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We build culture and shape identity. Our work creates spatial experiences–beyond buildings–to the city at large, capable of spurring transformation, engagement and renewal.

We work with people who are passionate about building collective experience and memory–who understand that small interventions woven throughout the city can have as bold an impact on community as megaprojects. We work with people who believe you get the best results through taking risks.

Aaron Sportack

SEGD
Communication Designer
aaron@publicdesign.ca

As a member of the SEGD, Aaron has worked on environmental graphic design, wayfinding, and tender packages for projects in Vancouver, San Diego, NewYork, and Qatar. He came to PUBLIC with a degree each in Communication Design from Emily Carr University and in Psychology from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. While completing his education, he worked as a CAD technician and has been working alongside Architects and Interior Designers since. This breadth of skills equips Aaron well for the multi-disciplinary nature of the firm. In his off hours, Aaron enjoys indoor bouldering, amateur astronomy, and science fiction.

Alberto Buldon

M.ARCH, MAYAB (Technical University of Madrid, UPM)
Designer
alberto@publicdesign.ca

Before joining PUBLIC, Alberto worked in architectural offices and research centers in Madrid, developing energy-efficient and innovative construction solutions. He received his post-graduate architectural degree from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), specializing in the study of Environment and Bioclimatic Architecture (MAYAB). His work included climate and environmental analysis, the study of interior design conditions for human comfort, bioclimatic design, energy performance in buildings, LEED and BREEAM sustainable rating systems, as well as sustainable urbanism and green building strategies. He was granted a scholarship to attend CEMCO’s Master’s course in Innovation, Technology and Sustainability in Construction and in the final thesis achieved the highest mark and was awarded the grand prize. Alberto brings a passion for green architecture as well as multidisciplinary projects incorporating graphic and interior design which enhance natural, urban and social environments.

 

Angela Enman

Architect.AIBC
Architect
angela@publicdesign.ca

Angela is an AIBC Architect who brings 3 years of local and international experience to her practice at PUBLIC. She graduated from the Masters of Architecture program at UBC, where she received several scholarships for academic achievement including the Bunting Coady Entrance scholarship in Architecture and the AIBC Scholarship among others. Angela's experience includes work with several firms in Vancouver and an internship in Japan at Atelier Bow Wow in Tokyo. She has worked on projects ranging from institutional, educational and religious to residential projects and museum exhibits. While not pursuing a career in architecture with PUBLIC, Angela enjoys improvisational baking, karaoke and cycling.

Brian Wakelin

AIBC, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Principal, Architect
brian@publicdesign.ca

Brian has worked in the architectural field for twenty years and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. He was with Busby Perkins + Will for ten years before co-founding PUBLIC in 2008 to focus on platforms for education and civic engagement. As the youngest of three boys, he learned his negotiation skills early at the dinner table and his strength lies in his ability to build consensus among stakeholders while leading a creative and clear design process. He is responsible for directing the activities of the firm, and jointly with John and Susan, for providing design leadership throughout each project from inception to completion.

Chris Forrest

AIBC LEED AP
Architect
chris@publicdesign.ca

Chris is an architect that brings both design intelligence and technical expertise to the PUBLIC team. He has a degree in Architectural Science from BCIT and completed his Masters of Architecture at UBC. Over the past 7 years at PUBLIC he has worked on a diverse array of projects for various institutional clients including UBC, KPU and Metro Vancouver. His strong experience as a project architect has enabled him to lead innovative higher education projects through complex design and construction phases, including the multiple award-winning UBC Buchanan Courtyard Renewal and the Xthum First Nations Gathering Place at KPU. Chris is also regularly involved with the BCIT Architectural Science program as a critic, guest lecturer and member of the program advisory committee.

Courtney Healey

ARCHITECT.AIBC
Architect
courtney@publicdesign.ca

Courtney is an Architect and seasoned collaborator who brings sixteen years of multidisciplinary design and creative management experience to her work at PUBLIC. Courtney's contributions extend to all corners of the PUBLIC portfolio from exhibit design and interiors to institutional projects and large-scale public spaces. Her observational nature and passion for design research help her fulfill key roles throughout all scales and phases of a project from concept development through the nitty-gritty of construction with cool control and confidence. 

Prior to PUBLIC, Courtney apprenticed at architecture offices in Rotterdam and Berlin, collaborated on public art installations across the US and Canada and served as Art Director for a non-profit artist workspace in NYC. She is a frequent contributor to Canadian Architect Magazine and a regular guest critic at UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Craig Simms

AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP
Principal, Architect
craig@publicdesign.ca

Craig came to PUBLIC with fourteen years of previous experience at award-winning design firms in Vancouver and Los Angeles. With experience in all phases and scales of architecture he brings well rounded experience to the firm.  He is particularly strong in process and creative methodologies. He brings a strong belief that unbiased exploration leads to better design solutions and that we learn by making forms the basis of this process. Twenty years of fly-fishing has taught him to be methodical and patient. This is most evident in his ability to navigate a project design through its various phases and challenges while maintaining continuity of concept, refining the design, and building clarity.

Elyse Kavanagh

M.Arch, BFA
Designer
elyse@publicdesign.ca

A recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master in Architecture program, Elyse spent a semester abroad in Chandigarh, India, soaking up the intelligences of the local culture and expanding her design vocabulary. Elyse began with PUBLIC as a summer intern, lending exceptional illustration skills and a great artistic hand to the team. She completed her undergraduate degree in fine arts at UBC’s Okanagan campus and combines animation, drawings, and models to explore the role of architectural representation as narrative. When not practicing architecture, Elyse can be found moving down a mountain on her snowboard or bike.

Genevieve Mateyko

B.Des. Industrial Design
Designer
genevieve@publicdesign.ca

Genevieve's multidisciplinary design practice includes the studying and practice of different faculties of design—graphic design, industrial design and architecture. Her work in brand integration, exhibition and signage design draw from a wide set of tools. Before joining PUBLIC, she worked in retail experiential graphic design at Kit and Ace, as well as on projects for The National Ballet of Canada (Toronto) and TED Conferences. A graduate of Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Genevieve loves multidisciplinary design best when it serves the purpose of solving a practical problem, whether it's the expressive storytelling of a brand or subtly assisting with wayfinding through a city or a space. 

John Wall

AIBC, AAA, OAA, LEED AP
Principal, Architect
john@publicdesign.ca

John contributes over twenty years of professional experience to the team. Born in Vancouver and educated at the UBC School of Architecture, where he was awarded the AIBC Medal in 1994, he is a member of the AIBC and a LEED-accredited professional. John spent three years in Toronto working at the award-winning firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects on the new Richmond City Hall, which received a Governor General’s Medal for Excellence in Architecture. Active in Vancouver’s design community; John served as chair of the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel for three years and is a regular guest critic at the UBC School of Architecture where he was recently an adjunct professor. Due to his professional experience, John’s projects have received strong support from design panels—translating into timely project approvals. John's ability to cut a rug is legendary, although the funk is more elusive now that he is the busy dad of little Zoe.

Marta Nicolau

ETSALS (Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura La Salle, Barcelona)
Designer
marta@publicdesign.ca

Marta comes to public from architecture offices in Barcelona and Mallorca following the receipt of degrees in Architecture from ETSALS, Barcelona with one year in an exchange program in ENSACF at Clermont Ferrand, France. Marta is passionate about contemporary design while at the same time mindful of functionality and users comfort. With technical experience and expertise in construction and structural projects, she is both meticulous and a conceptual thinker with a distinctly European slant.

Neil Aspinall

M.ARCH
Designer
neil@publicdesign.ca

Neil is a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of British Columbia. During his studies, he completed professional internships at Provencher_Roy (Montréal) and Büro Ole Scheeren (Beijing) where he contributed to a number of award-winning cultural, institutional, and tower projects. His previous experience as an engineer provides him with a technical comprehension latent in his design work, and his involvement in large transportation projects engrained a continued interest in architecture’s intersection with infrastructure. Neil’s work was featured in Canada’s pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which won an honourable mention, with other projects published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Canadian Architect and in design articles worldwide.

Olena Chytra

M.Arch
Intern Architect
olena@publicdesign.ca

Olena is a registered intern with the AIBC with five years of local work experience in multi-family, live/work and high-end residential development projects. In 2010 she completed a Masters of Architecture from UBC, which involved a formative semester training in Tokyo.

The belief that the city is full of latent potential influenced her work with the Loose Affiliates – a collaborative that has worked on public art and design projects that have gone on to be published and exhibited internationally. Diligent and detailed, Olena brings a fundamental understanding of BIM technology and its applications to PUBLIC.

Robert Drew

Architect, AAA MRAIC LEED AP (BD+C) BEP
Architect, AIBC
robert@publicdesign.ca

Robert is an architect who brings twenty-five years of architecture experience to his practice at PUBLIC. Robert’s understanding of the interconnectedness of ideas, materials, systems, buildings, communities, landscapes, ecologies and people, informs how he explores, examines and resolves design opportunities. With an ability to apply strategic research and collaborative reasoning along with his technical acuity, Robert delivers award-winning projects.
 
Co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, Robert previously sat on the AIBC Energy and Environment Committee and was a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He has delivered several presentations at conferences including: the AIA National Convention, and numerous CEFPI conferences in BC and Alberta. Recently, the AIBC recommended that Robert sit on White Rock’s design panel. Robert is also the Vice-President of Semiahmoo Music Society. Architecture and music share a rich cultural lineage and it’s no surprise that Robert has passion for all things musical. His experience crafting stringed instruments informs his approach to architecture and public space.

Scot Geib

M.ARCH, SEGD
Interior Architecture, Graphic Designer
scot@publicdesign.ca

Scot is a founding member of the PUBLIC team—the ultimate design hybrid, with a masters degree in architecture from UBC and almost two decades worth of experience in communication, environmental graphic and exhibit. Scot's work in brand thinking, strategic planning and interpretive experiece development is evident in projects including “Stump City—Royal City”, New Westminster Museum’s permanent exhibition, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, c’esnae:m: the city before the city, the design and content development of the Carrie M. McLain Museum in Nome, Alaska and the redesign of Fort Calgary's 10,000 sf interpretive centre.

Knowing that every aspect of a space communicates—Scot’s experience positions him to offer consistent and multi-dimensional expression of a message, story, or identity. Scot has also taught design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Bellingham’s Western Washington University. He is currently an instructor of design at Langara College in the Design Formation Program. Scot has a passion for asking challenging questions about purpose, content and goals. A believer in creating relevant and engaging cultural experiences, Scot presented to the Canadian Museum Association conference his paper, “Designing Museums for People Who Hate Museums”.

Susan Mavor

CGD, SEGD
Principal, Communication Designer
SUSAN@PUBLICDESIGN.CA

Susan is a founding partner of PUBLIC and an expert in communication design, whose work includes shaping brand identity and weaving cultural messaging into the built environment. Originally trained as a theatre designer, with a career in graphic and exhibit design, Susan’s work ranges in scale from postage stamps to billboards and in ambition from recognition of a donation to shaping the way we understand culture, memory and identity. She leads PUBLIC teams in projects including exhibition planning and design, brand and storytelling—indoors and out—and wayfinding signage strategy.

Susan has been a juror for award exhibitions at Emily Carr University, and for national competitions in graphic design, advertising and photography. She has spoken internationally on Storytelling in the Landscape and Branded Environments. Susan is currently co-Chair of the Vancouver Chapter of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design. For a number of years a mentor to students in the IDEA program at Capilano University, she thrives in the role of creative director, nurturing and encouraging new designers to share their enthusiasm and ideas. 

Teresa Miller

RID, IDC, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Interior Designer
Teresa@publicdesign.ca

Teresa, PUBLIC’s partner with expertise in interior design, brings her passion for design and teamwork to every project. With a love for both architecture and interior design, she believes design makes a positive difference in her clients’ businesses and in the lives of the people that work, learn, live and play in these spaces. In her career as a designer, Teresa has worked on a variety of projects from corporate offices to higher education facilities. A culinary queen and a creator at heart, she finds her native Vancouver exciting for its constant creative advancement and innovation and appreciates working in a city where everyone is encouraged to “raise the bar."

  • Susan Mavor
  • Brian Wakelin
  • John Wall
  • Neil Aspinall
  • Alberto Buldon
  • Olena Chytra
  • Robert Drew
  • Angela Enman
  • Chris Forrest
  • Scot Geib
  • Courtney Healey
  • Elyse Kavanagh
  • Genevieve Mateyko
  • Teresa Miller
  • Marta Nicolau
  • Craig Simms
  • Aaron Sportack