About Brandon

Brandon Graham Donnelly is a city builder and blogger based in Toronto. He is Managing Director of Development at Slate Asset Management and founder of the Globizen Group.

Prior to this he held development positions at CAPREITTAS, and Morguard, where he managed urban-focused residential (condo & rental), office and retail projects. In 2013, he cofounded the condo review site Dirt / thedirt.co (acquired in 2018).

Brandon studied architecture and fine art history at the University of Toronto. He also has a master’s in architecture and real estate development from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Rotman School.

In his spare time he loves snowboarding, photography, electronic music, and local Ontario wines.

Twitter: @donnelly_b / Instagram: @donnelly_b

About This Blog

This blog has been a daily practice since August 2013. Rated by the Guardian Cities UK as one of the best city blogs in the world, it generally covers everything from architecture and planning to real estate and technology. Subscribers are often architects, city planners, real estate professionals, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and other urbanists. The posts are emailed out every morning at 6AM Toronto time and are usually short and digestible (<500 words). There’s also an option for a weekly subscription if every day is too much for your inbox. While this is a personal blog, my objective is to promote the building of beautiful, sustainable, and globally competitive cities. If that resonates with you, consider subscribing.

Note: The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own and may or may not reflect those of my employer and/or business partners.


  1. Tareq Shakhshir

    Hi Brandon,

    My name is Tareq and I am currently in my last year of undergrad studying architecture in London at the Architectural Association. I enjoyed reading some of your blogs as a lot of it resonates with me. For the last couple of years I’ve been very interested in Real Estate development and hope to one day build my own projects as I do have an entrepreneurial mindset. As of now my plan is to work for a couple years as an architect and then maybe obtain an MBA. My question is after that how do I break into the real estate industry and what specific jobs would I be looking at if I were to work for a big developer. Or do I even need an MBA and should I work for a developer directly after undergrad. I love to design but I am also very business oriented and understand the cap on financial potential working as a traditional architect for a design firm. I would like to eventually get to a management role in the real estate industry but I’m not quite sure how to get there or how to even begin. I noticed that you worked as a lead developer but I’m not so sure what that means or what the role entails but it sounds interesting. Also are there any real estate job opportunities that involve a creative side or in other words my architecture degree benefit me in. At the moment you seem to be meeting all the goals I’ve set for myself in life so I’d really love to hear your feedback on this. I’d really appreciate your insight at this pivotal time in my life. Thanks a lot.

    Kindest regards,
    Tareq Shakhshir


  2. Hey Brandon,
    I really enjoyed your round up posts. I just published a few pieces of content that I think would be a perfect fit for your next roundup.


    It’s a detailed comparison of the best types of home security solutions currently on the market.
    Let me know what you think! I’d be happy to share your round up on my social media platforms.

    Thanks for the consideration,


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