About SFU Burnaby 2065


SFU Campus Planning & Development has been advancing the creation of a Campus Master Plan for the SFU Burnaby campus. This is a major undertaking and will be a significant milestone in the university’s evolution.

The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan will be a comprehensive plan, providing a vision and flexible planning and decision-making framework to guide the evolution of the campus over the next 50 years.  As a physical manifestation of the university’s strategic priorities, the Plan will support SFU’s goals of creating a sustainable, world class academic and community experience. The Plan will look beyond incremental growth and take a major leap ahead, considering broad patterns of development such as building forms and connections, transportation networks, and open space and natural systems and opportunities to organize and unify the campus over time.



The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan is being managed by SFU Campus Planning & Development and led by Urban Strategies Inc., one of North America’s leading campus planning consultants. Urban Strategies is working closely with PFS Studio, a Vancouver-based planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm with similar campus design experience.



Named after explorer Simon Fraser, SFU opened on September 9, 1965. Taking only 30 months to grow from the idea stage into an almost-completed campus with 2,500 students it was dubbed the “Instant University”. Now more than 50 years later the campus is home to over 30,000 students, 950 faculty and approximately 4,000 staff, as well as UniverCity residents and businesses. The time to make this campus great for the next 50 years is now, and we need a comprehensive plan to guide us!

The Master Plan for SFU’S Burnaby campus will provide a flexible physical planning and decision-making framework to guide the ongoing development of the physical campus over the next five decades. The master planning process has been analyzing and exploring strategic opportunities for growth, identifying potential needs for new or improved spaces, and working to organize and unify the campus to ensure a magnetic and remarkable setting to support not only the SFU’s academic experience, but overall experience and quality of campus life. More specifically, the plan will work to:

  • Identify, create and reinvigorate physical attributes and campus amenities
  • Use the magnetic principles of place-making to attract and retain outstanding students, faculty and staff
  • Help us to understand the physical characteristics, forms, structures, and functions that can continue to make our buildings and the spaces that tie them together into a great campus
  • Identify and enhance landscaped open spaces, both natural and designed, that distinguish the unique character of the campus environment
  • Determine how to best use and develop the lands and facilities on Burnaby Mountain
  • Meet the needs of the future demographics, and respond to changing trends over time


When and How

The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan is being developed over a six-phase planning process, initiated in early 2018 and expected to conclude by the end of 2019. It has involved multi-faceted engagement opportunities with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. The feedback gleaned from this process will directly influence the development of the Campus Master Plan.

This project website and SFU’s social media channels will be regularly updated to keep the campus community informed on our progress and how to stay involved throughout the process.