Aerial view of McGill's main campus in central Montréal. Mont-Royal is to the left.

Student proposal for east-central Montréal

Autoroute Ville-Marie in central Montréal is among the most massive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Montréal, and its negative effects on the adjacent urban fabric and nearby communities are still major issues.

Postwar suburban subdivisions: blight or cultural landscapes of significant value?

The Place de la Cité project replaced the fine-grained urban fabric seen at the left with megastructures. Some saw it as progress, others as desecration. The conflict continues to rage...


At the end of a fun and moving party in his honour, some friends, colleagues, alumni and current students gather around Prof. David Brown, who retired in 2014.

School of Urban Planning


The School draws students from around the world. Through our core Master of Urban Planning degree program and an optional concentration in Transportation Planning, we train professionals for the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in two years of intensive study, much of which takes place in real-life group projects using the Montréal metropolitan region as a living laboratory. Our aim is to give individuals the intellectual and practical skills needed to excel in the field and thereby to improve human settlements around the world.


The David Brown Award for Planning Research and Education in Developing Areas

In honour of Prof. David Brown and his dedication to better planning in the Caribbean and other parts of the world, the School of Urban Planning is creating "The David Brown Award for Planning Research and Education in Developing Areas."  The aim of this fellowship is to enable students to travel to the global South, learn about local conditions first-hand and develop skills to address local urban problems.  This may be done by means of studio projects for a city or community, field-work for research, academic exchanges, and other activities.  David has written a personal testimony on his overseas experience and of its meaning for his life and career; it reflects the spirit that drives us in creating the award.  Click here to see David’s testimony.

Gifts to the new award in David's honour can be made on the McGill Giving web site.  Please specify "School of Urban Planning, David Brown Award" when you make your donation.  

Donations may also be made by sending a cheque to: School of Urban Planning, McGill University, 815 Sherbrooke St. West, #400, Montréal, QC  H3A 0C2, Canada.  Cheques should be made out to “McGill University,” again with a reference to “"School of Urban Planning, David Brown Award.”


The School in the media 

Student Supervised Research Project featured in the Montreal Gazette: St-Luc rail yards relocation could earn CP half-billion dollars: Libman

Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy has been appointed for 4 years as a board member of the newly established transport planning authority for Montreal, Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM).

Charis Loong's first chapter from her Master's research project co-authored with Dea van Lierop and Ahmed El-Geneidy was recently featured in City Lab, Next City, and New York Magazine's Science of US section. Prof. El-Geneidy was interviewed by Global News and Metro News in Toronto regarding the same study.

Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy was interviewed by Jason Magder for the Montreal Gazette regarding the new Light Rail Project (REM) proposed by CDPQ for Montreal.