Teaching and Learning

We are cultivating leaders in the next generation of building industry professionals.

The studio is an active generative student workspace for graduate students in the professional architecture, planning, landscape architecture and research programs — catalyzing a unique learning experience in the heart of Calgary through city-building related coursework and work-integrated learning opportunities.

Students and faculty have access to the digital fabrication lab and its specialized equipment including two robots and various 3D printers.

For school-aged designers and planners, SAPL offers Summer Design Camp. If your child more interested in the design of the playground than going down the slide, consider enrolling your design enthusiast. There are two base camps: one on campus and another at the City Building Design Lab.

Digital fabrication

Research + Innovation

The City Building Design Lab drives innovation and increases research capacity for SAPL, UCalgary and surrounding area. We generate new research through industry partnerships and municipal engagements, student design studios and the on-site digital fabrication lab. CBDLab is an incubator for strategic research activity and a host for exhibitions to garner feedback and spark discussion. The CBDLab opened in May 2019. Some the research outputs since include HousingGreen Alley,Co-Creation and exhibitions.

MEDes exhibition 2019

Community Engagement

The CBDLab is a gathering place for leading designers and thinkers from around the world to share knowledge and collaborate with our communities through Design Matters Lectures, graduate studios, block week courses and Professional Continuing Education. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) uses the space to host symposia, panel discussions and workshops that support Calgary's social, economic and cultural development. The gallery is open to the public, displaying 8–10 exhibitions annually and facilitating continuous discourse about city building. 

Alumni Exhibition 2019

Alumni Exhibition 2019


Event Hall + Meetings

Are you looking for a place to host an upcoming event or workshop related to city building? Email the SAPL Event Coordinator.