Our Team

We believe architecture should be sustainable, beautiful, and built to adapt to the needs of future generations.

LGA Architectural Partners is a skilled team of architects, interior designers, and building scientists based out of Toronto who create sustainable, contextually-sensitive and socially-minded architecture.

Since 1989, we have been designing spaces that reflect the highest ideals and aspirations of our clients, while contributing to the healthy growth and vibrancy of the neighbourhoods we add to. 

Our research-based process supports an engaged relationship with our clients and their needs, informing the design of our work. We tell the unique story of a place and its people, through the careful shaping of space, and the resourceful detailing of materials.

Abua Oshen

Project Architect

BSc Arch, MSc Arch
Project Architect

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abua@lga-ap.com

Abua Oshen holds a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Nigeria and a Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering with specialization in Project and Construction Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 

His love for architecture stems from an innate desire to use architecture as a means to effect social change and influence humanbehaviour. His postgraduate thesis simulated the design of a water transport terminal connecting coastal communities to the mainland in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Abua’s experience before joining LGA was gained practicing in Nigeria and South Africa with CAP Consultants and FAÇADE design, respectively. At these firms, he worked on a broad range of projects, including single and multi-unit residences, a municipal urban renewal project and a stadium for the 2010 World Cup. 

Since joining LGA, Abua has developed a keen interest in building science and has been involved in re-cladding and renovation projects for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. In his spare time, Abua is a cycling and public speaking enthusiast.

Alex Tedesco

Partner

BES, BArch, OAA
Partner

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alex@lga-ap.com

Partner and certified building scientist Alex Tedesco has been with LGA since 2000 and leads the firm’s building science research and development department. From conceptual design to final construction, Alex ensures that his client’s needs and aspirations are translated into built form, and that every building detail that leaves the office is designed for optimal performance and durability.

Alex builds relationships with his clients and stakeholders through open communication, respect, and honesty. Putting aside preconceived notions of how architecture should look or operate, he works through an iterative process that allows for discovery and learning at every step. His wealth of material and product knowledge, combined with his commitment to challenging the conventions of sustainable design, allows Alex to inspire and challenge his team to innovate. He has led projects including 82 Wilson Avenue, Brock Mission Shelter, Humbertown Redevelopment, Eva’s Phoenix Brant Street, New Edwin Hotel, WoodGreen Donlands Housing, and E’Terra Eco Lodge.

Outside the office, Alex runs a welding business that fabricates architectural elements. Each year, Alex travels to Italy to harvest and produce olive oil which he imports to Canada. This delicate process is achieved by harvesting olives by hand and processing them naturally to produce the purest form of olive oil.

Allison Janes

Senior Associate

BAS, MArch
Senior Associate

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allison@lga-ap.com

Allison received her Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and has 20 years of professional experience working at design firms in Vancouver, Boston, and Paris. Since joining LGA in 2010, Allison Janes has been a Project Architect for multiple residential, library and educational projects including the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award-winning Albert Campbell Library Renovation.

Her current projects range in scale and scope from a 10,000m2 Athletic Complex and 3,000m2 Learning Commons for Ridley College to a bespoke park pavilion for community arts organization MABELLEarts. 

Allison leads LGA’s accessibility initiative ensuring all our projects exceed local accessibility requirements. She firmly believes that high-quality design must be inclusive design and strives to create environments that are accessible and responsive to people of all abilities.

Angie Michail

Senior Associate

BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Senior Associate

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angie@lga-ap.com

Angie Michail is a licensed architect who received her Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and has more than 20 years of professional experience. Since joining LGA in 2012, she has been Project Architect on several childcare, JK-12 and postsecondary projects, and has managed new construction and renovation projects on residences ranging from single-family homes to large, multi-unit buildings. Convinced that good design improves both the functionality of space and the experience of place, she strives to create environments with clean lines, meticulous detailing, and responsiveness to the client’s aspirations, even on the most challenging of construction budgets. 

Angie has previously taught architecture and environmental design at OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo. She has been a regular guest critic at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her current projects at LGA include a new, 500-student school for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, a synagogue renovation and addition, a single-family home and a new 5-classroom building at an independent secondary school.

Antero Fonte

Senior Associate

B.Urban Planning, MArch
Senior Associate

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antero@lga-ap.com

Part of LGA since 2012, working on all project types and phases, refining his skills in areas from client stewardship to design detail and large-scale projects, Antero is devoted to comprehending clients’ goals and needs, carrying those into a project’s design intent and ensuring they are brought to fulfillment. Antero’s care has driven the success of multiple projects. He played a lead role in developing infill residential projects in downtown Toronto, that fostered residents to keep living locally. Currently, Antero leads several residential and commercial developments in the GTA, that help shape the communities they’re inserted in and make use of.

Antero is also LGA’s Construction Administration Lead. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic improvement of the office’s CA processes and procedures in keeping the quality of the designs and of the office’s services throughout construction. Antero’s history in construction contract administration began very early in his career which led to a solid set of technical and interpersonal skills. Antero strives for a professional and collaborative rapport to solve problems with all involved having the best interest of the project in mind.

Antero’s approach to the profession is supported by his Bachelor in Urban Planning and Master’s in Architecture which give him a wholistically view and control of multiple project types and scales.  Antero is strongly convinced that people deserve to be challenged and that buildings need to inspire their occupants. As an architect registered in Portugal, he believes he has a duty to expose such possibilities. His design work has been exhibited at the Beaux Arts Academy in Lisbon and has been published in several Portuguese-based architectural magazines.

Brock James

Partner

OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Partner

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brock@lga-ap.com

LGA Partner Brock James has been turning projects with complex circumstances into leading-edge buildings for over 26 years. He actively engages clients and community members in conversations about design in a variety of engagement formats depending on the project circumstances to get the most out of the participatory design process. Brock believes the engagement process is most effective as a two-way communication tool to cultivate support and project champions across an organization or within a community neighbourhood.

He actively engages clients and community members in conversations about design in a variety of engagement formats depending on the project circumstances to get the most out of the participatory design process. Brock believes the engagement process is most effective as a two-way communication tool to cultivate support and project champions across an organization or within a community neighborhood.

Conrad Speckert

Intern Architect

BAS, MArch

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conrad@lga-ap.com

Conrad joined LGA as project manager for ‘ReHousing the Yellowbelt,’ a research collaboration with the University of Toronto to study the gentle densification of residential neighbourhoods. He is a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo and previously worked for architects in Vancouver, Berlin and Tokyo. Conrad has a passion for building code and zoning reform and is well-versed in the design of ‘missing middle’ and mid-rise residential buildings. He is also an occasional guest speaker at the Canadian Home Builder’s Association on the subject of gentle densification and housing policy.

Daniel Comerford

Associate

BAS, MArch UD
Associate

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daniel@lga-ap.com

Daniel Comerford’s +15 years of professional experience spans 3 continents and includes +50 projects ranging in scale from housing to public libraries, and from university buildings to city-scale master plans. Common to all work is community-focused thinking and design. 

Since joining LGA in 2018, Daniel’s portfolio has grown to include public libraries, affordable housing, shelters, private residences, artist studios, and master planning projects.  Daniel is now overseeing the design and construction of over 390 affordable housing units sited across Ontario, ranging from low-rise ‘missing-middle’ housing to high-rise apartment buildings. Recognizing the challenges that face housing delivery, Daniel has conducted extensive research and engagement with modular housing providers across the province, to understand the advantages and realities of both volumetric and panelized modular systems.

Daniel has specialized in the design of public libraries, with projects including Meaford Public Library, the University of Toronto’s Engineering & Computer Science Library, and Toronto Public Library’s Albert Campbell Branch which is the recipient of an OAA Award of Design Excellence. His architectural portfolio is underpinned by 8 years of urban design & strategic planning experience across London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Singapore, the US, and Canada.  Prior to practice, Daniel studied in both Toronto and the United Kingdom and received graduate education from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Danny Bartman

Partner

BES, BArch, OAA
Partner

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danny@lga-ap.com

Partner Danny Bartman has been with LGA for over two decades. Focused on city-building, Danny cites architecture as a means for social good. Whether the project is a community hub, a new public library, or an affordable housing complex, his desire to respond directly to critical problems drives his design approach. 

Danny believes in the potency of bringing together diverse perspectives to drive innovation. His empathetic approach to design allows him to openly exchange ideas and collaborate with his team members and clients. He often leads in-depth community consultations and visioning sessions and needs assessments to create the foundational concept and character behind each project. Through his thoughtful approach, LGA creates customized building solutions that reflect his optimistic and inquisitive nature and are strengthened by his continuous exploration of advanced material applications and fabrication methods.

Danny teaches at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and has lectured at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Department of Architecture. He frequently participates in interdisciplinary design charrettes for Ontario’s Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC).

 

Dean Goodman

Partner

BArch, OAA
Partner

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dean@lga-ap.com

Dean Goodman co-founded LGA in 1989. His insatiable interests in design, construction and technology are inseparable from his aspiration to make the world more humane and sustainable, one project at a time. 

For-profit, affordable housing and shelters, and projects with a First Nations focus have been central to his more than 35 years of practice. Dean was LGA’s partner-in-charge on the RAIC Innovation in Design Award-winning addition of two storeys of prefabricated living units to the rooftop of a St. Clare’s Multifaith Affordable Housing building in Toronto. He has led large-scale new-build and renewal projects for Toronto Community Housing and WoodGreenCommunity Housing and was recently partner-in-charge on the OAA Design Excellence Award-winning Eva’s Phoenix youth residence and skills training centre. Dean’s many projects for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto range from the Centre for Native Child and Family Well-Being in the city’s core to a dining hall and ceremonial performance space for NCFST’s summer camp in Grundy Lake Provincial Park. His eclectic interests are reflected in areas of expertise that range from design for aging in place to the design of car dealerships.

Skilled at creatively designing within budget and time constraints, Dean works collaboratively with clients to translate their ideas and goals into innovative designs. His honest and straightforward approach brings clarity to complicated issues.

Diego Alonso Lainez Escobar

Architecture Technologist, BIM Manager

BArch
Architecture Technologist, BIM Manager

diego@lga-ap.com

Originally from El Salvador and educated internationally in architecture and architecture technologies. He is driven by a passion for pushing the boundaries of habitation and design, always aiming for solutions that are gentle and respectful to the user. Diego is deeply enthusiastic about leveraging design and new technologies to tackle real-world problems.

He plays a role in the design development of LGA’s projects. Leveraging BIM technologies, Diego assists in creating and refining designs to bring architectural visions to life. His responsibilities also extend to the meticulous development of contract documents, ensuring precision and accuracy in every detail. Additionally, he continuously reviews ongoing projects, utilizing BIM to optimize processes and enhance project outcomes. Beyond design, Diego also maintains and organizes our office’s IT infrastructure, ensuring seamless operations to support our creative endeavours.

He embodies a philosophy rooted in love for humanity, profound respect, and perpetual learning, believing that by embracing these values and drawing from the wisdom of mentors, he can continually evolve and become the best version of himself in his profession. Through experience and guidance, Diego is committed to nurturing a practice that not only serves the needs of individuals but also uplifts and enriches the human experience.

Drew Adams

Senior Associate

BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Senior Associate

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drew@lga-ap.com

Drew is a Senior Associate at LGA and a passive-house certified architect with 15 years of experience and a background in landscape architecture and urban design. He has a knack for unique projects and excels in synthesizing diverse viewpoints and finding integrated solutions for clients. Drew’s work ranges from many innovative and high-profile projects such as the carbon-neutral transformation of the Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works and the award-winning adaptive reuse of Eva’s Phoenix Brant Street Youth to work with Indigenous communities and a wide array of affordable housing and shelter projects. Currently, he is a project architect for Indigenous House at UTSC (in association with Formline), Promontory Park Visitor’s Centre on Toronto’s Waterfront and Heritage, deep energy retrofits for the Evergreen Ravine Interpretation Centre and UofT Engineering Innovation Exchange.

Drew frequently speaks on sustainability issues, has taught at the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo and is the RAIC’s 2020 Emerging Architect Award recipient.

Emira Galeteanu

Associate

BAS, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Associate

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emira@lga-ap.com

Emira Galeteanu is a licensed architect who has played key roles in several award-winning cultural, institutional and educational projects. Before joining LGA Architectural Partners, she worked for nine years with G. Bruce Stratton Architects on projects including the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award-winning Mount Dennis Public Library and the ARIDO Award-winning office of Bloor West Dental Group. Emira has been teaching as a sessional faculty at OCAD since 2022.

She has also been the Project Architect on several Toronto Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Regional District School Board child-care additions and primary school projects. Emira believes that the environments in which children learn, and play have a huge impact on their overall mental and physical well-being. Through her work, she tries to harvest the power of space, light, colour, materiality, and program to better students’ learning experience, interaction with others, and personal growth.

She is an active participant in the maker movement and believes that design thinking should touch every part of our daily lives. When she is not designing buildings, Emira is often designing and making furniture, lighting fixtures, ceramics, and art objects. She has also written and illustrated three children’s books.

Ewan Wotherspoon

Intern Architect

BSci, DipArch, ARB
Intern Architect

ewan@lga-ap.com

Ewan relocated to Toronto from Scotland in 2020, following a decade of architectural education and practice in Europe. Possessing international experience and a keen interest in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, Ewan has been a registered architect in the UK since 2019 and is currently requalifying in Ontario. At LGA, he plays a central role in projects, collaborating closely with project leads, consultants, and contractors to achieve coherent design solutions.

Ewan’s professional journey includes significant contributions such as working with Mary Arnold-Forster Architects on the Bridge of Earn Refurbishment and Extension in Scotland, along with projects at Sheppard Robson in London. His educational background, which includes a Diploma in Architecture from the Glasgow School of Art and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bath, as well as an Erasmus Exchange at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, has equipped him with a robust interdisciplinary approach. 

Ewan excels in interdisciplinary design and construction detailing, focusing on high building performance to reduce operational energy and utilizing whole building life cycle analysis as a design tool to minimize embodied energy in projects.

Hania Shehab

Graphic Designer/ Marketing Coordinator

B.Sc, M.Arch
Graphic Designer/ Marketing Coordinator

hania@lga-ap.com

Hania Shehab is a designer with a versatile range of interests and skills. Holding the position of Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator, she brings creativity and innovation to her work. In her role within the Business Development team, she creates, draws, illustrates, and writes to visually captivate and showcase LGA’s projects and services. She also manages RFP processes, coordinates internal and external communications, and directs photoshoots.

Hania’s professional journey includes experience as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Waterloo, a Designer and Researcher at the Masonry Council of Ontario, as well as roles in interior design and graphic design overseas. Her educational background is extensive, with a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering & Urban Design from the German University in Cairo. Hania’s flexible design skills allowed her expertise to span from graphic design and art direction to architectural & interior design, contributing to her success and recognition in various awards and competitions. 

She is driven by a deep appreciation for intricate detailing and functional design, striving to create spaces that are customized, organized, spacious, and user-friendly with its essence celebrated.

Outside of work, Hania is a fashion enthusiast who loves the thrill of a thrift, a storyteller with a blunt sense of humour & a dog mom.

A fun fact about Hania is that she has a photographic memory!

Ilana Hadad

Intern Architect

B.A.S, M.Arch
Intern Architect

Ilana@lga-ap.com

Ilana is an Intern Architect with a comprehensive understanding of all project phases and a passion for addressing Toronto’s affordability crisis through the creation of safe shelter spaces for the homeless. With a background in conservation architecture, she thrives on challenges related to existing conditions, aiming to enhance building and neighbourhood character in her work. 

In her role at LGA, Ilana focuses primarily on shelter projects, navigating tight budgets and timelines while ensuring compliance with City of Toronto design guidelines. She is well-versed in the City of Toronto’s shelter design guidelines and accessibility standards, navigating tight budgets and timelines to deliver safe and welcoming spaces for those experiencing homelessness.

Ivee (Yiyao) Wang

Intern Architect

B.Arch, M.Arch
Intern Architect

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ivee@lga-ap.com

With a deep interest in housing and community projects, Ivee puts her diverse professional and research experience into practice at LGA. Having worked on public housing projects internationally, including a modular supportive housing development in Los Angeles and a council housing regeneration project in London, UK, Ivee strives for considered designs that creatively balance spatial quality and project resources. She has contributed to multiple Toronto Community Housing projects, including 220 Oak St renewal and 300 Dufferin St deep retrofit.

Ivee is the recipient of the 2022 Prix de Rome in Architecture – Emerging Practitioner.

James Lee

Architectural Technologist

Architectural Technologist

james@lga-ap.com

James is passionate about using 3D modelling to better understand our built environment and its impacts on our daily lives. He strives to achieve low-impact and energy-efficient buildings through attention to detail and integrating environmentally friendly materials. Proficient in the BIM software (Building Information Modelling) Revit, James models and brings a variety of projects into the construction document phase as well as creating working drawings and managing Revit files. Previously James had worked for Humber College as a research assistant in multiple roles varying from shipping container feasibility studies to modular construction techniques for reducing costs and labour inefficiencies. 

As a graduate of Humber College’s Architectural Technology program, James furthered his education earning a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University. During his time at Humber College, he was commended for placing first in the OAAAS Small Building Competition with his group’s laneway house submission. James’ architectural philosophy is that to continue the betterment of our built environment, we need to challenge existing architectural standards according to our ever-growing needs as a society.

Janna Levitt

Partner

BA, BArch, OAA, FRAIC
Partner

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janna@lga-ap.com

Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects). She believes buildings can serve as a connector between culture and people. Her projects often involve implementing transformative cultural and environmental agendas, developed with a diverse group of collaborators. As Partner in Charge, she has led projects throughout Ontario including Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the MabelleArts Park Pavilion, and a timber Visitors Centre pavilion for Promontory Park, located at the foot of the Don River in Toronto’s east waterfront, Kitchener Public Library’s central library, and the Kiln Building Redevelopment at Evergreen Brick Works.  Janna also leads the research projects in which the firm is involved.

Currently she is working with U of T Daniels School of Architecture /TUF LAB on rehousing Toronto’s YellowBelt. 

Janna has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto and Dalhousie, Schools of Architecture, and lectures widely on architecture and the arts. The firm has received every major architectural design award offered in Canada including 2 Governor General Awards.  Janna is an active jury member and panelist on architectural and urban design issues across the country. She has been an Arts Build Ontario mentor, and from 2011 to 2015 served on the Canada Council Venice Biennale Advisory Committee. Janna is currently on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel.

Jason Hong

Project Architect

BES, MArch
Project Architect

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jason@lga-ap.com

Jason Hong is a dedicated Project Architect who believes in the power of asking the right questions and listening to stakeholders to drive successful design outcomes. With a passion for problem-solving and collaboration, Jason’s responsibilities include project management, consultant coordination, client liaison, communication with authorities, and design. His extensive professional experience spans projects ranging from public buildings to cultural spaces, where he has demonstrated expertise in site analysis, consensus building, site planning, and construction detailing.

Jason has worked on notable projects such as the Toronto Water public building (Project Administrator) with Unit A architecture, the Warden Avenue Public School Modular Kindergarten Addition (Project Architect) with Kohn Shnier Architects, and the St. Margaret Catholic School Gym Addition and Childcare Renovation (Project Architect) with LGA, among others. 

His educational background includes a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, reflecting his commitment to a holistic approach to architecture. 

Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing complex board games with his child and building Lego sculptures, aligning with his philosophy of creating complex things from simple pieces.

Jonah Lewis

Architectural Technologist

CET

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jonah@lga-ap.com

Jonah Lewis, a graduate of Conestoga College’s Architectural Construction Engineering Technology, is a soon-to-be CET (Certified Engineering Technologist) with a passion for using 3D modelling to understand buildings. Using BIM (Building Information Modeling), Jonah can analyze the impacts of design decisions relative to the building’s energy performance and the effects of the building to its local surroundings. 

Jonah has an insatiable curiosity for energy-efficient and low-impact design and believes that this can be achieved through a clear, detailed communication process between the design and constructed reality. Previously, Jonah gained experience from working with a timber frame design-build company in the Canadian Rockies, and a Waterloo-based design-build firm as an architectural technologist. Outside the office, Jonah is avid about his music production and permaculture.

José Castel-Branco

Associate

BArch, OAA, MRAIC
Associate

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jose@lga-ap.com

José Castel-Branco joined LGA in 2009 and was instrumental in the office’s early adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling). His software knowledge and construction management expertise have made him a key team member on many complex projects; recently he was the contract administrator at Laurentian University’s OAA Design Excellence Award-winning McEwen School of Architecture. 

A licensed architect who studied at the University of Toronto, José gained wide-ranging experience at Taylor Hariri Pontarini Architects, Diamond Schmidt Architects, Adamson Associates, and Bortolotto Design Architects.

His completed projects with LGA include Avenue Road Public School, the LEED Gold renovation and expansion of Kitchener Public Library’s main location, TPL’s Albert Campbell branch renovation; several single-family residences, and car dealerships for Audi and JLR. 

Among José’s ongoing projects are recladding and reglazing some of TCHC’s existing buildings to extend their use and revitalize their respective communities for another 50 years. 

Active in many industry associations, he serves as a design studio instructor and critic for the RAIC Syllabus program and is a contributor to Dominion Modern, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of all things modern in Canada.

Julie Guevera

Intern Architect

B.Arch, M.Arch
Intern Architect

julie@lga-ap.com

Julie is an Intern Architect at LGA. Julie strongly believes in the importance of public participation in shaping our built environments and sees it necessary to involve the broad community in a bottom-up approach. She strives to explore creative methods for ensuring genuine community engagement during the design process. 

Currently, Julie is actively leading the design of the Ravine Centre, an adaptive reuse project at Evergreen Brick Works. The transformation of the heritage building will offer new dedicated spaces for Indigenous and youth programming on the site and enhance the natural connection to the Beltline Trail and Mud Creek that run parallel to the building. Improvements to energy efficiency will aim to reduce energy consumption by 58% and decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 14.2 tonnes annually. 

Julie graduated from the Master of Architecture program at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). Her thesis researched the intersection between zines and informal settlements, and explored how architects can maximize their skillset to advance social justice movements. She is a recipient of the 2022 RAIC Student Medal for having completed the outstanding final thesis for that academic year. 

In her day-to-day, Julie is an activist for the national democratic movement in the Philippines and a community organizer from BAYAN Canada. Julie recently returned from a 2-month long immersion in the Philippines where she stayed with local peasants, fisherfolk, unionizing workers, urban poor, youth, and students all fighting for their rights to land, livelihood, fair wages, housing, education, and basic social services, free from state terror.

Kara Burman

Associate

BEnvD, MArch
Associate

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kara@lga-ap.com

Kara has a deep interest in community development, adaptive reuse, and sustainable design. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax and has also studied in Winnipeg and Glasgow. In each of these places, alternative building methods, conventional building practices, and hands-on learning opportunities were central to her experience. In her thesis she argued for the reconsideration of community centres: although typically viewed in Canada as recreational facilities, they could provide support for the housed and unhoused, offering places to collaborate, build community, and find stability.

Before moving to Toronto, Kara gained experience in many different architectural sectors at offices in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Halifax. At LGA, she has had the opportunity to work on a range of projects that includes private residences, car dealerships, and department offices at York University.

Kevin Martin

Senior Associate

BArch, MRAIC
Senior Associate

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kevin@lga-ap.com

Kevin Martin brings to LGA a diverse range of experience on projects of various scales and complexity, that include community and cultural spaces, commercial, hospitality, single family and mixed-use housing in New York and Toronto. He has managed a range of multi-use residential developments in Toronto and brings expertise in Master Planning and deft command of Rezoning and Site Plan Approvals. He has played key roles in many projects working with Indigenous groups, including the University of Toronto Scarborough Indigenous House and the Sky Canoe Headquarters on Scugog Island First Nation.

He is currently project manager for the Mount Dennis Quilt mixed-use affordable housing project for the Learning Enrichment Foundation and recently completed pre-design of the Tenants Non-Profit Redevelopment Co-operative’s Forestwood Drive intensification in Mississauga; the project aims to add 400–500 affordable housing units to the site and connect the expanded community through a dynamic public realm.

Lindsey Chapman

Architectural Student

BAS
Architectural Student

lindsey@lga-ap.com

Lindsey is an architectural student at LGA. Having completed their Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Waterloo, their design perspective was shaped through diverse co-op experiences that brought them coast to coast. Notably, Lindsey contributed to historic building retrofits, school design, and public art installations while living in Charlottetown, PEI. They were also part of a team working on several affordable housing projects in Vancouver, BC with a focus on high-performance buildings with low-embodied-carbon material palettes. Their design approach places curiosity, well-being, and care at the centre of each project. At LGA, they are contributing to the design and drafting of affordable housing, shelter, and retail projects across all phases. Outside of the office, they are developing their furniture-making skills. 

Lindsey believes in placing curiosity, inclusivity, well-being, and care at the centre of design.

Lise Downe

Office Manager

Office Manager

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lise@lga-ap.com

Lise Downe is the Office Manager at LGA, bringing a rich background in visual arts and creative writing. Her journey includes freelancing as a bookkeeper before joining LGA full time in 2009, where she oversees financial management. Lise has coordinated for the Metal Arts Guild in Toronto, assisted classes at OCAD in Jewellery, and managed bookkeeping for graphic designers and ‘This Ain’t the Rosedale Library’. Her education spans from OCAD to George Brown College, City & Guilds of London Art College, and Beal Art, focusing on jewellery, graphic arts, and sculpture.

Noteworthy are her published books, critical writings, grants, and awards in writing, along with exhibitions of jewellery, sculptures, and paintings across Canada and Mexico. Lise is an active member of Craft Ontario and the Society of North American Goldsmiths, embodying a diverse and vibrant artistic journey.

Nevil Wood

Associate

BAS, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Associate

nevil@lga-ap.com

Nevil is a licensed Architect in Ontario, with over a decade of experience. He has worked on a variety of project typologies and scales, including multi-unit housing (both mid and high-rise, with a particular focus on affordable housing), schools, and recreational facilities.

His project leadership approach is grounded in a strong commitment to team dialogue and open communication. Nevil actively engages all team members to explore design opportunities together, finding effective solutions to site-specific challenges and constraints, with the goal of delivering sustainable, long-term project value to his clients. 

Nevil believes project success is based upon a comprehensive understanding of client requirements, which can then be explored throughout the course of the design process to create architectural value. His personal knowledge of construction detailing and passion for building envelope design brings a high level of technical expertise to his projects. 

He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture (with distinction) from Carleton University in Ottawa, in addition to a Certificate in Building Science Practice from the University of Toronto. He has spent time working overseas in Dubai (UAE) and has travelled extensively throughout the UK and Europe as part of academic exchange programmes. In addition to being a member of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC), Nevil also currently serves as an active member of the OAA Practice Resource Committee.

Nicole Li

Intern Architect

BArchSci, MArch
Intern Architect

nicole.li@lga-ap.com

Nicole is an Intern Architect with a strong interest in adaptive reuse and sustainable design. She is passionate about creating meaningful spaces for local communities and environments. Prior to joining LGA, Nicole worked on various residential, commercial, and healthcare projects through internships at both large and small firms. Nicole holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). She was awarded the RAIC Student Medal and RAIC Honour Roll for her thesis work on highlighting the agency which humans and non-humans have on our built environment through blurring boundaries.

Nicole Rak

Intern Architect

BArch, MArch
Intern Architect

nicole@lga-ap.com

Nicole is passionate about projects which offer alternative visions for how affordable housing and cultural spaces can shape cities and communities. She is eager to work with clients and users to help develop and realize these built spaces to their full potential. Nicole is instrumental in the design and execution of a variety of projects – working on buildings in both their early design phases as well as throughout the construction process.  She has previously held roles at many notable Toronto-based firms including Akb and Teeple Architects. Nicole has also taught at the University of Waterloo and lectured and critiqued at several other Canadian architectural schools including Carleton, U of T and, OCAD. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she received the RAIC honour roll and commendations for her thesis research on Toronto’s creative renaissance. Nicole’s expertise includes a researched knowledge of Toronto’s history of cultural planning and art spaces, as well as a keen eye for detail and a strong knowledge of Revit and other modelling software. Nicole’s architectural work aspires to combine sustainability, accessibility, and flexibility, in beautiful spaces custom tailored to meet your goals and needs.

Noah Wadden

Project Manager

BA, MArch
Project Manager

noah@lga-ap.com

Noah Wadden believes that too often, people have been taught to consider architecture the esoteric province of an elite few.  This could not be further from the truth – the benefits of healthy, safe, beautiful, and inspiring buildings are felt by us all – and the critical relevance of these needs only becomes more pronounced as our indelible impact on this earth intensifies.

Noah’s responsibilities include approaching design challenges with an open mind and a commitment to problem-solving. His professional experience includes projects like the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in Durham University, Crystals at City Center in Las Vegas, Maggie’s Centre at Royal Free Hospital in London, and Yongsan International Business District in Seoul. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master’s of Architecture from Princeton University. Noah’s skills include flexible thinking, all design phases from concept to completion, construction administration, furniture design and fabrication, and sculpture design and fabrication. He has received awards such as the American Institute of Architects NY State Design Award and the International Council of Shopping Centers VIVA “Best-of-the-Best” Award. 

Outside of work, Noah enjoys music, art, cycling, cooking, and collecting vintage glassware. His vision is that everyone deserves good design.

A fun fact about Noah is that he learned to ride a unicycle in the schoolyard of Teshirogi Minami Shogakko in Tsukuba, Japan.

Paolo Burattini

Intern Architect

BA, MA (Arch)
Intern Architect

paolo@lga-ap.com

Paolo Burattini is an Architect with extensive experience in Architecture Design across various European countries. He’s fascinated by the intersection of Architecture as an Anthropologic Result and its Historical and Humanistic Context. Canada, particularly cities like Toronto, offers him a fresh perspective on urbanistic development.

As an Architect and Designer, Paolo has held roles such as Project Manager at Raul Sanchez Architects and Architect at Fusi & Ammann Architekten and HS Architekten. His education includes a BA and MA in Architecture from Universita degli studi di Roma 3. Paolo’s expertise spans Architecture History, Residential Housing Design, and Interior Design. His achievements include awards for interior design, winning architectural competitions, and publications of his work in prestigious magazines.

“I do believe that Architecture and Design can be the greatest tool through which we can envision our life in the city as both individuals and community. I stand for collective environments where properties and responsibilities are shared rather than individual egoistic dystrophic fantasies.”

Outside of work, Paolo enjoys discovering independent bookstores, jazz session clubs, old cinemas, and outdoor terraces. He’s passionate about learning new languages, travelling, swimming, and canoeing. 

A fun fact about Paolo is that he’s read his favourite book in five different languages but hasn’t read it in its original language, Polish!

Riling Chen

Architectural Student

BAS
Architectural Student

riling@lga-ap.com

Riling’s passion lies at the intersection of material health, placemaking, culture and social well-being. She believes that good design is about creating the tools for people to seek agency in their lives. At LGA, her main responsibilities are to produce high-level design drawings such as renderings, graphics, and presentations.

Riling brings a wealth of experience and skills to the table. She has worked with a studio in Vancouver focusing on schools and civic projects, including being a designer on a master plan for a joint French and English middle school and a middle school in Squamish. Additionally, she has worked on Chinatown projects in New York, Montreal, and California, notably as a key designer for a restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) from the University of Waterloo, where she honed her skills in architectural drawing and visual communication. During her time at Waterloo, Riling won the OAA Design Excellence award for a biomimetic, adaptive facade design and was a finalist in the CISC steel design competition.

Outside of architecture, she enjoys exploring various mediums of storytelling such as film, music, and sculpture. She has contributed as a designer to several films and exhibitions. Her vision involves seeing constraints as opportunities for resourcefulness and striving for innovative solutions.

Sophie Tremblay

Associate

BArch, MArch, OAQ
Associate

416 203 7600 x 336
sophie@lga-ap.com

Sophie studied architecture at Université de Montréal, Carleton University, Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais in France. She is licensed with the OAQ (Ordre des architectes du Québec), having lived and practiced in Montreal for several years. In addition to educational, community and residential architecture, her experience encompasses urban design and transportation-sector projects. After moving to Toronto in 2013, she worked at Weiss Architecture and Urbanism, where she became an Associate in 2016. At that firm she developed a strong interest in community and not-for-profit projects. Sophie joined LGA in 2017, where her projects include a new housing co-op for Innstead and several Toronto Community Housing tower renewal projects. Sophie has served as a guest reviewer at the architecture schools of Carleton University, the University of Toronto, and Waterloo University. Independently, she has worked on numerous residential renovations in Montreal andan eco-tourism development in LuangPrabang, Laos.

Todd Collins

Architectural Student

Architectural Student

todd@lga-ap.com

Todd is currently completing his Co-op with LGA as an Architectural Student, working on a variety of project typologies. At LGA, Todd exercises his technical background, contributing to projects in various project phases. Throughout his Co-op, Todd’s focus has been on the high-performance retrofit of affordable housing units. His prior professional experience working on low-carbon, high-performance residential projects has guided his interest and passion for sustainable design. Prior to starting his undergraduate degree, Todd obtained a diploma as an Architectural Technician from George Brown College. Outside of the office, Todd finds himself researching and admiring iconic furniture designs and designers. He also enjoys browsing local record shops, continuing to build his current collection of 60s to 80s rock music.

Xueying Zhang

Architectural Designer

BArch, MArch
Architectural Designer

xueying@lga-ap.com

Xueying is an architectural designer in LGA. She believes that architecture can alleviate pressing societal issues and foster community development. Prior to joining LGA, she worked at several offices, including Partisans, Gensler, and MJMA, where she gained experience ranging from intimate residential designs to high-rises. She was extensively involved in several community centre designs, aiming to facilitate social interaction and community engagement. One of these projects won the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. 

A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Architecture program, her academic pursuits are also driven by a commitment to social impact and human well-being. Her thesis explores the potential relationship between architecture and mental health, delving into typologies for different personality traits and proposing a rehabilitation centre for individuals with personality disorders.

Outside the office, she is into photography, film, illustration, thrifting, swimming, and exploring new restaurants in the city.

Alex Tedesco

Partner

BES, BArch, OAA
Partner

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alex@lga-ap.com

Partner and certified building scientist Alex Tedesco has been with LGA since 2000 and leads the firm’s building science research and development department. From conceptual design to final construction, Alex ensures that his client’s needs and aspirations are translated into built form, and that every building detail that leaves the office is designed for optimal performance and durability.

Alex builds relationships with his clients and stakeholders through open communication, respect, and honesty. Putting aside preconceived notions of how architecture should look or operate, he works through an iterative process that allows for discovery and learning at every step. His wealth of material and product knowledge, combined with his commitment to challenging the conventions of sustainable design, allows Alex to inspire and challenge his team to innovate. He has led projects including 82 Wilson Avenue, Brock Mission Shelter, Humbertown Redevelopment, Eva’s Phoenix Brant Street, New Edwin Hotel, WoodGreen Donlands Housing, and E’Terra Eco Lodge.

Outside the office, Alex runs a welding business that fabricates architectural elements. Each year, Alex travels to Italy to harvest and produce olive oil which he imports to Canada. This delicate process is achieved by harvesting olives by hand and processing them naturally to produce the purest form of olive oil.

Brock James

Partner

OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Partner

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brock@lga-ap.com

LGA Partner Brock James has been turning projects with complex circumstances into leading-edge buildings for over 26 years. He actively engages clients and community members in conversations about design in a variety of engagement formats depending on the project circumstances to get the most out of the participatory design process. Brock believes the engagement process is most effective as a two-way communication tool to cultivate support and project champions across an organization or within a community neighbourhood.

He actively engages clients and community members in conversations about design in a variety of engagement formats depending on the project circumstances to get the most out of the participatory design process. Brock believes the engagement process is most effective as a two-way communication tool to cultivate support and project champions across an organization or within a community neighborhood.

Danny Bartman

Partner

BES, BArch, OAA
Partner

416 203 7600 x 227
danny@lga-ap.com

Partner Danny Bartman has been with LGA for over two decades. Focused on city-building, Danny cites architecture as a means for social good. Whether the project is a community hub, a new public library, or an affordable housing complex, his desire to respond directly to critical problems drives his design approach. 

Danny believes in the potency of bringing together diverse perspectives to drive innovation. His empathetic approach to design allows him to openly exchange ideas and collaborate with his team members and clients. He often leads in-depth community consultations and visioning sessions and needs assessments to create the foundational concept and character behind each project. Through his thoughtful approach, LGA creates customized building solutions that reflect his optimistic and inquisitive nature and are strengthened by his continuous exploration of advanced material applications and fabrication methods.

Danny teaches at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and has lectured at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Department of Architecture. He frequently participates in interdisciplinary design charrettes for Ontario’s Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC).

Dean Goodman

Partner

BArch, OAA
Partner

416 203 7600 x 221
dean@lga-ap.com

Dean Goodman co-founded LGA in 1989. His insatiable interests in design, construction and technology are inseparable from his aspiration to make the world more humane and sustainable, one project at a time. 

For-profit, affordable housing and shelters, and projects with a First Nations focus have been central to his more than 35 years of practice. Dean was LGA’s partner-in-charge on the RAIC Innovation in Design Award-winning addition of two storeys of prefabricated living units to the rooftop of a St. Clare’s Multifaith Affordable Housing building in Toronto. He has led large-scale new-build and renewal projects for Toronto Community Housing and WoodGreenCommunity Housing and was recently partner-in-charge on the OAA Design Excellence Award-winning Eva’s Phoenix youth residence and skills training centre. Dean’s many projects for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto range from the Centre for Native Child and Family Well-Being in the city’s core to a dining hall and ceremonial performance space for NCFST’s summer camp in Grundy Lake Provincial Park. His eclectic interests are reflected in areas of expertise that range from design for aging in place to the design of car dealerships.

Skilled at creatively designing within budget and time constraints, Dean works collaboratively with clients to translate their ideas and goals into innovative designs. His honest and straightforward approach brings clarity to complicated issues.

Janna Levitt

Partner

BA, BArch, OAA, FRAIC
Partner

416 203 7600 x 331
janna@lga-ap.com

Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects). She believes buildings can serve as a connector between culture and people. Her projects often involve implementing transformative cultural and environmental agendas, developed with a diverse group of collaborators. As Partner in Charge, she has led projects throughout Ontario including Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the MabelleArts Park Pavilion, and a timber Visitors Centre pavilion for Promontory Park, located at the foot of the Don River in Toronto’s east waterfront, Kitchener Public Library’s central library, and the Kiln Building Redevelopment at Evergreen Brick Works.  Janna also leads the research projects in which the firm is involved.

Currently she is working with U of T Daniels School of Architecture /TUF LAB on rehousing Toronto’s YellowBelt. 

Janna has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto and Dalhousie, Schools of Architecture, and lectures widely on architecture and the arts. The firm has received every major architectural design award offered in Canada including 2 Governor General Awards.  Janna is an active jury member and panelist on architectural and urban design issues across the country. She has been an Arts Build Ontario mentor, and from 2011 to 2015 served on the Canada Council Venice Biennale Advisory Committee. Janna is currently on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel.

Allison Janes

Senior Associate

BAS, MArch
Senior Associate

416 203 7600 x 337
allison@lga-ap.com

Allison received her Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and has 20 years of professional experience working at design firms in Vancouver, Boston, and Paris. Since joining LGA in 2010, Allison Janes has been a Project Architect for multiple residential, library and educational projects including the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award-winning Albert Campbell Library Renovation.

Her current projects range in scale and scope from a 10,000m2 Athletic Complex and 3,000m2 Learning Commons for Ridley College to a bespoke park pavilion for community arts organization MABELLEarts. 

Allison leads LGA’s accessibility initiative ensuring all our projects exceed local accessibility requirements. She firmly believes that high-quality design must be inclusive design and strives to create environments that are accessible and responsive to people of all abilities.

Angie Michail

Senior Associate

BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Senior Associate

416 203 7600 x 230
angie@lga-ap.com

Angie Michail is a licensed architect who received her Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and has more than 20 years of professional experience. Since joining LGA in 2012, she has been Project Architect on several childcare, JK-12 and postsecondary projects, and has managed new construction and renovation projects on residences ranging from single-family homes to large, multi-unit buildings. Convinced that good design improves both the functionality of space and the experience of place, she strives to create environments with clean lines, meticulous detailing, and responsiveness to the client’s aspirations, even on the most challenging of construction budgets. 

Angie has previously taught architecture and environmental design at OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo. She has been a regular guest critic at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her current projects at LGA include a new, 500-student school for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, a synagogue renovation and addition, a single-family home and a new 5-classroom building at an independent secondary school.

Antero Fonte

Senior Associate

B.Urban Planning, MArch
Senior Associate

416 203 7600 x 231
antero@lga-ap.com

Part of LGA since 2012, working on all project types and phases, refining his skills in areas from client stewardship to design detail and large-scale projects, Antero is devoted to comprehending clients’ goals and needs, carrying those into a project’s design intent and ensuring they are brought to fulfillment. Antero’s care has driven the success of multiple projects. He played a lead role in developing infill residential projects in downtown Toronto, that fostered residents to keep living locally. Currently, Antero leads several residential and commercial developments in the GTA, that help shape the communities they’re inserted in and make use of.

Antero is also LGA’s Construction Administration Lead. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic improvement of the office’s CA processes and procedures in keeping the quality of the designs and of the office’s services throughout construction. Antero’s history in construction contract administration began very early in his career which led to a solid set of technical and interpersonal skills. Antero strives for a professional and collaborative rapport to solve problems with all involved having the best interest of the project in mind.

Antero’s approach to the profession is supported by his Bachelor in Urban Planning and Master’s in Architecture which give him a wholistically view and control of multiple project types and scales.  Antero is strongly convinced that people deserve to be challenged and that buildings need to inspire their occupants. As an architect registered in Portugal, he believes he has a duty to expose such possibilities. His design work has been exhibited at the Beaux Arts Academy in Lisbon and has been published in several Portuguese-based architectural magazines.

Daniel Comerford

Associate

BAS, MArch UD
Associate

416 203 7600 x 245
daniel@lga-ap.com

Daniel Comerford’s +15 years of professional experience spans 3 continents and includes +50 projects ranging in scale from housing to public libraries, and from university buildings to city-scale master plans. Common to all work is community-focused thinking and design. 

Since joining LGA in 2018, Daniel’s portfolio has grown to include public libraries, affordable housing, shelters, private residences, artist studios, and master planning projects.  Daniel is now overseeing the design and construction of over 390 affordable housing units sited across Ontario, ranging from low-rise ‘missing-middle’ housing to high-rise apartment buildings. Recognizing the challenges that face housing delivery, Daniel has conducted extensive research and engagement with modular housing providers across the province, to understand the advantages and realities of both volumetric and panelized modular systems.

Daniel has specialized in the design of public libraries, with projects including Meaford Public Library, the University of Toronto’s Engineering & Computer Science Library, and Toronto Public Library’s Albert Campbell Branch which is the recipient of an OAA Award of Design Excellence. His architectural portfolio is underpinned by 8 years of urban design & strategic planning experience across London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Singapore, the US, and Canada.  Prior to practice, Daniel studied in both Toronto and the United Kingdom and received graduate education from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Drew Adams

Senior Associate

BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Senior Associate

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drew@lga-ap.com

Drew is a Senior Associate at LGA and a passive-house certified architect with 15 years of experience and a background in landscape architecture and urban design. He has a knack for unique projects and excels in synthesizing diverse viewpoints and finding integrated solutions for clients. Drew’s work ranges from many innovative and high-profile projects such as the carbon-neutral transformation of the Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works and the award-winning adaptive reuse of Eva’s Phoenix Brant Street Youth to work with Indigenous communities and a wide array of affordable housing and shelter projects. Currently, he is a project architect for Indigenous House at UTSC (in association with Formline), Promontory Park Visitor’s Centre on Toronto’s Waterfront and Heritage, deep energy retrofits for the Evergreen Ravine Interpretation Centre and UofT Engineering Innovation Exchange.

Drew frequently speaks on sustainability issues, has taught at the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo and is the RAIC’s 2020 Emerging Architect Award recipient.

Emira Galeteanu

Associate

BAS, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Associate

416 203 7600 x 333
emira@lga-ap.com

Emira Galeteanu is a licensed architect who has played key roles in several award-winning cultural, institutional and educational projects. Before joining LGA Architectural Partners, she worked for nine years with G. Bruce Stratton Architects on projects including the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award-winning Mount Dennis Public Library and the ARIDO Award-winning office of Bloor West Dental Group. Emira has been teaching as a sessional faculty at OCAD since 2022.

She has also been the Project Architect on several Toronto Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Regional District School Board child-care additions and primary school projects. Emira believes that the environments in which children learn, and play have a huge impact on their overall mental and physical well-being. Through her work, she tries to harvest the power of space, light, colour, materiality, and program to better students’ learning experience, interaction with others, and personal growth.

She is an active participant in the maker movement and believes that design thinking should touch every part of our daily lives. When she is not designing buildings, Emira is often designing and making furniture, lighting fixtures, ceramics, and art objects. She has also written and illustrated three children’s books.

José Castel-Branco

Associate

BArch, OAA, MRAIC
Associate

416 203 7600 x 248
jose@lga-ap.com

José Castel-Branco joined LGA in 2009 and was instrumental in the office’s early adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling). His software knowledge and construction management expertise have made him a key team member on many complex projects; recently he was the contract administrator at Laurentian University’s OAA Design Excellence Award-winning McEwen School of Architecture. 

A licensed architect who studied at the University of Toronto, José gained wide-ranging experience at Taylor Hariri Pontarini Architects, Diamond Schmidt Architects, Adamson Associates, and Bortolotto Design Architects.

His completed projects with LGA include Avenue Road Public School, the LEED Gold renovation and expansion of Kitchener Public Library’s main location, TPL’s Albert Campbell branch renovation; several single-family residences, and car dealerships for Audi and JLR. 

Among José’s ongoing projects are recladding and reglazing some of TCHC’s existing buildings to extend their use and revitalize their respective communities for another 50 years. 

Active in many industry associations, he serves as a design studio instructor and critic for the RAIC Syllabus program and is a contributor to Dominion Modern, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of all things modern in Canada.

Kevin Martin

Senior Associate

BArch, MRAIC
Senior Associate

416 203 7600 x 246
kevin@lga-ap.com

Kevin Martin brings to LGA a diverse range of experience on projects of various scales and complexity, that include community and cultural spaces, commercial, hospitality, single family and mixed-use housing in New York and Toronto. He has managed a range of multi-use residential developments in Toronto and brings expertise in Master Planning and deft command of Rezoning and Site Plan Approvals. He has played key roles in many projects working with Indigenous groups, including the University of Toronto Scarborough Indigenous House and the Sky Canoe Headquarters on Scugog Island First Nation.

He is currently project manager for the Mount Dennis Quilt mixed-use affordable housing project for the Learning Enrichment Foundation and recently completed pre-design of the Tenants Non-Profit Redevelopment Co-operative’s Forestwood Drive intensification in Mississauga; the project aims to add 400–500 affordable housing units to the site and connect the expanded community through a dynamic public realm.

Nevil Wood

Associate

BAS, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
Associate

nevil@lga-ap.com

Nevil is a licensed Architect in Ontario, with over a decade of experience. He has worked on a variety of project typologies and scales, including multi-unit housing (both mid and high-rise, with a particular focus on affordable housing), schools, and recreational facilities.

His project leadership approach is grounded in a strong commitment to team dialogue and open communication. Nevil actively engages all team members to explore design opportunities together, finding effective solutions to site-specific challenges and constraints, with the goal of delivering sustainable, long-term project value to his clients. 

Nevil believes project success is based upon a comprehensive understanding of client requirements, which can then be explored throughout the course of the design process to create architectural value. His personal knowledge of construction detailing and passion for building envelope design brings a high level of technical expertise to his projects. 

He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture (with distinction) from Carleton University in Ottawa, in addition to a Certificate in Building Science Practice from the University of Toronto. He has spent time working overseas in Dubai (UAE) and has travelled extensively throughout the UK and Europe as part of academic exchange programmes. In addition to being a member of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC), Nevil also currently serves as an active member of the OAA Practice Resource Committee.

Sophie Tremblay

Associate

BArch, MArch, OAQ
Associate

416 203 7600 x 336
sophie@lga-ap.com

Sophie studied architecture at Université de Montréal, Carleton University, Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais in France. She is licensed with the OAQ (Ordre des architectes du Québec), having lived and practiced in Montreal for several years. In addition to educational, community and residential architecture, her experience encompasses urban design and transportation-sector projects. After moving to Toronto in 2013, she worked at Weiss Architecture and Urbanism, where she became an Associate in 2016. At that firm she developed a strong interest in community and not-for-profit projects. Sophie joined LGA in 2017, where her projects include a new housing co-op for Innstead and several Toronto Community Housing tower renewal projects. Sophie has served as a guest reviewer at the architecture schools of Carleton University, the University of Toronto, and Waterloo University. Independently, she has worked on numerous residential renovations in Montreal andan eco-tourism development in LuangPrabang, Laos.