We believe that architecture is more than bricks and mortar, it is about people, and making a difference in their lives and in our community. Our strength is our people, our values and passion to make a difference.
Alex Solanoy holds a B.S. of Architecture from Far Eastern University, Philippines, where he worked with several architectural firms and construction companies. Since moving to Vancouver in 1991, Alex has gained valuable local experience as a senior architectural draftsperson on projects ranging from commercial mixed-use, residential buildings, townhouses, special-needs and seniors housing.
Amy graduated from UBC Master of Architecture program in 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa. She worked previously as a Student Intern with Perkins and Will in Vancouver, and Fentress Architects in Denver Colorado, being involved in schematic design and construction documentation. Amy also worked as a graphic designer at UBC SALA where she was in charge of producing publications, signage, information graphics and branding.
Working at NSDA has been a great opportunity for professional growth. There’s a culture of high performance and personal development, and where hard work is recognized. Angela manages marketing and advertising, corporate online presence, proposals, and is a strong multi-tasker.
Craig is an RAIC Syllabus graduate and holds a Post Bachelor Diploma in Architecture from the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Atahabasca, as well as both a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and a Bachelor of Arts (History) degree from the University of Manitoba. He has worked as a project manager at NSDA on multiple projects throughout the Lower Mainland, and over the last decade has completed a large variety of projects from single family homes to residential towers, adaptive reuse, restoration, commercial mixed-use, assisted living, healthcare and social housing projects.
Since joining NSDA in 2001, the firm has expanded and adapted to the challenge of an architectural practice. This learning and growing environment has made the workplace engaging and stimulating. Denis is also the new baseball team captain of the NSDA Allcaps!
Our architecture is our lasting legacy that reflects our place in the region and our urban context - architecture that through the test-of-time is ultimately judged by the people and communities we serve.
Loving what you do and feeling it matters is very fulfilling. As my direct work unfolds most of the time on the "hidden stage" and it's composed of rather humble tasks, I've learned to enjoy, celebrate and take pride in all my accomplishments, no matter how unpretentious they are.
Eitaro Hirota is an architect and researcher at NSDA Architects, who specializes in the design and construction of various forms of seniors housing and long-term care facilities including dementia care and the development of age friendly communities. He serves as a mentor at the UBC School of Architecture, advisor to the CMHC Innovative Affordable Housing Design Lab and panel member at the Pitt Meadows Advisory Design Panel. His current work includes the design and development of a village type community for persons with dementia.
He was the project architect for the recently completed Granville Gardens Seniors Assisted Living project and has played a key role in several projects including the Feasibly Study for the Louis Brier Campus of Care, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Cedar Valley Manor.
Starting my design career as graphic designer, I quickly realized my fascination with print media and brand design. Wanting a more hands-on approach, I apprenticed as a carpenter; this allowed me to not only lend my ideas to design, but see the results at the end of a work day. Amalgamating both careers, I am pursuing my ambition to become an architect, with an interest in both remediation and adaptive-reuse architecture.
James originally worked in the construction field before studying Fine Arts. He later combined these interests in the study of Architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. While at TUNS James also attended the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design in Urbino Italy with the internationally respected architects Giancarlo de Carlo and Peter Smithson. James believes that exceptional architecture must be open to both the natural and man-made subtleties of place; to the varied natures of people and individuals as well as to the character of its institutions; and to the expressive possibilities of materials and the means of construction.
Janine is an honours graduate in Building Technology from BCIT, and is a member of the Applied Science, Technologists and Technicians of BC. With a strong work ethic, Janine has produced a wide range of design and construction documents for varied project types. For her, NSDA means teamwork, "...we truly work together as a team to do the best job we can for our clients".
Architecture is about people and communities. Working with clients and stakeholders to discover new ways to solve design challenges is extremely fulfilling. There is something remarkable about the design journey and the building process and in contributing to make our communities better places.
Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and a Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Her experience includes working as an intern architect and designer in both eastern and western Canada on a variety of types and scales of projects. Kaitlin works to apply herself to projects that are socially and environmentally sustainable.
Katreena is a recent graduate from BCIT’s Bachelor of Architectural Science program. She is enthusiastic about design, technology, and the built environment. In her spare time she loves being outdoors, going on hikes, playing the piano, and reading books. A new addition to NSDA, she is excited to learn from this company and contribute a youthful perspective.
At NSDA, through outstanding teamwork and communication, we support each other, relying heavily on the skills, talents and experience of the people in the office to make informed decisions. We deliberately extend and engage this same philosophy to the clients, consultants and contractors we work with in order to deliver a project that is on time, on budget, that everyone is proud of from start to finish. A successful project is one that makes a qualitative difference in the life experience of the end user. This is a process I love being involved with.
Larry has worked consistently throughout his career towards developing a body of work that is inclusive, thoughtful and rigorous. A critical aspect of his work is his commitment to designing projects that reflect both the client's goals and objectives and the needs and values of the community.
Since joining NSDA in 2001 Mary has worked collabaratively on numerous projects in multi-family residential, special-needs, and seniors housing. She gets work done, and is truly dedicated.
Masoud's 11 years practicing Architectural Design in BC includes a wide range of residential projects from high-end custom homes, to townhouse complexes, residential apartment buildings, mixed use complexes and commercial buildings.
Fully functional design - which is strong and appealing in it’s form - becomes successful Architecture when it respectfully responds to both it’s surrounding environment and economic constraints.
As a Project Architect, Michael enjoys the initial stages of design and its evolution through to the construction process. He has assisted on a variety of small and large scale projects of different building types such as the amenity pavilion at Uptown and the Pacific Autism Family Centre. Michael’s background is in urban geography and site planning and he holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Outside the office, Michael enjoys travel, hiking and volleyball.
Mika appreciates the teamwork and supportive environment here at NSDA. She contributes a skill set and work experience that benfits the project team, client, and ultimately the end user. Making a positive impact on communities and its people through the design and building process of successful projects is what makes it worth it.
Molly’s experience and energy has led her to be NSDA’s newest Principal Architect appointed in 2013. She has 20 years experience in architecture, practicing in B.C., Alberta and California in projects including large-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use, townhouses, seniors housing, and institutional projects. Clients recognize Molly’s proven leadership, paired with her ability to deliver projects that balance their vision and considerations for cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and creativity.
Natashia started with NSDA in 2011 as a Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. When she isn’t working she's busy completing her studies in Media Techniques and Marketing Communications at BCIT.
Nathan Middleton is a designer and registered architect, who understands that the places where we live and work greatly contribute to our well-being. Schooled in architecture at Dalhousie University, and British Columbia Institute of Technology, he brings over 28 years of design experience, with completed projects in the Caribbean and the West Coast of Canada.
“NSDA provides a great opportunity to work with an established architecture firm where the principles and staff have passion, talent, and experience. It is a genuine pleasure to be part of the team”.
Patricia graduated from Polytechnic University of Catalonia’s (Barcelona, Spain) Master of Architecture program in 2012. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Graphics and Virtual Interior Design from FX Animation Barcelona 3D School and is currently pursuing Building Design courses at BCIT. Patricia worked as an Architect with multiple firms in Barcelona and Huesca, Spain, and recently in Vancouver as an interior designer and set designer in film. She has a keen eye in design and is eager to fine tune her craft.
Peter is a graduate of the Carleton University School of Architecture with 15 years experience and a dedicated focus on residential design with work in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Starting his career in custom single-family homes and social housing, he now works with the market development sector specializing in the planning, design and construction of mixed-use multi-residential communities.
Tom Staniszkis is one of the founding partners of NSDA and has gained a reputation for expertise in multiple residential design, development feasibility analysis, rezoning, urban design and master planning studies during his thirty-eight years in practice since registering as an architect in British Columbia. In addition to architectural work, he has been active in development project management capacity, including land assembly, project financing and marketing.
The interest in good quality and environmentally sensitive design is the reason why she chose this career path. After obtaining her Masters in Architecture from the University of Architecture and City Planning, Timisoara in 2005 she worked on a wide range of project types from urban design to large scale commercial and mixed use high-rise residential developments. The adventure continued she moved to Canada in 2010 and joined the NSDA team. It is a great professional environment with interesting, friendly and very supportive people.
Willem has over thirty years of architectural experience in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. During that time he has completed a wide range of multi-residential, commercial, hotels, mixed-use and institutional projects.