2017/2018 – Welcome to Urban Calgary Students Association! Message from the President.

Hi everyone my name is Raj Dhaliwal and I am heading into my last semester of my Urban Studies degree. I am honoured to be the 2017/2018 president of UrbanCSA, and I look forward to providing students with all kinds of resources, support, and cool opportunities!

If you are an undergraduate student in Urban Studies/Geography and are passionate about architecture, urban planning, and sustainability, and are looking to gain more information about these careers/fields outside of the classroom, please sign up with UrbanCSA to receive monthly newsletters. It is completely FREE! We will also be visiting classes next week with sign up sheets, and will have a booth at Clubs Week in Machall Courtyards on September 19, 20, and 21.


For the 2017/2018 school year we will be hosting two major events, one on architecture/urban planning (Fall Semester), and the second on net zero homes, green energy, and the future of autonomous vehicles in cities (Winter Semester)!

Volunteer Opportunities and external events

Aside from our events we have an active Facebook page @urbancsa where we will be posting biweekly volunteer opportunities within the university and all across the city, with the possibility to earn hours towards your co-curricular record. We will also be posting external events that relate to the urban studies, geography, architecture, and urban planning degrees.

Academic Support 

With an eight member executive council, we are more then happy to answer academic related questions for students in the Urban Studies degree. If you want course advice, course recommendations, or have any other questions related to your degree please do not hesitate to email us at urbancsa@ucalgary.ca. You may also reach me, Danielle (Executive VP), or Dustin (Club Director) directly by visiting the “Contact us” tab. There you will find our direct emails.

Urban Studies Road Map 

This year we will be launching an Urban Studies road map that will assist students by supplementing degree navigator. With the road map students will be able to understand their degree requirements and layout their degree paths more clearly then degree navigator. Furthermore the road map will become a tool for students to understand the possibilities of “specializing” in certain areas whether they are interested in GIS, politics in cities, minoring in architecture, the new Certificate in Sustainability Studies, and much more!

ActivateYYC Project

UrbanCSA is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an ActivateYYC grant and are in the process of implementing a new project at the University of Calgary that will bring students together, and allow them to share their thoughts about university life. The project is in the planning stage and will be announced once planning and logistics have been completed. Stay Tuned!

Thank you for visiting our site, I hope to see you around, and don’t forget to sign up! If you have any questions or comments, please email us at urbancsa@ucalgary.ca.

Best of Luck in the 2017/2018 school year!

Raj Dhaliwal – President


Inspire Seminar: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning

Interested in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and/or Planning? Come join us at the Inspire Seminar where there will be presentations made by industry professionals in the three fields. Presentations will be made by Dialog Design, McElhanney Consulting Services, and O2 Planning + Design. Furthermore a representative will be on hand from the Faculty of Environmental Design to answer any admissions or general questions. The presentations will by followed by an open floor for guests to connect with the industry professionals and with peers. Pizza will be served!

Where: University of Calgary,  MSC Escalus Room-Enter into the hallway to the right of La Taqueria, and follow the signs all the way to the last room!

When: November 30, 2016

Doors open at 5:15pm and presentations begin at 5:30pm

RSVP : Inspire Seminar 

Arts Co-Op Program

A message from the Arts Co-OP Program:
The next application deadline for the Arts Co-op Program is May 1st and there will be an Information Session for interested students on March 30, 12-1pm, in SS010. Register for the event at career link.ca, or for more information check out arts.ucalgary.ca/co-op!
This is a opportunity to find out more on how you can “Work, Earn and Learn” at the same time. Click here for the brochure (right click, open in new tab if it doesn’t work the first time).

Executive Positions 2016/2017

Hello everyone,

It is that time again when the school year of 2015/2016 is almost coming to an end. This means that we are looking for three (3) new members for our Executive. Rajbir Dhaliwal and Dustin MacDonald have assumed the roles of Co-Presidents.

We are looking for:

  • VP – Operations & Finance
  • VP – Communications
  • VP – Marketing and Events

For a description of this positions click here, and for the application form click here. (if the link doesn’t work by clicking on it, right click and open in new tab)

Email the applications by MARCH 21ST 12:00PM to dus.macd@gmail.com

We look forward to your interest in UrbanCSA!

Green Line LRT Lunch and Learn

The Green Line will be an important piece of Calgary’s transit network, adding 40 KM of track to the exisiting 59 KM LRT system. End-to-end, the line will connect north and southeast Calgary with fast, reliable transit service and create neighbourhoods where Calgarians can live, work and play close to transit.

We are very thrilled to announce this event! The City of Calgary is hosting, in conjunction with UrbanCSA, a lunch and learn regarding the new Green Line LRT! Come with your UrbanCSA membership, or you can buy one at the door for lunch and refreshments! Your membership is payable at the door with either Cash or Credit Card transactions!

WHEN: Thursday, 26 November 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

WHERE: Excalus Room, MacHall. MH 234

Please visit the Eventbrite website to register for this event!

Hult Prize

Hurt Prize is an organization that holds a yearly challenge to students to solve global issues. In exchange for creating a sustainable social-enterprise that provides a solution, the team will be awarding $1 Million for start up funding. The challenge this year is surrounding Crowded Urban Spaces!

One of our members, Erin Lloyd is holding a meeting in TFDL 260F on Monday October 26th, from 2PM to 4PM to brainstorm ideas and determine the interest levels of individuals. You can email her, or attend the meeting if you wish to join this team.

Check out the Hult Prize website for more details!