Lunch Time Lectures

Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager Jason Johnson

This lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

  • Monday, May 1 - The Death and Life of the Single-Family House, with Nathanael Lauster
    Nathanael is author of The Death and Life of the Single-Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City. He is an internationally recognized housing scholar and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He maintains a blog at

  • Monday, June 5 - Bikes Mean Business, with Elly Blue
    Elly Blue lives in Portland, Oregon where she publishes books about bicycling and other radical topics. She is the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy.

  • Monday, July 10 - TBA

  • Monday, August 14 - TBA

  • Monday, September 11 - Building Child-Friendly Public Spaces, with Diana Studer

    Diana is a RAIC Syllabus Architecture Student and Technologist at HDR|CEI Architecture in Victoria.  Her final diploma project is focused on how we can better our communities by engaging children in the design and decision making process.  Traveling to Copenhagen, Portland and Vancouver, Diana's project is rooted in her research in pedagogy and the UN Convention on the Right of the Child.  She will present some of her work as well as lessons learned from facilitating a design charrette on Centennial Square with a group of local children.

  • Monday, October 2 - TBA
  • Monday, November 6 - TBA
  • Monday, December 4 - TBA