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.

 

Emily Dovbniak  Architect OAA, M.Arch, B.Sc. (Arch.)  Project Architect Emily received both her undergraduate and Master 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 head west to the mountains, ocean, and Leckie Studio. Her graduate thesis focused on the perception of water in Detroit, and she travelled 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.) 

Project Architect

Emily received both her undergraduate and Master 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 head west to the mountains, ocean, and Leckie Studio. Her graduate thesis focused on the perception of water in Detroit, and she travelled 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.

 

Dimitri Koubatis  Architect AIBC, M.Arch., B.Sc. (Arch.)  Project Architect 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 14 years of solid architectural experience working on a wide range of residential, institutional, and commercial projects, many of which were the recipients of prestigious awards. 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 learnt 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 Koubatis  Architect AIBC, M.Arch., B.Sc. (Arch.) 

Project Architect

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 14 years of solid architectural experience working on a wide range of residential, institutional, and commercial projects, many of which were the recipients of prestigious awards. 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 learnt 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.

Ryan Nelson  Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch, BEDS, BFA Intermediate Designer 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

Intermediate Designer

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.

 

Milan Nikic B.Ends (Hons.) Intern Milan is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Design program at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, Milan studied Art and Architectural History which ignited his passion for design in the built environment and led him to pursue a career path in architecture. Milan made the move to Vancouver 5 years ago on a volleyball scholarship with UBC and has fallen in love with the west coast. He joins Leckie Studio excited to learn and immerse himself in the design world before he returns to school to complete his M.Arch. degree.  

Milan Nikic B.Ends (Hons.)

Intern

Milan is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Design program at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, Milan studied Art and Architectural History which ignited his passion for design in the built environment and led him to pursue a career path in architecture. Milan made the move to Vancouver 5 years ago on a volleyball scholarship with UBC and has fallen in love with the west coast. He joins Leckie Studio excited to learn and immerse himself in the design world before he returns to school to complete his M.Arch. degree.

 

Elaine Tat Intern Elaine graduated with a Bachelor degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2016. Her passion for architecture stems from her love for travel and discovery of new cities. When Elaine isn’t at work, she is usually busy perfecting her pie baking skills or looking up cheap flights for her next adventure.

Elaine Tat

Intern

Elaine graduated with a Bachelor degree in Architecture from McGill University in 2016. Her passion for architecture stems from her love for travel and discovery of new cities. When Elaine isn’t at work, she is usually busy perfecting her pie baking skills or looking up cheap flights for her next adventure.

Joanne Yau Intern Joanne recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture where she has had the opportunity to work and study abroad in Japan, Italy and Finland. She is thankful to be on this new adventure in Vancouver where she is surrounded by the ocean, mountains, trees and the amazing people of Leckie Studio.

Joanne Yau

Intern

Joanne recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture where she has had the opportunity to work and study abroad in Japan, Italy and Finland. She is thankful to be on this new adventure in Vancouver where she is surrounded by the ocean, mountains, trees and the amazing people of Leckie Studio.

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

Project Architect

Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Leckie Studio.  Early in his career Tom apprenticed with several nationally and internationally respected 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 Leutenant-Governor and Governor General’s awards 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 such as 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 academic involvement as a guest critic, mentor and thesis advisor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

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