Partners

Jason F. McLennan
CEO

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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 seven 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 Lintott
Partner

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
Managing Partner

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.

Staff

Keith Armstrong

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

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.

Galen Carlson

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.

Sadie Carlson

Sadie Carlson is a designer who is driven by her optimism and value of intersectional sustainability. Sadie approaches all aspects of design with abundant exuberance and an empathetic worldview that integrates knowledge from her BArch, Sustainable Environments minor, and passion for human geography. Born and raised in California, Sadie has moved up and down the American west coast, studying at California Polytechnic State University, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and now lives in Seattle, Washington

Clay Cowan

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.

Justin Gammon

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.

Ben Hart

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 Henry

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 Jack

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

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.

Gregor McCarroll

Intern Architect AIBC, M.Arch, BEDS, BBA

When not designing buildings that strive to create positive change in our communities, Gregor can be found floating around the Salish Sea with his little family aboard their sailboat seeking adventures and delicious seafood to harvest and eat while at anchor. Gregor is an avid fisherman, surfer, and free diver.

Rhiannon Rozzano

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.

Chris Ryan

Intern Architect, B.Des, M.Arch

As a designer and artisan, Chris is interested in shaping meaningful relationships between place, people, and memory, while strengthening community, and increasing the impact of design in contributing to healthful daily life. With a background in industrial design for underserved communities, furniture fabrication, carpentry, and illustration, his approach is informed by social and ecological principles as foundations for deep green contextual design. He holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from UBC SALA, and a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University. Commitment to wellness and family is central, and he cherishes moments with his son, spouse and friends—swimming, hiking, paddling, cooking, sketching, building, and connecting.

Phaedra SvecAIA, 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.  

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.

Rushyan Yen, AIA LEED AP BD+C

As an architect with a background in urban ecology and fine art, Rushyan’s work successfully bridges research and design to solve complex problems using data-driven analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her commitment to creating equitable, sustainable, and healthy urban environments is fueled by her love of the natural world and the myriad cultures she’s encountered during her travels. An avid trail runner and hiker, she finds inspiration during long adventures in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Rushyan is a LEED accredited professional and holds dual master’s degrees in Architecture as well as Environmental Management from Yale University.

Interested in joining our team? See our Careers page.