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
MRAIC, MArch, BSc (EngPhys), LEED AP BD+C

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 designed one of the first houses in Alberta in accordance with the Passive House standard.

Kelly Stone

Associate, 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.

Karen Lai

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.

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.



Nicole Leng

Co-op Student, BArch Candidate

Nicole is currently a second-year student studying at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She is deeply passionate about sustainable, inclusive design. Embarking on her first Co-op Term, she eagerly anticipates the chance to learn, explore, and enhance her skills at MIZA Architects.



Past Collaborators

Aashka Shah, David Moraru, Ke Yang, Lila Nguyen, Joomi Seo, Jessica Kong, David Ling, Norika Yue, Michaela Balkova,  Christine Rohrbacher, Courtney Healey, Dami Lee, Warren Scheske, Jay Barker, Graham Barron, Milos Begovic, Juliette Dubois, Liz Nguyen, Christopher Sklar


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