Adam currently serves as the professional engineer (sealing professional) on many of VDZ's civil projects. He has expertise in the fields of Civil and Water Resource Engineering. He has successfully completed residential, commercial, institutional and public sector projects. He has worked both as a project designer and as an administrator, Municipal Stormwater Permit Coordinator and plan reviewer. His knowledge and experience of multiple disciplines in the engineering, planning and design fields are used extensively to ensure proper project facilitation. He is also trained as a RTK GPS survey technician and has performed GPS surveys and data collection as part of his day to day activities. Adam is an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoys golf, football, hockey, and softball and currently is active in the sports community.
Andrew is a recent addition to Van der Zalm + Associates. Andrew has worked on a variety of projects in Canada and the United States including residential, commercial, institutional, parks, streetscapes and recreational projects. His technical expertise has helped to bring numerous projects to their successful completion. In his free time Andrew enjoys the outdoors and golfing.
David earned his bachelor’s degree in both environmental sciences and landscape architecture from North Dakota State University. He has completed work all over North America including eight states across the western US and most provinces in Canada. David also has experience working with our China office on large-scale residential developments and has completed charrettes overseas. His experience in the landscape architecture and landscape construction industries spans over 15 years including time spent as a construction manager, landscape designer, landscape architect, and contract administrator. David has been a guest speaker at several municipalities discussing action sports and their place in the parks and recreation culture. When Dave is not at the office he enjoys hockey, fishing, baseball and spending time with friends and family.
Eric joins the van der Zalm + associates team from WSP Engineering in Fort St. John. Prior to his experience in northern British Columbia Eric assisted on civil engineering projects through the Lower Mainland focused mainly in Richmond. Eric has extensive experience in the civil engineering field and brings his expertise to our civil site design and parks and recreation design team. When Eric isn't working he enjoys rock climbing, tennis, and golf.
Jennifer started her post-secondary journey with a B.A. in Geography and built on that foundation by completing a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba in 2009. She returned to British Columbia where she begin working for a residential landscape design and installation company managing all smaller projects from initial client meetings to design, presentation, and installation. This experience proved to be invaluable as she gained confidence in many areas that are instrumental to the successful practice of landscape architecture. Three years of residential design was a great stepping stone towards larger scale landscape architectural work. Joining a primarily architectural firm that housed a small landscape architectural division, Jennifer got the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary firm building her experience in designing school facilities, irrigated sand-based fields, commercial developments and multi-family/single-family residential projects. Jennifer brings to VDZ+A a wealth of knowledge regarding successful plant material in the lower mainland and how to create spaces with this material, and other landscape elements, that provides physical and sensorial engagement. When she is not putting her fingerprint on the work at VDZ+A she is spending time with her toddler son and husband, volunteering in a mentorship program, engaging her church community, working in the garden, and of course baking for her friends and neighbours
Kelly Keely - Office Manager of Human Resources and Finance
Kelly Keely represents over 30 years of human resource and financial administrative experience. Starting off working for reputable architecture and engineering firms such as Glotman-Simpson, the esteemed Arthur Erickson, and Matsuzaki Wright; she offers a diverse wealth of knowledge to the VDZ team. Exceptionally organized and talented, Kelly ensures that all human resource issues are managed effectively along with client relations and accounts. Kelly is responsible for contract development, financial reporting, and accounts payable; making her a key asset in every project. Kelly’s 10+ years experience with the company has allowed her to build formidable and lasting friendships with staff members whom value Kelly’s trustworthy and easy going nature. Proud to be born and raised in BC, Kelly enjoys a life of travelling, music, painting and reading when she is not at work. Her greatest pride is in her strong relationships with her two loving daughters, family and friends.
Kelly Koome - ISA Certified Arborist / Tree Risk Assessor / Organic Master Gardener
Kelly has worked extensively in both the arboriculture and landscaping industry. His passion for sustainable development has given him unique opportunities within the industry. As an urban forester, he has worked with municipal governments as well as commercial developers. As an Organic Master Gardener he regularly presents workshops throughout the lower mainland on eco-friendly tree and landscaping practices. Kelly will be responsible for Arborist surveys, tree risk assessments, and construction guidelines around tree protection.
Mark is the founding principal of van der Zalm + associates Inc and offers over 15 years of experience in design and consulting. He received his bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University and completed his Masters of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning degree at Utah State University. Mark has worked in a variety of public and private sector positions and has managed projects from both a consultant and municipal staff point of view. Mark is a frequent speaker at recreation planning events and national symposiums related to park design and development. Mark maintains active participation in all projects undertaken by the firm and works with small staff teams to achieve objectives and deadlines. When Mark is outside the office he is an active participant in local community gatherings and functions. He also remains an active volunteer with the BC Society of Landscape Architects, serving as president in 2010 and completing the society’s visioning strategy in 2012. Mark enjoys golf, hockey, basketball, football and spending time with his wife and three children. He maintains an endless level of energy and motivation for life by constantly trying new things - his latest is “adventure racing”.
Mark is a registered landscape architect in BC, Ontario, as well as Washington State, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas.
Melvin is an experienced civil technician providing VDZ+A clients with knowledgeable storm water design and grading plans. Melvin's experience working in both Australia and Canada on large-scale municipal projects has helped him develop a strong base in both the design and construction of both civil and landscape elements. In Melvin's free time he enjoys golf, hiking, and snowboarding.
Micole comes to VDZ+A from the residential design sector in Vancouver. She has a master's in landscape architecture from the University of British Columbia. Micole provides design input for all levels of our development projects including everything from large-scale urban planning to residential courtyards. Her conceptual graphics and renderings can be seen on many of VDZ+A's design submissions. In Micole's free time she enjoys spending time with her cat and exploring the city with friends.
Milana joins the van der Zalm + associates team from the residential design sector in Ontario. Milana has a keen eye for creating interesting spaces using detailing and plant palette. She currently assists the VDZ+A team on residential and commercial projects as well as assisting on smaller park projects. In her free time Milana enjoys baseball and painting.
Phoenix is a talented landscape and graphic designer. Her 3D renders and sketches can be seen in many of VDZ+A's development and parks and recreation submissions. Her experience includes working for Ekistics in Halifax and Urban Strategies in Toronto. In her spare time Phoenix enjoys traveling and photography.
Ryan has an extensive education inclusive of a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a professional diploma in Golf Course Architecture from the European Institute of Golf Course Architects. The strong education, background in athletics, and experience in landscape construction that Ryan possess allows him to effortlessly think about his work on multifaceted levels. This quality translates into a strong team leader who has a great sensibility for project timelines and deliverables. Ryan believes that the integration of the environment with human use is essential in creating functional, sustainable landscapes and communities. He strives to create innovative design and construction solutions to minimize the impact of recreational and built landscapes on our natural surroundings. Outside of the office Ryan maintains an active family life, spending time coaching his children's hockey and baseball teams, while pinching in the odd game or round of golf whenever he can.
After receiving his diploma in Landscape Architectural Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Stephen went on to complete a B.L.A. at the University of Guelph, Ontario. Working in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia, Stephen has been involved in community development, transportation design, recreational planning, public consultation, and urban design. He also has over 4 years of landscape irrigation experience as a technician and crew foreman. Stephen's love of the outdoors has developed into a strong appreciation for natural systems. He believes that true sustainability can be achieved through the considerate integration of natural elements with the built environment. As a member of the VDZ team, Stephen assists with all aspects of project development from concept design through administration. Outside of work Stephen can be found playing basketball and squash, or touring the Fraser Valley with his wonderful wife.
Travis holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning and a Master of Landscape Architecture. His world view has been additionally shaped by studying and living in the Netherlands and China. Travis’ work experience crosses the public and private sectors in planning, landscape architecture and landscape construction. He has a keen interest in ensuring children a healthy active upbringing and has designed a number of local "nature play" spaces that encourage youngster’s interests in exploration, and that promote creative and imaginative play. At VDZ he has contributed to a variety of projects from large-scale strategies and master plans to small-scale detailed design. Travis values efficiently planned communities, safe pedal-powered transportation for all age groups, urban invention and the creation of fun and organic spaces that are multifunctional, inspire joyful use and that are technically sound. When not at work he may be seen spiking or diving for a volleyball at local parks.