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Welcome to City Building Ryerson

As the global population becomes increasingly concentrated in urban centres, the health of our cities will have a profound impact on the success of our species. The stakes have never been higher. From climate change to population growth to a new pandemic, the challenges are as are the opportunities. It's possible to build a better future. In fact, we’re already doing so.

Urban research with global reach

With our collective future tied to the fate of cities, Ryerson research is devoted to the key issues that will define them. Our faculty are making decisive contributions in an array of fields. Just as urban health has never been more urgent, the work of our researchers has never been more important.

City Building Ryerson is a new university-wide collaboratory for research, learning and engagement

Meet Our Academic Director (Interim)

Ryerson is pleased to announce Dr. Pamela Robinson (BAH, MPL, PhD) as the new interim Academic Director of City Building Ryerson. In this role, Dr. Robinson will provide leadership regarding the institutional orientation and strategic focus of City Building Ryerson. She will also foster interdisciplinary and collaborative initiatives, strengthen connections across graduate programs oriented towards city building, and seek synergies across the university's innovation ecosystem to accelerate and scale our efforts to tackle real-world challenges. 

“It’s time for us to set our sights towards a new bold city-building horizon – one that builds upon existing excellence and strives to create new infrastructure to support community needs and aspirations, and allow us to respond to a changing external environment. The future of city building at Ryerson is growing beyond the planning, design and finance of cities to also embrace civic engagement, social innovation, politics and public administration, and urban sustainability challenges and opportunities including the growing climate emergency, smart cities and buildings, green infrastructure, immigration and settlement, and other disciplines. Ryerson researchers are leaders in these fields and, by virtue of our location, our campus makes an ideal living laboratory.”

Dr. Pamela Robinson
Interim Academic Director Dr. Pamela Robinson


Who We Are

City Building Ryerson represents city building and urban innovation activity across the university. Want to know more? 


The future of cities starts at Ryerson