CityStudio Society

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The year was 2010 and the City of Vancouver was alive with ambition and plans to become the greenest city in the world.
They were asking for big ideas to help make that happen. Our idea was CityStudio. We imagined students – with their hope, energy and enthusiasm – at the heart of City Hall helping to solve the city’s most complex problems.

Hearing this, the Deputy City Manager said “Yes!” and the City gave us keys to an office under a bridge…

Our Founding Partners

Founding Academic Partner

Founding Civic Partner

Our Academic & Community Partners

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CityStudio Manifesto

CityStudio’s manifesto directs what we do, how we do it and why. It reminds us of what matters most about the CityStudio way.

Theory of Change

Theory Of Change



Canada’s Top 100 Recovery Projects
Future of Good

Inspired Educator Award
Canada Green Building Council

Advocate of Architecture Award
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Metrovan Chapter

Shortlist - Re-Imagine Education Award
The Wharton School

Best Practice Case Study
Tendensor’s 15-region EU study outlining Tools and Strategies for Innovative Talent Retention in Cities

Cordes Innovation Award (first Canadian recipient)
Ashoka U

Willis Award for Innovation - awarded to the City of Vancouver
Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators

Top 10 groundbreaking initiative leading social change and innovation in Canada
Tides Canada

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Join the growing network of CityStudios across Canada and around the world.