MIZA Architects | Team


Michael Wartman

Principal, Architect AIBC

Michael is a Registered Architect in BC and Alberta, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia — where he graduated with the Abraham Rogatnick Book Prize — and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba. He has over a decade of architectural experience working in many different sectors and at many different scales – from small-scale interior installations and residential projects, to mid-sized commercial office and retail buildings, to institutional projects, masterplans and award-winning educational buildings. Before founding MIZA, Michael played lead roles on several significant projects including the Eagle Mountain Middle School (winner of a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence) and the Ormidale Block, a unique mixed-use heritage restoration development in Vancouver.

David Zeibin

Principal, Architect AIBC

David is a Registered Architect in BC and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where he received numerous academic awards including a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal and an Architectural Institute of British Columbia Achievement Award. Before founding MIZA, David worked with several prominent architecture firms on projects such as the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, the Centennial Beach Park Pavilion, and the Ucluelet Community Centre. David also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta, providing a technical basis for high-quality project outcomes and a desire to integrate high-performance features into all projects. In addition to being a LEED Accredited Professional, he is a Certified Passive House Designer and has designed one of the first houses in Alberta in accordance with the Passive House standard.

Kelly Stone

Architect AIBC
MArch, BAS, CPTED (L2) Practitioner

Kelly is Registered Architect in BC with and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University both of which she graduated with honours. As a project architect at MIZA, her holistic approach thoughtfully interlaces design concepts from the broad stroke sketches through to project completion. Prior to joining MIZA in 2019, Kelly was a Project Architect at RWA Group where she shepherded recreational, residential, and mixed-use projects through rezoning to construction including the Lynn Creek Community Centre in North Vancouver and Central, a mixed-use market rental building at UBC. Having worked with multiple client groups including municipalities, developers, and non-profit organizations throughout her career, Kelly is adept at fulfilling the demands of a complex mix of stakeholders with integrity and humour.

Michaela Balkova

Architect AIBC

Michaela has spent the last 5 years working on a diverse collection of project types and scales both in Europe and North America. Michaela’s Architecture and Urban Design studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Prague provided her with a strong foundation of technical and engineering expertise. Her comprehensive educational background gives her the ability to find a balance between creative design and structural and energy efficiency both in construction stage and in the subsequent use of the building. As a student in Prague and Spain, as well as in her work as a designer in Antwerp, Belgium, Michaela explored the possibilities of traditional European materials in the context of social housing. As her interest shifted into sustainability, renewable energy and materials, she relocated to BC to focused on timber construction as a renewable resource. Michaela worked as a volunteer in Whitehorse, YT for Habitat for Humanity to build a duplex housing project inspired by passive houses. Following this experience, she wanted to deepen her understanding of the principles and their implementation and became a Certified Passive House Designer with the Passive House Institute in Germany.

Karen Lai

Intern Architect AIBC

Karen Lai (headshot)Karen is a LEED® BD+C and ID+C Accredited Professional with a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where she received the University of BC Architecture Alumni Henry Elder Prize amongst various other awards, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining MIZA, Karen has 3 years of experience as a Sustainability Specialist at S+A Footprint, providing sustainability consulting services for new and existing buildings ranging from institutional, residential and commercial projects across Canada. Her Master’s thesis project dove into sea level rise in Vancouver’s False Creek and its potential to transform buildings that reframe what is feared into something that is valued. With this background, Karen’s design approach draws from and holistically considers design impacts on the surrounding environment and beyond.

Joomi Seo

Intern Architect AIBC

Joomi SeoJoomi holds a Master of Architecture as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. During her studies, she was the recipient of a number of academic awards, including the BC Binning Memorial Fellowship award the Concord Erickson Energy and Architecture Fellowship, and was UBC’s nominee for the Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence in 2015. Prior to joining MIZA, she worked as project lead at Measured Architecture and A A Robins Architects, developing both residential and commercial projects at various scales.


Tian Jin

Intern Architect AIBC
MArch, BEng, LEED GA

Tian JinTian received her Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and also holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Architecture from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Prior to joining MIZA, Tian worked in China during her studies.

Lila Nguyen

Intern Architect OAA
MArch, BAS

Lila NguyenLila is a Master of Architecture graduate from the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Having grown up in Jane and Finch made her aware of social injustices within the community, which led her to use architecture as a tool to address inclusively within public spaces. Her Masters thesis titled Architecture in a Contested Territories: Co-creating a Community Hub with the People of Jane and Finch focused on co-creating a community hub with the residents of Jane and Finch to help alleviate the contested territory between the two city neighbourhoods, and was recognized for excellence in social engagement.



MIZA has worked with a network of collaborators on various projects:
Courtney Healey*, Dami Lee*, David Ling*, Norika Yue*, Christine Rohrbacher*, Warren Scheske*, Jay Barker, Graham Barron, Milos Begovic, Juliette Dubois*, Liz Nguyen, Meysam Ehsanian, Christopher Sklar
* Indicates past MIZA staff

We acknowledge we are on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.  

Photos: Jhenifer Pabillano, David Zeibin, and Dami Lee
Art direction: Jhenifer Pabillano