Michael Green

Michael Green


A visionary architect, Michael Green is at the center of the mass timber movement.

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Michael founded Michael Green Architecture in 2012 with a focus on advanced wood buildings that support community, health and the environment. Michael is known for his research, leadership and advocacy in promoting the use of wood in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his 2013 TED talk on “Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers”, which has been viewed well over a million times.

In addition to MGA, Michael founded the not-for-profit school DBR | Design Build Research to focus on progressive architecture, research, education and innovation. Based in Vancouver, BC, Michael and his team strive to contribute to meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has been honoured with North America’s most prestigious awards, including 2 RAIC Innovation Awards and 3 Governor General’s Medals (the highest awards for a Canadian architect), as well as numerous North American Wood Design Awards and International Interior Design Awards.

In 2014, Michael received an honourary doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia. Beyond architecture, art and design, Michael is passionate about the outdoors, travel and adventure. He has explored remote regions on every continent, with a particular love of ice climbing and mountaineering, ocean kayaking and biking.

Watch Michael Green’s TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers