Lance Berelowitz


Lance Berelowitz is an urban planner, award-winning writer and commentator on urban affairs. He has written extensively on Vancouver. He is the author of Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination, an acclaimed book on Vancouver’s planning culture and emerging urban form, which won the City of Vancouver Book Award and was short-listed for the BC Book Prize. He was editor-in-chief of Vancouver’s successful 2010 Olympic Winter Games Bid Book submission to the IOC. He has written for The Globe and Mail, Time Out Vancouver, INSITE magazine, The Canadian Architect, Granville magazine, The Tyee and Vancouver Observer. Lance is frequently interviewed on urban issues by the media including CBC Radio’s Morningside and The Early Edition, CBC Television’s The National and The Fifth Estate, CTV’s National News and US National Public Radio. 

Lance Berelowitz is the founding principal of URBAN FORUM ASSOCIATES Town Planning + Urban Design + Communications. He consults on town planning, urban design and streetscape projects across Canada, in China and Russia. 

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Lance has lived and worked in London, Paris, Toronto and Vancouver. He graduated from the Architectural Association, London, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of BC. Trained in both architecture and urban planning, he is a multi-disciplinary generalist. 

Lance has taught city planning and urban design at several Canadian universities, and lectures internationally. He is a past Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission and a past member of the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel. 

Lance can be reached at [email protected].

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