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Shelagh McCartney

Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Shelagh McCartney is a licenced architect and urbanist specializing in marginalized community development and housing. She received her Bachelor degrees Environmental Studies and Professional Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and as a Fulbright scholar, Master of Design Studies and Doctorate of Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design. An Associate Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, McCartney has 10 years of housing experience in partnership with First Nations communities in Canada working with youth and elders.
She is Director of Together Design Lab, an innovative research and design lab exploring platforms that focus on contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to community and open territory design.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Ryerson University
  • 2013–2019
    Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
  • 2010–2013
    Assistant Professor, Carleton University


  • 2012 
    Harvard University, Doctor of Design
  • 2007 
    Harvard University , Master of Design Studies - Urbanization and Housing
  • 2000 
    University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Professional Architecture
  • 1997 
    University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Pre-Professional Architecture

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Ontario Association of Architects
  • Canadian Green Building Council