Considered one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and green building movement today, Jason is a highly sought out designer, consultant and thought leader around the planet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design). He has been called the ‘Steve Jobs’ of the green building industry, a “World Changer” by GreenBiz magazine and has been selected as the Award of Excellence winner for Engineering News Record- one of the only individuals in the architecture profession to have won the award in its 52-year history.
McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge – the most stringent and progressive green building program in existence, as well as a primary author of the WELL Building Standard, which is sweeping the globe. He is the author of six books on Sustainability and Design – used by thousands of practitioners each year, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible’ for green building’ – and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council. He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world’ and works closely with world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, leading NGO’s, major universities, celebrities and influential development companies –all in the pursuit of a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He serves as the Chairman of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design – his own architectural and planning practice designing some of the world’s most advanced green buildings. McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines and newspapers around the world.
Christine operates our Victoria-based studio as Christine Lintott Architects Inc., an innovative building design studio providing architectural services to institutional, non-profit, and private sector clients across Canada and internationally. She is a registered Architect and Biomimicry Professional, with an expertise in whole system design solutions, BIM implementation and ecological integration. Trained in architecture, urban geography, urban agriculture, biomimicry and ecological performance standards, Christine has over 25 years experience in providing architectural design and coordinating registered professional consulting services.
Dale Duncan AIA LEED AP
Dale has a reputation for being the kind of project manager that isn’t finished until a project succeeds. Clients and designers alike know Dale as the responsive, go-to person who keeps the project on track. No matter what role he plays on the design team – and he can play many – his passion for good work, sustainability, and his commitment to quality turn concepts into reality.
Dale has been responsible for project management, materials selection, consultant coordination, supervision of construction-document production, and construction administration for major projects in Kansas City and surrounding communities.
Dale was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Kansas, and in 2016, he served as the President of the AIA-Kansas City chapter (over 1,000 members). He is a LEED accredited professional, registered in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Connecticut, and British Columbia, and holds CSI and NCARB memberships. Dale is Chairman of the Board of the Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.
Keith is a designer whose background in architecture and ecology brings a contextual, systemic perspective to designing restorative and humane environments that lends itself naturally to work on Living Building Challenge projects. His keen interest in emerging technologies, and their potential to transform the way we understand and approach the future of our built environment, provides a solid grounding for his work. Keith enjoys exploring the coastal environments of Vancouver Island at a toddlers’ pace with his young, and growing, family.
Laurie Aves is a designer and project leader. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. Laurie is inspired by the way buildings can affect their occupants and how thoughtful design can enhance someone’s everyday experience while in the space. She strongly believes that great design improves user experience not just through beauty but by finding the appropriate solution for each design challenge. She is excited by seeing designs evolve and come to life. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys this process at home in her garden, finding joy in discovering the right environment for each plant and watching it thrive.
Brad is an architect at McLennan Design with a passion for creating a zero-carbon built environment. He brings a broad range of experience to the firm from high-end custom residential to large scale commercial and cultural works. On every project Brad strives to elevate teams to go beyond industry standards through intense collaboration and integrated design. He also leads life cycle assessment research and project based studies to reduce the embodied energy of projects and develop LCA standards for the firm. Brad is a LEED accredited professional, a former Co-chair of AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment, and an active contributor to the University of Washington’s Carbon Leadership Forum.
Audrey is a bright-eyed architecture student humbly designing for people and places that are overlooked and neglected. Inspired by wild spaces and deep friendships, she has a heart for architecture that is founded in regeneration and engagement. Audrey is at the cusp of completing her Bachelor of Architecture and commencing her Master of Science of Architecture with research focusing on sustainability and social justice. As the summer intern at McLennan Design and a born-and-raised Midwesterner, Audrey is soaking in every minute of her new experiences in the Pacific Northwest where snowcapped mountains seem to slip into the sea. She couldn’t imagine a lovelier place to explore, process, and learn what it means to be an architect filled with purpose.
Garrett is an inspirited designer at McLennan Design who is grateful to be in a position to help push the tenets of regenerative design forward. His life-experience is an assimilation of landscaping, small business ownership, tiny house building, climate action, and sustainable architecture; all of which recently culminated in a Master of Architecture Degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. His Masters Project, Regenerative Design of the Historic Scobey Complex, was awarded the Dean’s Award for Best Masters Project out of 45 submissions. Given the ideal opportunity to team up with the world’s leading regenerative design practitioners, he and his family of three made the big move to the Pacific Northwest. The native-Texans are still in awe of the sheer beauty of the Washington landscape, and do their best to explore it as often as possible.
Galen Carlson is a young designer with a passion for innovative, mission-based design and a deep belief in the value of transformative relationships. His work is driven by a desire to push the envelope of design, technologically, ecologically, and relationally. A native Northwesterner, his love of the mountainous Pacific landscape serves as a constant source of inspiration for his work and home life. Galen holds a Master of Architecture degree with a specialization in Urban Design from the University of Oregon, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington.
Clay Cowan is a building technologist and project leader with a diploma in Building Technology from the Pacific Design Academy in Victoria. He has been involved in an array of built projects, from conceptual design assistance to development approvals and construction documentation and has a strong awareness of the design and construction process as a whole. Expanding on a lifetime of focus in art and drafting, Clay has an interest and love of experiential art and architecture; with no detail too small to go unappreciated. Born and raised in the forests of British Columbia, he would like to see more of this tranquil habitat interwoven into the ever-expanding urban environment.
Joshua M Fisher
Spanning a wide range of project types, Joshua leads McLennan Design’s creative media design efforts from the Bainbridge Island, Washington studio. His experience in architecture, design, art, and community activism has been a shaping factor in the evolution of the McLennan Design visual brand since its inception. Joshua uses this experience to tailor bespoke creative media efforts for the firm’s varied regenerative design clients.
Highly collaborative and team-oriented, Joshua brings each project to life with a fresh perspective and a compelling vision of how a regeneratively designed future might look. As a founding member of the McLennan Design team, Joshua has been contributing his unique artistic sensibility for five years as Director of Creative Media to projects spanning North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia. These projects have included a diverse range of master planning, urban design, hospitality, commercial and residential.
Joshua’s approach leverages best available technologies and the visual arts to communicate design aspirations through content creation that elevates projects’ potential and clients’ expectations. In his work, deep-green design integration happens at each stage of the process, from feasibility to concept design to marketing.
At home in the Pacific Northwest, Joshua takes inspiration from art, design, the outdoors, and skateboarding, and shares his love of life with his wife and two little boys.
Blake Gallagher, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Blake Gallagher is a project designer with McLennan Design. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Pulling inspiration from his passion for the natural sciences, he takes a holistic approach to understand a project’s transformative and sustainable potential. Blake’s work to date is based upon a design process that is strongly rooted in the consilience of knowledge and science. He has had a pivotal role in designing and delivering a wide range of project types and scales spanning the globe. He sees today’s explosion of accessible data and information as an explicit design tool, striving to leverage cutting edge digital technologies as a means to encourage a more rapid, iterative, and intelligent design process.
Justin is a designer, project leader and inveterate storyteller who holds degrees in both architecture and engineering. He has followed an eclectic professional path through fields as diverse as aerospace to photography and ironwork to museum exhibit design. He draws on this background to bring a solid understanding of place, program, structure, aesthetics and functionality to every project that he is involved with. Justin believes that our built environment is a repository for our collective stories and uses narrative as a tool for design exploration. Justin is a traveler, fly fisher, water colourist, unprejudiced music lover, and lifelong treehouse builder.
As a designer, Megan Greenfield is interested in collaborative, resilient design at all scales with a goal of discovering and creating beauty in everyday life. Megan was born in Seattle where she grew up with a strong sense of connection to and an inherent respect for the natural world. She is happiest when she is wandering the forests of the PNW. Megan received her undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington, and after several years working in architecture, returned to get her Master’s at the University of Oregon to focus on sustainable design. Megan’s love of design and of nature dovetail in her pursuit of holistic design solutions that weave human experience and the built environment with nature in complementary and mutually beneficial ways.
Ben Hart is a building technologist who holds a variety of Diplomas from Architectural Design to Blacksmithing & Metalwork with some Engineering in between. Creatively inspired by shapes in nature and often found somewhere near water cooing at wildlife Ben is motivated by a desire to leave things better than when he found them.
Michelle is a designer with a passion for making a creative difference through social good, education, and building communities. Her core expertise includes art direction, content creation, brand strategy, and in-house design management. By drawing from different cultures and personal experiences, the Midwestern native brings a global point of view to her work. She strives to find opportunities within her role to dream big no matter what size of the project. Michelle holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University.
Joe is a building technologist. He holds an Architectural Technologist Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. An Aboriginal Native from Northern B.C., he grew up building log homes with his Father. Joe’s spiritual connection to nature influences his desire to create sustainable buildings and communities. His multifaceted creations of audible and visual art steward his creative abilities.
Tim Kindrat is a registered Architect and highly versatile collaborator with experience across a broad range of building typologies including residential, commercial and educational projects. He is a thoughtful champion of the integrated design process and works to identify and support the best outcomes from multiple stakeholders and project contributors. Tim has extensive experience working with sustainable and regenerative design processes and has been the lead on Living Building Challenge projects in both British Columbia and Ontario.
Kristina Avramovic Oldani
Kristina is a storyteller who believes in the importance of words and the power of well appointed language to create change. Her work grows from a deep reverence and gratitude for wild places and the experiences to be had there. In return, she uses her words to urge people to consider their integral part in a natural world, and, when its protection and stewardship is threatened, demand change. Kristina grounds herself through daily forest walks and her other creative loves: ceramics and woodworking. She comes to the Northwest via the Midwest, where she was born and raised, and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Art History and Ceramics.
Rhiannon is the heart and hands of our studio located in Victoria. She is our Office Manager who connects with our clients, maintains our accounts, keeps the coffee fresh and our plants alive while cheering on and supporting the team. 12 years of Administrative experience working for a residential property management firm and a local general contractor – who both have long standing roots on Vancouver Island – has built a strong appreciation of our community on a human level and the ever-changing cityscape. Born and raised in Victoria, she continues to explore incredible Vancouver Island, and beyond, with her partner – usually with one of many dogs in tow.
Grace describes herself as an environmental technologist and biomimicry enthusiast whose exploration of natures systems help support and inform our own designs. Her experience in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Syllabus program and certification as a Passive House Design Consultant provide a strong grounding for her work. A tenacious and unapologetic environmentalist Grace draws on the wonder of our natural world and believe that its our collective duty to share this reverence with the younger generation, including her two fine boys. She loves the opportunity to play classical piano but is happiest when lost running along the west coast forest trails.
Phaedra Svec, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Phaedra is an architect, regenerative systems planner and Director of Regenerative Design with McLennan Design. With over 20 years of experience in the sustainable design movement, she has served as chief sustainability trouble maker on many award-winning, high-performance projects. A master at interrupting traditional process, she creates opportunities to infuse Biomimicry and regenerative design and development processes into an integrated design process. Phaedra’s approach to regenerative design and development is holistic, systems-based, inspired by living systems and deeply personal. She believes that regenerative design is not a new set of standards or best practices to comply with, but rather a way of coming to a project with a mind intent on discovering and improving the on-going vitality of a place and its living systems.
Bonnie Tabb brings her joyful exuberance for life and helpful nature to the role of Office Manager and Executive Assistant to McLennan Design. Finding delight in a similar role at the International Living Future Institute, Bonnie embraces the philosophies of design and sustainability that the McLennan team embodies. A native Washingtonian and an advocate for pedestrian commuting, Bonnie enjoys starting each day immersed in the vitality of nature juxtaposed with the built environment, during her walk to work. The daughter of a machinist, and the mother of a dancer and a teacher, she understands the power of craft, and the beauty of art and expression.
Jason Wilkinson, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Jason is a Project Architect with McLennan Design and brings 15 years of sustainable design experience on a variety of project types, including higher education, healthcare, commercial and civic projects. He is skilled at balancing his passion for advancing sustainability with humor, a positive outlook and careful listening. Jason has a collaborative team attitude and a commitment to delivering high quality results that emphasize practical solutions, he has been an active volunteer in his community providing pro-bono design services. His past experiences provide a foundation for his role at MD, moving sustainable design forward to new levels of integration and effectiveness.