2019 Awards Jury

2019 Architectural Awards Jury


Ted Watson Architect AIBC AAA OAA NSAA International Associate AIA FRAIC SCUP LEED AP

Jury Chair

Ted Watson is a partner, architect and LEED AP at MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. – a 75 person multi-disciplinary studio in Toronto, ON and recipient of the 2016 RAIC Architectural Firm Award. As a design partner and thought leader, Ted propels the firm’s vision and collective integrated approach. He has led many of the firm’s most innovative projects, with clients including the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, Auckland, McMaster, Queens and Centennial College. Ted’s recognized knowledge of campus and community design, paired with his enthusiasm, and strong communication skills has allowed him to contribute and elevate the experience and the environments of the communities he serves.


Mark Burkart Architect AIBC AAA MRAIC

Mark Burkart is a founding partner of award-winning architecture and interior design studio, McKinley Burkart Architects Inc. Based in Vancouver and Calgary, the firm recently celebrated 20 years of business around the world, with projects from Sao Paolo to London to Xi’an. Mark’s multi-disciplinary practice has led to the formation of McKinley Burkart’s divisions: Black Chamber, a creative think tank; Little Sister Branding and Graphic Design; and sister furniture company, Tableau Studios. He believes in a consistent voice carrying through every element of a project, from architecture and interiors to furniture and brand.


Courtney Healey Architect AIBC

Courtney holds a masters degree from the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and apprenticed at design firms in Rotterdam and Berlin. Locally, Courtney has contributed to the portfolios of WMW PUBLIC Architecture + Communication Inc. and MIZA Architects Inc. She’s worked on projects big and small, fast and slow, real and unreal, silly and serious, from exhibit design and interiors to institutional projects and large-scale public spaces. She is also a contributing writer at Canadian Architect Magazine. Prior to architecture, Courtney collaborated on high-profile public art installations across North America and served as art director for a non-profit artist workspace in New York City.


Mahbod Biazi Intern Architect AIBC

Mahbod completed his Master of Architecture at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and upon graduation received the Alumni Henry Elder Prize. With extensive studies in Japan and Iran, he is a designer and educator with several years of experience in development and planning. He is actively engaged in academic and critical discourse and has been a regular guest critic, member of thesis committees, conducted workshops and assisted with courses in drawing, design, architecture and sustainable planning at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and at BCIT. He was a former member of the City of Vancouver Development Board Advisory Panel. Currently, he is a lead project designer at Francl Architecture Inc., where he has led numerous complex mixed-use projects in the Lower Mainland. In addition, he serves as the vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee.


Venelin Kokalov

As Revery Architecture Inc.’s design principal, Venelin Kokalov, has shared his exceptional concept design abilities with the firm since 2002. Venelin is widely respected for his innovative integration of architectural function and form. He is recognized for his intuition and sensitivity to human interaction and special experiences. His award-winning creative intuition and commitment to design excellence are most recently evidenced in the University of Chicago’s campus in Hong Kong, recipient of a prestigious Prix Versailles, Xiqu Centre Opera House also in Hong Kong, both awarded through design competitions, and Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy Engineering building in Surrey, BC.


Ema Peter

Over the past 15 years Ema Peter has established herself as one of the leading architectural and interior photographers in Canada and has worked with many of the leading architects in the country. Based in Vancouver, Ema’s work has been published in the top international magazines including Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Elle Decoration, New York Times, Azure, Dwell, Western Living, Object and many more. Ema is an Architizer A+ Awards 2018 winner, in both the jury and public vote, and won the inaugural architectural photography award from Canadian Architect. Ema’s strives to create architectural images that have strong impact and include a human element. Ema holds a masters degree in applied photography from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was an intern at Magnum Photos in Paris where she learned from some of the most famous photojournalists in the world, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka, Abbas, René Burri and Elliot Erwitt.