The Art of Place Making

The term “ekistics”, coined by the renowned urban planner Doxiadis (1903-75), was derived from the Greek word oikos meaning settlement or home. It describes the interdisciplinary study of human settlement making. The issues of community require a broad knowledge base that is best understood through different backgrounds and perspectives. EKISTICS brings together an energetic team of design professionals representing a wide spectrum of expertise in planning, architecture and landscape architecture. The professional expertise of EKISTICS lies in our ability to bridge the gap between disciplines, to unveil the spirit of place, and to collectively design based on sound, innovative principles. From concept development to detailed design, EKISTICS possesses the experience and commitment to successfully realize award-winning projects. It has been said that design is more discovery than invention. With its comprehensive approach to results-oriented planning and architecture, EKISTICS has developed a respected reputation for creative, contextual and realistic responses to the complex issues of buildings and communities. EKISTICS’s work is exploratory as it strives to find innovative solutions that are appropriate to each unique context. The firm's work is always grounded within the framework of sound financial analyses. EKISTICS' reputation has been established primarily in Canada and China where numerous award-winning projects have been successfully constructed. The firm's proven approach has brought life to over 350 planning and architectural projects around the world. EKISTICS was founded in Vancouver in 1992 by Paul Rosenau. As President of EKISTICS, Paul leads the firm’s three offices in Vancouver, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh and currently focuses his attention on large-scale resort projects in Asia. He was later joined by Paul Fenske, Mark Monteiro, Ron Baerg and Mark Blackwood in order to expand the company's depth and grow its ability to service both local and international markets.


W. Paul Rosenau | rosenau (at)
President  |  BA (Urban Planning), BLArch (Landscape Architecture), MA (Urban Design), MCIP

Paul Fenske | fenske (at)
Principal  |  BLArch (Landscape Architecture), MA (Urban Planning & Design)

Mark Monteiro | monteiro (at)
Principal  |  BA (Urban Geography), BES (Architecture), MArch


Ron Baerg | baerg (at)
Principal  |  BLArch (Landscape Architecture), MArch

Mark Blackwood | blackwood (at)
Principal, Architect  |  ARCHITECT.AIBC, MRAIC, M.Arch, B.Tech


Steven Beyer | beyer (at)
Associate, Director of Landscape Architecture  |  BLArch, RLA (Florida 1641)

Damon Chan | chan (at)
Planning Technician & IT Manager  |  BA

Cathy Chen | chen (at)
Financial Controller  |  BA (Economic Management)

Gaylord Dela Cruz | delacruz (at)
Senior Landscape Designer / Urban Designer  |  BS Arch, AIA, PMP

Kim Dawson | dawson (at)
Office Reception and Coordinator  |  BA

John Owen de Lancie | delancie (at)
Planning + Design Technician  |  B.EnD (Hons), B.A, A.A.

Jeanette Elmore | elmore (at)
Urban Planner  |  BA, MEDes, MCIP

Sam McFaul | mcfaul (at)
Urban Design Technician  |  BEnds (Hons)

Monty Friesen | friesen (at)
Senior CAD & Graphics Technician  |  Dip. Civil Engineering Technology

Kevin Klassen | klassen (at)
Design Intern  |  BA

Yuqi Lei | lei (at)
Intern Landscape Designer  |  BSc, MLA, BCSLA Intern

Christie Lim | lim (at)
Accounting Assistant  |  BBA in Accounting

Athena Ren | ren (at)
Executive Assistant  |  BA, CITP

Thad Rosenau | trosenau (at)
Planning Technician  | 

Anna Shu | shu (at)
Executive Assistant  |  BA, MPs

Federico Sierra | sierra (at)
Associate, Urban Design  |  BArch, MArch, CPNIA

Elise Spearing | spearing (at)
Planning + Design Coordinator  |  BEnds (Hons)

Trang Hong Thi Tran | trangtran (at)
Manager of Vietnam Operations  |  BEco, MBA, Cert. Project Management

Menora Tse | tse (at)
Mapping / IT and Graphics Technician  |  BA

Lisa Wadsworth | wadsworth (at)
Creative Director  |  BA

Kelsey Walker | walker (at)
Landscape Designer  |  B. ES, MLA, BCSLA Intern

Peiqi Wang | wang (at)
Landscape Designer, Urban Designer  |  BLArch, MLArch

Don Wuori | wuori (at)
Senior Landscape Architect / Urban Designer  |  BLArch, BCSLA, CSLA

Lu Xu | xu (at)
Project Manager, Senior Landscape Architect, Urban Planner  |  BCSLA, CSLA

Leah Yan | yan (at)
Associate, Project Management  |  BArchSc

Sean Yen-Hsiao Lin | lin (at)
Landscape Designer  |  BLArch, MLArch


Julian Carnrite | carnrite (at)
Architectural Graduate  |  MArch, BEDS

Todd Hansen | hansen (at)
Project Manager + Architectural Technologist  |  Dip. Bldg Design & Technology

Peter Huang | huang (at)
Class A Registered Architect In China  |  BArchSc

Dana Huhn | huhn (at)
Marketing & Office Manager  |  BA

James Ma | ma (at)
Class A Registered Architect in China  |  MArch

Harald Merk | merk (at)
Architectural Graduate  |  Dipl-Ing Arch (FH)

Alberto Suarez | suarez (at)
Registered Architect in Spain and Cuba  |  B.Architect

Trang Hong Thi Tran | trangtran (at)
Manager of Vietnam Operations  |  BEco, MBA, Cert. Project Management

Robon (Po-Hsun) Tseng | tseng (at)
General Manager of China Operation  |  BArchSc, March

Sofia Villarreal | villarreal (at)
Intern Architect  |  AIBC, BEDS, MArch

Douglas Winter | winter (at)
Architectural Technologist  |  B.Tech (Arch)