Our Partner

A founding member of CityStudio Vancouver, Simon Fraser University has been a key academic partner, supporter and funder since 2011. Their total participation as of Summer 2018 is as follows:

Students: 2,268
Projects: 220
Faculty: 67
Courses: 70

The original studio course was – and still is – run through SFU’s Semester in Dialogue. The Semester at CityStudio program is a semester-long immersive experience that provides students with the opportunity to co-create experimental projects in interdisciplinary teams. The course runs for the full fall term and welcomes students from any participating institution.

Civic Innovation Change Lab is a new studio course in collaboration with RADIUS, SFU Beedie School of Business and Semester in Dialogue. It was first offered spring 2018 and will return for the spring 2019 term.

Each term we also match projects with a number of SFU courses on the Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey campuses.

See a list of current courses below or get in touch if you’d like CityStudio to work with your course.

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Current Courses


Civic Innovation Change Lab
Offered in collaboration with RADIUS, Beedie School of Business and Semester in Dialogue.
Instructors: TBC
City leads: TBC

FALL 2018

Semester in Dialogue at CityStudio
Instructors: Janet Moore, Adrian Sinclair, Holly Schmidt
City leads: Paul Hendren, Cory Dobson

SD 381 – Building Sustainable Communities: Concepts and Cases
What would a Zero Waste Ambassador Program look like in Vancouver?
Instructor: Maria Spiliotopoulou
City lead: Patrick Chauo
City goal: Zero Waste (GCAP)

SD 281 – Sustainable Communities, Sustainable World
Students collect data for the City’s new (street) Cleanliness Index and propose ways to engage businesses and residents to use the Index.
Instructor: Gretchen Ferguson
City lead: Stephanie Chua
City goal: Zero Waste (GCAP)

BUS 360W – Business Communications
What are the impacts of car light areas/infrastructure on businesses?
Instructor: Robin Elliott
City lead: Justine Clift, Rachel Magnusson
City goal: Green Transportation (GCAP)

IAT 344 – Moving Images
Video: Celebrating 100 Years of Working with Local Government.
Instructor: Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
City lead: Ryan Hunt, Sandra Nikolic
City goal: Build Knowledge (Engaged City)

CMPT 276 – Introduction to Software Engineering
Development of a GreenFoodChallenge mobile app.
Instructor: Angelica Lim
City lead: Brad Badelt
City goal: Lighter Footprint (GCAP)

See all past SFU courses.