Michael McClelland CAHP OAA FRAIC, a founding principal of ERA Architects Inc., is a registered architect specializing in heritage conservation, and in particular in heritage planning and urban design. After graduating from the University of Toronto Michael worked in municipal government most notably for the Toronto Historical Board, advising on municipal planning, permit and development applications, and on the preservation of City-owned museums and monuments. He is well known for his promotion and advocacy for heritage architecture in Canada.
Michael was the coordinating architect for the Distillery District and the heritage architect for a number of significant Toronto projects including the ROM Renaissance with Daniel Libeskind Studio, the Art Gallery of Ontario Transformation with Frank Gehry, Bridgepoint Health’s conversion of the historic Don Jail, and Evergreen Foundation’s adaptive reuse of the Don Valley Brickworks.
He has taught at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, has published numerous articles and is the editor of a number of publications and books, including The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood (2016) and Concrete Toronto (2007). Michael speaks regularly in the media and at public and professional events. He has received numerous awards and honours over the course of his career. In 1999 he was awarded a certificate of recognition from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Toronto Society of Architects for his contribution to the built environment and to the profession of architecture.