Michael Y. Seelig is a Professor Emeritus of city planning at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in urban design, community planning, and theory of urban change.
Dr. Seelig received his diploma in Architecture (with honors) from Hammersmith College of Art and Building, London, England. He earned a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the University of British Columbia, Professor Seelig worked as an architect with Edward Durell Stone, New York; Al Mansfeld, Haifa,; Yorke Rosenberg and Mardall, London; Louis I. Kahn, Philadelphia; and Frederick Gutheim, Washington, DC.
Dr. Seelig has initiated several educational programs: the urban studies abroad program in Jerusalem; an urban design program for municipal planners; a site planning program for land surveyors; a correspondence course in planning theory; and heritage planning courses.
Professor Seelig's publications include three books and more than 90 academic articles and professional reports. He has also organized three public exhibitions, among them "Habitat: Toward Shelter" at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1976). He produced a film entitled "UBC in Jerusalem" and was the host of an eight program television series entitled "Urban Change and Conflict' produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 1990, he co-authored a series of eight articles on the Pacific Fraser Region entitled "Future Growth--Future Shock" for The Vancouver Sun. This research was published in the book From Desolation to Hope: The Pacific Fraser Region in 2010 (1991). The book received first prize for Excellence in Planning from the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the Memorial Award of the Media Club of Canada.
Professor Seelig has lectured extensively at universities and conferences world wide.
He is a regular contributor to local radio, television and daily newspapers. He has served on the following boards: Vancouver Heritage Advisory Committee; Canadian Professors for Peace in the Middle East; First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel; Canadian Friends of Hebrew University; Friends of Tel-Aviv University; Hillel Foundation; the Granville Island Trust and Tourism Vancouver.