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, 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

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

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.

Bill Parker

Drafter

Efi Khayyam

Intern Architect AIBC M. Arch

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

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

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!

 

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

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

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.

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

  • 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
  • ETS Gerry Wright Operations and Maintenance Facility, Edmonton, AB – 13,500 m 2 – Under construction.

Kennard Kantono

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