Archives: Staff

Our Team

01

Meredith Mitchell

BCSLA CSLA ISA – Principal, Landscape Architect, Arborist

Meredith Mitchell formed M2 Landscape Architecture in 2010 and is the firm’s Principal Landscape Architect. She is responsible for conceptual design, project management and client /consultant communications. She manages a varied team of nine professionals who all bring different skills to the firm. She has a good relationship and works proficiently with most of the regional authorities in successfully guiding her projects through the approval permitting process.

She was previously an associate at DMG Landscape Architects where she was a key designer and project manager for multi-family residential, commercial, and other projects. She joined DMG in 1997 from the University of Manitoba where she completed a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture. It was not her first exposure to landscape architecture as she grew up working for her father David Mitchell (Principal of DMG Landscape Architects).

Meredith has several other interests. She is an ISA certified arborist who believes that strategic coordination of landscape architecture and arboriculture is fundamental for the successful completion of a project. Her undergrad Ba, Archaeology, from Simon Fraser University fostered her interest in the preservation of historic landscapes.

In her private life, she is an accomplished jewelry designer with an interest in silversmithing.

Professional Affiliations

  • British Columbia Association of Landscape Architects
  • Alberta Association of Landscape Architects
  • Canadian Association of Landscape Architects
  • Washington State Association of Landscape Architects
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Pacific Northwest Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture (PNWISA)
02

Stephanie Sirot

Finance and Administration Manager

Stephanie is originally from France and has been calling Canada home for over ten years.

She has been managing the company’s financial, human resources and administrative matters since 2012.

Stephanie has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Savoie, France, and a Diploma in Accounting Administration from CDI College Vancouver.

Prior to joining M2, she held similar positions for companies in various sectors such as tourism, mining, education and non-profit. Her experience spans over fifteen years.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, reading, going to the movies and photography.

03

Thomas Kyle

BLA , AVCA- Senior Designer

Thomas graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and from the Victoria College of Art with an Associateship degree in drawing, painting, and design. He founded the Landscape design programme at Langara College and acted as its principal instructor.

For approximately 18 years Thomas has designed and functioned as project coordinator for a wide variety of projects including large residential estates, public plazas, multi residential developments and wetland reclamation.

He has worked with architects, clients and designers in several cities including Los Angeles, Tel-Aviv, Vancouver and New York. His work is published in several design magazines and has received best design awards five years running from the leading design website HOUZZ.

Thomas joined the dynamic group at M2 Landscape Architecture in 2012 and brings his design experience and project management skills to a wide variety of over 200 projects in the company. From concept to completion, he keeps a tight eye on successfully navigating the diverse and ever-evolving city requirements while maintaining project quality and design integrity. He strongly values clear communication with stakeholders and consultants as an important ingredient to the ultimate success of each project. Thomas is passionate about design and brings this energy to every project.

When he’s not working, he spends as much time as possible laughing with family and children, visiting with friends, playing with puppies, going to art galleries and singing in the shower every morning before work.

04

Preston Toy

BCSLA Associate – Landscape Designer

Preston joined M2 Landscape Architecture in 2015, providing a variety of experience in urban design, sustainable community development, and open space master planning for commercial and public realm projects across Western Canada.

With a foundational background in turfgrass management and sports facility design, he brings a unique approach with technical expertise and hands-on knowledge to harmonize creativity and construction practicality in all styles of landscape architecture.

Dynamic and innovative, Preston is responsible for conceptual design and drafting, in addition to on-site field reviews and construction administration for multi-residential and public recreational projects at M2. He has a strong interest in project management and focuses on thorough communication with clients, consultants, and contractors to maintain consistent relationships throughout every stage of development.

Preston was previously a landscape technician at IBI Group and a parks designer in Burnaby following graduation from the Landscape Architectural Technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Since then, he has also received a graduate certificate in Urban Design from Simon Fraser University, as well as completing programs in Golf Course Design at the Golf Management Institute of Canada and visual rendering and 3D modeling at Gaia College.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Preston relocated to the west coast in 2012 and enjoys his life away from the office playing baseball, golf, and traveling to experience landscapes around the world.

Memberships

  • British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), Associate Member
  • Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA), LAT Member, Student Volunteer
  • British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), Volunteer
05

Dinara Yusufzyanova

Landscape Designer

Dinara joined the M2 team in 2017. She received her degree in Landscape Architecture in Russia, where she is originally from. Her interest in sustainable development brought her to Vancouver back in 2013 to pursue a Master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture at UBC. Her research focus is in the area of behavioural and environmental psychology, spatial cognition and landscape aesthetics.

With a great passion for nature and architecture in general, Dinara believes in the power of space-environment in the evolution of human consciousness and therefore, is very keen on exploring unconventional tools and techniques that allow creating effective design solutions for the ultimate health and well-being of people.

In her free time Dinara enjoys being outdoors and traveling, reading and making sculptures.

06

Bahareh Nassiri

MLA, BCSLA Intern, Landscape Designer

Bahareh completed her first degree in Iran, her home country, with a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Azad University in Tehran. She then moved to Canada to study at UBC where she then completed her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture.

She joined M2 Landscape Architecture upon completing her masters at UBC.

Life is exciting with an ever-growing list of wonderful projects at M2. Her responsibilities include designing multi residential projects from start to completion including stick handling the city permit processes.

She brings her talents and skills to the many facets of every project including, broad stroke design development to the important details required to manifest her ideas.

Bahareh loves the outdoors and has quickly learned the wonderful new varietals of plants and trees for the west coast climate. She also loves learning more and more about interesting architecture, parks, recreation and amenity opportunities offered in BC.

An enthusiastic and keen learner, she embraces her role at M2 and keeps her eye on the licensure process as she has become a BCSLA intern.

07

Julia Garcia

Landscape Designer

Julia Garcia is a qualified professional who received a Bachelor in Architecture & Urbanism and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A highlight of her 13 years career was gaining valuable international experience working on projects in South America, in the Middle East, and recently, in North America.

Julia approaches her work with innovative and sustainability for the future in mind. She believes in the power of landscape design to create inclusive spaces that will change people’s behaviours.

From conceptualizing to construction, Julia has participated in numerous projects ranging in scales and typologies: houses, multi-residential developments, schools, public parks, hotels and urban planning. In addition to this, she collaborated on several projects with internationally renowned artists, developing Public Art and Landscape Architecture combined.

Julia brings her passion for art and nature to her personal life, always being outdoors or in art galleries. Her lifestyle is very dynamic and she has been working as a volunteer serving the children of the Brazilian community. She has a special connection with coffee, music, and tiny houses.

08

Eryn Buzza

BLA., ISA Certified Arborist, Landscape Designer

With a background in Horticulture, Arboriculture and Landscape Architecture, Eryn joined M2 in 2018. Born and raised in Ontario, Eryn is a travel enthusiast and was drawn to Vancouver for the temperate coastal climate, beautiful nature and parks, as well as exciting professional opportunities.

Eryn completed her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 2010, at the University of Guelph, in Guelph Ontario. With a keen interest in urban forestry and landscape stewardship, Eryn became a Certified Arborist in 2012. Prior to joining M2, Eryn held previous roles at the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, University of British Columbia, Ground3 inc. Landscape Architects, Stempski Kelly Associates inc. and Town of Milton Parks Planning & Development.

Outside of the office Eryn is a CSIA Ski Instructor, yoga teacher and avid gardener.

09

Rachel Morrison

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Vancouver, Rachel enrolled in the Administrative Assistant Certificate Program at Vancouver Community College, after graduating from high school.

After completing the program in 2003, she gained industry experience by working in a variety of temporary roles, until she landed her a full time Administrative Assistant position at the Better Business Bureau.

Prior to joining M2, she worked in various sectors such as, an engineering firm, law firms, and a property management company. Rachel brings 15 years office experience and brings a fresh pair of eyes to M2.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and son, going to the movies, enjoying a good bottle of wine with friends, and enjoying the food and Craft beer scene that Vancouver has to offer.