MICHAEL GREENPrincipal - Architect AIBC FRAIC AIA
Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He founded MGA to focus on progressive architecture, research, education and innovation. His work is diverse in scale, building types and locations. With projects around the world and a team of 25 designers, Michael is vested in helping build healthier communities through architecture, interiors, landscape, and urban design. His work includes private residences, retail and restaurants, airports, academic, cultural, commercial and institutional buildings. Michael's hands on approach includes several public art installations and at times the direct construction of components within his projects. Michael's and MGA’s awards include a 2014 Governor General Award, IIDA Project of the Year, and several AIBC, Lieutenant-Governor, and North American Wood Design Awards. Michael is particularly known for his research, leadership and advocacy in promoting the use of wood in the built environment. Watch Michael's 2013 TED talk to learn more.
DAWN MELODYChief of Staff
KIM BARNSLEYSenior Associate - ARCHITECT AIBC MRAIC LEED AP
As a kid, Kim’s plan had always been to become a doctor. Things change, though, before starting university she realized she wanted to find a discipline that catered to both her mathematical and creative sides. This led her to the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture where she received both her Bachelor and Master degrees. Kim brings more than 20 years experience in design and architecture to the MGA team. Over the course of her career she has developed a strong background in business and project management. Kim has been focusing on mixed-use and multi-residential projects and all things community enhancing. Kim is a mom, a storyteller, and an Architect. She is passionate about people, problem solving, and design. She is an active member on a number of committees, including Women of UDI and AIBC’s Community Outreach Committee. She believes in the social purpose of architecture and design that enriches our homes and communities.
JORDAN VAN DIJKAssociate - AT. AIBC LEED AP
Jordan remembers childhood trips from the blueprinters to construction sites. His father, uncle, and opa were developers that helped shape the character of many neighbourhoods in the lower mainland. Inspired by this work and strong dedication to bringing clients’ dreams to reality, Jordan pursued a future in Architecture. Jordan’s motivation, skills, and attention to detail have been major contributing factors to the success of our projects. One of the projects Jordan is particularly proud of is the Ronald McDonald House. “It is such a beautiful response to the requirements of the families who are so much in need of the important services that RMH gives. The amount of effort and dedication poured into this project by absolutely everyone is clearly apparent when you visit the building.” Jordan is inspired by his children who regularly take him on adventure walks to explore new areas!
NATALIE TELEWIAKAssociate - Architect AIBC BEng LEED AP
Natalie has worked closely with Michael for over eight years on a range of residential and academic projects, both locally and abroad. With her combined background in engineering and architecture, Natalie brings a detail-oriented approach and strong design skills focused on achieving smart design through thoughtful decision making and careful coordination. Natalie brings valuable project experience in all phases from schematic design through contract administration. Natalie was a co-Project Lead on the Governor General award winning, Ronald McDonald House BC, where she led the coordination of the innovative engineered timber structure and wood detailing. Currently, Nat is the Project Manager on the Forest Sciences Complex project at Oregon State University.
MINGYUK CHENAssociate - LEED AP BScArch
Born in Hong Kong, Mingyuk is a graduate of McGill University School of Architecture, with 16 years of project experience including several innovative Mass Timber buildings, residential projects, and airports. As Project Manager, Mingyuk led the detailing, specifications, and Contract Administration for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC. Mingyuk is an accomplished technical architect with an incredible mind for detail, coordination, and quality control. Mingyuk, our (self-proclaimed) foodie is also an all weather cycling enthusiast. She can often be found ‘rascalling’ with her toddler son, who she claims to have given birth to on her bike while riding to the hospital!
AMANDA REEDAssociate - Architect OAA LEED AP
A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture, Amanda joined MGA with over 10 years of work experience in Toronto and New York. Amanda always wanted to be a storyteller. She was drawn to MGA’s project stories, focus on research and innovation, and passionate team. Amanda’s hobbies include rock climbing and exploring the great outdoors. With these interests, Amanda naturally gravitates towards projects that centre around environmental sustainability. She is currently on the OSU project team designing the new College of Forestry.
CANDICE NICHOLAssociate - Architect, NCARB
Candice’s childhood roots and experience working on and restoring boats led her to pursue a career in Architecture. She’s worked in California, Arizona, and New York. In 2010, Candice added Vancouver to her world tour and loved it too much to keep moving. Candice joined MGA in 2014 and has championed projects like T3 and the UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre. She is currently working on the Oregon State University Forest Sciences Complex and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club projects. When she’s not hard at work you may be lucky enough to catch her running, surfing, grocery shopping at Granville Island, or off travelling in faraway places like India!
KRISTALEE BERGERRegistered Interior Designer - BID NCIDQ
It’s not surprising that Kristalee ended up at MGA. Her father was a log home builder / timber framer, she lived in a log house, slept in a log bed, and her family dined nightly at a log table. An appreciation for wood construction was instilled in her from a young age. After some time at UBC and BCIT, she followed her passion for design and graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons), where her love of travel led her to study for a semester in Perth, Australia. While at Ryerson, Kristalee attended one of Michael’s lectures and was inspired by his ideas and passion for the tall wood movement. Since joining MGA Kristalee has worked on her share of projects including the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, the Rendezvous Lodge in Whistler, and even our own studio. The project she is most proud of is the Interfor Office at Metrotown, coincidentally one of North America’s largest forest products companies!
MARIA MORADesigner - M.ARCH
Maria, a registered architect from Spain, received her Masters in Architecture from the Higher Technical School in Seville. Her interest in architecture and urban planning in new cities and developing countries led to her living in Northeast Brazil prior to moving to Canada. Her dream jobs are – painter, poet, and construction worker. At the age of 9 or 10 Maria’s parents worked with an architect to build their house. Through this process she fell in love with construction. She strives to contribute to real change in the world that can help improve the quality of life for many. This goal, combined with her love of construction, contributes greatly to her architectural successes. One of the projects she is most proud of is Cannon Point because it was her first built project!
WHITNEY ROBINSONDesigner - B.ID
Whitney’s design career began at the age of 9 when she drafted a future home for herself and the 12 dogs she planned to own, they each had their own bedroom of course. She spent her summers during school working in the custom home building industry wearing many different hats - as a designer, construction labourer, and even a garbage truck driver! Having aspired to a career in design since the seventh grade, Whitney went on to study Interior Design. During the final semester of her thesis at Kwantlen, she enrolled at DBR. Aside from the invaluable hands-on experience at DBR she met a group of MGAers who begged her to work with us. She happily joined the team.
EVELYNE ST-JACQUESInterne Architecture OAQ
KYLE ELDERHORSTDesigner - M.ARCH
Kyle is our resident DJ and REVIT whiz! He received both his bachelor and master degrees in Architecture from the University of Waterloo.
JENNIFER ZATSERDirector of Communications and Client Relations - B.E.D. (Arch)
Growing up on the prairies where the landscape doesn’t offer a lot of variation helped cultivate Jenn’s appreciation of the built environment and impact it has on all our lives. After pursuing a degree in Architecture she ran away to far away lands, but couldn’t outrun her destiny and place in the world of design. With 15 years on the marketing and communications side of architecture and design she is excited to have landed at MGA. Jenn’s favourite things about MGA are Fisher (Michael’s dog), the ability to bribe staff with her baking, and the commitment at MGA to impact our communities in a positive way! Having lived in 3 countries (Canada, Israel, and Japan) and 7 cities Jenn is happy to call Vancouver and beautiful British Columbia her home.
ANGELA HOPKINSDesigner - M ARCH
Angela is our Aussie import! She grew up in Cunderdin, Western Australia with a keen passion for drawing and design. Motivated by her love of the outdoors, she focused her university studies on sustainable design. Angela’s passion for travel has taken her through Europe, Southeast Asia, India, and Canada. After spending a ski season up at Big White a few years ago she had to come back!
MARIE-CLAIRE BLIGHDesigner - M.ARCH
Marie-Claire is our Irish lass! After graduating from the Dublin Institute of Technology, she moved over to Canada's West Coast to experience living in a new city – one of her favourite ways to explore the world! As a kid, she dreamed of being an architect, always fascinated with the history of buildings and communities. In her spare time, MC can be found biking, eating deep fried ice cream, or playing the piano.