The SAPL Master of Planning is a two-year, course-based first professional graduate degree in planning. The degree is accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB), in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) curriculum requirements, and prepares graduates for provincial professional registration.
The SAPL Master of Planning is a form-based program that uses design studio pedagogy as the primary context for integrating spatial and physical planning with social, environmental and economic dimensions of planning practice and theory. The SAPL MPlan program is characterized by this form-based approach to planning and the opportunity for planning students to take interdisciplinary courses.
The studio pedagogy provides a focus for experiential learning and addressing contemporary urban and municipal issues through direct engagement with local and regional communities. We believe that our students will gain knowledge and develop valuable skills for professional practice by engaging directly and realistically with current planning issues and challenges.
It is important for professional planners, in both public and private sectors, to understand the spatial and built-form implications of policy and policy-driven decision-making. Spatial design, analysis, and visual communication are important planning skills that can help translate and communicate policy and regulatory requirements. The form of constructed environments is dynamic and reflects local and regional concerns for social equity, sustainability, economic diversification, housing affordability, transportation, climate change adaptation, and new technologies. Urban aspirations and discourse are reflected in the forms of urban systems and have an important role in planning education.
The Planning program at the University of Calgary has a fifty-year legacy of graduates who have gone on to become planning practitioners and changemakers — internationally, nationally, and locally. Our teaching faculty provide a range of planning-related research and professional practice experience that supports students in making connections with the profession and in understanding the complexity of successful planning practice.
Enrica Dall'Ara, Associate Dean (Academic) Planning + Landscape Architecture