Our Partner

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

Students: 2,679
Projects: 329
Faculty: 99
Courses: 87

The original studio course was – and still is – provided 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 another SFU studio course provided in collaboration with RADIUS, Beedie School of Business and Semester in Dialogue. It was first offered spring 2018 and has returned 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
Entrepreneurial interventions that contribute to resilient neighbourhoods.
Partners: RADIUS, Beedie School of Business, Semester in Dialogue
Instructors: Tamara Connell, Alia Sunderji, Timothy Ames
City leads: Katie McPherson, Brad Badelt, Catalina Acevedo-Calle

Semester in Dialogue: Complexity of Health and Wellness
Metric recommendations for measuring the inclusivity of Vancouver public spaces.
Instructors: Diane Finegood, Scott Lear, Chris Yakimov
City lead: Jordan Magtoto

CMNS 349 – Environment Media and Communications
Youth-focused communication recommendations related to the Renewable City Action Plan.
Instructor: Shane Gunster
City lead: Jennifer Wahl

See all past SFU courses.