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  • Small Is Big: The Rise of the Next Great Small to Mid-Sized, Downtowns (2017)
    This new book by Michael von Hausen, President of MVH, provides a methodology and inspiration for realizing the untapped potential of small to mid-sized downtowns in the new economy.

  • 2015-2016 Awards:

    • 2016 Award of Merit, Alberta Professional Planners Institute, Bragg Creek Revitalization Plan, Bragg Creek, Alberta
      (with McElhanney Consultants)
    • 2016 Gold Award, Excellence in Planning Practice, Planning Institute of British Columbia, Lougheed Town Centre Core Area Master Plan, Burnaby, B.C.
      (MVH developed sustainability component and evaluation)

    • 2015 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards, City of Calgary, Winner: Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans, Large Retail/Commercial Area Urban Design Guidelines, City of Calgary Urban & Heritage Group ), Calgary, Alberta
      (MVH supported and helped facilitate the process with the City of Calgary).

    • 2015  Honorable Mention, Excellence in Planning Policy, Small Town and Rural Areas, Planning Institute of British Columbia, Lake Country Integrated Sustainability Plan, Lake Country, B.C.
      (with Golder Associates)

  • Dynamic Urban Design: A Handbook for Creating Sustainable Communities Worldwide (2013)
    Michael von Hausen, President of MVH, has published a new book that links sustainability to urban design through a community-based process model. This practical and timely handbook combines the community-based process with 15 first-hand comprehensive case studies and more than 200 illustrations. The book has received significant advance praise and is honoured by both the Editor’s Choice Award (top 5% of books) and the Rising Star Award (top 1% of books) by iUniverse, the publisher. The book is available at www.iUniverse.com and www.Amazon.com.

    Listen to MVH's, Dynamic Urban Design, book review here:


  • MVH Reappointed Adjunct Professor at SFU (2016-2021):
    Michael von Hausen has been reappointed Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia for another 5 year term. In 2011, Michael facilitated a special week-long “Enquiry by Design” with the Prince’s Foundation from the U.K. Michael is also chief instructor and curriculum coordinator of the national award winning Urban Design Certificate Program at Simon Fraser University’s City Program. He teaches mid-career professionals all aspects of urban design in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa.
  • 10 Awards in 6 Years
    MVH has received 10 planning and urban design awards over the past years, recognizing the firms' cutting edge innovation. See Awards

  • MVH 12 New Downtown Plans
    MVH has created 12 new downtown plans including the Town of Cochrane, City of Red Deer, City of Leduc, City of Medicine Hat, and the Town High River in Alberta; and the City of Chilliwack, City of Langley, City of Pentiction, Mission City, and the Village of Pemberton in British Columbia since 2007.  12 Downtown Projects (PDF)

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