As an urban planner, Walter Hardwick has been credited with a formative role in the development of False Creek South and as a proponent of the community college system, and of distance education. He conducted an analysis of the False Creek area that was influential within the TEAM administration of Mayor Art Philips who came to civic power in 1972. While on the MacDonald committee Hardwick also recommended the creation of Simon Fraser University. A city alderman and urban geographer, he wrote Vancouver (Collier-MacMillan Canada Ltd., 1974). With UBC's J. Lewis Robinson he co-wrote British Columbia: One Hundred Years of Geographic Change (1993). With R. James Claus he co-wrote The Mobile Consumer: Automobile-Oriented Retailing and Site Selection (Don Mills, Ontario: Collier-Macmillan, 1972).

Hardwick served on the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Technical Advisory Committee, 1968-69; as a Vancouver City Alderman for TEAM, 1969-74; on the City Library Board, 1969-72; as a Director, GVRD, 1973-74; and as Chair and President of Knowledge Network of the West Communications Authority, 1980-88. He was also on the Universities Council of B.C., Strategies Planning Committee, 1983-84; a member of the B.C. Association of Colleges, Committee on Distance Education, 1983-84; board member of the B.C. Health Research Foundation, 1977-80; and a member of the Medical Teaching Hospital Expansion Coordinating Committee, 1977-79. He was a B.C. Representative for Habitat 76 Canadian Steering Committee; a member of the Western Canada Post-secondary Coordinating Committee, 1976; co-chair of the Federal/Provincial Committee on Telecommunications and Satellites in Education, 1979-80; and a member of the National Capital Planning Committee, 1986-90 (chair, 1990). Hardwick spent 37 years teaching Urban Geography, Urban Studies and Political Geography at UBC, having first enrolled there in 1950.

[Alan Twigg / BCBW 2003]

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
British Columbia: One Hundred Years of Geographical Change