MICHAEL GREENPrincipal - Architect AIBC FRAIC AIA
Michael Green is an award-winning architect, speaker, and author known for using design to create meaningful, sustainable built environments that benefit both people and planet. A leader in wood construction and innovation, Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the recipient of an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, lecturing internationally on the subject of mass timber and new building technology, including his TED talk, “Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.” He serves as a government policy advisor on mass timber design and is the co-author of the first and second editions of ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings’ and ‘Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance.’ Michael founded Vancouver-based architecture and design firm MGA in 2012, and alongside fellow Principal Natalie Telewiak, the team is now ambitiously extending the boundaries of mass timber construction on a range of projects, from private homes to large-scale masterplans. The studio has completed some of the most significant timber buildings in the world, and has been recognized with over forty international awards for design excellence, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year, Architizer’s Best in North America Firm Award, four Governor General’s Medals, two RAIC Innovation Awards, and the American Institute of Architects Innovation Award. Michael 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, focused on systemic change in building for climate, environment, disaster, and global shelter needs. An avid traveler and adventurer, Michael has explored remote regions of every continent and loves ice climbing, mountaineering, ocean kayaking, and biking. These journeys through nature are what inspire his work.
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.
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.
JUAN JOSE CRUZ MARTINEZSenior Designer - M. ARCH, M. DES, EDAC, LEED Green Associate
Juan Jose joined MGA in 2019 with over 12 years of experience working across North America, Australia, and Europe. He specializes in medium to large-scale residential, commercial, and healthcare projects, and he recently worked on the new BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is passionate about project management processes and how conceptual design translates into the built form. Outside of work, Juan Jose can be found hiking or skiing in the BC mountains, cycling, playing basketball, or practicing his bass guitar.
EVAN DYSARTIntern Architect AIBC - M. ARCH, B. AS
Growing up in Ottawa, Evan spent much of his childhood outdoors exploring the boreal forest and lakes surrounding his family’s cottage. He completed both his Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture degrees at Carleton University. His master’s thesis focused on acoustics and spatial perception, linking his two passions of music and architecture. After graduating, he started his career in Toronto before moving to BC in 2014 to be closer to the surf and mountains. Evan has contributed to several significant local projects, most notably Vancouver House. Outside of the office, Evan can be found surfing, hiking, working in a woodshop, or enjoying the local music scene.
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.
WILLIAM GEMMELLChief Operating Officer - B.A., M.A., M.B.A
With master's degrees in both sociology and business administration, Bill has spent most of his career leading professional service firms in attaining operational efficiencies, building organizational systems, and most importantly, helping people within the practices achieve their professional goals. He believes that building strong teams is essential, and they are shaped by carefully selecting multi-disciplinary and diverse members while nurturing their talents to form a cohesive and collaborative network. Inspired by MGA's design philosophy of building for the health of both people and the planet, Bill joined the firm in 2020. His passion for meaningful change in the built environment is truly aligned with what Principals Michael Green and Natalie Telewiak have already instilled in the fabric of MGA.
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.
RACHEL KINAKINMarketing Specialist - BCom
Born and raised in Nelson, BC, Rachel grew up exploring the Kootenay wilderness and learning about her family’s business, which focused on woodworking, kitchen cabinets, and renovations. While she won’t be crafting coffee tables anytime soon, she gained an appreciation for wood’s role in the built environment from a young age. Rachel joined MGA in 2019 with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and previous experience working for not-for-profits and government. Although MGA’s complimentary vegetarian lunches were an enticing perk, the driving reason Rachel joined the firm was to support the movement for sustainable architecture. On weekends, Rachel usually escapes the city to ski or hike BC’s mountains.
LYNDSEY LABONTEEHuman Resources Manager
Lyndsey's long-term goal of reinventing workplaces to be more human, connected, and sustainable fits in perfectly with the general ethos of MGA and the principles the firm is built on. Her formal background is in accounting, but she found her true passion in helping people at companies thrive during intense periods of growth. "What you pay attention to grows," and therefore, Lyndsey's focus is on building and nurturing relationships across the company, while simultaneously adopting a long-term people strategy to keep MGA staff happy, healthy, and thriving. On the weekend, you can find Lyndsey at the local Vancouver mountains with her brazen border collie or in line at one of the coveted West End ramen shops (probably Kintaro).
CANDACE LANGESenior Interior Designer - DID, NCIDQ
In 2006, Candace relocated to Vancouver after graduating from Georgian College in Ontario. Her foundational career is rooted in hospitality design, including overseeing the development and execution of two large-scale award-winning projects. Candace’s desire to create innovative, functional, and timeless interiors are driven by a narrative concept, and her energetic personality shines through her designs and translates well into successful client relations. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her daughter and husband, skiing, camping, dirt biking, and perhaps shopping a little too much. In the summertime, you can find her in her veggie garden.
CONOR O’SULLIVANDesigner - Architect ARB
Conor is an ARB (UK) registered architect who grew up in Cork, southern Ireland. Having a father who worked in construction, Conor grew up surrounded by blueprints and building sites. With this as an influencing factor, Conor went on to study architecture in London at the University of Sheffield where he achieved his Master of Architecture degree. Conor believes in a people-centered approach to design and architecture and is convinced that we all have a part to play in reshaping the environments and cities around us. He has a passion for travelling and discovery that has taken him across Europe, Asia, and South America. While having lived in Santiago de Chile and London, he now lives in Ireland and hopes to eventually move back to Vancouver.
PAUL McBRIDEArchitectural Designer - Architect AIBC, NCARB
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.
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.
FORREST-ANDREW MEYERDesigner - B.F.A.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Forrest received his B.F.A. in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He has always been drawn to the physical order of architecture and the ability to shape and influence the built world around him. During his studies, Forrest became passionate about green buildings and mass timber construction, and in 2019 he relocated to Vancouver to join the MGA team. Since moving to the west coast, Forrest has enjoyed spending time hiking, traveling, and exploring.
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, the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Dock Building, and Oregon State University Forest Sciences Complex. She is currently working on local and international projects, including the Whistler Rendezvous Expansion and Pearson Ranch master planning in Austin, Texas. Aside from working hard, Candice also enjoys running, surfing, travelling the world, and testing new recipes on friends and family.
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.
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.
ASHTON STAREDesigner - M. ARCH, BEDS, Associate AIA
Before completing his Master of Architecture at Dalhousie University, Ashton earned bachelor’s degrees in both urban planning and environmental design. Previously while working with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York, Ashton focused on projects that prioritized sustainability, urban connection, and invention. This work included international and large-scale public projects such as sports stadiums, museums, performance venues, high rises, and transportation networks. Ashton brings his extensive experience and expertise in concept and schematic design to his work at MGA. Outside of work, Ashton likes to run, travel, and hang with his golden doodle Archie.
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.
PRAISE VAUGHNDirector of Health & Wellness - CNP, CPT
As the firm’s Director of Health and Wellness, Praise teaches high-intensity workouts and coordinates the office’s lunch menu, ensuring the MGA team is healthy and fit. As a certified nutritionist, personal trainer, boxing coach, swim coach, and YogaFit instructor, this is the ideal role for Praise as it allows her to consult staff individually on both fitness and nutrition. She is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and nature lover, so when she’s not teaching or mentoring, you can find her downtown on her bike, running the seawall, or hiking the North Shore mountains. However, her most cherished time is spent with her best friend, the adorable and senior Dachshund Herbie.
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, running, or playing field hockey on the weekends.