Strauss
  • Kora DeBeck
  • Nancy Olewiler
  • Nicolas Kenny
  • Tamara Connell
  • Tara Holland
  • Timothy Ames
  • Vahid Zahednejad

British Columbia Institute of Technology

  • Alaric de Souza
  • Cindy Ball
  • Danielle Wilson
  • Erin Whittle
  • Jason Young
  • Jeremy Holman
  • Leah Bendell
  • Michal Aibin
  • Neda Changizi
  • Stefanie Gajdecki

Langara College

  • Colin Mills
  • Kathryn Narine
  • Kelly Sveinson
  • Steven Johnson (CIRES
  • Wes Regan