Since 1970, our rigorous and well-focused two-year Master of Planning (M.PL.) program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field and to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving urban environment.
Hieu received her Combined Honours Bachelor's degree in Economics and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. Her interests in community planning and sustainable development led her to pursue a Master's in Planning at Queen's School of Urban and Regional Planning.
Highlights during the program for Hieu included traveling to Beijing, China to intern with the Ministry of Land and Resources, working on a community practicum with Outreach St. George's Kingston (operates a morning drop-in centre and lunch program), and participating in the School's extra-curricular activities such as planning walking tours and visits to old and new city developments. The small class atmosphere, caliber of classmates, and the open door policy with professors supported Hieu's academic success and ability to explore her professional interests.
Upon graduation Hieu interned with the City of Ottawa in the Community Planning and Policy Division working on rural and urban community design plans and continued with the City working the following year as a planner in the Development Approvals Division. She then decided to gain international planning experience and was selected to be the Canadian Institute of Planners WorldLink intern in Hanoi, Vietnam working on Canadian-Vietnamese municipal partnership projects.
Presently, Hieu is a project officer working in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' International Centre for Sustainable Development working on post-tsunami disaster relief programming and is also a member of the City of Ottawa's Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee. She is a full member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners.