Michael Leckie  Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.Sc, LEED AP Principal Michael received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Prior to founding Leckie Studio, Michael apprenticed at internationally acclaimed architecture offices in both Canada and Europe. His work experience includes modernist single family and multi-family homes, heritage and industrial rehabilitations/conversions, as well large-scale institutional projects. Michael’s work has been published internationally, and he has contributed to the production of a multitude of award-wining projects - including the Alhambra + Cordage + Garage + Terminus, a 60,000 square-foot multi-phase live/work loft conversion project spread over four adjacent heritage buildings in Vancouver’s Historic Gastown district (with Acton Ostry Architects). In 2010 this project was awarded The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture. From 2004-2009 Michael was a primary member of the design and construction administration team for the Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre (with Patkau Architects), which was awarded the 2011 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture, the highest National Award for Architecture in Canada. Michael acts as a guest critic and graduate student thesis advisor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.  

Michael Leckie  Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.Sc, LEED AP
Principal

Michael received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Prior to founding Leckie Studio, Michael apprenticed at internationally acclaimed architecture offices in both Canada and Europe. His work experience includes modernist single family and multi-family homes, heritage and industrial rehabilitations/conversions, as well large-scale institutional projects. Michael’s work has been published internationally, and he has contributed to the production of a multitude of award-wining projects - including the Alhambra + Cordage + Garage + Terminus, a 60,000 square-foot multi-phase live/work loft conversion project spread over four adjacent heritage buildings in Vancouver’s Historic Gastown district (with Acton Ostry Architects). In 2010 this project was awarded The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture. From 2004-2009 Michael was a primary member of the design and construction administration team for the Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre (with Patkau Architects), which was awarded the 2011 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture, the highest National Award for Architecture in Canada. Michael acts as a guest critic and graduate student thesis advisor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

 

Denise Liu, M.Arch, B.Env.D Interior Design Director Denise developed her expertise over the past 15 plus years, notably as co-founder and design principal at Edison & Sprinkles, a multi-discplinary design studio. She has a focus on residential, retail, and hospitality interiors. She also worked on multi-family residential projects with IBI Group, recreational homes with Osburn and Clarke Productions, as well as institutional projects with Toby Russell Buckwell Architecture. Her featured projects include Want Apothecary, Homer Street Cafe, and Steamship Grill & Taphouse. Outside the studio, Denise has been an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, a co-chair of the Women in Architecture steering committee, a selection committee member for Hamilton Public Arts Development, a member of Architecture for Humanity, the managing editor of Artsy-Dartsy, an online art and design event guide, and most recently, the founder of Criteri, an art and design smart phone application. Denise was the regional organizer for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture Migrating Landscapes exhibition, a contributor to the Museum of Vancouver Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong exhibition, and a partner in the Future Masters competition at IDSWest from 2009 to 2013. Denise received both her undergraduate and Master degrees in architecture from the University of Manitoba.  

Denise Liu, M.Arch, B.Env.D
Interior Design Director

Denise developed her expertise over the past 15 plus years, notably as co-founder and design principal at Edison & Sprinkles, a multi-discplinary design studio. She has a focus on residential, retail, and hospitality interiors. She also worked on multi-family residential projects with IBI Group, recreational homes with Osburn and Clarke Productions, as well as institutional projects with Toby Russell Buckwell Architecture. Her featured projects include Want Apothecary, Homer Street Cafe, and Steamship Grill & Taphouse.

Outside the studio, Denise has been an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, a co-chair of the Women in Architecture steering committee, a selection committee member for Hamilton Public Arts Development, a member of Architecture for Humanity, the managing editor of Artsy-Dartsy, an online art and design event guide, and most recently, the founder of Criteri, an art and design smart phone application. Denise was the regional organizer for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture Migrating Landscapes exhibition, a contributor to the Museum of Vancouver Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong exhibition, and a partner in the Future Masters competition at IDSWest from 2009 to 2013.

Denise received both her undergraduate and Master degrees in architecture from the University of Manitoba.

 

Dimitri James Koubatis, Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.Sc (Arch), LEED AP Originally hailing from Montreal, Dimitri received his Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2002. He has worked for internationally respected firms in Montreal, Vancouver, New York, and Rotterdam. Dimitri brings over 15 years of solid architectural experience working on a wide range of award winning residential, institutional, and com­mercial projects. In addition to his professional work, Dimitri has over 10 years of hands-on experience in the workshop and in the field, rooted in the belief that architecture is ideally learned from the ground-up. Dimitri has been a registered architect since 2006, joining the AIBC in 2010. He holds accreditation as a LEED Professional, and has been trained in Passive House design.  

Dimitri James Koubatis, Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.Sc (Arch), LEED AP

Originally hailing from Montreal, Dimitri received his Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2002. He has worked for internationally respected firms in Montreal, Vancouver, New York, and Rotterdam. Dimitri brings over 15 years of solid architectural experience working on a wide range of award winning residential, institutional, and com­mercial projects. In addition to his professional work, Dimitri has over 10 years of hands-on experience in the workshop and in the field, rooted in the belief that architecture is ideally learned from the ground-up. Dimitri has been a registered architect since 2006, joining the AIBC in 2010. He holds accreditation as a LEED Professional, and has been trained in Passive House design.

 

Thomas Schroeder, Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.Sc (Arch), LEED AP BD+C Tom has built a wealth of knowledge through his passion for architecture and the natural environment. Early in his career Tom ap­prenticed with several nationally and internationally acclaimed architects. Over the past decade, he worked on Canada’s most distinguished and innovative cultural, academic and bespoke residential projects, including several projects awarded the Lieutenant-Governor and Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Tom is also an avid backcountry skier, mountaineer, climber, and mountain biker. His passions for design and wilderness are a powerful combination for projects in wild and remote places, and Tom now explores both as project architect for the Backcountry Hut Company. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska, and Master of Architecture from Rice University. He also studied at Leibniz Universität Hannover. During graduate school he was a research and teaching assistant, and he continues his academ­ic engagement as a guest critic, mentor, and thesis advisor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.  

Thomas Schroeder, Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.Sc (Arch), LEED AP BD+C

Tom has built a wealth of knowledge through his passion for architecture and the natural environment. Early in his career Tom ap­prenticed with several nationally and internationally acclaimed architects. Over the past decade, he worked on Canada’s most distinguished and innovative cultural, academic and bespoke residential projects, including several projects awarded the Lieutenant-Governor and Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Tom is also an avid backcountry skier, mountaineer, climber, and mountain biker. His passions for design and wilderness are a powerful combination for projects in wild and remote places, and Tom now explores both as project architect for the Backcountry Hut Company.

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska, and Master of Architecture from Rice University. He also studied at Leibniz Universität Hannover. During graduate school he was a research and teaching assistant, and he continues his academ­ic engagement as a guest critic, mentor, and thesis advisor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

 

James Eidse, Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.A. James’s expertise in material investigation and novel fabrication techniques has afforded him opportunities to work with highly respected design-focused international architec­ture offices. His work experience includes has worked on a wide range of residential, commercial, and institutional projects while at Patkau Architects and AA Robins Architect in Vancouver, and Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects in San Francisco. James was co-editor of the book Vancouver Matters (2008), a reading of the city through multiple points of view from professors, students, architects, and designers in Vancouver. Vancouver Matters represents Vancouver’s history and present materiality through writing, drawing, and photography organized by material condition. Each investi­gation uses the specific material as a lens through which the city can be seen anew. James has a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia (2007), and returned to UBC as adjunct professor in 2012.  

James Eidse, Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch, B.A.

James’s expertise in material investigation and novel fabrication techniques has afforded him opportunities to work with highly respected design-focused international architec­ture offices. His work experience includes has worked on a wide range of residential, commercial, and institutional projects while at Patkau Architects and AA Robins Architect in Vancouver, and Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects in San Francisco.

James was co-editor of the book Vancouver Matters (2008), a reading of the city through multiple points of view from professors, students, architects, and designers in Vancouver. Vancouver Matters represents Vancouver’s history and present materiality through writing, drawing, and photography organized by material condition. Each investi­gation uses the specific material as a lens through which the city can be seen anew.

James has a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia (2007), and returned to UBC as adjunct professor in 2012.

 

Emily Dovbniak,  Architect OAA, M.Arch, B.Sc. (Arch.) Emily received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from McGill University in 2010 and 2012. She worked in Toronto on commercial interiors, private residences, and multi-family dwellings for 3 years, at which point she decided to give in to temptation and head west to the mountains, ocean, and Leckie Studio. As a tenacious, yet light-hearted person, Emily’s design philosophy matches her personality: provocative and playful. Her graduate thesis focused on the perception of water in Detroit, and she traveled to Berlin to explore the influence of destruction on creation. Emily is working at settling in to the Vancouver lifestyle and making her hiking and kayaking attempts a little more graceful.

Emily Dovbniak,  Architect OAA, M.Arch, B.Sc. (Arch.)

Emily received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from McGill University in 2010 and 2012. She worked in Toronto on commercial interiors, private residences, and multi-family dwellings for 3 years, at which point she decided to give in to temptation and head west to the mountains, ocean, and Leckie Studio.

As a tenacious, yet light-hearted person, Emily’s design philosophy matches her personality: provocative and playful. Her graduate thesis focused on the perception of water in Detroit, and she traveled to Berlin to explore the influence of destruction on creation. Emily is working at settling in to the Vancouver lifestyle and making her hiking and kayaking attempts a little more graceful.

Guy McLintock, Intern Architect OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch, BFA Guy’s diverse background integrates computer science, fine arts, and architecture. He has extensive experience with 3D Modeling, construction documentation, and BIM soft­ware management. Guy’s expertise has led him to work on many highly specialized public projects with complex technical demands over the past 6 years. Several notable public buildings that Guy has contributed to include: Schulich School of Business Expansion in Toronto; The Interdisciplinary Research Building at Western University; the multi-partnered Wilfred Laurier / City of Brantford athletics complex; and the 268,000 sm CHUM ‘super hospital’ in Montreal. Guy’s work has been recognized by major national and international design awards, including two Progressive Architecture awards in Single Family Housing and Educational/Recreational.

Guy McLintock, Intern Architect OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch, BFA

Guy’s diverse background integrates computer science, fine arts, and architecture. He has extensive experience with 3D Modeling, construction documentation, and BIM soft­ware management. Guy’s expertise has led him to work on many highly specialized public projects with complex technical demands over the past 6 years.

Several notable public buildings that Guy has contributed to include: Schulich School of Business Expansion in Toronto; The Interdisciplinary Research Building at Western University; the multi-partnered Wilfred Laurier / City of Brantford athletics complex; and the 268,000 sm CHUM ‘super hospital’ in Montreal. Guy’s work has been recognized by major national and international design awards, including two Progressive Architecture awards in Single Family Housing and Educational/Recreational.

Ashley Hannon, Intern Architect AIBC, MRAIC, MArch, BEDS Ashley came to Vancouver from Nova Scotia where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University (2009), and Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (2014) and Masters of Architecture degrees from Dalhousie University (2016). As a part of her architectural education she has completed studio programs in Norway and Cuba, community design/build workshops on the East Coast of Canada, and interned at MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax as well as Leckie Studio. Upon completion of her graduate thesis, Ashley was awarded the Henry Adams Certificate and RAIC Student Honour Roll for academic excellence. These experiences, coupled with a few years living in Japan and traveling around the world, have left her with an interest in minimal, social, sustainable design – a passion she has brought to Leckie Studio.  

Ashley Hannon, Intern Architect AIBC, MRAIC, MArch, BEDS

Ashley came to Vancouver from Nova Scotia where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University (2009), and Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (2014) and Masters of Architecture degrees from Dalhousie University (2016). As a part of her architectural education she has completed studio programs in Norway and Cuba, community design/build workshops on the East Coast of Canada, and interned at MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax as well as Leckie Studio. Upon completion of her graduate thesis, Ashley was awarded the Henry Adams Certificate and RAIC Student Honour Roll for academic excellence. These experiences, coupled with a few years living in Japan and traveling around the world, have left her with an interest in minimal, social, sustainable design – a passion she has brought to Leckie Studio.

 

Ryan Nelson, Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch, BEDS, BFA Creative Director - Plus Visual Ryan completed his Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University, following completion of the Bachelor of Environmental Design program. Previously, Ryan completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. Having a long history of working as a carpenter, Ryan combined his passion for art and design with his passion for working in the built environment and entered a career in architecture. Currently, Ryan pursues the art of architectural representation in the digital form. He is an avid rock climber and bikes to work every day, rain or shine.  

Ryan Nelson, Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch, BEDS, BFA
Creative Director - Plus Visual

Ryan completed his Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University, following completion of the Bachelor of Environmental Design program. Previously, Ryan completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. Having a long history of working as a carpenter, Ryan combined his passion for art and design with his passion for working in the built environment and entered a career in architecture. Currently, Ryan pursues the art of architectural representation in the digital form. He is an avid rock climber and bikes to work every day, rain or shine.

 

Kate Read, Interior Designer Kate’s architectural rigor to interior space aligns well with the philosophy at Leckie Studio.  Kate takes intention to detailing and a holistic approach to design from the inside out.  She has a passion for natural, honest materials and a love for the outdoors. Kate is Australian by birth with roots in Canada.  She’s had a curiosity for design and interiors from a young age, and followed it into university where she received a bachelor of Interior Design from University of Canberra.  She honed her skills for five years on Commercial, Residential, Hospitality and Retail design projects with Capezio Copeland.   Kate is also very active in pop-up design and has been a part of multiple fashion shows in Australia and collaborated with Here There Studio in Vancouver on Lululemon events.  

Kate Read, Interior Designer

Kate’s architectural rigor to interior space aligns well with the philosophy at Leckie Studio.  Kate takes intention to detailing and a holistic approach to design from the inside out.  She has a passion for natural, honest materials and a love for the outdoors.

Kate is Australian by birth with roots in Canada.  She’s had a curiosity for design and interiors from a young age, and followed it into university where she received a bachelor of Interior Design from University of Canberra.  She honed her skills for five years on Commercial, Residential, Hospitality and Retail design projects with Capezio Copeland.   Kate is also very active in pop-up design and has been a part of multiple fashion shows in Australia and collaborated with Here There Studio in Vancouver on Lululemon events.

 

Rina Soeda, Graphic / Communication Coordinator, BFA Rina is a Graphic Designer with extensive experience in communications design.  She has worked in a variety of creative companies over the past decade and brings a high level of graphic order, visual identity and workflow logic to the communications of Leckie Studio.  Rina has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Graphic Design from the University of San Francisco.  

Rina Soeda, Graphic / Communication Coordinator, BFA

Rina is a Graphic Designer with extensive experience in communications design.  She has worked in a variety of creative companies over the past decade and brings a high level of graphic order, visual identity and workflow logic to the communications of Leckie Studio.  Rina has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Graphic Design from the University of San Francisco.

 

Elaine Tat, Intern, B.Sc. (Arch.) Originally from Montreal, Elaine graduated with a Bachelor degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2016. Prior to completing her degree, she spent a semester abroad in Venice, Italy studying at Università Iuav di Venezia. Her curiosity in discovering and understanding diverse cultures through the built environment is what led her to pursue an education in architecture.

Elaine Tat, Intern, B.Sc. (Arch.)

Originally from Montreal, Elaine graduated with a Bachelor degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2016. Prior to completing her degree, she spent a semester abroad in Venice, Italy studying at Università Iuav di Venezia. Her curiosity in discovering and understanding diverse cultures through the built environment is what led her to pursue an education in architecture.

Johnathan Lum, Intern Johnathan completed his undergraduate degree in Architectural Science at British Columbia Institute of Technology. His love for woodworking and craft is what led him to pursue a career in Architecture. Never following a fixed plan, he opens himself to be inspired through the world and people around him to help guide his next life project.

Johnathan Lum, Intern

Johnathan completed his undergraduate degree in Architectural Science at British Columbia Institute of Technology. His love for woodworking and craft is what led him to pursue a career in Architecture. Never following a fixed plan, he opens himself to be inspired through the world and people around him to help guide his next life project.


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