Today's Challenges: Future Possibilities

Message from the Director

Welcome to the School of Planning at Waterloo! 

We are an interdisciplinary community working in a range of areas in planning related to social, environmental, and economic issues. The School maintains strong connections with the profession and focuses on combining conceptually rich education with applied experience. As a School, we are guided by our Statement of Values on anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion that acts as a principled guide for the activities of the School and its members. 

Many of our professors are actively researching and working to find applied solutions to some of the most pressing societal issues such as affordable housing, climate change, environmental conservation and policy, active transportation, urban economies, participatory planning processes, and equity and inclusion, among many others. Our students specialize in a range of subfields in planning including social planning, environmental planning, community sustainability, urban design, transportation, housing, urban economics, heritage and more. 

Located in the Faculty of Environment's LEED Platinum certified Environment 3 building ,we are the only planning school in Canada to offer programs at the bachelor's, master's, and PhD levels. Our BES, MA, and MES  programs are accredited by the Canadian Planning Profession and provide unique learning opportunities that combine learning about practice and theory with experiential learning opportunities. We are proud to provide a high quality education that is the foundation for students’ future success, whether in planning practice, related fields, or further studies.

We look forward to connecting with you.


Markus Moos, Director, School of Planning 

Find out more about Planning!

  1. Aug. 2, 2022Professor Jennifer Dean on CTV news – Difficulties of settling into a new community

    Moving to Canada comes with challenges, such as not being able to find work. On Tuesday July 26, Dr. Jennifer Dean, Associate Professor in the School of Planning, was featured in a brief clip on CTV news, and says this is common for newcomers due to lack of recognition of foreign credentials. She mentions that Canadian businesses prefer experiences in the workforce in Canada and this of course, is a challenge for newcomers to the country who do not have this experience.

  2. July 11, 2022Professor Dawn Parker receives funding to investigate lack of family-sized apartment housing in region

    On Wednesday, June 22nd, Dr. Dawn Parker, Professor in the School of Planning, was featured in Kitchener City News: “UW researchers received funding to investigate lack of family-sized apartment housing in region.”

  3. July 7, 2022Dr. Jeremy Pittman appointed to National Advisory Committee for climate change

    On Wednesday, June 22nd, Dr. Jeremy Pittman, Associate Professor in the School of Planning, was appointed as a member of new federal Nature Advisory Committee (NAC), created by Environment and Climate Change Canada to foster ways for Canadians to engage positively with our natural environment.

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