The School of Cities acts as a connective and intellectual hub for students, faculty and visitors. The School provides opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience in urban research and community-engaged learning. It supports students’ professional development, extra- and co-curricular activities and offers a forum for co-creation of social impact and creative projects and knowledge dissemination through the School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy, including the Student Academy and Fellows Symposium.
City-focused research and teaching at U of T are unmatched. The School will contribute to curricular innovation, exposing students and visitors to the latest cross-disciplinary thinking on urban life and will host a series of Tri-Campus Conversations, Cities in Focus: My City - My Story Series, and a Methods Atelier.
The School of Cities Urban Leadership Fellowship and Academy is a community and a collective hub for urban-focused interdisciplinary and collaborative learning, critical interventions, civic engagement, engaged research and praxis.
The School of Cities Student Academy is a tri-campus interdisciplinary academic platform to foster student academic and social engagement and leadership in city-building and urban scholarship. It is a student-led intellectual hub for undergraduate and graduate students’ collaborative learning and professional development, and their pursuit of critical and ethical analysis of complex urban challenges and urban education in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada and globally. The Academy is structured around 10 thematic working groups that reflect critical urban challenges based on students' interests and research focus. Student Fellowships are open to current University of Toronto students with a strong interest in and passion for city-building and critical urban challenges and who are highly motivated to initiate and lead an innovative, creative and impactful project during the winter term.
The Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Project (MUCP) is a unique, full academic year capstone design course offered by the University of Toronto. All projects are sourced from cities, community groups and non-governmental organizations for whom the project addresses a real urban need, and requires a multidisciplinary approach to solve.
Each project is assigned to a team of fourth-year undergraduates drawn from different disciplines. Student teams work through a creative, iterative, and open-ended design process to design solutions to meet client needs. Successfully completing the project requires that students integrate skills and knowledge from across multiple disciplines. Current participating undergraduate departments and faculties are Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Department of Geography and Planning, Rotman School of Management, the Urban Studies Program at Innis College, the Department of Sociology (UTSC and UTSG), Department of Computer Science, School of Environment, and the Faculty of Information.