- Venelin KokalovDesign Principal604 682 1881
Venelin Kokalov is the studio’s Design Principal and Principal-in-Charge. Having worked closely with the firm’s founder, Bing Thom, for more than two decades, Venelin now leads the practice, creating exceptional designs and a rich, distinctive visual language. His passion and commitment to design excellence have been recognized with numerous awards and honours – within Canada and internationally.
Trained in both architecture and structural engineering, with a background strongly rooted in traditional craftsmanship, Venelin is widely respected for seamlessly weaving together established and contemporary technologies in innovative ways. Acknowledged for his intuition and sensitivity to form, space, and composition, he demonstrates a unique ability to make architecture work, make it meaningful, and above all, make it beautiful.
Under Venelin’s direction, the studio won prestigious international competitions for the new Xiqu Opera House in Hong Kong and for the University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong, home of the Booth School of Business. His creative vision for design is evident in the completed Surrey City Centre Library in Surrey, BC, the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, and most recently the Guildford Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC.
- Shinobu HommaTechnical Principal604 682 1881Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC
Shinobu Homma is Revery Architecture’s Technical Principal and oversees the design development, building envelope and construction documentation of Revery’s projects. Shinobu grew up in the Niigata Prefecture in Japan, in a household that practised traditional Japanese joinery. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Architecture degree at the Tokyo University of Science before immigrating to Canada in the early 1980s.
Exuding endless energy, Shinobu has contributed to the success of the firm for more than 25 years. He is a respected mentor for Revery’s next generation of designers and has more than 35 years of professional experience in Canada, USA, and Japan. His in-depth expertise in fine detailing stems from his extensive technical knowledge and design sensitivity. As a result, Shinobu’s fundamental role within Revery ensures the superior quality and integrity of building detailing for all of our projects.
Outside of the office, Shinobu is also a passionate and well known volunteer in the community and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his service, achievements and contributions to Canada.
- Francis YanDirector852 3727 2368Architect AIBC, MRAIC, OAA, RIBA, HKIA, LEED AP
Francis Yan brings nearly 40 years of international experience in design, project and construction contract management, and technical trouble-shooting. Francis worked for some of Hong Kong’s leading design firms before moving to Toronto in 1988 where he lived for three years. Returning to Asia In 1991, he spent the next six years working on the US $1.2 billion Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre project while at the same time completing his Master of Science in Project Management at the University of Singapore.
Joining the Hong Kong office of Revery (formerly Bing Thom Architects) in 1999, Francis excels in design, project management, delivery and construction administration – attributes that enable him to embrace design concepts formulated by the design leads and to carry through the design development, documentation, procurement and successful delivery of the studio’s largest, most complex, and award-winning projects.
Francis has served as Practice Consultant for the AIBC’s Practice Standards Consultation Service and was a member of the Institute’s Contracts Committee. An avid practitioner of Revery’s “Master Builder” approach to architecture, Francis has established a successful relationship of collaborating with the local trades. Indeed, he was a member of the Canadian Design Build Institute from 2007 to 2013 and introduced the firm’s “Designer Led Design Build Procurement Strategy” to fellow members at the Institute’s 2007 Annual Conference.
With Revery successfully awarded the Xiqu Centre project in Hong Kong, Francis currently lives full-time in Hong Kong where he is Managing Director of the Xiqu Centre project and Revery Architecture’s Hong Kong office. Francis is a Registered Architect in Hong Kong, a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, and he served as an Authorized Person (Architect) between 1984 and 1995.
- Ling MengDirector604 682 1881 x229MCIP, RPP, PHD, Urban Planning
Ling Meng is a designer and urban planner renowned for his deep appreciation of the relationship and influences between architecture and the urban context. Known for his innovative ideas and creativity, Ling’s greatest strength is his ability to balance all aspects of the project and handling complex challenges without compromising the integrity of the design.
Ling Meng grew up in Tianjin, China where he received his first degree in architecture. He then won a series of scholarships to study at Japan’s most prestigious university, the University of Tokyo, where he completed a Master in Urban Design, followed by a PhD in Urban Planning. Shortly after coming to Canada, Ling worked on commercial projects in Richmond, the Concord Pacific Development in False Creek, and the Killarney Community Centre before joining Revery (formerly Bing Thom Architects) in 1999. Since then, Ling has been the lead urban designer, integrating Revery’s projects into the urban fabric of their surrounding communities. These include Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong, Arena Stage in Washington DC, Arts Commons in Calgary, and Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering (SE3P) building in Surrey, BC.
- Earle BriggsDirector852 3727 2386BARCH
With over 30 years of experience, Earle Briggs is one of Revery’s senior Project Directors. After training at Carlton University in Ottawa and subsequently working for a number of years in Toronto, Earle moved to the West Coast in the early 1990s to take a position at Revery (formerly Bing Thom Architecture). Since then he has been responsible for a wide range of high profile projects around the world, both with Revery and other prominent design firms. Earle has particular expertise in the design and construction of complex cultural building types, coordinating diverse interest groups, and delivering projects with distinct design integrity.
Notably, Earle has led teams on a number of significant performing arts projects, including: the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Fisher Centre for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Novartis International Auditorium, La Maison Symphonique, St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre and most recently the Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong. Earle’s calm working style and intense work ethic are legendary since he always ensures his projects maintain an even keel throughout all stages of the work.
- Maria TangDirector, Finance604 682 1881 x204CA, CPA (Delaware, US)
Maria joined Revery Architecture in 2015 and brings to our team over 15 years of international work experience in accounting and finance, including senior experience with Ernst & Young and the resource industry. Maria has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Nankai University and holds both a Chartered Accountancy and American Institute of Certified Public Accountant designations (Delaware). A strategic and big-picture thinker, Maria has the ability to roll up her sleeves and handle the day-to-day financial activities of our firm as well as forecasting and planning, and project management. Maria manages all aspect of the Revery Architecture’s accounting and operational finance for our Vancouver, Washington and Hong Kong offices. She works closely with our project teams ensuring they receive timely and accurate financial information and analysis that is beneficial to both Revery and our clients.
- Lisa PotopsinghAssociate Director604 682 1881 x249Architect AIBC
Associate Director Lisa Potosingh has been key member of the Revery Architecture team (formerly Bing Thom Architects) for 14 years and has more than 17 years of combined local and international architectural experience. The majority of Lisa’s experience encompasses institutional and cultural projects such as libraries, university buildings, galleries and recreational centres. A passion for great design and exceptional technical proficiency plus strong interpersonal and organizational skills have ensured Lisa’s role as project manager on numerous projects, including those with tight schedules and challenging technical requirements such as the Surrey City Centre Library, the Guildford Aquatic Centre, and most recently, Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering (SE3P) building in Surrey, BC.
In addition to her role as Project Lead, Lisa has been involved in developing functional programs for clients, working with local authorities in achieving permit approvals, and in the business development of Revery Architecture
- Amirali JavidanAssociate Director604 682 1881 x241B.Sc. (Arch.), M.Arch.
A graduate of McGill University, Amirali Javidan has been an integral member of the Revery team for over 15 years and is involved in the design and implementation of architectural and urban design projects. During this time, Amirali has led many high profile and complex project including the Tarrant County College Campus project and the Trinity Uptown Masterplan in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. His credits also include the Aberdeen Square commercial and residential developments in Richmond, BC, the Guildford Aquatic Centre in Surrey, BC, the renovation and expansion of Arena Stage theatre complex in Washington, and the Xiqu Opera House in Hong Kong.
Most recently, as Project Director of the highly coveted ‘Butterfly’ project, a residential mixed-use development in downtown Vancouver, Amirali was instrumental in liaising with the City of Vancouver and the West End community to successfully steer the project through the Rezoning and Development Permit stages. The project has been highly acclaimed both for its iconic form and design, and its revolutionary approach to community building, with emphasis on social, human behavioural and environmental sustainability.
Apart from his keen sense of design and planning, Amirali holds tremendous leadership and managerial skills, which have enabled him to execute large complex projects on time and budget, while meeting the needs of their multiple stakeholders.
- Bibianka FehrAssociate Director604 682 1881 x211Dipl.-Ing. (FH)
Trained in Europe as an Interior Architect at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany, Bibi Fehr joined Revery (formerly Bing Thom Architects) in 2004 and quickly became the studio’s lead interior designer. She is a passionate and gifted communicator who works extremely well with building owners and users alike.
With her impressive talent for functional programming, space planning and project management, combined with exceptional design skills, Bibi has played a key role in Revery’s ability to successfully complete projects within tight schedules and despite challenging technical requirements. Bibi has played an important role on most of the recent significant buildings produced by Revery including Arena Stage, Tarrant County College, Surrey City Centre Library, Aberdeen Square, MacEwan University, Xiqu Centre and Surrey Central City.
- Jacqueline WilesAssociate604 682 1881 x209Architect AIBC
Jacqueline joined Revery in 2007 and has over 15 years of local and international architectural experience. As a valued project architect, Jackie’s diligence and exceptional communication skills ensure her teams operate efficiently and projects are well executed, often within tight schedule and budgetary constraints.
The majority of Jackie’s experience has encompassed large educational and civic facilities such as public libraries, university buildings, and arts and cultural projects. From commercial concessions to large, multi-storey buildings in downtown city centers, Jackie’s portfolio also includes LEED certified and award-winning projects across Canada. She is involved on SFU’s Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering (SE3P) in Surrey, BC and was integral to the success of MacEwan University’s Allard Hall – the new urban centre for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications in Edmonton, AB. Jackie also led the third phase of the highly successful Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, and was a key team member on Calgary’s SAIT Parkade project.
- Marcos HuiAssociate604 682 1881 x223MARCH
A graduate of UBC, Marcos has been working with Revery Architecture for well over a decade and is one of the most well rounded designers in the office. Trained as an artist and coming from a previous career as a graphic designer, his unique approach to architecture balances composition, scale, detail and aesthetic expression. Marcos’ considerable strength as a designer is supplemented by his technical and administrative expertise. His breadth of knowledge has been rounded out by his project experience which includes the full range of residential, institutional and civic projects.
Marcos is currently managing the University of Chicago Hong Kong Campus project and prior to that was the project leader on the Sunset Community Centre and Surrey City Centre Library. He was also a key member of the design team on DC’s Woodridge Library and played a key construction administration role for Phase 2 of the Aberdeen Centre project in Richmond. Typical of all Revery’s projects, the relationship with our client is of upmost importance and Marcos is well respected for his ability to communicate and manage projects efficiently and effectively.
- Katrina WrightCorporate Marketing & Communications Manager604 682 1881 x239BA (Hons.), University of the West of England, Bristol, England
Katrina has worked in Marketing and Communications since 2003, predominantly with architectural, engineering and construction firms in Downtown Vancouver. Her diverse background also encompasses TV/Film production, international hospitality management, and public relations.
Originally from England, Katrina graduated university in Bristol with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, double majoring in French and German. She spent the next several years working in the UK, Europe, and the Maldive Islands before immigrating to Canada in the mid-’90s where she settled in Vancouver. Outside of the office, she is an avid amateur photographer who loves animals, nature, writing and travel.
- Peter Bohdal604 682 1881
- Shawn Bukhari604 682 1881 x238Communications Designer
- Alex Buss604 682 1881 x227Architect AIBC
Alex Buss is a licensed architect with a diverse background in architecture, design and technology. He has had international exposure at Revery Architecture across a diverse range of project types and scales including a public library, performing arts centres, and mixed-use developments. Alex’s strength is his versatility in problem solving, liasing with clients and the public while commanding strong technical knowledge and software proficiency. He plays an instrumental role in all phases of project delivery with his ability to bridge concept design and Building Information Modelling through parametric opportunities and analysis.
With a background in interaction design and technology, Alex brings skills that cross disciplines, media, and scale while engaging emerging trends and technologies. Alex holds a Master of Architecture earning the RAIC Student Medal and a Bachelor of Design studying in Japan, Denmark, and Canada. Alex remains involved academically as a regular guest critic at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
- Noah Cai604 682 1881
- Kyle Chan604 682 1881 x252Architect AIBC, HKIA, LEED Green Assoc.
Kyle has been working with Revery Architecture since 2012. Prior to this, Kyle worked as a designer on several residential developments in Metro Vancouver, as well as bringing a decade of experience working in Hong Kong on large-scale, complex and fast-track projects including an airport terminal, transit rail stations, an exhibition centre and commercial developments. Kyle is a well-rounded architect with experience in all phases of projects. She has a particular passion for detailed design and has led several teams in the completion of construction drawing packages. Her Revery Architecture project experience includes the Xiqu Centre for the West Kowloon Cultural District and the University of Chicago’s Center in Hong Kong, as well as the Centre for Arts and Culture at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
- Anthony Cheng604 682 1881 x 231
- Yumi Cross604 682 1881 x247Interior Designer, RID, BID, LEED®AP
- Alexander CruzLEED Green Associate
- Andrea Flynn604 682 1881 x220MARCH
- Daniel Gasser604 682 1881 x228M.Arch
- Kimberley Glauber604 682 1881
- Lee-Ann KamProject Administrator604 682 1881 x236
- Johnnie Kuo852 3727 2382IA AIBC, LEED AP ND, LEED AP BD+C
- Nicole Hu604 682 1881 x244AT AIBC, LEED AP
- Jennifer LamOffice Manager and Accounting Assistant604 682 1881 x205
- Kwan Lam852 3727 2383
- Sam Huang604 682 1881 x221AIA
Sam Huang is a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Revery Architecture with over 10 years of professional experience. Working closely with clients, consultants and shareholders, Sam leads multi-disciplinary teams effectively delivering built projects locally and internationally.
An adept project manager, Sam is currently overseeing a couple of residential mixed-use projects under development in Vancouver. Prior to joining Revery Architecture, he has played a key role in the design of several large scale, mixed-use projects throughout the United States and Asia, notably skyscrapers in China & Singapore. Sam is a Registered Architect in the state of New York and an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
- Basia Opiol604 682 1881 x246Interior Designer, BID
- Kailey O’Farrell604 682 1881 x242
- Jie Liu604 682 1881 x215M.Arch, LEED Green Assoc.
- Cody Loeffen604 682 1881 x218
- Chun Choy852 3727 2387
- Mark MelnichukM.Arch
- Shunrai Saito604 682 1881
- Steven Schmidt604 682 1881 x214B.Arch Sci
- Sanaz Nooshafarin604 682 1881 x216MLA, BArch
- Culum Osborne604 682 1881 x248Intern Architect AIBC, MARCH, LEED AP BD+C
Culum is an intern architect with Revery Architecture. A graduate of Tulane University, Culum’s experience prior to joining Revery includes transit design with Perkins+Will, industrial design with Joel Berman Glass, and work on several housing projects in Vienna, Austria. Culum’s education in New Orleans influenced his interests in ecological design and urban form, and as a LEED AP Culum contributes knowledge in sustainable design practices to Revery Architecture projects.
Culum has contributed to various public and cultural projects with the firm. As a team member on the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in Hong Kong, Culum assisted with the design development and technical coordination of the Teahouse and Seminar Hall, two intimately-scaled theatres. Culum furthered his experience in theatre design on the Tianjin Binhai Civic Centre & Theatre, working on the conceptual design and detailing of the complex’s main proscenium and black box theatres. In addition, Culum has also contributed to two higher education projects with Revery, working on the design documentation of the University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong and assisting with the program development of a new school for Art, Design, and Music for the University of Alberta. Culum has also contributed to several of Revery’s Vancouver projects, including the mixed-use Burrard and Nelson development.
- Arthur Tseng604 682 1881 x245Architect AIBC, LEED® AP
Arthur is one of the many well-rounded architects at Revery Architecture, and has a solid span of expertise ranging from concept visioning to construction administration of Revery’s designs. He has been a key member of the firm’s most prominent projects of all scales and complexity, most recently on the Xiqu Opera House Centre and the award-winning Guildford Aquatic Centre. Arthur’s technical proficiency and management skills are complemented by a refined design sensibility and strong commitment to production quality at Revery.
Prior to joining the firm, Arthur has worked with firms in China, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. With background in commercial, residential and civic projects, he brings a holistic approach and critical role to the successful delivery of Revery’s projects.
- Elaine Tong604 682 1881 x210Architect AIBC, LEED® AP
- KK Wong852 3727 2383
- Zhuoli Yang604 682 1881LEEP AP BD+C
- Vivian Yu852 3727 2381