Thinkspace

Veronica Burch – Interior Design Lead

We are pleased to announce that Veronica Burch will fill the role of Interior Design Lead on our Thinkspace team in Surrey.

Veronica advocates for projects to elevate the human spirit with designs that enhance workflow, social interaction, and community engagement while preserving the natural environment.

Veronica champions social justice by sensitively addressing the client’s practical, cultural and demographic challenges, and designing environments where people feel welcome, included, and socially supported.

She examines a project from multiple viewpoints to create inventive yet common-sense solutions to complex problems and site conditions.

Her approach with clients is to synthesize their needs, vision and ethos to design experientially rich spaces, mindful of budgets and program requirements.

“Thoughtfulness, empathy and common sense drive my design approach,” explains Veronica. “I would like my clients to feel that I conduct myself in a friendly, professional and authentic manner and that they collaborated in a design process that was inclusive, creative and yielded superb results.”

Veronica studied architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and holds a Bachelor Degree of Environmental Design and Architecture.

She has worked on projects in London, Helsinki, Toronto and Vancouver and collaborated with Disney Industrial Light and Magic, Splunk, Greenpeace, Avigilon and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. This gave Veronica the rich experience that has enhanced her technical knowledge and offered fresh perspectives and insights.

The result is a work portfolio that is diverse, including residential, workplace, cultural and educational environments.

When Veronica is not working, her time is focused on her husband and their two lovely children, as well as enjoying yoga, reading and hiking. Her other creative outlet is celebrating the culinary spectrum of different cultures.

Construction Update: Freedom High School Performing Arts Center and CTE Building

 

Our project in California, Freedom High School’s Performing Arts Center and CTE building, broke ground this summer. These two new buildings will provide the high school with additional classroom spaces, new workshops and a state of the art theater that can seat 300 people. The design of this project was an effective collaboration with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), who is now administrating construction. We can’t wait for more updates!

Gus Spanos – Senior Architect

We are pleased to announce that Gus Spanos has accepted the role of lead healthcare architect in our Surrey office.

Gus is also assuming a leading role in client relations, marketing, business development, and acquisition of new projects.

This seasoned professional brings three decades of diversified design-build experience, including projects such as critical response (fire stations, police facilities), art galleries, healthcare, post-secondary, residential and commercial.

Gus has led large project teams and stakeholder groups to collaborate and facilitate decisions on project vision, design, constructability and sustainability.

In recent years Gus’s practice has cultivated specific expertise in the healthcare and post-secondary markets for infrastructure upgrades and building care facilities and teaching spaces.

“For me, the work is about creating compelling and robust environments that can be used and enjoyed for years. I am motivated to enhance the cultural context and add value and insight into the design.”

A benefit of this diverse experience is his ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders while maintaining an open line of communication throughout every phase of a project.

Gus has long been a practitioner and teacher of karate, having achieved a 5th-degree black belt in the discipline. He is also a volunteer minor hockey coach, which he does for the joy of giving back and helping kids improve their skills while having fun. Gus is also an avid road cyclist.