profile image

Michael Geller


Michael Geller is a Vancouver-based architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decades experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. Notable projects include Bayshore in Coal Harbour, UniverCity at SFU and numerous condominium and mixed use projects.

In 2012 he was appointed by Mayor Gregor Robertson to chair a roundtable on housing form and design as part of the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

In 2007, Michael completed an around-the-world journey while on sabbatical from SFU. During this time he wrote a bi-weekly column about planning and housing in the Vancouver Sun. He continues to write for the Vancouver Sun and other publications and keeps a blog at

Michael is a past president of the Urban Development Institute and has been honoured as a life member of the Architectural Institute of B.C. and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Unsightly Vancouver Needs To Tidy seanhagen/Flickr

Unsightly Vancouver Needs To Tidy Up

In the past, I was generally proud of how Vancouver was maintained. However, in recent years, I have noticed a general decline. Boulevards and parks appear overgrown, and more cigarette butts, chewing gum and garbage are strewn about. There's also an increase in the number of unkempt properties, presumably slated for redevelopment or unoccupied, which become scars on otherwise beautiful, well-maintained streetscapes.
06/26/2014 02:55 EDT
Downtown Eastside Needs To Be Google Maps

Downtown Eastside Needs To Be Normalized

The key issue is whether the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside should remain a low-income precinct with a high concentration of shelters, social housing, and community services -- essentially "walled off" from the rest of the city -- or should it become a more normalized community with a broader range of households and housing choices, including condominiums, restaurants and shops catering to the entire city population?
03/03/2014 06:12 EST