The School seeks team-based projects that could meet your needs for applied research on subjects such as planning for healthy communities, transportation, heritage, housing, land use, environment, demographics, economic development, and urban design.
These project experiences will help meet our senior undergraduates and graduate students’ needs for challenging project-type, team experiences where they will integrate and apply their diverse strengths and experiences.
The project should be 12-14 weeks in duration.
Examples of projects could include preparation of an urban design guide/manual; an issue analysis and recommendation report; an inventory and analysis study; an economic development strategy; a public participation strategy; fiscal impact analysis for a land development plan; or an environmental assessment for a project, among many other possibilities.
Our student project teams are drawn from two MA/MES (Planning) courses: PLAN 720 (Introductory Planning Project Studio) and 721 (Advanced Planning Project Studio), and from our senior undergraduate capstone course PLAN 405 (Integrated Planning Project).
Each course is led by an experienced instructor who is supported by other faculty from the School of Planning. The client and project team negotiates the terms of the project which includes project deliverables, resource support, and roles and responsibilities. Samples of past project work for PLAN 405 and PLAN 721 are available for viewing.
Timing: January 1 - April 1
Please complete an expression of interest form to allow potential projects to be inventoried and explored further. Once we receive your form, we will contact you to explore how best to support your project and resource needs. When the project is approved, we will ask you to work with the project(s) team to complete a Memorandum of Understanding template. (sample provided) memorandum of understanding template (PDF)
If you are interested, or would like additional information about this initiative, please contact:
Dr. Mark Seasons, FCIP, RPP
School of Planning
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Tel: 519-888-4567 x35922