The Team

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

Craig Mitchell

Architect AIBC, AAA, OAA, B.ARTS
Principal – Craig Mitchell

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

Office 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.

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Samira Safa

Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch

Samira Safa completed her Master of Architecture in 2009_ Iran University of science & Technology. After graduation, she became a registered Architect in Iran and worked on a variety of Architectural project and building typologies ranging from Residential, Hospitality (Hotel), Office and Commercial Mid-Rise buildings. After immigrating to Canada, Samira continued her education in the field of Architecture and is currently an Intern Architect at the AIBC. She has also taken Architectural courses at BCIT in the Architectural and Building Technology program. Throughout her Architectural career in BC, she has worked primarily on Industrial, Process, Office and Residential buildings. Samira is passionate about Architectural problem solving and enjoys projects with specialized design programs and challenging design problems. She is a project leader and is capable of managing Architectural projects and Consultant teams from commencement through completion.

Projects

Mojgan Aminravan

Building Design Technologist, M. Arch

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

Stuart Maddocks

Architectural Graduate, M.Arch, B.E.D.S., Dip. Eng.

Architecture was always something of an interest of Stuart’s. Even from an early age, modelling designs of houses that he dreamed up was a preoccupation, a strong interest in architectural design has influenced his career choices ever since.

Graduating with a master’s degree in architecture in 1996 from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Stuart went on to work with notable architects in the Vancouver area. His passion for design brought him to New York and Rotterdam where he worked for renowned architects on projects of public significance, including several projects for the Lincoln Centre in New York City, the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City, and CCTV headquarters in Beijing China. Stuart returned to Vancouver in 2003 and since then has completed community and recreation centre projects as well as libraries, housing and university work. Stuart has also participated in several design competitions through work and on his own initiative.

Stuart is a committed and passionate designer who believes in the power of architecture to transform the lives of people and believes that better buildings make better communities.

Projects

  • River Road Industrial Building
  • Enterprise Paper Industrial Building
  • Studio Bottega Film Studios
  • West Vancouver Community Center
  • Jasper Place Public Library

Liam Deery

Drafting Technician

After completing a humanities degree from the University of Victoria, Liam began working at CTA as an office/administration assistant while at the same time contributed to projects as a drafter. Taking courses at BCIT such as Autocad, Building code, and hand drafting, he was able to contribute to projects in a more substantial way. Throughout his time at CTA, he has gained valuable experience on a number of Commercial and Industrial Projects, and many tenant improvements around the greater Vancouver area. Liam is a committed and energetic contributor to our projects at CTA through his skills at drafting and project coordination.

Projects

  • Kal Tire Coquitlam renovation
  • Greenline T.I
  • Office depot
  • Samsung T.I
  • Simons specialty foods TI

Efi Khayyam

Intern Architect

Efi Khayyam holds a Master’s degree in architecture from University of Tehran. She started her career working for an engineering consulting company specialized in prefabricated steel pedestrian bridges while she was a university student, had the opportunity to be trained in both architectural design and building engineering. She won the City Hall Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition and was which was realized shortly thereafter. She gained her architectural experience in Iran working for consulting companies and then had her own architectural practice. Efi is proud of her accomplishment in designing and leading the exterior design of Gonbad-e-Mina the largest planetarium in the Middle East during her professional work in Iran. Efi immigrated to Canada in 2015 and pursued her career in freelance before starting work for an architectural firm as an architectural technologist/designer. At the same time she kept active in the field of architecture as a member of the Board of Variance Committee in the District of North Vancouver and as a student at BCIT. Efi is a registered architect in Iran and is currently toward registration as an architect in British Columbia as well. Throughout her career, Efi has contributed to the Architectural design of large residential complexes, commercial, hospitality, hospitals, multipurpose, and urban furniture projects, with a focus on providing excellence in design and project delivery. She enjoys working in a dynamic and challenging environment and is always willing to learn new skills and to gain experience in different project typologies. Efi joined CTA Architecture + Design as an intern architect in 2021.

Projects

  • Jim Patterson Development Industrial Building
  • Marklam Lands Industrial Building
  • Nordicity Kamloops Sound Stage Studios
  • Studio Bottega Film Studios
  • Larco Bridge Stage 14 Film Studios

Richard Casson

Architectural Technologist AIBC, CTech
Senior Architectural Technologist

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 Sound Stage and Facilities
  • Daiya Foods Corporate Headquarters and Production Facilities
  • Amazon Fulfillment and Delivery Stations
  • Choice Properties REIT Industrial Building

Ian Scanlan

Intermediate Architectural Technologist

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!

 

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

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.

Todd Bertsch

Senior Architectural Technologist + 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

Architectural Technologist

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

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

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

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

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