As the first woman to achieve tenure at UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), Penny has evolved into a leader in planning education, recognized for learning-by-doing, community engagement and socially just planning. Penny introduced perspectives on gender and social justice into the planning process and transformed the school into Canada’s leader for Indigenous and social planning education. She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning, with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. As Director, Penny oversaw the development of a new degree program in SCARP, the Master of Community and Regional Planning, which provides innovative, real-world learning experiences for students. Following Penny’s example, the next generation of planners is inspired to tackle Vancouver’s biggest planning problems with social consciousness and a desire to serve the community.
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Architecture and Planning
Construction - Residential
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Multimedia and Planning
Work and Society
Planning for Equity and Urban Sustainability
YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education, Training and Development
University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Architecture
University of California, Berkeley: M.A., Architecture
The University of British Columbia: B.Arch., Architecture
- Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) Partnership Council
- Applied Science Appointments Retention Promotion and Tenure (ARPT) Committee
- Organizing Committee for Master of Engineering Leadership Urban Systems
- Academic Development Leadership Program (ALDP)
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Opinion: Vancouver needs a city-wide plan to manage growth
The Vancouver Sun
If you were the city of Vancouver and were repeatedly criticized for making planning decisions behind closed doors, how would you gain the trust of your citizens? Recently, the B.C. Supreme Court echoed those concerns and put the brakes on a development in Yaletown. Now the city plans to mount a lengthy and costly appeal. Instead, might you want to consider this setback as an opportunity to take a fresh approach?
Vancouver is one of the most livable cities in the world because, aside from our setting, a structure of sound planning and urban design principles was put in place in the 1970s and 1980s that provided a framework when Vancouver began to grow after Expo 86. Citizen engagement was further refined by the CityPlan process in the 1990s. During that time the negotiation process that evolved between developers of large tracts of land and city planners provided many of the public amenities that we now cherish.
Corresponding with the current concern to change the centre of gravity within academia to encompass women's knowledge and experience, there are theorists reconsidering fundamental assumptions that exhibit a gender bias in the philosophy and practice of planning...