Our dedication to creating a better future starts with our people.
Principals Michael Green and Natalie Telewiak lead our 40-person team, which includes 3 Studio Leads and a Managing Director, who each have the specific skills and experience to manage a range of diverse projects and exceptionally ambitious and experienced architects, designers, and support staff. Read more about us here.
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.
With an education in both architecture and engineering, Natalie’s approach to design is rooted in material logic, collaboration, and connection. As a Principal at MGA since 2018, she leads and inspires her team to deliver elegant solutions that marry structure, systems, manufacturing, and architecture. Natalie focuses on the potential for design to foster community, enhance health and well-being, and connect us back to nature by creating projects that are meaningful, innovative, and more sustainable.
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. Aleksandra (or Ola) enjoys exploring BC trails, literature, scuba and skiing.
Don joined the MGA team in May 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. Originally from Vancouver, he qualified as a CPA, CA in the Province of B.C. and has also worked in the UK and Toronto in senior finance capacities for various public and private organizations in permanent and consulting roles. As well as spending time with his wife and two children, Don enjoys fly fishing on the rivers in Alberta and BC, soccer, golf, and snowshoeing in Kananaskis country.
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 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 has a unique skill for sharing complex ideas and designs with clear, compelling communication, telling the story of a project all the way from concept to completion. Around the office she is known for her passion, clarity, and excellent graphic skills! MC’s interest in the history of buildings and communities has led to her work on a range of innovative projects, from the first Passive House Plus home in North Vancouver and multi-residential projects in Victoria, BC to large scale masterplan developments in Vancouver and California.
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.
Kevin joined MGA after moving to Vancouver in 2021 with four years of experience in the Irish architecture scene. Before moving, he completed his professional practice exams and became eligible to register as an architect with the RIAI. In tandem with his studies, Kevin worked on a wide range of project types across all stages, where he developed a skillset and passion for pushing the boundaries of design through the lens of exploring structural systems and constructability. When he’s not in the studio - and depending on the season - you might find Kevin hiking, camping, skiing, or making art.
Born in Hong Kong, Mingyuk is a graduate of McGill University School of Architecture. Mingyuk has 16 years of project experience, including innovative mass timber buildings, residential projects, and airports. As Project Team Lead, 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 Catalyst Project, the Paris Villiers sur Marne competition, and technical lead on multiple mass timber projects. Mingyuk is a self-proclaimed foodie and all-weather enthusiast, who enjoys ‘rascalling’ with her young son, open water swimming, and practicing Chinese calligraphy.
Carlin has a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. He is highly proficient in Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and Building Information Management (BIM). He has very quickly become an integral part of the team, assisting with the execution of a multitude of preliminary design tasks.
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, enjoying the local music scene, or experimenting with synthesizers and spatial audio in his home studio.
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.
Sebastian joined MGA after three years at Patkau Architects, working on the 14 storey Academic Wood Tower in Toronto and the Seaview House in Victoria. Originally qualifying as an Architect at the University of Westminster, UK, Sebastian managed cultural and multi-family residential schemes as Project Architect in London before moving to British Columbia in 2017. Lured by the biophilic design sensibilities and the environmental agenda at MGA, Sebastian joined the practice to delve further into the macro/microcosm of mass timber. His interest in the process of architecture, notably how technology can help advance design, is currently being developed within the practice, notably during construction on the Scott Building project in Victoria. When away from the office, Sebastian enjoys hiking up mountains with his baby daughter, backcountry skiing, sketching, and spending time on his bike. If you hint at cycling, he will try recruit you to his weekday sunrise rides.
Tom developed a deeply rooted affection for environmental ecologies while growing up in rural Northern Ontario, within the boreal and broadleaf forests of the traditional territories of the Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. He has woven this passion into his studies and work, and is interested in how architecture practice today can advocate for the voices of the communities, cultures, and environments we design with. Tom completed his B.Sc with first class honours at the University of Bath ( UK) and his M.Arch degree at UBC SALA, graduating with the RAIC Student Medal. He brings with him professional experience from across Canada and Europe ranging from construction and carpentry to urban, architectural, and low carbon passive design. Tom’s love for the environment often draws him to the outdoors, and the outdoors into his apartment. He can be found swimming and camping along the coast, skiing in the mountains, or woodworking and gardening around his studio.
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.
Chris joined the MGA team after seven years of designing mid-rise multi-family residential projects in Vancouver. Originally from Toronto, Chris has a keen interest in Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis, becoming a vocal advocate for housing policy revision. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo with his thesis focused on cartography, ethnography, and generational landscapes. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Chris worked with architecture firms in Toronto, Edmonton, and Sydney, Australia, and he spent several years in construction, building houses and a unique adaptive-reuse of a century-old schoolhouse. Chris moved to the West Coast to pursue a lifelong passion for climbing, but instead he took up watersports in Vancouver’s harbor, brewing beer, and enjoying all that the north shore mountains and sea have to offer with his family.
Kat is interested in the intersections between architecture, ecology, and climate change resilience. Prior to joining MGA, Kat taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and a Sessional Instructor at the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture. She has worked with architectural practices in New York, Paris, Toronto, and Whitehorse. Kat received a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo.
Sindhu has over ten years of experience in designing and delivering innovative, high-performance, mass timber projects, and a demonstrated history of developing strategic research and knowledge-sharing initiatives in architecture. Originally from India, Sindhu's passion for meaningful sustainability has led her to pursue academic and professional opportunities in Toronto and Vancouver. Having led a broad range of typologies, including academic, residential and office projects in Canada and USA, Sindhu has a commitment to successful project delivery through innovative material choices, collaborative design processes, and thoughtful management strategies. In parallel, she contributes to various speaking engagements and industry publications on low-carbon design, prefabrication, and material circularity, and strengthens MGA's R+D expertise and strategic research partnerships. Building on her love of architecture, nature, learning, and making, Sindhu can be found exploring the west coast mountains with her adventurous dog and testing her handcrafted ceramics on her friends and family.
Jesse worked in construction as a framer prior to receiving an advanced diploma in architectural technology and bachelor’s degrees in art history and environmental design from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University. He completed his Master of Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia where he acted as student president and received several accolades, including the AIBC Medal and being named to the RAIC Honour Roll. Born and raised in the suburbs of Southern Ontario—Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Attiwonderonk (Neutral)—Jesse has taken an interest in vernacular architecture and its relationship to place. With a relentless attention to detail, his design methodology looks for opportunities to deploy scalable systems and strategies that can be executed from conception through to construction. Rigorous design, an emphasis on craft, and holistic approaches to architecture and the environment are what brought Jesse to MGA. Before heading to the West Coast, Jesse worked for award-winning architecture firms in Toronto and Halifax focusing on single- and multi-family housing and mixed-use projects. In his free time, Jesse enjoys riding his bike and a good cup of coffee.
Dawn’s role at MGA is interdisciplinary, varied, and integral to the office and the whole team. After 13+ years’ of experience in the customer service industry, Dawn followed her passion for beautiful buildings, sustainability, and innovation to the doorstep of MGA in 2013, where she has led executive operations, internal communications, human resources, and team culture, while acquiring a plethora of knowledge about the architecture industry. Her enthusiasm and achievements have cemented Dawn as "the glue" of the firm, and her continued focus is to support the health and well-being of her staff, while encouraging them to design industry-changing architecture.
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 how architecture and construction methods adapt to different climates and cultures led to her living in Northeast Brazil where she studied a semester with a scholarship, prior to moving to Canada.
Since completing her first project at MGA (Cannon Point), Maria has worked on larger scale projects including The Wood Innovation and Design Centre, T3 Minneapolis, Oregon State University, and Google projects. Based in Spain, Maria is particularly involved in MGA’s European projects, which currently includes a multi-activity centre in the City of Gallivare, Sweden. Outside of work, Maria enjoys discovering new places riding her bicycle with her family on road trips.
Danielle recently completed her Bachelor of Interior Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she graduated at the top of her class, receiving the Dean’s Medal. She first joined MGA in 2019 as a student and has since been hired on full-time as an integral member of the design team, contributing to projects such as the Multi-Activity Centre in Gallivare, Sweden, Army + Navy in Vancouver, and the Sierra Leone Football School. Danielle believes that as designers, we should use our platform to create good in the world. She has a deep interest in human connections as well as social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through participatory and co-design strategies, she aims to bring voices to the table that might not traditionally be integrated into the design process. When she’s not working, Danielle enjoys travelling; her love of travel and interest in connections has taken her to many places from the Amazon rainforest in Colombia to Vienna, Austria. Woven though all she does is a desire to make the world a better place and positively impact the lives of others.
Candice's curiosity in design is rooted in her childhood years, sailing and experimenting in the family woodshop, refitting boats, and prototyping footwear. Her passion for adventure has sent her camping north of the Arctic Circle, to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and across the globe to India. As an architect, her professional work has taken her to California, Arizona, New York and, finally in 2010, to Vancouver, Canada. Since joining the MGA team in 2014, Candice has championed a range of award-winning and innovative projects, including one of the largest modern timber buildings in North America -T3 Minneapolis - the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Dock Building, and Oregon State University Forest Sciences Complex. She is an innate problem solver, and she brings this talent to every project she works on. When her OOO notification is on you can usually find her tending the farm, surfing, running, cooking, and building up her kiteboarding skills.
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.
Gabriella joined MGA in May 2022 after graduating from the University of British Columbia, where her Master’s thesis focused on non-visual architecture, advocating for more inclusivity in design. During her degree she worked as a teaching assistant for various courses, including high-performance building and sustainability in urban planning, and was part of the executive team with the Feminist Architecture Club. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Gabriella completed her undergraduate degree with honors in Urban Studies with a Minor in Architecture at the University of Calgary and was runner-up in an international design competition for an eco-chapel. Outside of the office she volunteers with Women in Architecture and her interests are yoga, baking, running, and checking out new restaurants in Vancouver.
Anna is probably the first face you see when visiting the office and most likely the voice at the end of the phone too! At MGA she strives to support the team in myriad ways, and wears a multitude of hats within the company, so whatever you need, Anna is a good person to ask. After studying Music at university, Anna has since worked mainly within the arts and educational charities. She is passionate about helping people reach their goals, and she maintains the complex functioning of the MGA studio while creating a fun, efficient, and friendly workplace where everyone feels valued and heard. Her love of design, and making a difference in the world, is evident in all she does. When she’s not at work you can find Anna whizzing down a ski slope, making music, or exploring the natural beauty that BC has to offer!
With a degree in English Literature and Publishing, Eva combines her love of design and architecture with communications, public relations, community events, and anything else that will support her team. Originally from the West Coast of Canada, she lived in London for 10 years working in the architecture industry and visiting as many diverse and interesting cities and places as she could. On returning to Canada, she joined MGA where she is inspired daily by the team’s ambitious goal of creating beautiful, engaging, and innovative architecture that genuinely contributes to a better future for our environment and our communities. You can usually find her on weekends cooking up a big meal, biking with her daughter, or with her nose in a book (always).
Amanda joined MGA in 2015 and now has over 16 years of experience designing innovative mass timber developments across North America. With a passion for sustainability and a unique skill for translating project goals into a collaborative design process, Amanda’s gift for communicating complex issues with clarity has been crucial to the successful realization of a range of academic, civic, and office projects. As a Studio Lead, Amanda heads up a team of architects and designers in new research and projects and is currently working on high-tech mass timber offices for Google in California. Outside of architecture, Amanda has recently completed a degree in counselling and enjoys yoga, reading, renovating, and exploring the great outdoors.
Drawn to Vancouver by a love for the natural environment, Ian moved to Canada from New Zealand in 2019, joining MGA with ten years of work experience and a Bachelor of Architecture. Previously, Ian was involved in a variety of projects ranging from urban apartments, workspaces, hospitality, and remote cabin getaways. He takes a systematic approach to design and has a special interest in digital technology and detailing. While in New Zealand, he was part of the editorial team for the NZ Institute of Architects' monthly broadsheet, Block. Passionate about outdoor activities, Ian is likely to be found climbing, snowboarding, or travelling in his spare time.
Eagerly looking for ways to make the world a better place; Julia draws from a breadth of expertise in interior design, real estate development, construction, brand strategy, communications, entrepreneurship, and art. Thoughtful and strategic, Julia leads MGA’s business development efforts. Julia is passionate about a life that is both rural and urban, she has been transforming her gulf island property into an artist residency for others to experience the same.
With a Diploma in Technology from BCIT and a background in both private industry and public practice, Vicki keeps everyone on the team organized, everything in its place, and most importantly, balanced! Growing up in Boston Bar and living in various locations around the Lower Mainland, Vicki has always been fascinated by ancient architecture and archaeology and enjoys the peace and quiet of nature – the forest is her sanctuary, or you can find her at home in Port Moody, gardening or watching the local bird population from her patio.
Graham joins MGA after working extensively on a large Social Housing Development Project in Vancouver. He brings experience from a diversity of social and public projects, including health care, universities, community centers and libraries. A Dalhousie graduate, Graham went on to work for several years on a major expansion project for the university. This was a formative experience as it exposed him to the rigor and intensity of a large-scale public project. Graham believes strongly in architecture as an instrument of social change, and that every project must have a social agenda. He has worked in offices in Halifax, Italy and Switzerland. If you need him, Weekend Graham can be found on his skis, a bike or a sailboat.
Jordan has a broad range of project experience at MGA. He has managed numerous projects from large, comprehensive, multifamily developments and airports to boutique interior fit-outs, custom homes, and complex renovations. He has recently become our Managing Director, ensuring that all functions of the firm are highly performing and in rigorous alignment with our core values and principles of People + Planet. 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 blueprinters to construction sites instilled in him a love for buildings. Inspired by the strong ambition to realize clients’ dreams, Jordan pursued a career in architecture with a focus on technical excellence. 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 travelers who love backcountry hiking and tracing the coast in sailboats. Jordan lives with his family in Langley, on the traditional territory of the q̓icə̓ y̓ (Katzie) and qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen) first nations.
Danielle joined the MGA family after carrying out her Architecture degree in Segovia, Spain where she focused on her passions for sustainable design and socially responsible architectural practices. She took initiative in bringing people together through student-led expositions, Women in Architecture roundtables, and a bi-semesterly Sustainability talk. Prior to graduating, she accepted an internship placement at Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Berlin, followed by an internship placement in Madrid at ENORME Studio which ranged in scales of both project and office. After getting licensed in Spain, she began her MGA journey where she has continued her pursuit of her social and sustainable passions in architecture and design. With her new life in Vancouver, with its rich natural landscapes, she has enjoyed unique experiences including skiing in Whistler, sunflower festivals, and wine tours to name a few, with a lot more opportunities to come.
Kevin joined MGA with almost three decades of experience working across North America, Europe and China. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, but he is so proud that he completed his second major and obtained his Master's degree in Computer Science from the New York University. Kevin has been focusing on various IT strategy consulting services over 20 years. He has been based in Vancouver, B.C., since 2007. He is passionate about solutions of the edge computing and the cloud computing, dedicated for the architectural and structural engineer workloads. Outside of work, Kevin loves listening to classic music and traveling to attend various music festivals and events in the world.