ABOUT THE TEAM

Our People

MICHAEL MCKNIGHT
B. ARCH. OAA

Partner

Michael has over thirty-eight years of architectural design experience which has enabled him to provide creative solutions to user needs.  Achievement in his career has been attributed to his ability to successfully balance project management and design leadership skills while working on multi-faceted large scale projects.  Michael supervises, assists, and provides technical guidance to the project teams on assigned projects. Plans, delegates, schedules, reviews, and edits all work products produced by the project teams. Michael also brings a wide range of expertise in many institutional facilities including fire stations, police, post-secondary education, and municipal building projects. His unique experience gained through engineering training enables him to fluidly transition from designer to assembling and coordinating with the project consultant team. Michael incorporates changes provided by the consultants  into the projects, and also maintaining a strong liaison with the government authorities, consultants, clients and professional organizations.

STEVE CHARRON
B.ARCH, OAA

Partner

Steve has focused his thirty-five-year career on design development, technical detailing, and construction document preparation.  A strong background in construction processes, costing, and field review, providing the required depth of experience for a comprehensive understanding of current building envelope strategies.  A wide range of completed building types with varying budget restraints has added to his design development strategies along with the continuous adaptation of new and progressive construction materials and techniques.  Each new project brings a fresh set of building parameters that require thorough building envelope analysis at an early design development stage.  The process of construction type and material analysis at the early design development stage provides a clear direction for the preparation of construction documents. Steve’s success is largely attributed to recognizing the inherent dependencies of architectural design and construction methods.  This approach involves team leadership with early Consultant involvement and continuous client engagement to complete a successful integrated design process.

JAMES LEE
BSC (HONS), TECHNOLOGIST OAAAS

Architectural Technologist

James has worked for MCL for over four years, meanwhile, he also completed his studies in Construction Project Management which is a huge asset to the firm in effectively developing timely projects. His work encompasses a variety of projects in residential, commercial and industrial as well. James is a member of the OAAAS and is currently in the process of becoming an accredited member under the mentorship of MCL.

KATELIN BUTLER
ADV. DIP. ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY

Architectural Technologist

Katelin joined the MCL team over three years ago after graduating as an Architectural Technologist. Her vast experience on working with BIM software has given the firm a big step forward towards the future of working drawings in this software. Katelin has a vast experience working on Affordable Housing projects for Simcoe County and has developed a strong sense of understanding of needs and requirements for these unique projects. She has developed working drawings in large scale projects and a strong professional bond with Simcoe County.

TRACEY LOSTON
LEED AP BD+C, GRP, BCIN 46057

Architectural Technologist - LEED AP

Tracey has a wide array of experience in different areas of architecture but her knowledge in sustainable building design brings to the firm what is needed to move forward towards the future of architectural design. She’s a green building professional and educator with over 20 years of experience, specialized in integrated and environmentally responsible 
solutions for performance-based project goals.

A LEED AP since 2004 (BD&C), and GRP (Green Roof Professional) since 2011, Tracey Loston has coordinated the submission of more than a dozen LEED certified projects across Canada. She was a team member on Canadas first LEED Platinum building in 2007, and coordinated the LEED submission for the largest LEED Silver project in Canada in 2012 (2.5 million ft2). Tracey also teaches sustainable design at George Brown College and served on the Material Technical Advisory Group with the CaGBC from 2008 to 2011.

KIRSTEN SHEPPARD-NEUHOFER
M. ARCH

Intern Architect

Kirsten is currently an Intern Architect under the mentorship of MCL. Her thesis focused on envisioning sufficient communities through integrated energy systems, and had the opportunity to explore the connection between the incoming wind farm in St. Georges Bay and food security crisis in the Port-au-Port Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador. 
Her strong appreciation of the environment, combined with a passion for the enhancement of the human experience and public engagement, influences a comprehensive and attentive design approach. 

NELSON TRZECAK
BSC (HONS), TECHNOLOGIST

Architectural Technologist

Nelson has been mentored under MCL Architects during his whole career in architectural technology and has become a key member of project development and design. He has over five years of experience as an architectural technologist. 
During his time in MCL Nelson has coordinated with different consultants and support staff, developed working drawings, material selection, on-site revisions, and ensured all requirements for building permit approvals are in check. Nelson is very detail and design-oriented which is key for developing a 
successful architectural project. 

ROBERT BUCHANAN

Architectural Draftsman - IT Manager

Rob is a key team member in the MCL family, he has over 34 years of experience with the company. He brings a wide range of understanding and knowledge in the field which is a fundamental asset for project development at different milestones. With a broad knowledge of working drawings, building code regulations, and standards and administrative processes, it brings a seamless understanding of a project at any stage.
As an IT Manager for the firm, Rob is responsible for monitoring the performance of information technology systems to determine cost and productivity levels, and to make recommendations for improving the IT infrastructure

STEPHANIE CARDENAS

ADV. DIP. ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY

Architectural Technologist

Stephanie brings a wide range of experience from both co-operative and employment opportunities (five years in total).  With strengths in schematic design, graphic design, and presentation drawings. Prior to joining MCL, Stephanie collaborated with a local architectural firm back in Quito, Ecuador on different residential and mixed-use projects, developing interior design, concept, and working drawings.
Stephanie’s design strengths range from concept design to three-dimensional computer modeling and finished renderings.  This process includes freehand sketches and computer-aided modeling which allows assisting the client in furthering design feedback.

McKnight Charron Limited Architects

Address

48 Alliance Blvd #110, Barrie, ON L4M 5K3, Canada

Contact

705-722-6739

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