- Venelin KokalovDesign Principal
Venelin Kokalov is the studio’s Design Principal and Principal-in-Charge. For over two decades he, together with firm founder Bing Thom, has lead the practice with exceptional designs and a rich, distinctive visual language. The commitment to design excellence has been recognized by numerous awards and honours.
Trained in both architecture and structural engineering with a background strongly rooted in traditional craftsmanship, Venelin is able to seamlessly weave together established and contemporary technologies in innovative ways. Acknowledged for his intuition and sensitivity to forms, space, and composition he has a unique ability to make architecture work, make it meaningful, and above all make it beautiful.
Under his direction, the studio won the prestigious international competitions for the Xiqu Opera House in Hong Kong and the University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong, home of the Booth School of Business. His work and passion can be seen in the completed Surrey City Centre Library, BC, Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, and most recently the Guildford Aquatic Centre in Surrey. Venelin’s sculptural designs also graced the entrance of the BC-Canada House at the Beijing Olympics.
- Shinobu HommaTechnical PrincipalArchitect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC
Shinobu Homma is Revery Architecture’s Technical Principal and oversees the design development, building envelope and construction documentation of Revery’s projects. Shinobu grew up in the Niigata Prefecture in Japan, in a house with traditional Japanese joinery, and received his Bachelor of Technology in Architecture degree at the Tokyo University of Science before immigrating to Canada in the early 1980’s.
With endless energy, Shinobu has been contributing to the success of the firm for more than 25 years. Shinobu is a respected mentor for Revery’s next generation of designers and has more than 35 years of professional experience in Canada, USA, and Japan. His expertise in fine detailing springs from his extensive technical knowledge and design sensitivity. As a result, he holds responsibility in the office for ensuring the quality and integrity of building detailing for Revery’s projects. Outside of the office, Shinobu is also a passionate and well known volunteer in the community and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his service, achievements and contributions to Canada.
Shinobu’s technical expertise is visible in the construction details of almost all of Revery’s projects starting with the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia, the Pacific-Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Aquarium, and Surrey Central City, through to more recent projects such as the Arena Stage Theatre in Washington DC and the City Central Library and Guildford Aquatic Centre in Surrey. “Architecture should be like ballet,” Shinobu notes, “where you cannot see the sweat and other signs of effort – only beauty and simplicity.”
- Francis YanDirector852 3727 2368Architect AIBC, MRAIC, OAA, RIBA, HKIA, LEED AP
Francis Yan has over thirty seven years of international experience in design, project and construction contract management and technical trouble-shooting. Francis worked for some of Hong Kong’s leading design firms before moving to Toronto in 1988. In 1991 He returned to Asia to spend six years working on the US$1.2 billion Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Project while at the same time completing his Master of Science in Project Management at the University of Singapore.
Joining Revery Architecture in 1999, Francis excels in design, project management, delivery and construction administration and these attributes enables him to embrace the design concepts formulated by the design leads and carry through the design development, documentation, procurement and successful delivery of Revery’s largest and most complex and award winning projects.
Francis served as Practice Consultant for the AIBC’s Practice Standards Consultation Service and was a member of the Institute’s Contracts Committee. An avid practitioner of Revery’s “Master Builder” approach to Architecture, Francis has built a strong relationship of collaboration with the local trades and was a member of the Canadian Design Build Institute between 2007 to 2013 where he introduced the firm’s “Designer Led Design Build Procurement Strategy” to its members at its 2007 Annual Conference.
With Revery Architecture’s award of the Xiqu Centre project in Hong Kong, Francis is now living full-time in Hong Kong and is Managing Director of the Xiqu Centre project and Revery’s Hong Kong office. Francis is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and had served as an Authorised Person (Architect) between 1984 and 1995.
- Earle BriggsDirector852 3727 2386MARCH
With over 30 years of experience, Earle Briggs is one of Revery Architecture’s senior Project Directors. After training at Carlton University in Ottawa and subsequently working for a number of years in Toronto, Earle moved to the west coast in the early 1990s to take a position at Revery. Since then he has been responsible for a wide range of high profile projects around the world both with Revery Architecture and other prominent design firms. Earle has a particular expertise in the design and construction of complex cultural building types, coordinating diverse interest groups and delivering project with distinct design integrity.
Notably, Earle has led teams on a number of significant performing arts projects, including: the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Fisher Centre for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Novartis International Auditorium, La Maison Symphonique, St Catharines Performing Arts Centre and most recently the Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong. Earle’s calm working style and intense work ethic is legendary as he has ensured his projects maintain an even keel through all stages of the work.
- Ling MengDirector604 682 1881 x229MCIP, RPP, PHD Urban Planning
Ling Meng is a designer and urban planner reputed for his understanding of the relationship and influences between architecture and the urban context. Known for his innovative ideas and creativity, Ling’s strength is his ability to balance all aspects of the project, handling complex challenges without compromising the integrity of the design.
Ling Meng grew up in Tianjin, China, where he received his first degree in architecture. He then won a series of scholarships to study at Japan’s most prestigious university, the University of Tokyo where he completed a Master in Urban Design, followed by a PhD in Urban Planning. Upon coming to Canada, Ling worked on commercial projects in Richmond, the Concord Pacific Development on False Creek, and the Killarney Community Centre before joining Revery Architecture in 1999. Since then, Ling has been the lead urban designer integrating Revery’s projects into the urban fabric of their communities. These include Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Arts Commons in Calgary, Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering Building, and the Binhai Performing Arts Centre in Tianjin, China. Ling also leads Revery Architecture’s planning work including the completed SAIT Polytechnic Campus Master Plan, the Trinity Uptown Plan in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Surrey City Centre Master Plan. Ling heads the office’s work in mainland China and led Revery as Canada’s G7 design team for the Shanghai Expo Master Plan Competition.
- Maria TangDirector, Finance604 682 1881 x204CA, CPA (Delaware, US)
Maria joined Revery Architecture in 2015 and brings to our team over 15 years of international work experience in accounting and finance, including senior experience with Ernst & Young and the resource industry. Maria has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Nankai University and holds both a Chartered Accountancy and American Institute of Certified Public Accountant designations (Delaware). A strategic and big-picture thinker, Maria has the ability to roll up her sleeves and handle the day-to-day financial activities of our firm as well as forecasting and planning, and project management. Maria manages all aspect of the Revery Architecture’s accounting and operational finance for our Vancouver, Washington and Hong Kong offices. She works closely with our project teams ensuring they receive timely and accurate financial information and analysis that is beneficial to both Revery and our clients.
- Amirali JavidanAssociate Director604 682 1881 x241MARCH, LEED AP
A graduate of McGill University, Amirali has been part of the Revery Architecture team for over 15 years and has been involved in the design and implementation of both architecture and urban design projects. During this time he has worked on many high profile and complex projects including the Trinity Uptown Master Plan and Tarrant County College projects in downtown Fort Worth, TX. His other Revery Architecture credits include being a key team member for the Shanghai Expo 2010 Master Plan, Arena Stage renovation and expansion in Washington, DC, Aberdeen Square and the Xiqu Opera House in Hong Kong. Presently he is leading the design teams for two large commercial projects in downtown Vancouver.
- Lisa PotopsinghAssociate Director604 682 1881 x249Architect AIBC
Lisa has been key member of the Revery Architecture team for 14 years, with over 17 years of combined local and international architectural experience. The majority of Lisa’s experience has been with institutional and cultural projects such as libraries, university buildings, galleries and recreational centres. A passion for great design and exceptional technical proficiency plus strong interpersonal and organizational skills has assured Lisa’s role as a project manager on numerous projects, including those with tight schedules and challenging technical requirements such as the Surrey City Centre Library, the Guildford Aquatic Centre and most recently Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering Building in Surrey, BC. In addition to her role as Project Lead, Lisa has been involved in developing functional programs for clients, working with local authorities in achieving permit approvals and in the business development of Revery Architecture.
- Bibianka FehrAssociate Director604 682 1881 x211DIPL-ING (FH)
Trained in Europe as an Interior Architect at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany, Bibi joined Revery Architecture in 2004 and has quickly become the lead interior designer in the office. She is a gifted communicator who works very well with building owners and users. Her abilities in functional programming, space planning and project management are formidable and together with her design skills have played a key role in Revery’s ability to complete projects within tight schedules and challenging technical requirements. In addition, Bibi has experience with BIM management of projects which Revery Architecture uses for all projects as well as coordinates the office’s research program in sustainable and healthy materials.
Bibi has played an important role on most of the recent significant buildings produced by BTA including Arena Stage, Tarrant County College, Surrey Library, Aberdeen Square, MacEwan University, Xiqu Centre and Central City.
- Jacqueline WilesAssociate604 682 1881 x209Architect AIBC
Jacqueline joined Revery Architecture in 2007 and has over 15 years of local and international architectural experience. The majority of Jackie’s experience has been with arts and cultural projects as well as education building including university and public libraries. She has worked on a variety of scales from small commercial concessions to large multiple storey buildings in downtown city centers, including LEED certified and awarding winner projects across Canada. Jackie is a valued project architect whose organizational skills and exceptional communication ability ensure her teams operate efficiently and projects are well executed. She led the third phase of the highly successful Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, was a team member on Calgary’s SAIT Parkade project, and the Project Architect for MacEwan University’s new Centre for Arts and Culture in Edmonton. Currently Jackie is the Project Architect leading the construction of Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering Building in Surrey, BC.
- Marcos HuiAssociate604 682 1881 x223MARCH
A graduate of UBC, Marcos has been working with Revery Architecture for well over a decade and is one of the most well rounded designers in the office. Trained as an artist and coming from a previous career as a graphic designer, his unique approach to architecture balances composition, scale, detail and aesthetic expression. Marcos’ considerable strength as a designer is supplemented by his technical and administrative expertise. His breadth of knowledge has been rounded out by his project experience which includes the full range of residential, institutional and civic projects.
Marcos is currently managing the University of Chicago Hong Kong Campus project and prior to that was the project leader on the Sunset Community Centre and Surrey City Centre Library. He was also a key member of the design team on DC’s Woodridge Library and played a key construction administration role for Phase 2 of the Aberdeen Centre project in Richmond. Typical of all Revery’s projects, the relationship with our client is of upmost importance and Marcos is well respected for his ability to communicate and manage projects efficiently and effectively.
- Colette ParrasAssociate, Business Development604 682 1881 x213Architect (NL)
- Marcela AngProject Coordinator604 682 1881 x236LEED Green Assoc.
- Peter Bohdal604 682 1881
- Shawn Bukhari604 682 1881 x238Communications Designer
- Alex Buss604 682 1881 x227Architect AIBC
Alex Buss is a licensed architect with a diverse background in architecture, design and technology. He has had international exposure at Revery Architecture across a diverse range of project types and scales including a public library, performing arts centres, and mixed-use developments. Alex’s strength is his versatility in problem solving, liasing with clients and the public while commanding strong technical knowledge and software proficiency. He plays an instrumental role in all phases of project delivery with his ability to bridge concept design and Building Information Modelling through parametric opportunities and analysis.
With a background in interaction design and technology, Alex brings skills that cross disciplines, media, and scale while engaging emerging trends and technologies. Alex holds a Master of Architecture earning the RAIC Student Medal and a Bachelor of Design studying in Japan, Denmark, and Canada. Alex remains involved academically as a regular guest critic at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
- Noah Cai604 682 1881
- Kyle Chan604 682 1881 x252Architect AIBC, HKIA, LEED Green Assoc.
Kyle has been working with Revery Architecture since 2012. Prior to this, Kyle worked as a designer on several residential developments in Metro Vancouver, as well as bringing a decade of experience working in Hong Kong on large-scale, complex and fast-track projects including an airport terminal, transit rail stations, an exhibition centre and commercial developments. Kyle is a well-rounded architect with experience in all phases of projects. She has a particular passion for detailed design and has led several teams in the completion of construction drawing packages. Her Revery Architecture project experience includes the Xiqu Centre for the West Kowloon Cultural District and the University of Chicago’s Center in Hong Kong, as well as the Centre for Arts and Culture at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
- Chun Choy852 3727 2387
- Yumi Cross604 682 1881 x247
- Andrea Flynn604 682 1881 x220MARCH
- Daniel Gasser604 682 1881 x228MARCH
Daniel Gasser is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Winner of the AIA Henry Adams Medal, Daniel’s studies centered largely in two veins; Construction Technology/Processes and alternative urban design strategies. His research into Chinese Urbanism and Horizontal Density was exhibited along with a group of likeminded research at the 2011 Chengdu Biennale, while his interests in building construction culminated in a publication for the magazine arcCA on Architect/Artisan collaboration.
After graduation in 2012, Daniel moved to Vancouver to begin working for Bing Thom Architects. At Revery Architecture, Daniel is involved primarily with the concept and schematic design phases of the work and accordingly, deals with a wide range of large projects. Currently he is working on the commission for the Chinese opera house in the West Kowloon district of Hong Kong. Specifically, Daniel’s work deals with the analysis and design of the building’s facade system.
- Kimberley Glauber604 682 1881
- Nicole Hu604 682 1881 x244AT AIBC, LEED AP
- Sam Huang604 682 1881 x221AIA
Sam Huang is a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Revery Architecture with over 10 years of professional experience. Working closely with clients, consultants and shareholders, Sam leads multi-disciplinary teams effectively delivering built projects locally and internationally.
An adept project manager, Sam is currently overseeing a couple of residential mixed-use projects under development in Vancouver. Prior to joining Revery Architecture, he has played a key role in the design of several large scale, mixed-use projects throughout the United States and Asia, notably skyscrapers in China & Singapore. Sam is a Registered Architect in the state of New York and an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
- Johnnie Kuo852 3727 2382IA AIBC, LEED AP ND, LEED AP BD+C
- Jennifer LamAccounting Assistant604 682 1881 x205
- Kwan Lam852 3727 2383
- Jie Liu604 682 1881 x215M.Arch, LEED Green Assoc.
- Cody Loeffen604 682 1881 x218
- Sanaz Nooshafarin604 682 1881 x216MLA, BArch
- Kailey O’Farrell604 682 1881 x242
- Basia Opiol604 682 1881 x246Interior Designer, BID
- Culum Osborne604 682 1881 x248Intern Architect AIBC, MARCH, LEED AP BD+C
Culum is an intern architect with Revery Architecture. A graduate of Tulane University, Culum’s experience prior to joining Revery includes transit design with Perkins+Will, industrial design with Joel Berman Glass, and work on several housing projects in Vienna, Austria. Culum’s education in New Orleans influenced his interests in ecological design and urban form, and as a LEED AP Culum contributes knowledge in sustainable design practices to Revery Architecture projects.
Culum has contributed to various public and cultural projects with the firm. As a team member on the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in Hong Kong, Culum assisted with the design development and technical coordination of the Teahouse and Seminar Hall, two intimately-scaled theatres. Culum furthered his experience in theatre design on the Tianjin Binhai Civic Centre & Theatre, working on the conceptual design and detailing of the complex’s main proscenium and black box theatres. In addition, Culum has also contributed to two higher education projects with Revery, working on the design documentation of the University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong and assisting with the program development of a new school for Art, Design, and Music for the University of Alberta. Culum has also contributed to several of Revery’s Vancouver projects, including the mixed-use Burrard and Nelson development.
- Hannah Perry604 682 1881 x232
- Shunrai Saito604 682 1881
- Steven Schmidt604 682 1881 x214B.Arch Sci
- Elaine Tong604 682 1881 x210Architect AIBC, LEED® AP
- Arthur Tseng604 682 1881 x245Architect AIBC, LEED® AP
Arthur is one of the many well-rounded architects at Revery Architecture, and has a solid span of expertise ranging from concept visioning to construction administration of Revery’s designs. He has been a key member of the firm’s most prominent projects of all scales and complexity, most recently on the Xiqu Opera House Centre and the award-winning Guildford Aquatic Centre. Arthur’s technical proficiency and management skills are complemented by a refined design sensibility and strong commitment to production quality at Revery.
Prior to joining the firm, Arthur has worked with firms in China, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. With background in commercial, residential and civic projects, he brings a holistic approach and critical role to the successful delivery of Revery’s projects.
- KK Wong852 3727 2383
- Zhouli Yang604 682 1881LEEP AP BD+C
- Vivian Yu852 3727 2381