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Jim Aalders


Vice President, Victoria

Jim leads HDR | CEI’s residential and retail sectors, and has deep experience in many project types including post-secondary, office, recreation and industrial. A LEED AP, Jim puts his passion for high-quality design and sustainable solutions to good use in all his work.

Nick Bevanda


Vice President & Design Principal, Vancouver and Kelowna

The late Nick Bevanda was Vice President and Design Principal of the firm, and ran the Penticton studio. He has left a lasting legacy in the Okanagan through the buildings he designed, many of which were recognized for excellence in design. The Nicholas Bevanda Memorial Education Fund has been set up in Nick’s honour to carry forth his legacy of mentoring young people interested in architecture and design.

Mark Hentze


Vice President, Vancouver

Mark heads HDR | CEI’s recreation, culture and community sector, leading significant public projects throughout Canada. Mark is a former professional hockey player who brings his passion for sports and community recreation to his work, from the design charrette to design concepts. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and events around the world.

Bill Locking

Architect AIBC, AAA, FRAIC

Vice President, Vancouver

For over 30 years Bill has been leading the design of hospitals, cancer centres, labs and research facilities across Canada. As a founding partner of CEI Architecture, he has developed the firm’s specialized healthcare design practice to be one of the most significant in Canada. In recognition of his career achievements, Bill was named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s College of Fellows in 2009.

Troy Ransdell

Architect AIBC, MBA

Vice President, Healthcare, Vancouver

Troy plays a leading role in HDR | CEI’s healthcare projects. In his career as a designer and consultant he has scheduled, programmed and delivered hospitals and health facilities of up to $550 million in value. Troy has extensive experience with for-profit and not-for-profit health systems, including public-private partnerships.

John Scott


Vice President, Vancouver

A founding partner at CEI Architecture, John leads our transportation sector, including airport facilities planning and design activity. He also co-directs our infrastructure and real estate sectors, including office, industrial, residential and retail projects for both private and public clientele. Directing projects in both Western Canada and the U.S., John continues to expand his reputation as a skilled planning and design authority.

Rod Windjack


Vice President, Victoria

Rod is one of Canada’s leading designers of K-12 educational projects. He has also been involved in most of the work produced by our Victoria studio over the last fifteen years. Rod brings a passion for education to his work, ensuring that the students of today are prepared for the world of tomorrow.

Richard Bolus

Architect AIBC, MRAIC, Associate AIA, LEED AP

Partner Emeritus, Vancouver

As a trained facilitator and member of the National Charrette Institute, Richard specializes in leading HDR | CEI's design charrettes and public consultation efforts. He is a founding partner of CEI Architecture, and applies his collaborative and inclusive approach to design across all sectors of the practice.


Robert Cesnik

Architect AIBC, LEED AP BD+C

Associate, Kelowna

Robert enjoys working closely with clients, stakeholders and consultants to find innovative solutions to design challenges. He offers extensive experience as a project architect in all phases from preliminary design through to construction administration.

Mary Chow

Architect AIBC, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Vice President, Vancouver

Leading community recreation projects in B.C., Mary has built a strong reputation as a dedicated project architect. She works closely with clients to deliver facilities that are a reflection of their communities.

Hugh Jansen


Associate, Director of Operations, Vancouver

Hugh is Director of Operations for the Vancouver studio. He is also a skilled project manager, and has successfully led over 80 tenant improvement projects for the firm’s long-term financial services, retail and commercial clients.

Sid Johnson

Architect AIBC, LEED AP, M.Arch

Associate, Vancouver

As a project architect at HDR | CEI, Sid is a catalyst for making great things happen. His experience facilitating the design and technical aspects of a variety of project types has resulted in an impressive portfolio of work, and strong, ongoing relationships with our clients.

Curtis Knichel

Architect AIBC, M.Arch

Associate, Victoria

Curtis’ experience spans a broad range of building types in a variety of sectors, including education, community and commercial. His depth of knowledge and collaborative approach has helped him build a reputation among clients and peers as an effective manager and talented architect.

Jim Mann

Architect AIBC, B.Sc, B.Arch

Associate, Victoria

Jim is project architect in the Victoria studio, and is known for his creative yet practical approach to architectural design and building. His easy-going manner has helped him build strong relationships with team members, clients and contractors alike.

Directors & Managers

Lisa de Boer

Director, Finance

As Finance Director, Lisa brings over 15 years of financial management experience and expertise to the organization. She directs all financial aspects of the business including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning, interface with the financial community, financial analysis, and monitoring of financial performance.

Kim Gosteli

Director, Sales & Marketing, Associate Vice President

Kim has extensive experience in Canadian and International business development, strategic relationship building and complex program delivery. She is passionate about people, customer service and business collaboration.

Scott Chatterton

CanBIM Certified Professional

BIM and Quality Control Manager

Scott has over 25 years of industry experience from Architectural Technologist to Technical Specialist in the Autodesk reseller channel. Scott and has been using Autodesk products since 1996 is a certified user of Autodesk BIM products as well as an Autodesk Expert Elite member.

John Zhao

IT Manager

John started work in the IT industry in early 2000. Since attending school he's worked in various roles under the IT umbrella. At HDR | CEI, John is responsible for managing the firm's network and systems. He designs and implements various IT strategies with the goal of improving performance, increasing reliability and reducing cost.