Archives: Staff

Our Team

01

Meredith Mitchell

MLA, MBCSLA, CSLA, ISA, TRAQ, PRINCIPAL, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT & CERTIFIED ARBORIST

Meredith Mitchell became a Registered Landscape Architect after many years of working for her father’s landscape architectural firm. Her many projects at DMG started an interest in sustainability and existing landscape retention and how important it is for communities.

She has a strong belief that strategic coordination of landscape architecture and arboriculture is fundamental for the successful completion of a project. Her undergrad in Archaeology fostered her interest in the preservation of historic landscapes and the importance of wholistic design of creating successful communities.

At M2 she continues working with multiple clients, agencies, municipalities and stakeholders to provide sustainable, socially conscious landscape design for both small and large projects. She is also involved with British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects in several committees and is a past Advisory Design Panel Member for New Westminster and currently is a standing member of the Maple Ridge Advisory Design Panel.

02

Preston Toy

BCSLA Intern – Intermediate 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 Canada. With a foundational background in turfgrass management and sports facility design, he brings a diverse 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 coordination and construction administration for multiresidential, public recreational, and mixed-use community projects at M2. He brings a collaborative approach to 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 in Edmonton 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 obtained 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 3D rendering at Gaia College. He enjoys his life away from the office playing softball, golfing, and snowboarding in Whistler.

Professional Development

  • British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), Intern
  • Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA), LAT Member
  • British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), Volunteer
  • Canadian International Turfgrass Conference (CGCMC), Exhibitor
03

Bahareh Nassiri

MLA, BCSLA Intern, Intermediate Landscape Designer

Bahareh graduated with an Architecture degree in Iran before moving to Canada, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of British Columbia (UBC).

She joined M2 Landscape Architecture in 2016 and has been working as a team member on a variety of projects ranging from commercial to multi-family townhouse developments.

Bahareh is responsible for designing open spaces in an aesthetically pleasing and functional manner. She also specializes in discussing project requirements with clients, preparing presentation proposals, performing site inspections and leading team of designers.

Bahareh loves outdoors and has quickly adapted to learning new varietals of plants and trees available across western Canada. With a strong desire for discovering new innovations and sustainable design strategies for parks, recreational and amenity spaces.

Always enthusiastic and bringing smiles to the office, she embraces her leadership role at M2 and as a BCSLA intern, she is on the road to becoming a registered landscape architect in Canada.

Professional Development

  • British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), Intern landscape designer
04

Gauri Bharihoke

MLA, BCSLA Intern – Intermediate Landscape Designer

Gauri came to landscape architecture with a background in architecture design. After studying and practicing architecture for a few years she realized her interest was in designing the outdoor and in-between spaces. This quest led her to pursue a master’s in landscape architecture from NUS, Singapore. With over eight years of international experience as a designer, she is adept at working in diverse contexts, scales, and cultures. Through her career, she has gained extensive experience in residential, commercial, mixed-use, and hospitality and has a multidisciplinary design approach with a strong background in design and good technical skills.

As a lead designer in her previous firms in Singapore, she was involved in all aspects of design from concept design, design development, project management, and client and consultant coordination for both public and private development projects in and around Singapore.

Since joining M2 in 2020, she has been applying her skills and knowledge to design mixed-use, residential projects, and P3 projects in the region. In her role as an Intermediate Landscape Designer, Gauri is responsible for conceptual design, project coordination of projects of varied scale and typologies in Canada. In addition to her skillful project management, she brings innovative and practical design solutions focusing on sustainable design to the table. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, dancing, and experimenting with home décor.

Professional Development

  • BCSLA Intern, British Columbia Society of Landscape Architect, BC, Canada
  • Registered Architect, Council of Architecture, New Delhi, India
05

Shakun Singla

M.U.D.B. Arch, AIBC Intern Architect – Landscape Designer

Shakun joined M2 in 2019. She joined M2 as a landscape technician and quickly made her way up to become a Landscape designer, where she works independently as a lead and as a part of a team for various private, public and P3 projects.

Before joining M2, Shakun brings over 5 years of multidisciplinary experience in architecture, landscape, and urban design planning. She received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree in her hometown Chandigarh, India – a city planned by Le Corbusier – where she worked for 3 years as a registered Architect. Her strong interest in constant evolution of heterogenous North American cities, landscapes and urban space design brought her to Canada to do her Master’s in Urban Design from University of British Columbia (UBC).

Shakun specializes in space design and planning, project coordination and management, preparing construction and permit drawings from conceptual to completion phases. Her strong technical background and hands-on training backs her knowledge to respond to RFI’s, City comments and preparing site review reports. Her inquisitive nature and strong interest in sustainability and green infrastructure always lead her path to explore and leverage new innovations in landscape design.

In her free time, Shakun enjoys being an Urban Safarian, exploring different cities on foot, while capturing landscapes and urban spaces. She loves being outdoor playing basketball, camping, biking, and traveling all around the globe.

Professional Development

  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) – Intern Architect
  • The American institute of Architects (AIA) – Associate Member
  • Canadian Architectural and Certification Board (CACB) – Accredited Professional
  • Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) – Certified Technologist (AScT)
  • Canada Green Building Council (CGBC) – LEED Green Associate
  • Council of Architecture, India (COA) – Registered Architect
06

Qing Li

MLA, BCSLA Intern, Intermediate Landscape Designer

Qing graduated with a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from China, and a master degree in Landscape Architecture from Auburn University (United States) before moving to Canada.

She joined M2 Landscape Architecture in 2020 and has been working as a team member on a variety of projects ranging from commercial to multifamily townhouse developments. Prior to M2, Qing has 5 years’ work experience in the United States and 2 years work experience in Calgary and Vancouver as landscape designer. She had been working on Oakridge Mall Redevelopment (Vancouver) for almost 2 years before she joined M2. She is a registered landscape architect in New York State and a LEED professional in Neighborhood Design.

Qing is responsible for designing green public spaces in an economical, functional and aesthetically pleasing manner. She also specializes in graphic rendering, 3D modelling, preparing construction details and documents, performing site inspections and being a good team player.

Qing is a nature lover, she truly believes the compassion of the nature, and the care for the human’s living habitat are the fundamental inspirations for the landscape design. Qing quickly adapted to the west coastal environment by learning the local soft and hard material palette.

Always bringing positive energy to the team, she is expecting to grow with M2 in the future.

Professional Development

  • Registered Landscape Architect, New York State, US. License #: 002755
  • LEED AP in Neighborhood Design, 10900760-AP – ND
07

Xudong Bao

MF, Consulting Arborist

Xudong joined M2 Landscape Architect in 2019. Xudong is an ISA certified consulting arborist with 3 years of successful experience in forestry and arboriculture. Xudong specializes in arboriculture related projects including arborist report, tree retention plan, tree risk assessment and tree protection plan during construction.

Xudong received his first degree from Nanjing Forestry University in China. In 2014, he came to Canada to study at University of British Columbia. Upon the graduation from Forestry master program, he started his arboriculture career in Vancouver as an arborist technician. He received both ISA certified arborist certification and ISA tree risk assessment qualification after completing the ISA courses.

In his free time, Xudong likes cooking and he believes it’s the best way to embrace life.

Memberships

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
08

Patricia Perrone

Landscape Designer, MASLA candidate (UBC), registered Architect and Urbanist in Brazil

With more than 10 years of professional practice before coming to Canada, Patricia was a registered architect and urbanist in her home country Brazil. She then moved to Canada in 2018 to pursue a master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) at UBC. Her research focuses on green infrastructure, water management and regenerative design.

Joining the M2 Landscape Architecture team in 2019, she brings her extensive sustainable expertise and comprehensive knowledge of architecture, urban and landscape design, as well as the ability to deliver her creativity through graphics and technical design programs.

She has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for UBC’s “Regenerative Design and Development” MEL course, and a GTA for ENDS course “Sustainability by Design.” She was also a co-lecturer at the Integrated Sciences course “ISCI 360 Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability”, as well as a guest reviewer and volunteer at the Urbanarium Hackathon.

Patricia enjoys her life outdoors while she is not working, studying or teaching, exploring the beautiful scenery and the local landscape by hiking and exercising in parks and connected with nature. She also volunteers her time for sustainable initiatives and various animal rescue institutions in BC. Recently, she has adopted Poppy, a rescued dog and the new M2 team pup.

09

Tatiana Basova

Finance and Administrative Manager

Tatiana joined M2 Landscape Architecture in 2019 as a Finance and Administrative Manager overseeing all accounting, finance and administrative operations.

Professional accountant with more than ten years of experience across multiple industries, including real estate, construction, agriculture, hockey / sport arenas, entertainment and others, Tatiana has a passion for helping businesses to manage and grow their well-being.

She is a highly committed person with a specific interest and strength in full-cycle bookkeeping and accounting, client relations and management. She believes that M2 has a wonderful team capable of achieving new heights in landscape architecture business.

Tatiana holds a Bachelor in Economics and Finance degree and currently pursuing her CPA designation.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Tatiana moved to Vancouver in 2012 and calls the Beautiful British Columbia her home now.

She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, kayaking, hiking, climbing mountains and watching the wildlife.

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Sharon Norwood

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Sharon joined the M2 team in 2019. Prior to her arrival at M2, Sharon spent over 17 years in the Property Management Sector where she obtained her Rental License.

Making a change in her career, she began working in a variety of Government and public offices in a reception/administrative role; and continued to further her education obtaining diplomas in both Makeup Artistry and Floral Design. Sharon has an eye for creativity and enjoys learning new skills all the time.

In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time taking in all the tourist attractions the Lower Mainland has to offer. A true Vancouverite, Sharon enjoys the esthetics and diversity the city has to offer.