School of Urban and Regional Planning/ Ryerson University
Doctor of Design in Urban Design and Planning/
Master of Design in Housing and Urbanization/
Bachelor of Architecture (Professional Architecture)/ University of Waterloo
Bachelor of Environmental Studies
(Pre-Professional Architecture)/ University of Waterloo
Dr. Shelagh McCartney is a licensed architect and urbanist who is an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, whose expertise in design and development focus on urbanization and housing, with a strong community development focus. She believes that planning and architecture are byproducts of complex territorial networks. She has experience managing large teams of students, colleagues and stakeholders in the private, public and NGO sectors to complete complex projects together. Foundational to McCartney’s research is to challenge the way students approach communities and housing, and how they can influence change. Encouraging them to join the conversation, debate differing viewpoints, and be creative in critiquing systems for the purpose of evoking systematic change from within.
She brings to StudentDwellTO her experience managing large research teams, comprised of many interdisciplinary stakeholders, to synthesize complex issues and complete large surveys and focus groups. McCartney uses Design Thinking to revolutionize project work by assisting members to directly approach complex problems head-on, innovate collaboratively, and create holistic, sustainable solutions with a user-centered focus.