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.
Molly 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rick started his career as a technologist in Ottawa over 25 year ago and had the opportunity to work behind the scenes on a number of historical Canadian buildings. Inspired by the history of construction and architecture, he was involved with local heritage renovation and restoration projects as a designer and carpenter. Rick also worked on a variety of projects including wineries, breweries, schools, care facilities, and residential developments.
Julia holds a Bachelors degree in Architectural Science from BCIT and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Her experience working as an intern encompasses a variety of institutional and commercial projects of differing scales. She has overseen projects from schematic design phase through to construction administration, and all the steps in between.
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. 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.
Carlos brings more than 12 years of extensive hands-on experience in planning, design, detailing and coordination with multi-disciplinary teams, and 9 years of experience in BC construction methods, building codes and local by-laws.
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Willem has over fourty 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.
Karolina holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Calgary. A deep sense of optimism and curiosity drive her to explore how current modes of living, working and playing can be adapted to bring tangible, positive change to communities. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her two dogs and going for bike rides.
Vida graduated from University FH Munich-Germany with a Bachelor of Architecture Design and completed the building construction technology program at BCIT. Vida has over 17 years work experience in variety of institutional and commercial projects. She enjoys contributing to a team of professionals to create superlative work. Vida is motivated by the idea of working on projects that are going to enhance people’s everyday life. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Mika appreciates the teamwork and supportive environment here at NSDA. She contributes a skill set and work experience that benefits 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.
Sepid graduated from the University of Tehran’s Master of Architecture program and has completed courses in the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture program at UBC. She is popular with clients, consultants and her team-mates for leading projects efficiently and in high spirits. Her twenty years’ experience in architecture is focused on residential and mixed-use projects in Vancouver and Calgary.
In 2017 Aaron received his Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Prior to attending school, he lived and worked as a drafter in Southeast Alaska and Idaho. He has experience in a variety of civic design including schools, libraries, museums, and community centres. He also loves to do small design-build projects and furniture design. Aaron chose to live and work in Vancouver because he loves the coastal mountain landscape, which he explores by hiking, camping, and snowboarding in his free time.
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".
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from MIT Philippines and Associate Certificate in Building Construction Technology from BCIT. He has over 8 years of experience working in architecture, interior design, and construction firms. Jason has worked on several residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments in Dubai before migrating to Canada in 2014. His experience includes concept design, architectural illustration, 3D visualization, and detail design development. Outside of work Jason enjoys photography, sketching, downhill biking, and travelling to beautiful places with his family.
Jesse recently moved to Vancouver from Saskatchewan. He received his Diploma in Architectural and Building Technologies from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2013. He has worked in project management on many high-profile projects including Traditions Elementary School and Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary school in Warman, Best Western Plus on 8th Street in Saskatoon, and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott renovation in Kelowna. With a background in construction, Jesse has an in-depth understanding of projects and aims to help communication between architect and contractor.
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 principals and staff have passion, talent, and experience. It is a genuine pleasure to be part of the team”.
In 2016 Sean graduated from the University College Cork, Ireland with a B.S.c in Architecture. In the time since the completion of his degree, Sean has worked as a Junior Designer in Oakland, California. There he worked on multi-family housing and commercial renovation projects. He has a keen interest in holistic, sustainable design.
In his spare time, he likes to keep active hiking, skiing and playing the Irish sports of hurling Gaelic football. Experiencing new places and cultures is a passion of Sean's. He is looking forward to exploring British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
Gabriel is a graduate of Architecture and Urban Design from Faculdades Barddal de Artes Aplicadas, Brazil. He is passionate about how dynamic architecture can be and brings his experience with residential high-rises and commercial buildings to NSDA. Positive thinking and openness to new solutions allows him to explore the most of his ideas. In his spare time, he likes to be outdoors, enjoying nature on the west coast.
With over 10 years of customer service and management experience, Lyndsay brings a high level or professionalism to her role. She prides herself in always working to meet the needs of her clients and her team.
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.
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.
Starting his design career as graphic designer, Jag quickly realized his fascination with print media and brand design. Wanting a more hands-on approach, Jag apprenticed as a carpenter; this allowed him to not only lend his ideas to design, but see the results at the end of a work day. Amalgamating both careers, Jag is currently pursuing his ambition to become an architect, with an interest in both renovations & remediation, and adaptive-reuse architecture. When Jag isn’t working, he can be seen cycling laps around Stanley Park, or at his local bakery replenishing his carb intake.
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.
Carla studied Architecture and Urban Design at University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has worked in London, with experience ranging across a variety of sectors including master planning, high-rise residential, single family homes, hospitality and public sector. She believes in the holistic approach to building design and construction, integrating the building harmoniously with it's environment.
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 + 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.
Since joining NSDA in 2001 Mary has worked collaboratively on numerous projects in multi-family residential, special-needs, and seniors housing. She gets work done, and is truly dedicated.
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.
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, and proposals.
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.
Laurel is our front-of-house face who adds a dash of energy and plenty of personality to your requests. She has fifteen years of experience in the hospitality and event planning industry and over a decade of administration experience.
Yuhua comes to NSDA with 24 years of architectural experience. Her exemplary design and organizational skills have been developed through various urban planning projects, luxury residential towers, mixed-use developments, and interior design 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 baseball team captain of the NSDA AllCAPS!
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.
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.