Sometime after growing up in the farmlands of Alberta, John discovered his way to becoming an architect. To this day, he truly believes the quickness of a felt tip pen on a clean sheet of trace in front of that quintessential client quenches his thirst to draw and quells that ever leading question... so, what will it look like? John found his true calling (so you wanna be an architect!?) in the daze of the 70s and used the 80s to achieve the need to ‘make something of himself’. Thanks Mom! In the end, his true 'Ah ha!' moment came in 1997 and SYNYSHYN Architecture was born. The rest as they say is history! John believes that the essence of good design is a puzzle. His favourite website is Death by Architecture.
Maureen is a professional interior designer and she is great at it. What makes her really unique, and an expert in her field, is that she still gets excited about what she does, why she does it, and how it gets done. Her greatest passion is colour and it shows in every project she touches. What really tops that off is that she is a professional too and has a solid reputation of delivering fully integrated interior design solutions to a vast variety of clients, owners, client groups, associations, boards, individuals and corporations. Incidentally, she has also taught interior design studios at the University, chaired advisory boards, served as president of her provincial association and last but not least, was an advocate for the Interior Designers of Canada. Above all she is a great listener and mentor, but this is her business partner talking.
Jen is an interior designer with 5 years of experience working on commercial, corporate, justice, and health care projects. Recently, Jen played a key interior design role on the new Manitoba Clinic ($62M) where she was involved from the initial schematic design process through the final stages of the contract administration. Jen’s motivation for developing client-driven, creative solutions comes from having seen time and again that good design matters. Jen is a Provisional member of the Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba and is in the process of working towards her NCIDQ registration. In 2014, Jen completed her Masters of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. Her practicum, entitled ‘Finding Identity Through Design: Re-Envisioning Ikwe-Widdjiitiwin, an Aboriginal Women’s Shelter’ focused on culturally informed design solutions and was presented at EDRA44 Providence conference. For this work her practicum was nominated for the 2011 ARCC / King Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research.
Born and raised in Pampanga in the Philippines, Jeremiah moved to Winnipeg in February of 2008. He received a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering in 2002 from the Mapua Institute of Technology and studied AutoCAD to enhance his knowledge and skills of his chosen career. Jeremiah practiced as a field engineer in the Philippines. He moved to Canada to provide more opportunities and a brighter future for him and his family. Jeremiah joined SYNYSHYN Architecture Interior Design Inc in the summer of 2008 as an architectural technologist and can frequently be found at his desk humming and singing to music. Outside the office Jeremiah likes spending time with family and friends and exploring Canada. When not too busy with family, he also enjoys renovating his home enjoying the sounds of his tools.
In retrospect, it was obvious that Janelle always wanted to be a designer and architect as she spent long hours, as a child, drawing buildings and planning houses around experiential details. Early on she completed a Bachelor of Environmental Design, started her own graphic design business, worked as an estimator for a metal cladding fabricator, and later pursued her graduate studies away from home. Her developed critical thinking won her the RAIC Student Medal, a national award that recognizes Canada’s top young talent in the field, for her thesis work upon her completion of her Master of Architecture at Dalhousie University, Halifax. The cooperative program at Dalhousie allowed her to gain valuable work experience in Yellowknife, NWT and in Penticton, B.C. where she was exposed to various types of clients and architectural projects. When not sitting in meetings or at her computer, Janelle spends much of her energy playing a variety of sports and instruments.
Zach joined SYNYSHYN upon completing his Masters in Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 2016. Believing that architecture is an often overlooked source of both happiness and misery, Zach seeks to create environments which we actually want to be in; environments that make us at ease on a psychological and spiritual level. His master’s thesis explored how considerate and thoughtful architecture can serve as a social catalyst, breaking down negative stigmas facing social housing in downtown Winnipeg. Understanding the world through his hands, Zach has developed a passion for woodworking and traditional joinery with the desire to create simple and elegant forms.
Returning home last year to Winnipeg to help his Dad build his business is one of the best decisions Steven's ever made. A graduate of the acclaimed Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Steven was drawn away from the abstractness of policy making in our nation's capitol and towards the practicalities of making payroll and maximizing ROIs in Toronto and abroad. A former international development worker, business counselor and expert in recycling gently used office furniture, Steven is not contemplating becoming an Architect. Nevertheless he still feels inspired by good design SYNYSHYN creates and how it benefits clients, users and the general public. Steven spends his time focused on the operations of the business, with an unrelenting passion for removing obstacles that prevent staff from doing their best. Steven is currently working on his Project Management Professional Certification while staying current on the latest trends in personal finance. He's also involved in a multi-year sponsorship that supports Winnipeg's inner city youth better engage in politics by acting as MLAs in Manitoba's Legislature for four days over the winter holiday.