Meet the People Behind the Places
Paul Rosenau founded EKISTICS in 1992, in Vancouver, Canada. He was later joined by partners; Paul Fenske, Mark Monteiro, Leah Yan (Planning), Ron Baerg and Mark Blackwood (Architecture), expanding the company’s depth and growing its ability to service both local and international markets. Now in our 25th year, our studio is currently supported by over fifty highly skilled design professionals with expertise in planning, architecture, urban design, stakeholder consultation, graphic design, resort planning, landscape architecture and integrated golf design.
W. PAUL ROSENAU
PRESIDENT + FOUNDER – URBAN PLANNING, BA, BLArch, MA
Paul is the principal owner and founder of EKISTICS. He brings an in depth knowledge of land development, planning and urban design to EKISTICS’ projects, allowing the firm to engage early and significantly in a variety of large-scale work. As President, he leads the firm’s three offices in Vancouver, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh.
Paul has an intuitive design sensibility, and has gained an international reputation for innovative, site sensitive and ecologically sustainable design in the field of urban design, site planning and resort architecture. Through his team at EKISTICS, he has undertaken the design of over 500 urban planning, residential and resort community projects in Canada, the Caribbean and Asia.
Holding undergraduate degrees in Urban Geography and Landscape Architecture and a master’s degree in Urban Design, Paul moved to the forefront of urban planning in Canada in the 1990’s with a vision of ‘humanizing the suburbs’. Through EKISTICS, he spearheaded a rethinking of standard land development models and their underlying assumptions and was able to achieve the successful approval and construction of some of Canada’s largest ‘new urbanism’ communities.
A published writer and adjunct professor, Paul lectures internationally on the subject of new urbanism, site planning, golf course community design, and sustainable urban design. He has received numerous awards including the PIBC Award of Merit for Outstanding Accomplishments in the Field of Planning, the Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal in Landscape Architecture and the University of British Columbia’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award for outstanding achievements in urban design and planning. Paul was also named one of Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 award recipients for Outstanding Achievements in Business.
Paul continues to reform contemporary design and planning theory based on the need to re-establish a renewed ‘sense of place’ and build ‘complete sustainable communities’ that are unique and endearing.
PRINCIPAL – URBAN PLANNING BLArch, MA (URBAN PLANNING & DESIGN)
As Canadian Planning Principal, Paul leads the firm’s local urban design and master planning projects. Holding professional degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Paul’s distinctive expertise lies in his ability to use design thinking to read the land, reconcile competing interests, and create design vision that captures the unique spirit of place.
Born on the east coast and raised in central Canada, Paul calls the west coast home. He approaches the disciplines of design and planning as partners in place making, seeking to foster understanding and strengthen the relationship between policy and built form, purpose and experience.
Work in Canada has increasingly required a broad spectrum of skills extending well beyond innovative design and planning to include market and financial feasibility, stakeholder engagement, infrastructure design standards, and development negotiation. Through his hands-on approach, Paul has developed a respected reputation for reconciling the competing interests underlying every project to realize change that is both sustaining and holistic.
Paul draws experience from both the private and public sectors, having worked in Community Parks on Vancouver Island and collaborated as Research Associate on the 1998 province-wide consultations and landmark report for the Provincial Review of the Agricultural Land Commission Act.
From international conference engagements to the classroom, Paul’s enjoyment of design is evident. He has lectured at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community + Regional Planning, as well as in Ottawa and Vancouver with Simon Fraser University’s City Program in Urban Design.
PRINCIPAL – URBAN DESIGN BA, BES, MArch
As a Principal at EKISTICS, Mark is responsible for the design and management of the firm’s international urban design, master planning and landscape architecture projects. With 25 years of experience in the design of complex local and international projects, Mark has developed a unique methodology to deliver high quality results that reveal and celebrate the unique attributes of a place.
Mark travels extensively in support of EKISTICS numerous international projects whilst also managing the firm’s Landscape Architecture Department. His involvement in detailed landscape architecture of the firm’s large planning projects ensures that the overall vision established in the master plan is carried through to the detailed implementation of the public realm and open space.
Trained as an Architect, Mark has a particular interest and specialization in a holistic approach to design that balances Architecture, Planning and Landscape to create site and culture specific meaningful places. Integration of these disciplines forms the philosophical foundation of EKISTICS – to create memorable human habitats with a balance between built form, open space and public realm.
In addition to a wide range of private sector design and project management experience, Mark spent a number of years as the Senior Architect-Urban Design with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, a federal crown corporation whose mandate is to plan and build the National Canadian Capital City of Ottawa. During his time he designed and managed numerous projects within the Canadian Federal National Capital Core.
PRINCIPAL – GENERAL MANAGER OF CHINA OPERATION, BArch.SCI.
As the General Manager of China Operations, Leah manages the administration; coordination and communication of EKISTICS work in China. She plays a pivotal role, ensuring critical synchronization between clients, consultants and design teams in the Vancouver studio.
Leah possesses a unique and diverse skill set, with an understanding of architecture, planning and landscape design, combined with fluency in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, that places her at the nexus of EKISTICS work in China. With a diverse background of growing up in China, and a professional Architectural education in Canada, Leah possesses a special insight in bridging the unique aspects of Western and Asian cultures, ensuring a seamless execution of EKISTICS international work.
Leah’s full time presence in EKISTICS Shanghai office as a Principal ensures effective and timely coordination with Asian based clients on a daily basis. Leah lives in Shanghai and travels extensively throughout the country in support of EKISTICS international projects.
PRINCIPAL – MArch, BLArch
Ron is a principal at EKISTICS Architecture, leading a creative team of architects and designers participating in a wide range of architectural, urban design and planning projects both locally and internationally. With a primary focus on architecture, Ron integrates the disciplines of urban design, planning, landscape architecture and architecture into EKISTICS’ design process and solutions.
Designing buildings in context is a driving force behind his approach, exploring innovative solutions to complex programs at a variety of scales, while consistently bringing a thoughtful consideration of form, space and material. Ron pushes the boundaries of convention bringing life and excitement to each new project.
Ron understands the realities of the many forces that shape a successful project, be it physical, financial, marketing or technical, Ron has the ability to turn constraints into opportunities for his clients.
With a professional degree in Landscape Architecture and a Masters in Architecture, his comprehensive approach to design has resulted in successful projects in Canada, China, Africa and Vietnam with a focus on resort, hotel, community center and clubhouse buildings. With an interest in wood design and technology Ron lead a team to design one of the first modern glulam buildings in China.
PRINCIPAL – ARCHITECT AIBC, MRAIC, MArch, B.TECH(ARCH)
As a principal at EKISTICS Architecture Inc. and a licensed Member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), Mark manages the firm’s business development and architectural projects in BC, and leads a team of talented architects, building technologists, and designers.
Mark believes in a collaborative design and construction process, working alongside clients and municipalities throughout the approvals process. His projects range from large scale mixed-use master planned communities to boutique townhome developments and custom residences.
Holding degrees in Architectural Science and a Master’s degree in Architecture, Mark has received numerous academic awards including the Henry Adams Medal in Architecture and an honorary membership into the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Mark began his career working for both architectural and structural engineering firms in Ontario and British Columbia where he gained an appreciation for the tectonics of architecture working on institutional projects for municipal governments and First Nations clients.
Mark strives for design solutions with a sustainable approach to architectural and planning issues. His work pursues ‘green’ strategies and technologies whenever possible to reduce the environmental impact of development and examples of his projects have been published in both wood industry journals and sustainable building magazines.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL DESIGN, BArch, MArch, CPNIA
Federico plays a key role in the design of hillside projects, providing innovative solutions to building in challenging terrain. Part of the EKISTICS team since its inception in 1992, he has gained a reputation for his ability to implement optimal road and building solutions in a way that is sensitive to the preservation of the unique natural attributes of a development site. Federico applies this specialized skill-set to the design and management of EKISTICS golf and resort projects, both in Canada and internationally.
With an academic background in architecture, Federico brings over 25 years of professional experience as an urban designer and site planner. His expertise lies in architectural design as it relates to urban form, addressing large-scale design issues in the context of livability at a human scale.
Federico has been instrumental in the company’s international growth, bringing EKISTICS’ design solutions to clients in the Americas, Asia and Africa.
DIRECTOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, BLArch
As the Director of Landscape Architecture, Steven manages a team of design professionals, providing Planning and Landscape Architecture services to a wide variety of projects throughout China. With over 25 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture, Steven’s principal expertise lies in his ability to transform client needs into practical and beautiful solutions, creating truly spectacular places.
Steven brings a broad understanding and diverse set of skills to his work at EKISTICS. While highly skilled in technical and computer design software, Steven truly excels as an artist, creating beautiful designs by hand. Drawing since childhood, Steven is an award-winning artist, exhibiting his paintings in multiple galleries and shows.
Since joining EKISTICS, Steven has been a key designer for tourism resorts, urban mixed use projects, new communities and cities across China. He excels with conceptual design, from planning new communities to designing boutique resorts, and enjoys translating big ideas into real solutions from detailed landscape architectural design through construction.
Holding a degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, Steven began his career in Florida, becoming licensed in the state in 1999, and leading the creative direction in prestigious international design firms for luxury resorts, prominent communities and new towns. Joining EKISTICS in 2011, Steven draws upon his diverse experience to guide his design of new projects.
Steven travels extensively in support of EKISTICS numerous international projects, applying his passion for innovation and his ability to create design solutions that are both functional and aesthetically inspiring. His many travels to cities, museums and art galleries throughout Europe and Asia continually work to stimulate his interest in art and its assimilation into progressive landscape architecture.
As Creative Director, Lisa leads the creative vision of the EKISTICS brand identity and communication design and is responsible for advancing, managing and developing our brand vision, look and feel. Through her extensive experience in graphic design and branding, Lisa guides a team of designers and professionals overseeing and managing simultaneous projects and delivering effective design solutions. In addition, she ensures quality control for graphics, adhering to the studio’s brand standards and reflecting our goals, values and culture.
An ideas person and hands on creative, Lisa studied Art and Design in England before focusing on Design Communications and developing her talent for graphic design. Creating and designing professionally for over 15 years, Lisa has worked with multiple brands and businesses as a graphic designer, art director and lead creative, gaining extensive experience in design and branding – something she is truly passionate about.
Lisa’s expertise and skill set cover a wide range of areas within the creative industry, including; graphic design, art direction, conceptual design, brand management, social media strategy and creative direction. Developing engaging marketing concepts to beautiful vision books and presentations, Lisa approaches each project with enthusiasm and attention to detail, bringing a passionate energy to her work and delivering exceptional designs.