Vancouver


Integral Group’s Vancouver design studio champions the use of the most innovative and sustainable systems, which have been incorporated into award-winning, high-performance buildings across the lower mainland. The Vancouver team moved into their current space in 2010, and the tenant improvement redesign project earned two honors from the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC). The open space office houses over 100 team members focused on delivering  high quality, expert advice in green building system design and energy engineering across a range of industries.

Located in the downtown core, floor-to-ceiling windows and low panels wrap the space to maximize vistas of the oceanfront and north shore mountain. Designed with sustainability in mind, a focus on daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption, and custom plywood lighting fixture in the reception area speaks to light and air.

Vancouver Design Studio

Suite 180 – 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 1S4
1.604.687.1800
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March 27, 2020
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Vancouver Leadership


  • Regional Director, British Columbia, Canada
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    Stuart brings over 20 years of buildings engineering experience to the team. His mechanical experience covers a wide range of projects including commercial, institutional, and manufacturing. Stuart has gained high-level global experience from his involvement in world-class manufacturing facilities in Europe and the Far East. Involvement in such complex projects has given him an in-depth understanding of the integration of engineering and architectural systems, which is essential to delivering high performance design solutions. He is proactive in following sustainability practices across the world to seek out progressive technologies and strategies that he can incorporate into his projects in North America.

  • Managing Principal, Vancouver
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    For over 15 years, Chris has been passionately working with clients to deliver cost effective and sustainable mechanical engineering solutions. He draws on extensive industry experience within the Canadian construction market, and further afield in Europe, where sustainability is at the forefront of building design. Chris’ areas of expertise includes detailed mechanical system design of high performance buildings, and neighborhood energy master planning and system design.

    Chris is well-versed in all aspects of sustainable building design across a number of sectors including institutional, mixed-use commercial developments and district energy systems. Some of his noteworthy projects include a Class AA museum gallery, and a multipurpose building on a university campus that incorporates assembly, retail, cafeteria and offices spaces. Chris strives to truly understand the needs of his clients, and he always places a high importance on nurturing valuable relationships.

  • Senior Principal, Vancouver
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    Currently leading the energy modeling and sustainability teams as a senior principal at Integral Group, Ali is well versed in integrated design facilitation, sustainability, and advanced building energy simulations.

    Widely regarded as a pioneer in his field, Ali has led sustainability designs for the first commercial Living Building Challenge project in Canada and the first certified LEED Platinum office in Vancouver. A natural leader with over 15 years of experience, he serves as the Vice Chair of the BC Chapter Leadership Board of CaGBC and is on the CaGBC’s Experienced Modellers List. Collaborating with local utilities, he has helped clients secure local green funding options from various energy efficiency incentive programs. Being part of an elite group of people with BEMP certification, he conducts Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) which provides vital information about a building’s energy usage. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and is a recognized key speaker at many international energy modeling and sustainability conferences.

  • Senior Principal, Vancouver
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    Bruno’s extensive project management expertise is demonstrated through his dedication to clients and his ability to manage at all levels of complexity. With over 20 years of experience in building systems leading cross functional teams, Principal Bruno Vahedi, P.Eng., PMP is well suited to manage integrated Mechanical and Electrical design teams. Results driven, Bruno seeks to optimize processes to increase efficiencies where possible, from the procurement phase to the close of commissioning. Previously, while working for a global contractor firm, he led their MEP group, and had collaborated with Integral on various projects including RCMP ‘E’ Division HQ, Jim Pattison Outpatient Facility, and was also involved in PPP and DB pursuits including Surrey Pretrial and the Okanagan Correction Centre.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Internationally recognized for her award-winning lighting design, Associate Ellie Niakan brings over 16 years of experience to Integral Group, where she leads the Vancouver Integral Light Studio. Through her passion and creativity, Ellie harnesses the power of light to create expressive designs that blend aesthetics and function.

    Ellie is the first in Canada to have earned the International Lighting Designer Certification, and is among a select few worldwide that have achieved the distinction of Certified Lighting Designer (CLD). Ellie has led and worked collaboratively on a variety of projects, including cultural, recreational, residential, commercial, healthcare, transportation and urban lighting design. Having worked closely with international architects and designers across the globe, her expansive portfolio includes work from Germany, England and Canada.

    With a focus on the human experience, Ellie considers health, wellness, and sustainability as intrinsic elements in developing a harmonious atmosphere expressed through the built environment. She is a sought after speaker and has served on various lighting design panels throughout her career. Ellie is currently teaching Lighting Design at LaSalle College in Vancouver.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Gordon has over ten years of mechanical engineering experience with a background that ranges from design and coordination to the management of staff and diverse projects. Gordon brings a refreshing global perspective to the team through his work on many large-scale international projects. His key projects include Millennium Water (Vancouver, BC), Birmingham New Hospital Project (Birmingham, UK) and Glorietta Mall Master Plan and Design (Manila, Philippines). He specializes in various building types including hospitals, labs, pharmaceutical, commercial, retail and residential. He displays a wealth of technical knowledge in low-carbon design, mechanical systems design and sustainable master planning.

  • Senior Principal, Vancouver
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    Paul brings over 35 years of experience to Integral Group as a recognized leader and mentor in the consulting engineering industry. Paul has successfully applied his expertise leading multi discipline engineering project teams all along the West Coast of North America as well as internationally.

    Paul is a major contributor to the developing energy efficient buildings and is committed to being on the cutting edge of new technology and sustainable design practices. He is committed to providing clients with innovative solutions through his experience in resource-efficient designs such as radiant cooling, natural ventilation, renewable energy systems, chilled beams, and displacement ventilation. Paul’s passion is working with stakeholders and user groups to bring together the emotional green and technical green aspects of a project that creates a sustainable environment with true meaning to the design. His depth of experience and expertise covers a very broad range of project types that includes Residential, Airports, Arts + Culture, Commercial, Educational, Government, Civic, Healthcare, Leisure, Recreational complexes, Ice Rinks, Cultural and technology projects as outlined

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Ivan brings over 20 years of industry experience with considerable knowledge in the design of lighting, power systems, life safety and communications systems. His knowledge includes a variety of building types including healthcare, education, offices and laboratories. He has completed an array of projects for Vancouver Coastal Health such as renovation and tenant work for both the Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals. In addition, Ivan has completed energy audits for schools and mixed use buildings. His personal guiding philosophy is to design electrical systems that focus on the total life cycle cost rather than initial or maintenance costs alone.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Ivan brings over 15 years of experience to Integral Group. His rigorous pursuit of design efficiency, combined with his attentiveness to detail, allow highly effective, yet simplistic systems to be created. Ivan is an innovative specialist in addressing complex plumbing and drainage engineering issues for new and existing buildings. He has led his teams to successfully complete many sophisticated plumbing system remediation (re-piping & upgrades) as well as new design projects. Ivan holds exceptional knowledge and dedication in the engineering of HVAC, plumbing and drainage systems, with a focus on producing cost-effective, durable and easy to maintain designs that exceed the Clients’ expectations.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Jean-Sebastien brings almost two decades of experience to the team. His former training in aeronautic engineering has equipped him with a unique skill set and analytical ability. He excels in addressing complex design within an integrated design structure while working within short time frames. Jean-Sebastien specializes in the integration of sustainable mechanical systems in complex multi-use buildings. He has extensive experience working on large residential buildings, teaching laboratories, museums, libraries, and industrial spaces and airports. He has completed two Living Building Challenge projects: VanDusen Garden Visitors Center (Vancouver, BC) and Simon Fraser University’s Childcare (Burnaby, BC).

  • Senior Principal, Vancouver
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    Jubin leads the Commercial sector at Integral Group. With over 27 years of solid design and management experience, his work includes significant projects in Canada and around the globe. His expertise covers mechanical building design and site commissioning for a variety of building types including commercial, residential, mixed-use, recreational, healthcare, educational and industrial manufacturing. He is the Engineer of Record for the highly sustainable award-winning TELUS Garden and MNP Tower in Downtown Vancouver. Jubin also played a key role in the award-winning Sauder School of Business building located at the University of British Columbia (UBC), as well as the Translink Headquarters in the Brewery District of New Westminster, BC. Jubin’s focus on innovation and sustainability enables him to easily achieve project goals and continually challenge conventional thinking.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Kai is a graduate of one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in China, Shanghai Jiaotong University with a degree in Engineering. With his solid educational background, Kai has a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of mechanical systems for various buildings. Kai brings over 17 years of experience and expertise to the Team with a focus on sustainable design and specializing in design-build, tenant improvement and renovation projects. He has successfully completed a variety of projects including offices, retail, residential, student housing and restaurants.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Lisa leads the Sustainability Policy and Planning team at Integral Group in Vancouver, where she works with local governments, universities, developers, and industry organizations to create policies and strategies for a low-carbon built environment. Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability from UBC, during which time she conducted an evaluation of the success of Vancouver’s Olympic Village as a sustainable urban neighbourhood.

    She now brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning in coordinating projects ranging from zero emissions buildings plans, to post-occupancy evaluations, energy and carbon disclosure policies, and city-wide climate and energy strategies. She has designed and led several stakeholder and community engagement processes in planning for climate, energy, and sustainability policy. An excellent writer and communicator, Lisa’s background makes her highly proficient in integrating and communicating ideas from across diverse sectors and disciplines. Lisa is the author of several academic publications on strategies for increasing climate change resilience and energy and emissions reductions, and an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional. Lisa also holds a Master’s degree in climate change resilience and adaptation, and was the winner of the Canada Green Building Council’s Green Building Champion Award in 2019.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Mladen brings over 20 years of experience to Integral Group. His innovative approach to mechanical system designs enabled him to complete numerous recreational, educational, institutional, industrial, commercial, and residential including the Trout Lake Community Centre, Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre, and Richmond Ice Centre. He has also completed educational projects such as Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, which was the first ever LEED (Silver) Certified new-construction public education facility in BC – an innovative project began in 2001, long before the Province’s mandate for LEED Certification for new public buildings came into effect.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Paul brings over 15 years of practical engineering experience to the Team. He has gained international experience through his diverse project history abroad. Paul has worked on a number of large-scale projects ranging from hotels and casinos to specialty laboratories for some of the world’s most prestigious research institutes. His most recent projects include The Grand Villa Casino (Burnaby, BC), Robert H.N. Ho Building Research Facility (Vancouver, BC) and St. Mary’s Hospital (Sechelt, BC). Combining his commitment to continuous improvement and his passion for sustainability, he has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to deliver buildings that exceed the accepted energy standards.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    As a Principal at Integral Group, Sharn holds over 14 years of experience in mechanical engineering. He has extensive knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and project management, and he demonstrates ingenuity and excellence in all his projects. Sharn excels in managing complex design within an integrated design approach while working within short time frames. His diverse experience includes offering sustainable building solutions in residential, commercial and retail sectors.

    Sharn is adaptable, organized and possesses strong decision making skills, allowing him to manage well with the entire design team. With a background in project management and exceptional delivery of designs combined with excellent interpersonal skills, Sharn is equipped to offer clients practical yet innovative solutions from the outset of every project.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Stephanie is a principal specializing in integration of mechanical systems design through an interdisciplinary process. With over 14 years of experience working in the building services industry, she has gained considerable knowledge in her area of expertise. Stephanie has worked on a variety of building types including schools, museums, office towers, residential and commercial. She is currently working in the aviation sector with a focus at the Vancouver Airport (YVR) which has been awarded North America’s best airport for the past nine years.

    Stephanie’s knowledge in HVAC and plumbing systems gives her the technical proficiency to carry a project from conception to completion. Highly organized and detailed oriented, Stephanie is always well-equipped for attending site visits and offering solutions that drive successful end-results. She believes in optimizing what is available to minimize cost and energy impacts. Her strong communication skills allow her to effectively collaborate with the integrated design team and site contractors to focus on both quality and cost to successfully deliver projects.

  • Principal, Vancouver
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    Vladimir has a passion for designing energy-efficient and environmentally responsive buildings. With over 25 years of experience, Vladimir is well versed in all aspects of sustainable building design. A recognized leader in geo-exchange technology, Vladimir has designed several systems internationally and co-authored the Geo-Exchange System Design Guidelines for applications in British Columbia. Vladimir is the Engineer-of-Record for Gleneagles Community Centre, the first “constant temperature building” in North America, as well as the recently completed Creekside Community Centre, BC’s first LEED Platinum recreational facility. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

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