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Michael Muller

Michael Müller

Professor, School of Architectural Technology

Born in a rural village in Europe, Mike Müller grew up in New York City. He received a five-year bachelor of architecture degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After graduating, he was recruited by an American architectural engineering firm to measure and renovate large buildings in central Germany. He moved to West Berlin to study city planning at the Technical University. Mike completed his master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Toronto.

Working in the planning field, he prepared subdivision layouts, and did lake planning and environmental assessments. He consulted in Trinidad to create a land-use plan for 11 institutions on a 360-acre site.

Registered as an architect in Ontario, Mike worked on a variety of building types, including automotive dealerships, fire stations, office buildings, industrial plants and high-rise residential buildings.

He switched to the health-care sector to co-ordinate the development of a 270-bed wing, an ICU-expansion, a cancer treatment simulation unit and a variety of other internal renovation projects at Sunnybrook Hospital. He obtained a two-year CHA certificate in health-care management. As director of capital planning, Mike supervised renovation and expansion projects (totalling $120 million) at the 10 cancer centres throughout Ontario, facilitated the creation of a gravity-model software tool for the location of new treatment venues and prepared the functional program for two new cancer centres.

As director of physical planning, Mike managed a staff of 11 with an annual capital budget of $15 million for renovations while supervising the preliminary planning, cost estimating ($750 million) and timeline (10 years) for the redevelopment of a children’s hospital and a new research centre ($200 million; recently completed).

He moved on to teach math and blueprint reading to tradespeople, and later the history of architecture to architectural technologists. He developed courses for a degree program and assembled course materials to enhance the courses that he taught.

At Sheridan, Mike has taught a variety of technical courses, including studio, building materials, estimating, project management, specifications and building systems. He has also taught elective courses such as history of architecture, emerging building technologies and advanced residential design (passive solar).

As a volunteer, Mike chaired the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre design subcommittee (and, after it was constructed, the advisory council). He was a board member of Senior People’s Resources in North Toronto (a home help agency) and People and Organizations in North Toronto (a social planning agency).

Mike enjoys swimming, yoga, playing with his three grandsons, staying up-to-date on “future culture” and researching trends in architecture.