We are a community of students, staff and faculty committed to excellence in advancing the school's mission. We come from a diversity of backgrounds, have varied expertise and enjoy working together on planning issues. We work, live and play in one of the most scenic urban settings in the world. Vancouver is home to a culture of environmentalism and pluralism with a long history of activism and action. It is also home to formidable socio-economic problems in the Downtown Eastside and elsewhere. Our work is endlessly challenging and there is no shortage of both issues to tackle, and inspiration to draw from, in our lively and dynamic city.
SCARP faculty are broadly experienced in teaching and professional practice. Moreover, all full time members are actively engaged in research and publication which raises the level of scholarly, professional and popular debate on key public policy and planning issues. Faculty offices and the School's classrooms are located in the Lasserre building and in the West Mall Annex, which is also the location of our Centre for Human Settlements . The West Mall Annex houses study space for students, a reading room, a student lounge and kitchen, computer labs, a classroom, a resource room and a seminar room. The School has library space within the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, as well as online subject guides and its own librarian.
The School accepts students from a wide variety of disciplines ranging from planning, geography, and forestry, to business, political science, and economics. Students come from all provinces and territories in Canada and from many foreign countries. In recent years students have come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.
SCARP students have their own Planning Students Association funded in part by a modest fee levied on each student. Students are also represented on the School's Management Committee and the Council of the provincial professional association of planners ( the Planning Institute of B.C.) ; participate in local, national and international conferences; and sponsor many academic and social activities.