In Memoriam: Michael Miller

Michael was a faculty member in X University’s Department of Architectural Science, and a practitioner who started his career with Arthur Erickson.

Photo Credit: Ryerson University

Canadian architect Michael Miller has passed away on October 19, 2021, following a battle with cancer complicated by an injury he suffered almost a year ago.

Michael was a faculty member in X University (formerly Ryerson, renaming in process)’s Department of Architectural Science and past chair of the department in the 1990s. Since his retirement, he has been a strong supporter of the program as a member of the  Program Advisory Committee and often participated in reviews and other departmental events.

Michael was an impactful educator and colleague who graduated from the University of British Columbia and started his career with Arthur Erickson, working in offices in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. He subsequently joined Ron Thom Architects, and was a partner there for five years. He established his own practice in Toronto, and shortly thereafter opened a second office in Dallas, Texas.

His practice has focused on large housing projects, commercial projects, single family residences, renovation work and exhibition design, including the entire exhibit program for the Ontario Pavilion at EXPO 86 in Vancouver, B.C.

He was author of The Canadian Guide to Home Renovation and re-wrote the book for publication in the United States. His architectural work has been published and has won several design awards, and he has been a member of the selection jury for a number of significant buildings in Ontario.

As well as maintaining his architectural practice, Michael has been continually involved with teaching as a part-time lecturer and studio critic at universities and colleges in Canada, the United States and Europe.

A donation process has been set up towards the Michael C. Miller Travel Award which funds travel opportunities for students at X University’s Department of Architectural Science: