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's detail-oriented approach to wayfinding and signage systems is evident in PUBLIC projects such as the City of Victoria citywide wayfinding strategy and mapping and signage systems for public spaces around the Lower Mainland. His sensibility combines an analytical approach to problem solving and system generation with a natural affinity for poetic graphic form.
As a member of the SEGD, Aaron has worked on environmental graphic design, wayfinding, and signage 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.
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.
Andrea earned a Masters degree from the Brno University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and brings international experience from the Netherlands, France, and the UK. Her thesis work queried how verticality relates to the function of human-built environments to find that a more vertically-arranged environment tends to host more spiritual activities whereas locations with a more horizontal layout privileges social functions. These ephemeral investigations have naturally led to professional experience concentrated on the activation of outdoor space both public and private. Andrea brings a defined aesthetic and strong visualization skills backed up with technical drawing efficiency.
With a diverse background in theatre performance and public education, Ben brings a commitment and sensitivity to the storytelling function of design. His work on projects from exhibition design to wayfinding seeks to shape community experiences through beautiful and practical design thinking. A graduate of Vancouver's rigorous Capilano University IDEA program, Ben comes equipped with comprehensive dual skills in design and illustration. Ben's nostalgic fondness for early 20th century design affords projects an historical inspiration to serve contemporary contexts. Ben loves the practice of design because of the way it elevates experiences beyond the mundane and harnesses aesthetics in purposeful ways.
Brian has worked in the architectural field for nearly thirty 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.
Daniela specializes in design for interpretation, brand integration, wayfinding, and the enhancement of an individual’s experience within the built environment. After obtaining a degree in Communication Design from ECUAD, she collaborated with multidisciplinary design teams on government, civic, cultural and educational projects, giving her a comprehensive understanding of the design process within each sector.
Notable projects include design for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics FHFN Aboriginal Pavilion, VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre wayfinding and interpretation, Vancouver Aquarium Expansion wayfinding program, and feature exhibits.
Daniela’s cultural background—rooted in Europe, the Middle East and Canada—enriches her unique approach to design. She co-chairs the Society of Experiential Graphic Design, has been a speaker and workshop facilitator at SEGD conferences, and a guest speaker for the Western Washington University. Her passion lies in bringing spaces to life, with compassion as a design driver, with the goal of transforming ones’ experience into a meaningful positive memory.
A 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.
Evan completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Toronto in 2017. During his studies, he gained experience in European and Canadian firms on projects of varying scales and typologies, including education, transportation, residential, recreation, cultural, and urban design. Evan’s independent research draws on historic and contemporary narratives to imagine future alternates. He contributes illustrative strength, technical fluency, and a sensitivity to less-visible parallel realities.
Henry brings finely tuned client-relation, team-building, and public-engagement skills. He has spent the past three years completing a new school project for nearly 2,000 students aged 2–19 in the UK and has experience with higher education, including a masterplan and creative faculty. Henry is interested in the revitalization and activation of historic industrial sites. His masters in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Cambridge looked at preservation and the role of artists in the regeneration of the historic Gdansk shipyards in Poland. This project was a continuation of his undergraduate work, which explored a post-industrial site awaiting development in Manchester. He also has an interest and experience with small-scale timber construction.
Jamie is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, with professional experience in Ireland before moving to British Columbia in 2011. His graduate school work within the Architecture + Urbanism studio focused on multi-unit housing design and inventive social spaces, both shared and private. Jamie is interested in designing buildings to fit their social, historical, and natural context. He has been involved in all aspects of residential architecture including close client engagement, programming, detailed design, and consultation with local municipalities. Passionate about innovations in energy efficiency and low-carbon materials, he is a Certified Passive House Designer with Passive House Institute in Germany.
Jaime has experience with a 30,000 sq ft apartment building in Whistler and the first Passive House standard multi-unit project in Squamish.
Jennifer completed her Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and has a history in environmental design and preservation. She has demonstrated leadership in her community by acting as the ARCHUS social coordinator at UBC, through graduate teaching assistantships at UBC SALA, and as an editorial and news intern at ArchDaily. Demonstrating a strength in collaboration, Jennifer was part of the core team working on UBC’s first Green Building Plan. She is a passionate proponent of holistic sustainability with a special interest in social connectivity and the health and wellbeing of building occupants. She has a knack for distilling and organizing information and framing challenges as opportunities.
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.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Italy, Martina completed her undergraduate degree in architectural sciences in Venice and went on to complete her Master of Architecture at the University of British Columbia where her work was awarded for design excellence. She brings diverse experience from the Urban Planning Department at the City of Coriano, Italy, as well as from local education, residential, and cultural projects, including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Renewal. Martina's work is informed by her interests including innovative urban-design, adaptability, multi-functionality, and economy of means.
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 is a registered intern with the AIBC with over 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 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 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 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, 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."