The Team

CTA’s team of highly skilled, motivated, technically minded and creative people. They share their backgrounds and passions!

CTA Vancouver Team

Operating from 2920 Virtual Way #110, Vancouver BC V5M 0C4.

Craig Mitchell

Architect AIBC, AAA, OAA, SAA, AAPEI MRAIC
Principal

Craig Mitchell has been working in the field of Architecture since 1997 and worked for a number of different Architectural practices in British Columbia and Ontario prior to opening his own firm in British Columbia in October 2017. Craig has worked on a variety of different building typologies that range from public buildings that include for Schools, Libraries, Health facilities and Churches. He has also been involved in Industrial, Office, Commercial and Residential buildings. The range of projects Craig has participated in places him in the unique position of being able to problem solve Architectural and Spatial issues in multiple ways. Experience working in different climatic regions has also provided Craig with the expertise to provide building envelope solutions suitable for a variety of different climates. Client and construction experiences have ranged from Design/Build opportunities, First Nation clients, local and Federal Governments, as well as single client relationships. Each of these relationships has contributed to Craig’s ability to approach projects from a different vantage point and delivery style. As a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Craig actively participates in the Intern Architecture program where he assists by providing mentorship, reviewing work experience submissions and by participating on oral review panels.

Projects

Serena Wang

Senior Administrator & Executive Assistant

With a degree in International Business at Langara college, Serena joined our team in August 2021 as executive assistant and office administrator. Serena has a varied background in customer service, retail and corporate environment, with a little marketing along the way as well.  She provides support to the team in preparing permit applications and ensuring schedules and documents are certified. She also assures the smooth operation of the company with her knowledge of office management and efficient handling of client inquiries, consultations and timely access to the principle. A proven talent for aligning business objective administrative knowledge to achieve maximum operational impactfulness, conserve time and boost efficiency.

Scott Delgatty

Senior Building Design Technologist
Following an Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University, Scott completed an Architectural-Civil-Structural Drafting Certificate at Vancouver Community College in 1999. His career commenced from a position of junior drafting technician and his current position is Senior Building Design Technologist and Project Manager. Throughout his career, he has gained valuable experience on a wide variety of commercial / industrial projects, with an emphasis in tilt-up construction. His attention to detail and extensive Building Code knowledge led to him his current position as a valued senior staff member. Since then, he has personally completed a number of challenging projects, that include for mid-rise office buildings, pre-engineered steel and cast- in-place concrete structures, process facilities, freezer buildings, and tilt-up concrete warehouse and office buildings in both BC and Alberta. He is valued as much for his technical excellence as he is for his sense of humor!

Projects

  • The Mill Office Tower,
  • Rivers Edge Complex,
  • Amix – Schnitzer Recycling Facility Including 4160 Volt Car-Shredder
  • Mortar and Concrete Admixtures Plant for Sika Canada
  • Bomar Campbell Hts. Multi-Tenant Office Warehouse Building

Leila Eslamieh

Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch,
Leila Eslamieh commenced practicing Architecture in 1998. During this time in her career she contributed to the architectural design of large Transportation projects including airport and rail stations, industrial buildings, office and commercial buildings. She worked for several consulting firms prior to establishing her own practice in Iran in March 2008.

After immigrating to Canada, Leila enrolled in Architectural Courses at BCIT to further her Canadian architectural career. In Canada, Leila has worked for a number of Architectural practices, on various building typologies of. Currently, she is registered as an Intern Architect with the AIBC and works directly under the supervision of Craig Mitchell. Throughout her architectural career, Leila has had the opportunity to design a variety of different architectural typologies, from single family residential to high rise residential, sound stages and industrial projects. Leila enjoys a collaborative approach of Architecture and working with teams to facilitate architectural ,solutions including technical drawing and specifications. She is capable of managing and contributing to multiple projects simultaneously and excels at solving Architectural problems that maintain the integrity of the conceptual design from project commencement through to project completion.

Projects

Samira Safa

Architect AIBC, M.Arch

Following her passion, Samira Safa has chosen Architecture as her field of education and professional career from 2001. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture and is a registered Architect with AIBC, Canada. Throughout her career, she has worked on a variety of Architectural project and building typologies ranging from Residential, Hospitality (Hotel), Office, Industrial and Commercial Low- to Mid-Rise buildings.

Samira has joined our team in 2018. Since then, she has played her role in company’s success with her experience and dedication. Samira thinks outside the box and enjoys projects with specialized design programs and challenging design problems. As a registered Architect with AIBC, Samira is a project leader and is capable of managing Architectural projects and Consultant teams, at any phase; design to construction.

Projects

Mojgan Aminravan

Architectural Technologist, AIBC

Mojgan Aminravan has been part of the design team in since 2018 and has been working on Processing, Industrial and Office projects since. Prior to joining our team, she had been working for 5 years in the architectural and construction Industry after receiving her Masters of Architecture in Iran. During her career in Iran, she has experienced working on a variety of building typologies including Residential, Hotel and Hospitality, Commercial, and Recreational projects. She has moved to Canada in 2017 and started her career in BC in a Building Envelope Consulting Company, while pursuing her education at BCIT in the Architectural and Building Technology program as well as the Passive House Program. Passionate particularly about sustainable architecture and urban life quality, she also actively continues to further her perspective on urban design subjects and energy saving construction methods to incorporate her related knowledge into architectural projects. Mojgan enjoys working independently and in teams on projects and She is capable of producing architectural drawings throughout all phases of Architectural production, from Schematic and Preliminary Design, through to Construction Documents and Construction Administration.

Projects

Nima D. Amiri

Architectural Technologist AIBC

Nima Amiri graduated from BCIT in 2014 and had been working in the industry since ever since. He began work at CTA’s predecessor firm eight years ago at at CTA architecture and design since it began, five years ago. Involved in a variety of building typologies, Nima is enthusiastic about design and the processes and systems of architecture. Nima has worked mainly on office, complex industrial/production, aircraft hangar and warehouse buildings typologies; he also has worked on residential, interior design, and is also skilled at producing visualizations/presentation renderings. Nima is experienced at taking a project from the concept stage through to approval of Authorities Having Jurisdiction, construction, through to occupancy. Nima has been working at high levels of building information modeling software (BIM) for the production of architectural drawings while coordinating structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultant modelling efforts. Nima been registered with AIBC as an architectural technologist since 2018 and is currently working towards registration for the Broadly Experienced Applicant Program towards registration with the AIBC as an architect.

Projects

  • Subzero freezer Warehouse and Office
  • Dunn-Rite Airchill
  • Pacific Blends Warehouse and Office
  • Bridgeman Barge motel Rooms and Amenities
  • Westland Professional Medical Center

Claudia Bianchi

Revit Technician

Claudia Bianchi joined CTA Architecture + Design in February 2022 and she currently covers the role of Revit Technician. She is a registered architect in Italy, where she worked, before and after graduation, for several architectural and engineering firms. During her career she worked on a wide variety of projects, including residential and institutional buildings, but she gained the majority of her expertise from architectural and structural renovations of historic buildings. Driven by a spirit of adventure, she moved to Canada five years ago and she decided to expand her knowledge by enrolling at university again. Since then, Claudia not only gained a Certificate in Arts at KPU, but she also updated her technical skills by taking Revit courses at BCIT. After working as a CAD Technician in a local precast company, she joined our architectural department where she is responsible for the preparation of drawings of Warehouses and Stage Studios buildings.

Projects

  • Proposal for the Refurbishment of Palazzo Camponeschi, L’Aquila, Italy
  • Santa Barbara School, Lazio, Italy
  • Renovation of Father Bernardo Silvestrelli’s Sanctuary, Lazio, Italy
  • Interior renovations of apartments for several Private Clients

Bill Parker

Drafter

Bill Parker graduated from Los Angeles Pierce College and received an A.A. Degree in Architectural Technology in 1990. He also received a Scholarship Award from the Los Angeles Chapter, Women’s Architectural League in 1987. He attended Woodbury University and started his career as a Drafter and Architectural Model Builder in 1991. In January 1995, he moved to Tempe (Phoenix) Arizona to work at Environ Arch. Model Builders. Bill communicates with Sign Language, can lip read, has a speech to dictation app, and relies upon written correspondence.  It was beneficial for him to work with others at Environ Arch. Model Builders that could also communicate with American Sign Language (A.S.L.).  Some of the Architectural models he worked on included the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas Presentation Show, and assembling 10 – 15 different models designed by the Architect Ludwig Miles van Der Rohe for and exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (M.o.M.A.) in New York.  When the models of the Mies van der Rohe projects were completed, they were transported by semi-trailer truck to NYC in 2001. Upon returning to Canada in 2004, Bill had various roles at multiple Architectural practices in Vancouver BC and is currently working at CTA architecture + design as a Drafter.

Projects:

  • Conwest Latitude Phase 2
  • Kokanee Wash Building
  • Lorval Development Specifications Document
  • MTU learning facility
  • White Rock Seniors Village Renovation

Andrei Rizea

Intern Architect AIBC

Beginning with a Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of British Columbia and followed by a Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design at the Politecnico di Milano, the synergies between landscape architecture, urban design, and architecture introduced him to the numerous ways in which we interact with our built environment. Andrei’s experimental small studio experiences near Rome and Milan as a student intern have broadened his knowledge about the creative process through primarily a broad range of design competitions. In addition, his previous roles as a designer in Vancouver at Perkins&Will and Rafael Santa Ana Architecture Workshop Inc. helped to compliment Andrei’s design approach through a locally contextualized lens pertaining to the business aspect of the profession that binds it all together.

Tina Tohidi

Junior Drafting Technician

Tina commenced her undergraduate studies in architecture in 2006. After completing this stage, she began her career as an architect and worked on a number of small and medium-sized residential building projects. Then she decided to continue her architectural studies at a post-graduate level focusing on children’s growth psychology. A case study from her two-year master’s degree was submitted to the city to repurpose an existing park and redesign it as a children’s educational park. Due to her constant desire to learn and gain new experiences, Tina developed her knowledge and experiences in the field of architectural lighting design. She also explores interior and set design, in addition to luxurious spaces as part of her portfolio. To broaden her horizons, she decided to pursue a MBA degree in Canada to improve her managerial and marketing skills, as well as her technical skills. Currently, she is pleased to work with CTA as a drafter and is beginning the process of registering as an intern architect with the AIBC. Tina’s past experiences include multi-level residential buildings, landscape projects, and interior designs.

 

Carol Baptistella

Drafting Technician

Graduating in Architecture and Urban Studies in Brazil. Carol worked at renowned architectural firms in Sao Paulo Brazil for eight years before relocating to Vancouver. She specializes in residential, commercial and hotel projects and throughout her career, she has gained experience in Interior Architecture, conceptual design and project management. Currently she contributes as a part-time architectural drafter CTA and is studying CAD and BIM technologies at Vancouver Community College. There she is also increasing her knowledge about wood frame and steel frame construction, BC and Vancouver Codes and Regulations, Integrated Project and Coordination using building information technology (BIM) tools. Carol enjoys both the design aspect of architecture as well as the technical side of the profession!

Projects

  • Maple Leaf Self Storage
  • Beedie Bulldog Bags Industrial Building
  • Larco Bridge Stage 14 Film Studios
  • Studio Bottega

Kennard Kantono

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kennard Kantono’s story begins with one of overcoming. Growing up on the world’s most populated island taught him the value of community living in minimal spaces. Introduced to the second largest country on the planet through an international student system in communal small-town Ontario, he begins his westward crawl. From working in the expansive Albertan Rockies, then making his way to the vast coast of British Columbia, he finds his worldview transforms from one of scarcity to abundance. Inspired by Rem Koolhaas’ out-of-the-box blueprints along with CTA’s vision in building better communities through public architecture, Kennard sees himself thriving in a firm culture that lives out their values as they breed future industry leaders.

Anisha Benjamin

SENIOR DESIGNER

Anisha has more than 15 years of experience both in Canada and Singapore. She is trained as an Architect and worked for over ten years in Singapore as a Senior Architectural Associate before moving to Canada. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of British Columbia. She has worked on numerous projects covering a wide range of building typologies, including high-rise residential / mixed-use towers, town-homes, hotels, commercial and industrial, and Institutional. As an urban designer she was also involved in the master plan for the city of West Vancouver (Horseshoe redevelopment plan). During her earlier career is the field, she was fortunate to be part of the team to design a fishing village affected by the tsunami, which gave her an insight into how people, architecture and spaces are closely knit. She has travelled extensively and has experience designing buildings across the globe, including Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and Sri Lanka. Over her career in Architecture and Urban Design, she has conceptualized many award-winning projects, which range from tiny houses to significant mixed-use developments with budgets over 130 million. Anisha loves playing with light, ventilation, color, and texture in her designs, which translates into her passion in developing beautiful and meaningful spaces that gets to be experienced by all. She believes every building can be unique and beautiful irrespective of the budget or site constraints. Her global experience, education, passion for good architecture and urban spaces, sets her apart as a designer and we are delighted to have her be part of our team.

Projects:

  • Sea hill, Singapore
  • Oasia Residence, Singapore
  • Dynasty Residence, Sri Lanka

Karen Behanan

INTERN ARCHITECT AIBC

Having worked with a multinational construction conglomerate, developers, boutique design firms, and international design consultants, Karen has learned that two critical attributes create beautiful and meaningful Architecture – Empathy + Collaboration. Nearly 15 years after graduating in Architecture, Karen has worked on several complex projects such as Hospitals, High-Rise Towers, Single and Multi-Residential Projects, Hotels, Restaurants, Night club, and Urban Design Projects. At CTA, she continues to follow her passion and endeavor to become registered. Currently, she is working on Industrial buildings and Film Studios – another typology to add to her colorful portfolio.

Ian Scanlan

Architectural Technologist AIBC

Ian graduated from DIT Bolton Street, Dublin in 2011 with a BSc in Architectural Technology. He worked on several residential and commercial projects whilst in Ireland before immigrating to Vancouver in 2013 in search of better opportunities to further his development. Ian started with CTA in 2017 where he involved in commercial and Industrial projects, consisting predominantly of tilt-up construction. In his time with CTA he has gained valuable knowledge in sound stage design, food processing and self-storage construction. He has pursued further education and successfully completed courses related to Architectural and Building Technology at BCIT.

Ian is very capable at producing architectural drawing packages throughout all phases from preliminary design to construction documentation and contract administration. He is currently in the process of obtaining his AIBC Architectural Technologist certification. Ian enjoys the process of architecture equally as much as making and recording music with his bandmates!

Projects

  • Enterprise Paper Office Building
  • Beedie Aldergrove
  • 12th Ave
  • Ambassador Warehouse and Office Building
  • Nutri-Nation Functional Food

Richard Casson

Senior Architectural Technologist AIBC, CTECH + PM

Richard began his architectural career as a technologist in 2006 and has grown into the role of senior architectural technologist and also as a project manager. His experience includes a wide range of industrial projects including tilt-up and insulated metal panel construction, multi-level self storage, food-process facilities, and sound stages. Richard’s success is built on his willingness and determination to learn and apply his knowledge of the applicable building codes and municipal bylaws to each project. Richard has been registered as a certified technician (CTECH) with ASTTBC since 2013 and an Architectural Technologist AIBC since 2017. He also has received a Certificate in Architectural / Structural Drafting with CADD through Kwantlen Polytechnic University and an Associate Certificate in Building Construction Technology through BCIT. Richard enjoys bringing his deep technical knowledge to projects at CTA.

Projects

  • Maple Leaf Self Storage Facilities
  • Bridge Studios
  • Daiya Foods Corporate Headquarters and Production Facilities
  • Amazon Fulfillment and Delivery Stations
  • Choice Properties REIT Industrial Building

CTA Edmonton Team

Operating from 10117 Jasper Ave, #1001, Edmonton, AB T5J 1W8.

Yvonne De La Fuente

Senior Architect, AAA, M. Arch B. GS

Yvonne De La Fuente is a Registered Architect with over 15 years of professional experience. She has successfully worked on a variety of project types and scales, including, residential, commercial, and institutional. Yvonne is an excellent facilitator and thrives in fostering strong client relationships. She is interested in creating exceptional and relevant designs that are conscious of their impact on the end user, the community, and the environment. 

Todd Bertsch

Senior Building Designer + Job Captain

Todd has over 28 years of experience in the architectural and interior design profession providing design and construction documents services. In recent years Todd has led teams as job captain delivering projects in Revit, our building information technology software (BIM)
Todd’s project experience has ranged in value from $500K through to $280M, and includes residential, commercial, justice, institutional, educational, and healthcare developments in both Canada and the United States. He is conversant in the technical and design elements of architecture in roles as job captain, project manager, architectural technologist and contract administrator. Working in a collaborative environment, Todd has worked with geographically dispersed teams to deliver project documentation through BIM 360. Todd enjoys the challenges that projects of a complex nature present!

Projects

  • Ewing Trail
  • Erin Ridge
  • Southtrail Plaza
  • Kennedale
  • Chapelle Square

Jane Lam

Senior Building Designer

Jane has over 30 years of experience as an architectural technologist.

She worked on a variety of projects including office buildings, institutes, industrial complexes, commercial retail units, exhibition design and film production studios Epcor Tower, Robbins Health Learning Centre, Cityview Business Park, Hampton Terrace, Fort Edmonton Park Indigenous People Experience and Lake City Way Studio are a few examples.

She enjoys traveling, especially her annual mother and son trip to different parts of the world!

Projects

  • Lake City Way
  • Fort Edmonton Park Indigenous Peoples Experience (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Hamptons Terrace (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Station Lands – Epcor Tower (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Grant MacEwan – Robbins Health Learning Centre (Edmonton, Alberta)

Joanna Opara

Intern Architect, AAA
As a 2010 Master of Architecture graduate, and registered Intern Architect with the Alberta Association of Architects, Joanna brings a unique combination of talent and attention to detail in her design work. Joanna’s creative thinking and cost conscience approach has contributed to numerous successful industrial and commercial projects in Edmonton and Alberta, including the 91 South Professional Centre and Aspen 101 Street Tower Facade Improvement. Joanna’s proven record of projects is backed by her dedicated work ethic and a personalized approach to every design.

Ian Shafer

Senior Architectural Technologist/BIM Manager

Originally from Saskatchewan, Ian was educated at the University of Manitoba, Red River College Polytechnic and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (School of Architecture).  His experience spans many years, working for Architectural and multi-discipline firms as a Sr Job Captain, CA Specialist and BIM expert in Western Canada and the Southwest US.  In recent years, he has been working as a BIM Manager and Sr Technologist on a variety of project types, including hospitality, healthcare, education, commercial and residential.  His skill set covers production, design, contract administration and strategic planning, however his expertise can be seen in the area of BIM management, development, implementation, customization and training.

A talented, highly creative and passionate individual who possesses quality communication skills.  He is eager to contribute his expertise and to continue to develop in support of quality project delivery, drawing strongly on his expert knowledge of Revit and positive BIM workflow

Raul Dasmarinas

Design Technologist

Raul Dasmarinas is an Architectural Designer-Technologist with a passion for design; He deliver a unique combination of artistic talent and technical expertise. He bring more than 12 years of experience working in Canada. Raul has a proven track record of working collaboratively with team members to achieve the goal of the project. Raul is responsible for preparing a full complement of design documents for mid-rise commercial, residential, school buildings, hospitals, police stations and mixed-use properties and have training in architectural design, planning and architectural 3D visualization.

Projects

  • Broadmoor Golf Club and Arena, Sherwood Park, AB. – 3,800 m 2 Building renovation – Completed
  • CASA Centre – Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health, Edmonton, AB – 6,000 m 2 – Completed
  • RCMP Detachment, Inuvik, NWT – 1,400 m 2 – Completed
  • RCMP Municipal Facility, Prince George, BC – Completed
  • Altalink – Acheson Yard and Building Upgrade, Parkland County, AB – 1,087 m 2 – Completed

Cameron Kerwin

Junior Building Designer + Interior Design Technologist

Cameron specializes in construction documents, spatial planning, and 3D renderings. Her passion for producing high quality products allows her to create precise projects. Cameron believes that collaboration is the way to optimize performance. Her overall goal is to create quality designs, build a sustainable future, and be part of a cutting edge team. After getting her Architectural Technology Diploma and some experience in the field, Cameron decided to go back to school to pursue her love of interior design and completed her Interior Design Technology Diploma in 2021. Her biggest take away from the program is the importance of selecting the right materials, and most importantly the psychology behind interior design. As an avid learner Cameron also became a LEED Green Associate while studying Interior Design Technology. She is now looking to pursue becoming a LEED Accredited Professional to be able to certify projects for CTA. Her passion to help build a sustainable future lines up with CTA’s values and goal to be Net Zero by 2030.

Kyana Rodil

Intermediate Building Designer

Kyana entered the architecture industry in March of 2018, and graduated from the Architectural Technology program at NAIT the following month. She has worked closely with prominent architects in the Edmonton area on small and large scale projects. Throughout her time as a technologist, some of the projects she has worked on include institutional buildings, churches, data centres, shopping centres, and sound stages. Kyana has also explored the residential interiors industry, through the Residential Interiors program at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension. Kyana is inspired by beautiful designs that provide functionality, sustainability, and an overall beautiful aesthetic to the eye. She thrives under pressure, and enjoys a challenge to overcome. She looks forward to bringing her creative and technical abilities to CTA architecture + design.

CTA Structural Engineering Ltd. 

We at CTA architecture + design work closely with CTA Structural Engineering Ltd, on many of our projects.  Sharon and Franciso have the knowledge and depth of experience to provide services that achieve the design intent while working within the constraints of the project, including budget and schedule.  They are integral, valued members of our team!”

Sharon Ou

P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
Sharon has more than 20 years of local structural design experience, including designing reinforced concrete, structural steel and masonry structures. She has been working as a project engineer and technical expert for many projects in the Greater Vancouver area.

Sharon has extensive experience in tilt-up construction of varying sizes and complexity. She has successfully designed a variety of projects from all stages of the project, the start through to completion. Her extensive experience enables her to participate in the conceptual design process, providing valuable input that results in coordinated, economical structural solutions.

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC)
P.Eng., Struct.Eng.

Projects

  • New Sound Stages – Mammoth Studio
  • New Facility for Sysco in Langford
  • Langley Event Centre
  • Hopewell Buildings 1 to 4

Francisco Inocencio

SENIOR STRUCTURAL DRAFTER

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture at University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. Francisco worked as an Architectural Technologist and an Industrial Designer before immigrating to Canada in 2004. He pursued post graduate studies and acquired a Diploma in Construction and Drafting Technician course at Brighton College, BC. Joining CTA Design in 20100 ,he currently holds the position of Senior Structural Drafter. Over the years had he gained a extensive project experience in industrial building design and construction that involves tilt-up & cast-in place concrete, steel structures, insulated metal panel warehouses & multi-level storage facilities. Francisco enjoys keeping up with trends in industrial design, including high performance sports cars!

Projects

  • New Sound Stages – Mammoth Studio
  • New Facility for Sysco in Langford
  • Langley Event Centre
  • Hopewell Buildings 1 to 4

Vivienne Chen

STRUCTURAL DRAFTER

Vivienne Chen, owning her civil engineering bachelor’s, independently move to Vancouver in 2013 in hopes of acclimatizing into Canada’s architectural community through a 2-year experience at BCIT. Prior to CTA, she’s passionately involved in the construction culture and due to her hands- on story with hi-rises, mix-use residential, academic institution plus renovation projects, her worldview transforms to become a great asset to any growing team. Under the wing of Sharon Ou, her responsibility encompasses the preparation of structural design drawings through leveraging a third-party software along with real-world site inspections. Currently, she leads her time to elevate her technical skillsets that focuses on sustainability and energy-saving methods by incorporating her related knowledge with quality engineering in training.