The Team

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

CTA architecture + design ltd.’s Vancouver Team

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

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.


Serena Wang

Senior Administrator & Executive Assistant

With a degree in International Business from 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.  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 principal. A proven talent for aligning business objective administrative knowledge to achieve maximum operational impactfulness, conserve time and boost efficiency.

Scott Delgatty

Senior Project Manager, Architectural Technologist AIBC

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 him to his current position as a valued senior staff member. Since then, he has personally completed a number of challenging projects that include 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 humour!


  • 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

Architect AIBC, M.Arch

Leila Eslamieh commenced practising 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 facilities. 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, and on various building typologies. Currently, she is registered as an 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 to 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. She excels at solving Architectural problems that maintain the integrity of the conceptual design from project commencement through to project completion.


Samira Safa

Architect AIBC, M.Arch

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

Samira joined our team in 2018. Since then, she has played an integral role in CTA’s success with her experience and dedication. Samira thinks outside the box and enjoys projects with specialized design programs and challenging design problems. Samira is a leader and is capable of managing projects and consultant teams, at any phase; from design to construction.


Mojgan Aminravan

Architectural Technologist AIBC

Mojgan Aminravan has been part of the design team since 2018 and has been working on Processing, Industrial and Office projects. Mojgan has half a decade of experience 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, hospitality, commercial projects. She moved to Canada in 2017 and started her career in BC at a Building Envelope Consulting Company, while also pursuing her education at BCIT in the Architectural and Building Technology program as well as the Passive House Program. Particularly passionate about sustainable architecture and urban life quality, she actively continues to further her perspective on urban design subjects and energy saving construction methods to incorporate her related knowledge into architectural projects. 


Nima D. Amiri

Architectural Technologist AIBC

Nima Amiri graduated from BCIT in 2014. He began work at CTA architecture + design’s predecessor firm nine years ago. Involved in a variety of building typologies, Nima is enthusiastic about design as well as the processes and systems of architecture. Nima has worked primarily on office, complex industrial/production, aircraft hangar and warehouse building typologies. He has also worked on residential, interior design, and is skilled at producing detailed renderings. Nima has extensive experience with managing projects from concept stage through to occupancy. Nima continues to gain high level experience with Building Information Modeling software (BIM) for the production of architectural drawings while coordinating structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultant modelling efforts. Nima has 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 AIBC as an architect.


  • 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 2022 and is a Revit Technician. She is a registered Architect in Italy, and during her career she has worked on a wide variety of projects. 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 a Canadian university. Since then, Claudia not only gained a Certificate in Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 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.


  • 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


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 an 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.


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

Tina Tohidi

Drafting Technician

Tina commenced her undergraduate studies in Architecture in 2006. She began her career working on a number of small and medium-sized residential building projects. She then decided to continue her Architectural studies at a postgraduate 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. With her desire to learn, Tina developed her knowledge and experiences in the field of architectural lighting design. Furthering her passion for learning she expanded her skills to interior design and is currently pursuing a MBA to improve her managerial and marketing skills. Tina is an important member of the drafting team at CTA  and is in the process of registering as an Intern Architect with AIBC. Tina’s past project experience includes multi-level residential buildings, landscape projects, and interior designs.



Peter Peng

Intern Architect AIBC

Peter graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York and Masters of Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. After his studies, Peter returned to Canada and worked on multiple Residential and Warehouse projects in British Columbia and is continuously expanding his expertise in various typologies. He can generate architectural drawings throughout phases of production. Peter enjoys tackling difficult situations and manifesting architecture with creativity. He views architecture as a great remembrance of our vibrant culture, takes great pride in shaping our surroundings.


  • North America Commerce Valley
  • 24 Ave Industrial Bldg.
  • 10663 Scott Road

Carol Baptistella

Drafting Technician

Carol began her architectural journey in 2002, studying Building Technology and developing a passion for the field. Since 2012, graduating in Architecture and Urban Studies, she has been actively involved in architecture, gaining experience in Brazil until 2020 and later continuing her pursuits in Canada. Throughout her career, Carol has worked on various projects, including film studios, last-mile logistics hubs, hotel retrofits, offices, residential buildings, and single-family homes.
At CTA she is involved with the major film studio designs, providing assistance to project managers in the development of architectural projects by contributing with design ideas, ensuring compliance with regulations and guidelines throughout the design process, generating construction documentation, and coordinating with consultants.


  • Maple Leaf Self Storage
  • Larco Bridge Stage 14 Film Studios
  • Studio Bottega
  • Bridge Studio Griffiths
  • Bridge Studios Marine Way

Karen Behanan


Having worked with a multi-national construction conglomerate, developers, boutique design firms, and international design consultants, Karen has learned that two critical attributes create beautiful and meaningful Architecture – Empathy + Collaboration. Karen’s extensive experience has come from complex projects such as hospitals, high-rise towers, single family homes, mixed-use buildings, hotels, restaurants, night clubs, and urban design. At CTA, she continues to follow her passion and endeavors to become a fully registered Architect. Currently, she is working on industrial and film studio projects.

Ian Scanlan

Senior Architectural Technologist AIBC

Ian Scanlan graduated with a BSc in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street in 2011. He worked on several residential and commercial projects whilst in Ireland before immigrating to Vancouver in 2013. Ian started with CTA in 2017 where he was involved in commercial and industrial projects, consisting predominantly of tilt-up construction. In his time with the company, 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. He obtained his AIBC Architectural Technologist certification in 2022.


  • 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 Casson began his architectural career as a Technologist in 2006 and has advanced into the role of Senior Architectural Technologist and Project Manager. His experience includes a wide range of Industrial projects including, Tilt-Up concrete construction, Insulated Metal Panel Construction, Multi-Level Self Storage, Food Processing Facilities, and Sound Stages. Richard has been registered as a Certified Technician (CTECH) with ASTTBC since 2013 and an AIBC Architectural Technologist since 2017. He also has received a Certificate in Architectural / Structural Drafting with CAD through Kwantlen Polytechnic University and an Associate Certificate in Building Construction Technology through BCIT. 


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

Andrei Filip

Project Architect, Architect AIBC, CP

Andrei is a highly accomplished and respected architect, registered with the AIBC (Architectural Institute of British Columbia), bringing a wealth of expertise and experience spanning over two decades.  This valuable experience allowed him to develop a solid foundation in architectural principles and practices.

In 2010, Andrei made a significant move to Canada, where he further expanded his skill set by delving into the design intricacies of industrial, institutional, and healthcare projects. This transition broadened his horizons and provided him with invaluable insights into different architectural domains, enabling him to approach each project with versatility and adaptability.

At CTA, Andrei holds the esteemed position of Senior Architect and Project Manager, where he is an integral part of the team. He shares his extensive knowledge and experience with his colleagues and clients, fostering an environment of growth and innovation. Andrei’s guidance and mentorship contribute to the collective expertise of the firm, enhancing the quality and efficiency of projects undertaken.


  • Park Royal MLSS
  • Byrne Road MLSS
  • Eagle Meadows Industrial
  • Peace Portal & White Rock Senior Villages renovations

Azadeh Foshati 

Intern Architect AIBC

Azadeh is an accomplished and reliable Intern Architect with over 8 years of architectural experience in Residential, Commercial and Mixed-use projects. She obtained a Master of Architecture degree in Iran and a Certification in Sustainable Architecture in Montreal. Her approach is focused on the Canadian construction industry and the growing need for sustainable strategies in architecture. Her academic training, as well as her personal and professional experiences, have made her realise that architecture and design can create stronger communities with healthy neighbourhoods and businesses by adding art, creativity and beauty to people’s daily lives.


  • Park Royal MLSS
  • Eagle Meadows Industrial 

Vladimir Lee

Intern Architect AIBC

Vladimir is an Intern Architect with over 10 years of experience. After graduation from The Kazakh State Academy of Architecture he continued his studies under the program Architectural and Building Engineering Technology at BCIT. During his career, he has worked on a variety of building typologies including Mid-Rise, High-Rise Residential and Mixed-Use developments. Vladimir had the opportunity to gain professional experience throughout all phases of Architectural production from Design Concept, through to Construction Administration. His design approach is to create the right balance between functionality and aesthetics.


  • 3990 Marine Way Bridge Studios 
  • Industrial Development Maple Ridge 

Noushin Motaharinia

Intern Architect AIBC

Noushin holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Art University in Iran and joined CTA architecture + design in December 2022 as an AIBC Intern Architect. During her career, Noushin has worked on a variety of projects, including design of Mid-Rise Residential and Low-Rise Commercial Buildings, majority of which are now constructed. She is passionate about teaching and worked as a University Lecturer for two years in Iran, where she taught different architectural courses. Before joining the team, she gained hands-on experience on local construction codes and practices through taking some courses at BCIT and working in a residential design firm in the Lower mainland. “As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.” – Norman Foster


  • No.4 Road Self Storage 
  • 192 ST Surrey Warehouse 
  • Delta Residential Complex 
  • Maple Ridge Industrial Development 

CTA architecture + design ltd.’s 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.

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.


  • 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

Steve Cowley

Senior Architectural Technologist

Steve has over 34 years of experience in the architectural profession and providing construction documentation as a Senior Architectural Technologist, Project Manager, Contract Administrator, and Document Controller delivering complex projects. With extensive project coordination experience within the architectural building construction industry, Steve’s project experience has ranged in value from $600M through to $1.8B, and includes LRT Transportation, Commercial, Institutional, Educational, Recreation and Healthcare projects. His methodical approach to technical problem solving, and working with architectural design elements ensure project success, and Steve enjoys working in a collaborative environment with other consultant teams and contractors to deliver documentation and projects.



  • Byrne Road Self Storage
  • 3990 Marine Way Film Studio
  • Hawks Ridge Plaza


Kyana Rodil

Intermediate Building Designer

Kyana initiated her career in the esteemed architecture industry in March 2018. The subsequent month witnessed her successful completion of the Architectural Technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Throughout the first five years of her professional journey, she had the privilege of closely collaborating with renowned architects in the Edmonton area, contributing her expertise to a diverse range of projects, both in terms of scale and complexity. Kyana’s extensive experience spans various sectors, including Institutional Buildings, Sound Stages, Commercial Retail Units, Churches, Healthcare Facilities, and Data Centers. Notable accomplishments include her pivotal role in the development of the fifth floor at MacEwan University’s Allard Hall, as well as the successful revitalization of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples. Additionally, she provided invaluable assistance in projects such as Lake City Way Studios, Hawks Ridge Plaza, and L’OCA Quality Market. Demonstrating a deep commitment to lifelong learning, Kyana actively engages in courses and classes that facilitate the continuous growth of her design and technical career. She possesses a genuine passion for expanding her technical skills and knowledge, constantly exploring new drafting techniques, procedural milestones, and advancements in product expertise. With her friendly demeanor and confident approach, Kyana’s unwavering dedication to professional development drives her to remain at the forefront of the industry and ensure exceptional outcomes in every endeavor she undertakes.

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.

Hope Maitwe

Administrative Assistant

Hope graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and started working with CTA architecture + design as Administrative Assistant in the Edmonton Office in November 2022. Her background includes Customer Service, Marketing, Administration, Audit and Transfer Pricing. Hope enjoys completing tasks and the day to day dynamic of the office. Her knowledge of documentation preparation and organizational skills help her streamline the proposal process. Hope is able to multitask, utilize her time wisely and helps support the administration needs of the Edmonton Office. Additionally, Hope manages the general internal office communications and engages in the social media marketing strategies company wide.

CTA Structural Engineering ltd.’s Team

We at CTA architecture + design ltd. 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.

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


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

Francisco Inocencio


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 2010, 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!


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

Vivienne Chen


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.