Calvin Brook is an architect, urban designer and planner and co-founder of Brook McIlroy, an architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning practice with offices in Toronto, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. His practice merges the fields of urbanism, architecture and landscape through projects that touch all scales of place making. His work has been recognized with over forty professional awards from the European Centre for Architecture, Chicago Athenaeum, the International Downtown Association, The Waterfront Centre, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.
He was project director and principal author of EGLINTONConnects (2014) and Toronto’s Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (2010) for the City of Toronto. He has led over 30 campus projects for universities, colleges and schools across North America including Science Park at Yale, Dartmouth College Downtown Campus Plan and the University of Saskatchewan’s College Quarter. Major projects include the redevelopment of former military bases at Downsview (Toronto) and Rockcliife (Ottawa), the Rogers NHL Arena in Vancouver, Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Montenegro and waterfronts in Windsor, Collingwood, North Bay, Burlington and Toronto. Since 2009, Cal has been the principal architect and planner for the transformation of Thunder Bay’s waterfront including two LEED Gold public buildings, Vue condominiums, the Delta Waterfront Hotel and Thunder Bay Art Gallery (with Patkau Architects). The project has received 21 design awards to date.
Cal was editor and a contributing author with John Ralston Saul and Joseph Boyden of the book: The City and The Spirit Garden (2014). His work with Canada’s Aboriginal communities has been recognized by The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is the first architectural and planning practice in Canada certified under CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.
Cal holds degrees in architecture from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He was formerly Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Waterloo and Director of the Career Discovery Urban Design Program at Harvard University. He is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, a Senior Fellow of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and a founding Board member of the Indigenous Place Making Council.
Anne McIlroy, Principal
B.F.A, B.Arch / FRAIC, RPP, FCIP
Anne McIlroy, a Principal of Brook McIlroy, graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987. Anne has over twenty five years experience as a project manager and urban designer for master plan projects across Canada and the United States.
Anne has particular expertise with sustainable university, waterfront and community master plans and urban design guidelines. She is a recognized expert in the facilitation of design workshops and public consultation forums.
Anne has been appointed to the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and to the National Capital Commission’s Design Review Panel. She speaks and participates regularly at conferences and design forums on transit mobility, sustainable street and community design.
Sean Serino, a Principal at Brook McIlroy, holds a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. Sean has over twelve years experience and is fluent in all project phases from pre-design to construction documents, contract administration to management.
Sean is currently Project Architect for the design and construction of Thunder Bay’s new Four-Star downtown waterfront hotel. He is also overseeing the firm’s projects for Lakehead University as Architect of Record. Sean’s additional previous experience at Brook McIlroy includes his role as Project Architect for the exterior renovations and tenant improvements for 75 Carl Hall Road at Downsview Park, a 430,000 square foot former hangar that is being re-programmed for public use and upgraded to present building standards.
Sean leads Brook McIlroy’s Thunder Bay office. As a Thunder Bay native, Sean brings astute awareness and familiarity to the city as well as communities in Northern Ontario.
Ryan Gorrie, Senior Associate
BFA, M.Arch / MAA, MRAIC
Ryan Gorrie is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation on Lake Nipigon). He is a licensed architect in Manitoba, is a Senior Associate of Brook McIlroy, and he leads the firm's Winnipeg office and Cultural Place Making Studio.
His innate ability to listen to the client, identify user needs and source sensible solutions, allow his design to develop organically and sensibly. Ryan played a key role as a designer and artist of the multi-award winning Spirit Garden on the waterfront in Thunder Bay. The Spirit Garden was conceived through a series of workshops with representatives from Indigenous communities in and around Thunder Bay.
Ryan brings a keen sense of detail and design excellence to his work and has been involved in a variety of design projects for communities, organizations and individuals. Descended from the Red Rock Band, Fort William First Nation and Rocky Bay First Nation, Ryan has a strong sense of identity. He strives to ensure the perpetuation of Indigenous culture through creative opportunities ranging from the crafting of traditional items for ceremonial use to large-scale landmark architecture such as the Spirit Garden.
Colin Berman, Senior Associate
B.Arch.Sci. / OALA, CSLA
Colin Berman is a Senior Associate and licensed Landscape Architect, holding a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University. Colin has considerable experience in a range of landscape architectural, urban design and streetscape projects throughout Canada and the Middle East. His experience includes municipal and federal parks and roads, installation designs, high-end residential gardens, LEED-certified projects that utilize cutting edge sustainable landscape technologies, and institutional, commercial and multi-unit residential landscapes.
Colin's recent projects with Brook McIlroy include: Cambridge Main Street Urban Design Guidelines and Implementation; detailed streetscape design for Downsview Park; University of Saskatchewan College Quarter 'GreenWay' pedestrian-priority path-system detailed design; and, Prince Arthur's Landing Waterfront Master Plan Implementation in Thunder Bay.
Colin has considerable experience in the preparation of construction drawings and specifications as well as undertaking contract administration duties. His involvement from the conception of a design through to the realization of built-form has given him the capabilities and knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage a project from start to finish.
Andrea Mantin, Associate
BFA, MLA / OALA, CSLA, ASLA Associate
Andrea Mantin brings a broad range of creative skills to the team at Brook McIlroy. Prior to studying landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, Andrea received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History from Concordia University and a second BFA in Studio Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has worked as a landscape designer, curator, visual artist and exhibition designer in Canada and the United States. She served as an exhibition project coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York before co-founding MantinLeblanc Design where she has developed site-specific installations for commercial and residential clients. With a particular interest in issues of cultural identity and place-making, Andrea has been deeply involved in Brook McIlroy's work with Indigenous communities and has had an active role in community engagement and design development on a number of key Indigenous place making projects.
Zhongwei Shi is a Senior Urban Designer and Planner/Architectural designer with Brook McIlroy. Mr. Shi has been involved in a number of urban design projects in Canada, the United States, Russia and China. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Tianjin University and a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University.
At Brook McIlroy, Mr. Shi has been responsible for the design of multiple planning and architecture projects including community master plans, university master plans, urban design guidelines and secondary plans.
Prior to working at Brook McIlroy, Mr. Shi worked with planning firms and architectural firms in Canada and China on a broad range of urban, suburban and regional projects for both private and public sector clients.
Afshin Ashari graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with a Masters of Landscape Architecture. Taking advantage of his interdisciplinary background in landscape architecture, architecture, and computer science, he focused his studies on geometry as it applies to landscape architecture—in particular, the inherent geometries that underlie landscape, public space, and the flow of people. He is interested in process-based design and its potential applications for landscape architecture, and the methods of design and representation that stem from parametric and computational thinking—the relationship between input, output, and algorithm.
Prior to working at Brook McIlroy, he was engaged in a range of architectural and landscape architectural projects, including “The Pause”, a pavilion which won the Highly Commended Award in the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin. The pavilion uses brick, mirror, metal, and light to create an atmosphere of heightened senses. His student work “The Power of Paths” was published on the World Landscape Architecture website.
Vera Autilio is an architectural and urban designer at BrookMcIlroy. She received her education in Italy (Universita` di Napoli Federico II) and Portugal (Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto). She is a registered architect in Italy, holds a master in Urban Studies from the Joint Program MaQuArch, and a PhD in Architecture and Urban Phenomenology from UniBas in Matera, Italy and Guangzhou Urban Design and Planning Institute, China. She is currently involved in several projects including the Regina Laneway and Garden Suites Guidelinesand Toronto’s Green Gardiner proposal. Prior to joining the firm, Vera held positions in China and Italy, engaging in both urban design and architecture with private and public clientele.
With an education in both architecture and building science, Doug Belanger has a strong understanding of design principles as well as technical knowledge related to building components and systems. Doug is motivated to develop sustainable and effi cient solutions for all architectural projects that he works on. With strong interests in building restoration, retrofi t and renovation, Doug began his experience with Brook McIlroy on the Ear Falls Public School Renovation, and is looking forward to applying his building science knowledge to future projects.
Doug completed both a Bachelor of Architectural Science and a Master of Applied Science – Building Science degree at Ryerson University in Toronto. During his time at Ryerson, Doug was a key member of Dr. Umberto Berardi’s Research Group, exploring the effective performance of insulating materials in cold climates, including innovative and novel research on the topics of foam and aerogel insulation. This research has been presented internationally.
Katie’s work experience has involved master planning, traditional knowledge studies for First Nation communities, land use planning, and secondary plan documents. Most recently, she has acted as an urban designer on the Markham Mobility Hub Study, the Campus Master Plan for the City of Hamilton’s Amazon HQ2 Bid, and the Bernard Key Development Area Secondary Plan in Richmond Hill. Katie received the University of Manitoba Gold Medal for highest marks in her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design, and completed her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Victor Cheung is a Planner at Brook McIlroy with experience in planning, design, and policy. He employs a focus on user experience and context-specific solutions in his work. Victor earned a Diploma in Urban and Rural Planning at Langara College in Vancouver, BC, and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. In his studies, he focused heavily on placemaking and public engagement.
At Brook McIlroy, Victor’s key experiences include the Guelph Built Form Standards, the Burlington Mobility Hub Study, and the Vaughan City Wide Urban Design Guidelines and Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review.
Prior to working with Brook McIlroy, Victor has held positions with the Province of Ontario as a Program and Policy Assistant, and the World Council on City Data as a Data Control Analyst and Designer. Victor is located in Brook McIlroy’s Toronto office.
Evan DeLuca is an Architectural Technologist at Brook McIlroy. He graduated in 2016 with an Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology from the St. Clair College in Windsor Ontario. Since starting with Brook McIlroy, he has been immersed in a wide range of project types, from large-scale institutional renovations to private residential developments.
He has been a key player in a number of Brook McIlroy’s recent projects with the Lakehead District School Board. Originally from Thunder Bay, Evan has extensive knowledge of cutting-edge Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and construction documentation processes. His creative and detailed approach to 3D modeling make him an indispensable member of Brook McIlroy’s Thunder Bay Studio.
Danielle Desjarlais, Studio
Danielle Desjarlais is a Cree member of Peguis First Nation specializing in architectural interiors. Danielle's interest in regional influences, history, universal design, sustainability and community development shape her approach to design. She is presently engaged in a range of projects including the Algonquin College Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship, Wauzhushk Onigum First NationMulti-Purpose Facility and the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation Innovation Hub.
Trevor D’Orazio is located in the Toronto office. He is currently pursuing his Master of Architecture at Laurentian University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. He studied architectural technology at George Brown College prior to his studies at Laurentian. He previously worked at Studio 64 Designs Inc., an interior design firm in Toronto, as well as Perry + Perry Architects in Sudbury. His experience so far includes interior space planning and additions to the design work of residential buildings. He is detail oriented and dedicated to his craft, which makes him an asset to any team.
Trevor participated in the Toronto Winter Stations competition in 2016. He designed and built the ‘Aurora Borealis’ installation along with five other team members, which is his first publicized project.
For the remainder of his degree, Trevor would like to focus on ruins and run-down buildings, studying the progressive degradation of materials and using this research to create architecture that is allowed to age -- changing the perception of these buildings.
Andrew Fernandes, Studio
B.Arch.Sci., C.Tech., Lic.Tech.OAA
Andrew Fernandes is a Senior Architectural Technologist with Brook McIlroy, and has over 13 years of experience planning and managing various institutional construction projects. Since graduating from Ryerson University in 2004, he has obtained a professional Technologist licence through the OAA and joined the Project Management Institute. Andrew’s past work experience focuses on conversion of the Architect’s schematic designs and client requirements into coordinated technical documents to advance them through the various authorities’ approvals and construction administration.
Andrew has worked as an Architectural Technologist and Project Manager on a number of Emergency Services, Detention, and Transit Facilities prior to joining Brook McIlroy in 2017. Most notable projects experience include the Roy McMurty Youth Detention Centre, Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI), Peel Paramedic Services Administration & Reporting Station, Niagara Regional Police Service Headquarters and Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre.
Nathan Flach, Studio
B.Comm, M.Arch / Architect AIBC, OAA, MRAIC
A registered architect and graduate of both the Haskayne School of Business and the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Nathan brings over ten years of experience in the development of design solutions for projects of various scales. His architectural and urban design expertise focuses on effectively communicating the connections between designs and the goals of stakeholder groups and the public. While completing his graduate degree in architecture, Nathan worked in collaboration with the Treaty Seven First Nations on sustainable housing solutions, and maintains a keen interest in socially, economically, and ecologically responsible urban design and development.
Nathan’s recent experience includes leadership and trans-disciplinary collaboration on the realization of projects including comprehensive urban design planning, policy development, architectural design, visualization, community and stakeholder engagement and education, and project management for buildings, waterfront communities, and urban areas. Through a process based on contextual suitability, durability, discovery, and rootedness, Nathan’s work strives toward a goal of holistic sustainability.
Kyle Gatchalian is a designer with experience in landscape architecture and urban design. His professional experience includes the design and coordination of multi-disciplinary public realm and urban revitalization projects across Canada, with a strong focus on concept development and contract documentation. Kyle is particularly interested in the evolution of public transportation in Southern Ontario and the role design plays in affecting travel mode choice. He is also an advocate in favor of BIM in site design practice. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.
Richard Gillies is an architect with a broad range of international experience gained over the past seven years and brings a creative problem-solving eye to all aspects of his work. Richard has been involved with school, healthcare, residential, mining, retail, commercial office, and community centre projects in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Tanzania. From this experience, gained both through working and travelling, he has developed a growing interest in urban design issues and regional building practices.
His most recent experience with Brook McIlroy includes leading the contract administration of the Westgate High School renovation. Prior to joining Brook McIlroy, his work with Architectus of New Zealand included documentation and general review for a number of commercial and mixed-use developments, each with construction budgets over $50 million. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and a Master in Architecture from Dalhousie University. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and worked as a graduate structural engineer in Victoria before deciding to return to university to study architecture.
Adrienne Huang is an Intern Architect with experience in the healthcare, institutional, commercial, and mixed-use sectors. Passionate about supporting and engaging communities using the designer’s potential as advocate, mediator, and facilitator, as well as a genuine understanding of people and place, she has lived and worked among rural communities in Malawi, Africa, where she became involved in a local school and health clinic project and campus masterplan, Mudzi Owala (Village of Light).
Adrienne’s international work experience throughout Canada, the Netherlands, Egypt, and Qatar has introduced her to a full spectrum of multi-disciplinary design work at all scales. With a consistent focus on context-based design solutions for public use, she has been a key player in a variety of prominent projects such as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, St. Michael’s Hospital Revitalization and Joseph Brant Hospitals, the University Health Network’s Integrated Education Centre, Sas Van Gent Library and Community Centre, and several mixed-use complexes. Adrienne’s urban design experience includes the Lusail City Medical and Educational District Masterplan and Surrey City Centre Plan Update.
Adrienne holds both an Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and is located in Brook McIlroy’s Toronto Office.
Pooja Kak is an architect with Brook McIlroy and has seven years of experience working in architecture and interior design on institutional, residential, and commercial projects. Skilled in all aspects of a project from conceptual design to construction, Pooja is a passionate, hardworking team player, with a drive to unveil new ideas and methodologies and design spaces that achieve a balance of aesthetics and function.
At Brook McIlroy, Pooja is involved in the design development phase of Cold Creek Visitors Centre. Prior to joining the firm and for the last four years, Pooja’s work experience was focused on the design and construction of elementary and secondary schools all across the GTA. She has led many school projects through programming and design, and has achieved on-time occupancy through effective management and administration of the construction schedule and budget. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India, and is located in Brook McIlroy’s Toronto office.
Tsugumi Kanno, Studio
B.Arch., M. Arch. / OALA Assoc., LEED AP
Tsugumi Kanno is an intern landscape architect at Brook McIlroy with eight years of pratical experience in landscape architecture. Prior to joining the landscape architecture team, she worked for many years as an architectural and urban designer at Brook McIlroy, with a combined fifteen years of multi-disciplinary experience. She received both a Bachelor and Master's degree in architecture from Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, and a Masters degree in architecture from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
At Brook McIlroy, Tsugumi has worked on a variety of urban design and landscape projects, including waterfront master plans, streetscaping, campus master plans, parkette designs and infrastructure improvements. Her key responsibilities include design development, construction drawings and technical details, preparation of presentation drawings and design study using 3D models. Tsugumi’s recent projects with Brook McIlroy include Prince Arthur’s Landing Waterfront Master Plan Implementation in Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Urban Design Guidelines and Implementation, Allenbury Gardens Revitalization and Whitby Waterfront Master Plan.
Prior to working at Brook McIlroy, Tsugumi worked in the Netherlands and Japan on projects including the design/construction of university buildings, retails, residential buildings, exhibitions and public/private landscape.
Oscar Lam, is a Planner with Brook McIlroy. His multidisciplinary background introduces dynamic planning solutions for vibrant communities. He participated in client-based studios with Toronto City Planning where his team successfully developed a design study for an integrated multi-modal transit station. He holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University in Toronto.
At Brook McIlroy, Oscar is responsible for a variety of planning and urban design projects including policy research and the production of mobility hub studies, urban design briefs, master/block plans, avenue segment studies, urban design guidelines and witness statements. He is also involved with planning applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments.
Prior to Brook McIlroy, Oscar worked with Program Management Third Party at Metrolinx. He supported the delivery of the Regional Express Rail program and was engaged with property acquisitions, new stations working groups, GIS spatial analysis and planning approvals.
Rachelle Lemieux, Studio
B.E.D. M.Arch. / MAA, MRAIC., LEED, G.A.
Rachelle is an architect at Brook McIlroy with Métis ancestry. Rachelle has over 12 years of experience in project design and delivery across Manitoba and Ontario. Her project work includes public consultation, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and contract administration. Having stayed firmly rooted in her Indigenous heritage, Rachelle strives to incorporate Indigenous values and knowledges with design. She brings a sense of energy and design excellence to her work and excels in leveraging architecture as a vehicle for social change.
Rachelle actively dedicates time outside of work for the promotion of Indigenous design and architecture across Canada, as well as for the improvement of the architectural profession. She recently worked with the Federal Government – Indigenous Services Canada as an Advisory Architect on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative. Rachelle also served a three year term as the Canadian Director Representing Interns and Intern Architects for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). She is a Founder and the previous Director for the RAIC Emerging Practitioners. Rachelle has been instrumental on various architectural and design competition juries and was also part of the 2015 Accreditation Team for the Dalhousie School of Architecture. Rachelle recently presented at the Métis Architecture and Design Symposium at the McEwen School of Architecture. Some of Rachelle's accolades include receiving the 2015 College of Fellows Centennial Fund for Interns, the Manitoba Graduate Studies and the Manitoba Métis Federation Scholarships.
Benjamin Luong is the Marketing and Graphics Assistant at Brook McIlroy. At the firm, he helps with the development of proposals, maintains key communications resources and plays a vital role in the graphic communications and brand development of the company. Being a graduate of Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Architectural Science program, Benjamin seeks to utilize his knowledge and work experience within the architecture industry to effectively convey the work of his colleagues alongside the firm’s vision. Benjamin takes a strong interest in typography and editorial design, acknowledging the important role graphic design has within both the marketing and architectural fields.
Benjamin has spent time working in the AEC industry as a Designer prior to his time at Brook McIlroy. At Cumulus Architects Inc., Benjamin took part in all phases of the project schedule while successfully supporting the team through high-pressure deadlines and resource constraints. His project experience spans from small retail located at the Toronto Pearson Airport to medical offices and large-scale entertainment complexes in Ontario. Notable works include the MAC Kiosk at Pearson Airport, Humber River Hospital MRI Suite in Toronto and the Gateway Hanover Casino. In addition to his role as a Designer at Cumulus Architects, Benjamin also took part in the business development aspects of the profession through proposals and graphics development leading to his background in marketing. In New York City, Benjamin worked under interior design firm Russell Piccione Design, acquiring experience in high-end residential projects.
Reanna Merasty is Woodlands Cree, and is a member of Barren Lands First Nation. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba (UofM), and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Architecture at the UofM. Reanna is a Summer Student Intern at Brook McIlroy. Reanna has experience in community engagement, and her work builds upon place-based conditions, organic design, and strives to incorporate Indigenous values and knowledges with design.
Being Indigenous in the field of Architecture, allows Reanna to regain and express her identity as a nihithaw iskwew (Woodlands Cree Woman). With this strong sense of identity, she is influenced by her exposure to the natural and sustainable living conditions on the lands and waters of Reindeer Lake, in Northern Manitoba. Residing from an isolated community, Reanna understands the conditions, climate, and the materials that would adhere to the proper development of Indigenous communities. She hopes to use the experience, and knowledge to assist in the progress of these conditions through design.
Holly Monkman is a Plains Cree member of Peguis First Nation in Southern Manitoba. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary and completed a year of Architectural Studies at the University of Kent in the UK. Holly is currently a Summer Intern at Brook McIlroy while she works towards completing her Post Baccalaureate degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Ryerson has provided skill training in the drafting of secondary plans, project management and developing urban design recommendations for clients.
Through her education, travels, and observation of the built environment, Holly has developed an interest in Indigenous design and Placemaking in the urban landscape, understanding its potential to empower Indigenous communities while strengthening ties to her own heritage.
Since relocating to Toronto, Holly has worked as Research Assistant for the +Together Design lab at Ryerson. This position offered insight into Indigenous policy development and housing design in Ontario, in addition to providing experience in community consultation with members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. This summer Holly will be attending the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference held in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She hopes to be able to share her experiences and culture, while expanding her knowledge on Indigenous design and planning from an international approach.
Tneshia Pages Innocente, Studio
B.A. (Hons), M.Pl. / RPP, MCIP
Tneshia Pages Innocente is a Planner at Brook McIlroy. Her background in planning, urban design, and architecture have reinforced her belief in the importance of the intersection of design and policy to create dynamic communities, and the value of planning at a variety of scales. Her work in these fields have given her experience assessing the physical environment, observing planning problems, and providing recommendations with policy and design based solutions.
Tneshia has experience in policy research and analysis, the development of built form guidelines, master plan development, and public and stakeholder engagement. Tneshia’s core project work includes the Niagara GO Hub and Transit Station Study, Guelph Built Form Standards, the Burlington Mobility Hub Study, and the University of Toronto Housing Study.
Tneshia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (Design) from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Planning in Urban Development from Ryerson University. In her spare time, Tneshia likes relaxing with a cup of tea and planning themed dinner parties.
Kevin Pu is an architect with significant professional experience working on commercial and institutional projects in all phases of project development, from schematic design through to contract administration. His focus has been in the educational sector, with a particular emphasis on higher education. During his tenure with B+H Architects, as the project lead of several successful projects, Kevin was able to integrate his passion for sustainable design with his knowledge of higher education, including the Mohawk College Net-Zero Energy Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation and the PassivHaus Deep Energy Retrofits at Humber College.
Kevin received his Master of Architecture and Bachelors of Architectural Science degrees from Ryerson University where he was awarded with the RAIC Student Medal and the AIA Henry Adams Certificate in recognition of his thesis work. His thesis, Architecture as Respiratory Systems, laid the foundation for Kevin’s interest in sustainable design.
As a recent addition to Brook McIlroy, Kevin brings to the firm a strong sense of design, technical proficiency, and business acumen. Kevin demonstrates strong communication and organization ability which allows him to effectively lead multifunctional teams to achieve project goals and a high degree of client satisfaction.
Julie Robbins has more than 20 years of experience in office administration and provides vital support to the entire Brook McIlroy team. She is responsible for a multitude of tasks including financial and office management.
Golara Seif, Studio
BLA / AAPQ, CSLA, OALA Associate
Golara Seif is an Intern Landscape Architect at Brook McIlroy. Her previous work experience includes the design and production of contract drawings for transit facilities, parks, streetscapes, and general site work for infrastructure projects. Prior to Brook McIlroy, Golara worked at AECOM in Toronto and at a residential design-build firm in Montreal.
Golara’s experience includes work on multiple GO Stations in the City of Toronto, the TTC’s Scarborough Centre Station Concept Plan, the City of Toronto Humber Loop Platform Retrofit, the City of Toronto’s Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant, the City of Peterborough’s Charlotte Street West Layout Plan, and the City of Toronto McCowan District Park Phase 3. Golara has her full Landscape Architecture license in the province of Quebec, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal.
Justin Spec is an architect at Brook McIlroy. He has been involved in a variety of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture projects with Brook McIlroy, contributing to design, project management, coordination, production, and construction administration.
He has contributed to several prominent projects covering a variety of disciplines, including the Fleming College Frost Entrance Addition and Geocentre Renovation, as well as the reprogramming and renovation of two Conservation Halton Iroquoian Longhouses. He developed a facilities assessment, feasibility study, and renewal strategy for the University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Campus, and the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area Education & Training Facility Project Site Assessment for the Lake Scanlon Region Conservation Authority. Recently, Justin is managing the design and construction of a new Visitor Centre for the Cold Creek Conservation Area, as well as a private art gallery project in Guelph.
He holds a Masters of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, and an undergraduate degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Jocelyn Lambert Squires is the Marketing Coordinator at Brook McIlroy. In her role managing the firm's communications, she supports her colleagues by telling the stories behind the firm's work. She guides many aspects of business development, crafting proposal documents and helping to maintain relationships with clients and the public. Outside of the office, Jocelyn has worked extensively as a researcher, editor, and writer for architecture publications. Her most notable work includes her role as a researcher for the recently published Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, by Alex Bozikovic and Patricia McHugh, as well editor of the OAA Awards 2018 publication produced by Canadian Architect.
Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College, Portland, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto. Her Master's thesis explored the spatial properties of light and its effect on the perception of space. Jocelyn contributes to the architecture community through her volunteer work for organizations such as the Toronto Society of Architects and the Ontario Association of Architects.
Erik Sziraki is a Senior Architect at Brook McIlroy. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a licensed Architect with over 20 years of experience in a diverse range of markets and building types. He has been a key member of projects ranging in scope from very small to very large. A firm believer in optimizing project outcomes to suit building owner budget and expectations, Erik enjoys discovering and developing design strategies to suit a diversity of project challenges. He is an advocate of the demystification of architecture through visually accessible means and is a proponent of streamlining the delivery process through Building Information Modeling. As an early adopter of BIM technology, he has a breadth and depth of experience leveraging the platform. Erik is passionate about environmentally progressive solutions and has been involved in several high profile projects that have been recognized for their contributions to sustainable strategies. Prior to joining Brook McIlroy, Erik lived and worked abroad in both Australia and Chicago. He previously held registration as an architect in Australia and is currently licensed as an architect in the United States and Canada. He has a diverse range of experience in a broad spectrum of project types, most notably complex institutional buildings. Notable past projects include the Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct, Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts, Niche 905 Luxury Apartments, and the Trafalgar Park Community Centre and Fire Station.
Liane Wychreschuk, Studio
B.Env.D. M.Arch / MAA, MRAIC., LEED AP BD+C
Liane Wychreschuk is an architect with Brook McIlroy and holds a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. She has thirteen years of experience working on projects throughout Manitoba, ranging from Winnipeg to rural areas including northern communities such as Churchill, Manitoba. Liane serves as a member of the Maintoba CAGBC Leadership Board and uses her professional insights to help build a sustainable building industry in Manitoba.
She continues to push for innovation in the design of sustainable buildings, and has been a leader in multiple projects achieving all levels of LEED Certification including LEED Platinum. She works with communities, clients and owners to understand their visions and needs and translating those ideas into multi-functional spaces that can evolve over time. Liane enjoys being a consistent team leader from the inception of the project through to the final stages of construction in order to continue to evolve with this fast changing industry and bring that knowledge back into the design process.
Albertus Viljoen, Studio
MLA, BLA (Hons.), B.Sc. / OALA Assoc.
Albertus Viljoen is an Intern Landscape Architect with Brook McIlroy, holding a Bachelor (Honours) and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pretoria. Prior to working at Brook McIlroy, he was part of the project design team as a landscape architect for the Steyn City Parkland Estate development in Johannesburg, noted at the time as the largest development of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Albertus is passionate about the environment and strives to find a means to creatively marry the ecological essence of the world we live in, to create spaces where nature and people both thrive.
At Brook McIlroy, Albertus is working on the transit upgrades to McGillivray Square, Westgate C &VI, Rainy River, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Magnus Parkette and various projects for the Lakehead District School Board.
Albertus works in Brook McIlroy’s Thunder Bay office.