MICHAEL GREENPrincipal - Architect AIBC FRAIC AIA
Michael Green is an award-winning architect known for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood, new technology and innovation in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his TED talk, “Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.” Based in Vancouver, Canada, Michael founded MGA to create meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. Michael and his team are ambitiously extending the boundaries of mass timber construction, having completed some of the largest modern timber buildings in the world, including The Wood Innovation Design Centre and T3 Minneapolis. He is also the founder of DBR | Design Build Research and TOE | Timber Online Education, a non-profit school and research platform dedicated to teaching the design and construction of socially, culturally and environmentally relevant student-led installations, with a focus in systemic change in building for climate, environment, disaster and global shelter needs. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has been honoured with North America’s most prestigious awards, including two RAIC Innovation Awards and three Governor General’s Medals. In 2014, Michael received an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He is the co-author of ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings,’ now in its second edition, and ‘Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance.’ An avid traveler and adventurer, Michael has explored remote regions on every continent and loves ice climbing. mountaineering, ocean kayaking and biking.
NATALIE TELEWIAKPrincipal - Architect AIBC, BEng, LEED AP
With an education in both architecture and engineering, Natalie’s approach is rooted in material logic. Combined with an emphasis on cross team collaboration, Natalie is driven toward elegant solutions that marry structure, systems, manufacturing and architecture. Career highlights include work on the Governor General Award-winning, CLT construction, Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver and a mass timber, multi-activity centre in the City of Gallivare, Sweden. In 2018 Natalie became a Principal alongside Michael Green at MGA, taking an elevated role leading and inspiring project teams to design and deliver meaningful, innovative and sustainable architecture.
KEVIN NYHOFFPrincipal - ARCHITECT AAA
ALEKSANDRA ADAMCZEWSKADesigner - M. ARCH
Before discovering architecture, Aleksandra’s first true passion was classical music: she earned a professional instrumental degree studying the piano. Aleksandra continued her quest to expand her knowledge base, studying engineering and architecture, and afterwards competing throughout Europe on various design projects. More recently, Aleksandra relocated to Vancouver and joined the team at MGA, bringing her passion for combining mathematical precision with creativity and design. Aleksandra is drawn to strong contextual narratives, intentions in aesthetics and strategic thinking. She is currently relishing the opportunity to learn about the construction process while working on the Oregon State University project. When not working or travelling, Aleksandra enjoys alternative cinema, literature, yoga and skiing.
KRISTALEE BERGERAssociate - Registered Interior Designer BID NCIDQ
An appreciation for wood construction was instilled in Kristalee from a very young age. Her father was a log home builder, she lived in a log house, slept in a log bed and her family dined nightly at a log table. Her studies took her to UBC, BCIT and Ryerson University, where Kristalee graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons). After being inspired by one of Michael’s talks on the tall wood movement, it was not surprising that Kristalee began working at MGA. Since joining MGA, Kristalee has worked on the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, the Rendezvous Lodge in Whistler, Interfor’s Office at Metrotown, Peachtree City, Georgia, as well as several private residences.
MARIE-CLAIRE BLIGHAssociate - M. ARCH
Marie-Claire graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology and worked in Cologne, Germany before relocating to the West Coast of Canada in 2016, where she joined MGA. MC’s interest in the history of buildings and communities has led to her work on a range of innovative projects, including the renovation and extension of the first Passive House Plus home in North Vancouver. She is currently working on the designs for two multi-residential projects in Victoria, Canada.
STÉPHANE BOLDUCDesigner - Architect AIBC
Growing up in the small, northern Canadian city of Timmins, Ontario, Stéphane was always fascinated by the beauty and vastness of the surrounding boreal forest. Stéphane is a registered Architect AIBC, with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. Given his roots and training, it is no surprise Stéphane was drawn to the work produced at MGA and how the company utilizes innovations in timber-building technologies to unify our natural and built environments. MGA is fortunate to have an architect with Stéphane’s knowledge and experience, ranging from large scale planning/mapping projects, to modern mass timber, to furniture design.
HELEN BRENNEKDirector of Sustainability - M. Eng., P.Eng., WELL AP, LEED AP O+M
Helen holds a Master’s degree in Engineering in Clean Energy from the University of British Columbia, where her studies were focused on sustainable building science and energy efficiency. She is inspired by the potential for the built environment to positively impact the lives of the people who interact with it, and by the challenges and opportunities of reconciling the needs of our human systems with those of nature. Skilled in the use of a variety of tools including LEED, WELL, and whole building life cycle assessment, she supports the MGA team in maintaining industry-leading knowledge and delivering projects that embody sustainability design excellence. In her spare time, you can find her elbow-deep at a pottery wheel or enjoying Vancouver’s incredible backyard.
MINGYUK CHENSenior Associate - LEED AP BScArch
Born in Hong Kong, Mingyuk is a graduate of McGill University School of Architecture. Mingyuk has 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. She also was the team lead on the Paris Villiers sur Marne competition. Mingyuk is a self-proclaimed foodie and all-weather enthusiast, who enjoys ‘rascalling’ with her toddler son and practising Chinese calligraphy.
KYLE ELDERHORSTSenior Associate - Designer M.ARCH
Kyle is our resident DJ and REVIT whiz! He attended architecture school at the University of Waterloo and, upon receiving his master’s degree, moved to BC to be closer to the surf. While living in Vancouver, Kyle has contributed to several local projects, most notably Vancouver House. Since joining the team at MGA, he has been given the exciting opportunity to work on a number of high profile, cutting edge design, mass timber buildings. Kyle is extremely passionate about the wood construction prefabrication renaissance and has built his own mobile home utilizing MGA’s CNC.
KELLY HAINESDirector of Administration - Executive Assistant to Natalie Telewiak
Kelly is MGA’s Director of Administration and the Executive Assistant to Natalie Telewiak. She supports the MGA crew in their day-to-day operations and strives to keep the office running efficiently and happily. She is thrilled to work alongside fantastic colleagues who truly “walk-the-walk” to better the built environment while also mitigating their carbon footprint via the use of sustainable materials and innovative, thoughtful design. Outside of work, Kelly can be found on the beach volleyball courts at Locarno beach or exploring the many beautiful trails and parks around Vancouver with her dog Kevin.
JONATHAN HODirector of Finance - CPA, CGA
As MGA’s Director of Finance, Jonathan is responsible for the financial well-being of the company’s business operations. With a background in retail, tourism, hospitality, health care and architecture, Jonathan brings the knowledge, expertise and desire to make a significant impact in ensuring the financial health of the company. Inspired by the passion and dedication of the MGA team to transform our planet using the natural beauty of wood, Jonathan is a good fit with the ethos at MGA. Outside of work, Jonathan is an avid sports fan, with a love for cooking and all food-related topics.
KATE HOLBROOK-SMITHIntern Architect AIBC - M. ARCH
Kate completed both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Upon defending her master’s thesis, which focused on the relationship between landscape, craft and architecture, Kate moved to Vancouver to work at MGA. Kate’s passion for the environment and the Canadian landscape continues to inspire her to design sustainable and sympathetic buildings. Outside of the office, Kate can be found plotting her next adventure, whether it be hiking, climbing or learning a new mode of craft.
ANGELA HOPKINSDesigner - M. ARCH
Angela is a registered architect hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Growing up in the small country town of Cunderdin, Western Australia, Angela developed a love for nature that ultimately motivated her pursuit of sustainable design in architecture, both social and environmental. Angela’s design experience spans a wide range, from bespoke single and multi-residential to large, multi-purpose community centers. Since joining MGA, she has worked on projects not only in Canada, but globally, in France, Sweden and the United States. MGA has Angela’s love of nature, coupled with a passion for snowboarding, to thank for bringing her to Canada.
JAMIE KERENSKYDesigner - ARCHITECT NCARB
Jamie recently relocated to Vancouver from Austin, Texas to join the MGA team. Although she is a Texas native, she spent her formative years in Washington State, where the evergreens and dramatic mountains ultimately drew her back to the Pacific Northwest. With a passion for art and the outdoors, Jamie initially studied painting in Walla Walla, Washington. She later discovered that architecture, when sensitive to light and human scale, was the perfect blend of art and environment. This led her to earn her Master of Architecture from Washington University, and she became a registered architect in Texas. In her spare time, Jamie loves to travel and explore with her husband and son.
ANNA MARCOArchitect - M. ARCH
Anna studied in Norway prior to graduating from the ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture. She has had the opportunity to travel the world and, prior to coming to Canada, worked in Italy and Barcelona. She loves to learn new things from different fields and is one of those rare people who finds excitement in everything she does. Anna was drawn to architecture because of the multidisciplinarity of its nature, the fact that it allows her to reflect on the human condition and sees it as a chance to do her part in contributing to society. Anna is committed to exploring the world and gathering different perspectives – particularly to gain greater understanding from passionate individuals. It was this ethos that brought her to MGA. In her spare time, Anna loves drawing, yoga, dancing and being out-of-doors.
PAUL McBRIDEArchitectural Designer - M. ARCH
Paul’s keen interest in the relationship between drawing and building as a fusion of artistic practices developed as the result of a childhood spent by his father’s drafting table and frequent trips to construction sites. Consequently, Paul pursued a Bachelor of Environmental Design, with studies in environmental justice, at the University of Colorado, moving further afield to obtain his Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He subsequently spent two years in Seattle working on multiple project types and honing his skill in interdisciplinary design strategies. Paul’s work spans the scale of architectural detailing to digital fabrication to urban systems. An interest in sustainability and environmental sciences, as well as his passion to create inspiring, imaginative and socially-engaging spaces, influences Paul’s designs. At MGA he is enthused to pursue mass timber construction, as well as the design of buildings and landscape as living systems with the people that inhabit them. Paul is enthusiastic about living life in the Pacific Northwest. On weekends, he is likely to be climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, reading or painting, or possibly enroute to a remote backcountry wilderness.
RACHEL MEIMAIntermediate Accountant
After graduating with a degree in Economics from Calvin College, Rachel relocated to Vancouver to attend UBC’s accounting program. Prior to joining MGA, she developed her accounting expertise while working in public practice and the non-profit industry. With a love for the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Rachel was drawn to MGA’s values of sustainability and the firm’s work-life balance. In her role, she manages MGA’s day-to-day accounting needs and significantly contributes to the firm’s financial health. When she’s not working her way through spreadsheets, Rachel can be found hiking or skiing in the mountains, or on the hunt for Vancouver’s best ice cream.
DAWN MELODYChief of Staff - Executive Assistant to Michael Green
Dawn’s role is interdisciplinary and spans many functional areas in the organization. During her career, Dawn has led executive operations, internal communications, human resources and team culture. As a result of these endeavours, Dawn acquired a plethora of knowledge in the architecture industry, for which she is not classically trained. Desiring change, and with 13+ years’ experience in the customer service industry, Dawn followed her passion for beautiful buildings, sustainability and innovation to the door steps of MGA. Since that time, her enthusiasm and achievements have cemented Dawn as "the glue" of the firm. Her continued focus will be to overachieve meeting the requirements for her staff and their work-life balance, all the while encouraging them to design industry-changing architecture.
MARIA MORAAssociate - Designer M.ARCH
Maria fell in love with construction at the age of 9 while observing an architect design her parent’s house. She eventually turned this passion into a career choice, receiving her Master of Architecture degree from the Higher Technical School in Seville and becoming a registered architect in Spain. Maria’s interest in architecture, construction methods and urban planning in new cities and developing countries led to her living in Northeast Brazil, prior to moving to Canada. She is motivated to contribute to real change in the world, aspiring to help improve the quality of life for many. Since completing her first project at MGA (Cannon Point), Maria has worked on larger scale projects such as WIDC, T3 and OSU. Outside of work, Maria enjoys exploring the diversity of Vancouver and visiting her hometown in southern Spain.
CANDICE NICHOLSenior Associate - Architect AIBC NCARB
Candice’s career in Architecture is rooted in her experiences working on and restoring boats as part of the family business. Her professional work has taken her to California, Arizona, New York and, finally in 2010, to Vancouver. In 2014 Candice joined the MGA team and has championed such ground-breaking projects as T3, the UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Dock Building. She currently is working on the Oregon State University Forest Sciences Complex and Newark's Riverfront Square. Aside from working hard, Candice also enjoys running, surfing, travelling the world and testing new recipes on friends and family.
KELSEY REDDEKOPPInterior Designer - BID
Kelsey came to Vancouver from the Canadian prairies to attend design school. She simultaneously fell in love with both design and the mild winters, a combination compelling her to stay out West. Upon finishing her design education, Kelsey was attracted by the design aesthetic of MGA’s high-calibre projects and eventually joined the firm. Kelsey has worked on large-scale, commercial projects including the Oregon State University Forest Science Complex. She is inspired by everyday environments that can transcend the everyday monotony. Kelsey is a self-proclaimed dog enthusiast, and loves food and photography.
AMANDA REEDSenior Associate - Architect, AIBC, LEED, AP
A graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Amanda joined MGA with over 10 years’ work experience in Toronto and New York. Since she was young, Amanda had a penchant to be a storyteller. MGA’s project stories are a natural attraction, as is its focus on research and innovation, and the passion team members demonstrate for the work. A long-time outdoor enthusiast, Amanda gravitates towards projects that centre on environmental sustainability. She is currently on the Oregon State University project team, designing the new College of Forestry. Amanda’s hobbies include rock climbing and exploring the great outdoors.
ALDO RIVERAGraphic Designer
Born and raised in Manila, Aldo developed a passion for design, architecture, and communications as a teenager through working with scale models and drawings in the back office of a top architectural firm. He eventually moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in visual communications and has since gained over 10 years of experience and multiple awards for his work with some of the city’s foremost architectural and engineering firms. At MGA, Aldo leads the firm’s branding and graphic design efforts, and is a key contributor to both the architectural and marketing teams. Outside of the office, Aldo enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, watching foreign movies, and relaxing with a glass of whisky from his private collection.
ANNE SEWELLIntern Architect AIBC - M.ARCH
Anne received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. From a young age, Anne has been passionate about sustainability and exploring the world’s remote wilderness. Her devotion to sustainability and interest in architecture further developed through a design-build project in Kenya’s Rift Valley, and she eventually found herself in Vancouver where she fell in love with the mountains and natural beauty of the city. Outside of the office, Anne can be found swimming laps in the Kitsilano pool, escaping to the coast to surf, or hiking in British Columbia’s back country.
ALEXANDRA THOMPSONDesigner - M.ARCH
Alex earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from Yale University. Her Master’s program focused on the relationship between architecture and building, with a unique emphasis on mass timber. Along with her education, Alex brings four years of interdisciplinary experience in architecture, press, and graphic design. After completing her studies at Yale, Alex moved to Vancouver to experience the “best coast,” and joined the MGA team where she has become a valuable contributor. She recently championed a single-family house in Victoria, BC, and she is currently working on a mass timber microunit apartment building in Austin, Texas, slated to become a prototype project for affordable housing. Outside of the office, Alex can be found devouring books on Jericho Beach or road tripping down the Pacific Coast.
JORDAN VAN DIJKSenior Associate - AT, AIBC, LEED, AP
Jordan has a broad range of experience and is a leader at MGA. He has managed projects from large, comprehensive, multifamily developments and airports to boutique interior fitouts, custom homes and complex renovations. Growing up, Jordan was influenced by his family of developers, who were integral in shaping the character of many neighbourhoods in British Columbia. Jordan’s early childhood memories of accompanying his dad, uncle and “opa” from the blue printers to construction sites instilled in him a love for buildings. Inspired by a desire to bring clients’ dreams to reality, Jordan pursued a career in architecture. He now boasts work on numerous award-winning projects, including five projects receiving Governor General of Canada Medals in Architecture. One project of which Jordan is particularly proud, is Ronald McDonald House, which received glowing reviews attesting to the “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, his wife and two children are adventurous travellers who love backcountry hiking, tracing the inlets in small dinghy sailboats and exploring cultures of faraway countries.
KRYSTAL YEEDirector of Marketing & Communications
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Krystal received a full athletic scholarship to Central Michigan University, where she studied marketing and journalism. She eventually moved to Vancouver where she has worked predominately with architecture, engineering, and real estate firms since 2006. With a drive to pursue a career that positively impacts community and the built environment, Krystal joined MGA in 2018 and leads the team’s marketing, communications, and business development efforts. Outside of the office, Krystal is an accomplished freelance financial consultant, avid traveler, and can usually be found hiking, rock climbing, or playing field hockey on the weekends.