Dr. Ann McAfee
graduated from UBC with a Doctorate in City Planning and Urban Land Economics. From 1974 to 2006, Ann worked for the City of Vancouver retiring as Co-Director of Planning. She was responsible for Vancouver’s Housing Programs from 1974-1988 and from 1994 – 2006 guided the award winning process leading to adoption of "CityPlan" – Vancouver’s first city-wide plan since 1930.
In 2006, Ann retired from Vancouver City and established City Choices Consulting. She has advised cities in Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, China, Philippines, Ukraine, and Ethiopia. This includes projects funded by the World Bank and various Canadian agencies.
Ann was Canadian Project Manager for an award winning two-year study on Community Development in Shanghai, participated on the American Planning Association Sustaining Places Task Force, and recently advised the City of Auckland on their award winning Unitary Plan. She is an Adjunct Professor of Planning at UBC, teaching a course in Strategic Planning.
Ann has been recognized by a variety of organizations including Lambda Alpha International (Honorary Land Economics Society), International Downtown Association, Urban Development Institute, and the Canadian Housing Design Council for her contributions to affordable housing, strategic planning, and innovative public processes. In 2007, Ann received the Kevin Lynch Award for Distinguished Planning Practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The citation for Ann’s induction as a FCIP recognized her
“vast knowledge and great passion for planning policy and for improving the quality of life for all segments of society in Canada and abroad. She has been instrumental in convincing people to develop radical planning approaches. Ann’s significant and diverse achievements and contributions as a practitioner, citizen and teacher make her a wonderful ambassador for our profession, whether on the national or international stage.”