CityStudio Vancouver is a collaboration uniting the city’s public post-secondary institutions in the vision for a more sustainable, liveable and joyful city. We also provide students with a unique, hands-on opportunity to develop real projects, gain employable skills and widen professional networks.

CityStudio’s founding academic partner, Simon Fraser University (SFU), is joined by University of British Columbia (UBC), Langara College, and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Collaborating With CityStudio

CityStudio’s mission is to assist any faculty member from our partner schools — SFU, BCIT, Langara College and UBC — to integrate an experiential learning, city-building project into your course. We bring engaging project ideas from City of Vancouver staff that require students to apply the research, analysis, mapping, prototyping, engagement or design skills they are learning in their course, to a current and local challenge in Vancouver. Our commitment is to make your job easier and more impactful by coordinating and facilitating the collaboration. Our collaboration model is customizable (see table below) to support collaborations that align well with course needs and learning objectives. We work in the spirit of co-creation and all our collaborations are for public good and shared for amplification. You can view the work we do here.

Do you teach an experiential or projects-based course and want to connect your students with real-world challenges? Take a look at our What is CityStudio? resource for faculty members and fill out our Collaboration Form linked below if you’re interested in working together. 

We Offer 3 Different Types Of Collaborations

Engagement Collaborations

Project Collaborations

Research Collaborations


  • 1st and 2nd year courses
  • Light touch assignment (1-3 weeks)
  • Students provide response / reflection on one City question


  • 3rd and 4th year courses
  • Semester long project
  • Students provide research and recommendations on one City challenge


  • Master or PhD student
  • Students provide in depth research, methodology, data collection, analysis, recommendations on one City question.

  • 1 scoping meeting
  • 1 guest presentation from City staff

  • 1 scoping meeting
  • 3 class visits from City staff
  • HUBBUB showcase

  • 1 scoping meeting
  • 3+ project check-in meetings with City staff
  • HUBBUB showcase

Stories of Belonging

Community Kelp

Bridging the Gap

How to get involved

  • Submit interest to collaborate via this online form 
  • On-boarding meeting with CityStudio coordinator
  • CityStudio Coordinator will work with you to determine the optimal collaboration based on your needs and course learning objectives
  • For general inquiries connect with us: [email protected] 
  • Follow us on social media @CityStudioVan Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

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