Principal and founding partner of Vancouver-based Integra Architecture, Duane Siegrist is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture, educated as an urban designer with a strong background in engineering skills. His current design work includes a wide variety of notable projects ranging from multi-family residential concrete buildings, high-rise construction, wood-frame construction, senior assisted living and care facilities to mixed use retail/office projects. Duane has also enjoyed finding innovative design solutions for several active varied type British Columbia based societies that focus on special needs housing and community centres. His work history also includes extending his accomplished expertise and unique design skills to China and maintained an office. Whether locally, nationally or internationally, Duane builds solid lasting relationships with clients and developers, thriving on the benefits of working closely with contractors to create memorable crafted projects. Despite the demands of a busy firm, Duane finds time to share his knowledge and experience through educating, mentoring and assisting young architects to enhance positive development within the profession. Active as an architect in New Brunswick, Alberta, Nova Scotia, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and locally at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. As an architect Duane is also a professor at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia providing instructional classes to incoming architects relative to the building codes and construction administration process. He also has been nominated to several local municipalities advisory design panels, providing advice to planning departments and also nominated as a member of Architectural Institute of British Columbia Regulatory Coordination Committee - helping improve building regulations and the practice of architecture.
Dale Staples is a principal and founding partner of Integra Architecture and has been a registered architect since 1992. Upon completion of BCIT's Building Construction Technology program, Dale attended the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Halifax, where he earned his BArch in Architecture and Environmental Design. Dale works extensively in multi-family residential and mixed-use projects in British Columbia and Alberta. From design, working drawings and detailing, to construction administration, he remains thoroughly engaged in the process. As a member of Advisory Design Panel for City of Surrey he provides advice about proposed public and private development, and new urban design policy.
Rhys Leitch joined Integra in 2013 after working in award-winning firms on a range of sustainable design, high-end custom single-family, multi-family, and mixed-use residential developments. Originally from Australia, Rhys brings a unique approach to contemporary west coast architecture, paying special attention to the way materials, massing, and design respond to the context of a site. He hopes to help Integra maximize the potential of new design technologies like 3D BIM software, while continuing to craft environmentally sustainable, contemporary design.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Shamus Sachs moved to Vancouver to complete his Masters of Architecture at UBC after completing his undergraduate degree in Architecture at Washington University in St Louis. With over 18 years of experience, Shamus has worked on custom homes, hotels, restaurants, and detailed interiors in LA, New York, Puerto Rico, Colorado, Mexico, and Vancouver. Shamus is eager to bring his attention to detail and focus on sustainability to multi-family development, listening to clients’ needs and translating them into thoughtfully designed projects.
Collin Truong brings over 21 years of experience with an extensive portfolio of projects, including small- to large-scale multi-family, mixed-use, and commercial developments, and complex institutional health care projects. He is passionate about enhancing the lives of the end user, while also maintaining solid, lasting relationships with clients. Collin works to ensure that all his projects are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also financially, socially and environmentally responsible.
Originally from Scotland, Steve Watt has over 23 years of experience working on projects across Scotland and Vancouver. Beyond his contributions to numerous, custom single-family homes over the years, he brings an impressive track record of success in developer-led projects ranging from townhomes, apartments, high-rise mixed-use, and commercial in both wood frame and concrete construction. Steve takes a conscientious and collaborative approach to design, attentive to detail and to clients’ needs at every stage of the design process.
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