Anthony Brammar

Anthony Brammar

Architect, Principal Emeritus

B.Arch, AAA, AIBC, SAAA, RAIC
Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, 1969

“My interest in architecture began when I first visited Rome and was overawed by the accomplishments of legendary architects many of whom were multi-disciplinary true renaissance men. Not only could they design buildings, they were also artists, sculptors, builders and inventors and they could do all these things really well. I was impressed that their work has endured long enough for me and later generations to appreciate their art. What could possibly be a better calling in life? This was and continues to be my life calling. I can’t imagine any other profession where it’s possible transfer an image in the mind to a solid structure you can touch and walk through. The feeling of accomplishment is indescribable and addictive. Architecture is not easy, but nothing worthwhile in life ever is, but the hard work and long hours are rewarded when a client is pleased with the result. They are rarely overawed like I was in Rome, but enough to keep me coming back.” – Tony

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A Day at Action Target

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Byung-Hee Kang

Byung-Hee Kang

Architect

B.Env.D., M.Arch., LEED® AP BD+C
Master of Architecture, University of Manitoba, 2008
Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Manitoba, 2006

“Are you an architect or a sculptor or a painter?”

“This question was asked of me during my thesis presentation. I then understood that the profession is very versatile. As Intern Architect I not only support the lead architect but also take responsibility for resolving technical challenges in complex architectural designs.
Since joining ACI my role in bringing fresh academic thinking to expand ACI’s understanding of basic human needs has been clear.
As a LEED Accredited Professional, I value the opportunity to bring sustainability to our projects. This is my commitment to our environment." – Byung-Hee

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Seriously Big, Seriously Green
Getting Involved in Crime

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Céline Halliez

Céline Halliez

Interior Designer

HNDip.
Higher National Diploma, St. John’s Central College Ireland

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Chanhee Kwon

Chanhee Kwon

Technologist

Dip. Arch.
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2011

“Change is inevitable, and the speed of change dramatically increases as the time goes by. Therefore we accept and adopt. We are in constant evolution where we have to learn and adopt new technologies, new products, new designs, different cultures, and environment. We study, adopt, and analyze these complex problems to propose one final design that suits the need of people and is a delight to look at. It is not just a design. It is the design that we can walk-in and live-in. My role is to provide this design into architectural working drawings and solve problems as we proceed. The joy I get from seeing drawings come to life can never be compared to anything else.” – Chan

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Darryl Rewniak

Darryl Rewniak

Architect, Principal

B.Env.S., M.Arch, AAA, RAIC
Master of Architecture, University of Manitoba, 1990
Bachelor of Environmental Studies, University of Manitoba, 1987

“Architecture first came to me when I was drafting up house plans in Grade 11. Being able to transform an idea from pen and paper with the use of angles and set squares and then bringing that same idea to life defined what profession I wanted to follow. Thirty years later my passion has turned into functional flow of space and creating spaces for users and the excitement of seeing them move into the new space. When working within the health sector, I have a saying “ you always need to leave a project satisfying the users as one day you may need to be admitted there” and hopefully they remember you for the the good work you completed.” – Darryl

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Devin McIntosh

Devin McIntosh

Technologist, Associate

Dip.Arch.
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2004

“When presented with new information I always ask “how and why it is what it is”. This process resulted in a drive to better understand what is being discussed, often beyond the ability of the original information provider to explain, and fully recognizing that knowing everything is unattainable. Eagerness to understand is of vital importance in the field of Architecture, as understanding the reasons for assemblies and systems being the way they are allows you to develop new solutions. The desire to then scrutinize these ideas with others leads to further improvement.

Critical thinking and logical problem solving often result in a simple and effective solution to what appears to be a complex problem. Architecture is not only about buildings that make a statement, it is about creating a building that works for the users, can be built without superfluous resources being consumed, that compliments the local built environment and improves the community into which it is integrating. Architecture requires a broad knowledge base along with the curiosity to keep learning about all aspects of a building and how they can be improved upon.” – Devin

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Eddo Cancian

Eddo Cancian

Architect, Principal

AAA, MRAIC, MBA, NCARB
Masters of Business Administration, Queen’s University, 2000
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona, 1987
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, (NAIT) 1984
Bachelor of Science, University of Alberta, 1982

“Over a career that has spanned the past thirty years I have always been wondered what is good architecture? Is it award winning design? Is it efficient, functional and fluid solutions? Is it budget conscious effort that may feel like a compromise? Does form actually follow function or does society influence architecture or is that vice versa. Whatever the definition of success is I don’t think that I will truly discover it but, with all that being said, I know the simple gesture of when a client looks you in the eye and simply says “thanks” is an overwhelming good feeling and a testimonial of a job that we can proud of and a job that’s well done.” – Eddo

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Jason McConaghie

Jason McConaghie

Designer

Designer
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture, R.A.I.C Syllabus/Athabasca University, 2019
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2008

Affiliations + Additional Training
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Student Member

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Karina Cherniak

Karina Cherniak

Technologist

Dip.Arch.
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2014

Residential Interior Decorator Certificate
University of Alberta, 2012

“My love for architecture started when I took a wood working class in grade 10. From there I took a design class throughout high school, where I was able to design my own cabin. My love for architecture solidified when I went to Greece and Italy. Seeing the beautiful structures in Europe that are thousands of years old made me appreciate the art of architecture so much more. I find the history of where architecture all began fascinating. Once I knew I wanted to pursue the field of architecture I went to NAIT; I am now eager to learn everything that I can in my new career as a technologist.” – Karina

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Keith Tegart

Keith Tegart

Architect

B.Arch.
Bachelor of Architecture, Carleton University, 1987

“Aspiring to be an architect since first seeing Habitat ’67 in Montreal at age 10, I have studied and worked in Edmonton, Ottawa, Rome and Dubai, while spending the time between traveling the globe in pursuit of deepening architectural knowledge and wisdom” – Keith

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Kelly Rusnak

Kelly Rusnak

Technologist, Contract Administrator

Dip. Arch. Tech., PMC
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 1998
Project Management Certificate, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2008
Advanced AutoCAD Operator Certificate, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2015

“Even as a child, I have always been a problem solver. I have always believed that every solution is unique to its problem. The field of architecture is an expression of more than a solution, to me it is an opportunity to create something lasting and beautiful that everyone can appreciate. My technical training, ability to work well with a team, and willingness to learn are my greatest assets in protecting the intent of our solutions. I am always humbled and thrilled to be a part of our projects, and to see the needs of our clients solved.” – Kelly

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Laurie Tingley

Laurie Tingley

Senior Interior Designer, Associate

B.I.D., NCIDQ
Bachelor of Interior Design, University of Manitoba, 1986

“I believe that spaces influence the way people view themselves and how they feel about the world around them. My goal with every project is to listen closely to the client, interpret their needs and deliver a product that meets or exceeds their expectations. It is rewarding when this happens and users react positively to their spaces. This result is better and more achievable when it is accomplished through a team of designers who all have an ambition for design excellence”. -Laurie

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A Week in the Windy City

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Leland Stelck

Leland Stelck

Senior Technologist

Dip. Arch
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 1990
Certified Engineering Technologist, ASET designation (revised from ASCT), 1999

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Martin Martinez

Martin Martinez

Senior Technologist

Dip. Arch. Tech., B.Arch.
Architectural Drafting and Building Technology Diploma, Pacific Design Academy, Victoria BC, 1995
Bachelor of Architecture, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1993

“I have always been fascinated by the world of Architecture. The amazing aspect of creating a functional space for all of the activities we require in our daily lives becomes a little bit of a puzzle that needs to be solved in the most efficient and practical way. I like to develop my creative potential and resolve all of the challenges that every project brings from start to finish.” – Martin

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Mike Todoruk

Mike Todoruk

Senior Technologist, Principal Emeritus

Dip.Arch.
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 1966

Mike has over thirty years of experience in Alberta’s construction industry as a Senior Architectural Technologist and Project Manager.

Active in the field of Architecture since 1966, Mike’s experience has included working with a wide variety of building types and sizes. He has been involved in the work of several major projects including: Correctional Facilities, Health Care, Laboratories, industrial and Educational Buildings ranging from universities to over twenty schools. His responsibilities have included Project Management, Contract Administration, Technical Coordination and Site Inspection.

Mike is the lead building envelope specialist at ACI; his years of experience makes him an asset to review in-place construction for compliance with contract requirements, specifications and industry standards.

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Mumtaz Anwar

Mumtaz Anwar

Intern Architect, Associate

B.Arch.
Bachelor of Architecture, Khulna University, Bangladesh, 1997

“My interest in Architecture developed from a very young age and has since become a passion. Design is one thing that always keeps me motivated, engaged and creative. Being from a third-world country, architecture has always been a natural impulse, a calling for me to improve reality, to create a better world, a better tomorrow for the broken world. As creation is a powerful skill, I believe that by expressing unique ideas in a positive way a parallel can be achieved between our imagination and the real world in which we live.

My career at ACI has been the new beginning of a personal journey that has broadened my horizons and allowed me to explore new approaches to creative work and enlightened me to the endless possibilities that exist.” – Mumtaz

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Ron Nemeth

Ron Nemeth

Architect, Principal

B.Arch, AAA, OAA
Bachelor of Architecture, Université de Montréal (1986)
Management of Health & Social Services Certificate (part-time), McGill University (1998)

“Is there another profession referenced as repeatedly as Architecture in the cliché “I always wanted to be …”? Buried in a musty box in a Montreal basement are decades-old house plans drawn in HB pencil when I was still a teenager. Thirty years later I’ve long understood that the thrill of imagining such spaces is only the beginning: ‘selling’ them with passion and patience, refining them to meet budgets and needs, and finally observing their impact and relevance in built form bring full circle those early strokes of a pencil.” -Ron

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CEFPI Spring Conference

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Steven Senger

Steven Senger

Technologist

Dip. Arch.,
Architectural Technology Diploma,
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2006

“Turning ideas into real-world things for me goes all the way back to playing with Lego as a kid. Eventually that passion for taking ideas and making them a physical reality lead me into drafting and architecture. With 5 years experience working with ACI’s partner company Stephens Kozak Architects Ltd., I had the distinct honour and pleasure to work on over a dozen different RCMP and other Protective Services projects before joining ACI Architects. Now I bring the same careful consideration and attention to client driven requirements and standards that proved to be so prominent a feature in Protective Services projects.” – Steven

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Tracy Froland

Tracy Froland

Interior Designer, Associate

Dip. Arch., IDT, NCIDQ

Interior Design Technology Diploma, 2010
Architectural Technology Diploma, 2004
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

“Like the ever-changing world of Architecture and Design, my career has taken on a life of its own, constantly reshaping and adapting to the many influences around me. A great love and appreciation for art and architecture started me on what I consider now to be one of the greatest adventures in my life: a career in the design industry. My love for this profession took me from architecture into design and coupled with advancements in technology finally gave me the ability to create vision through graphic design. To bring a design to life before it is built, to interact with clients on this level, and to see their vision become a reality are why I remain faithful to design and to what it can offer. Human beings are inspired and ambitious: we can dream, design and build wonderful works of art and architecture. Technology helps me express and share these visions with the world. ”

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Southern Hospitality

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Trish Bolen

Trish Bolen

Technologist, Associate

Dip. Arch., LEED® AP, BD+C
Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), 2004

“Since I started my career with ACI Architects, my knowledge of the design and construction industry has proliferated. ACI has allowed me to diversify my experiences through a variety of projects from education and commercial to healthcare and law enforcement. From each project type results a distinct set of consequential regulations defining safety, comfort, health and aesthetics, necessary for quality buildings.

I began with working drawings but have expanded into the contract administration stage of projects. It is rewarding to see complex designs that I have detailed come to life on site. As I take on more responsibility for the projects I work on, the better I feel about the final product.” – Trish

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Building Lasting Change

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