Urban and Regional Planning


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John Grottenberg, of John Grottenberg

John enrolled in SURP in 2006 after completing a B.A. in Geography at the University of British Columbia and then taking a couple years off to work and travel in places including the South Pacific, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

While attending SURP, John concentrated in the Land Use and Real Estate Development stream. His Master's report focused on the planning and urban design elements of downtown Vancouver waterfront parks. Aspects of SURP that John particularly enjoyed include the land use project course, the numerous presentations, the group projects and other opportunities for teamwork, and the program's close-knit community feeling.

Upon graduation in 2008, John began working in the Strategic Transportation Planning Branch at the City of Vancouver. He assists with a variety of transportation projects, including public realm and pedestrian improvement initiatives in Vancouver's downtown and central area.