Acton Ostry Architects announce three new associates

Acton Ostry Architects (AOA) expands its leadership team with three new associates. From left, Milos Begovic, AIBC, MRAIC, Mark Simpson, AIBC, MRAIC, P.Eng., and Nathaniel Straathof, AIBC, LEED AP, MRAIC.
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Vancouver-based Acton Ostry Architects (AOA) expands its leadership team with three new associates—Milos Begovic, AIBC, MRAIC, Mark Simpson, AIBC, MRAIC, P.Eng., and Nathaniel Straathof, AIBC, LEED AP, MRAIC.

Milos Begovic joined AOA in 2015 and is currently the project lead for an extensive redevelopment of Vancouver College, including a campus master plan, academic quadrangle, chapel, middle school, and elementary school with a heritage façade retention.

Mark Simpson joined AOA in 2007 and is currently the project lead for the Lord Tennyson Elementary School and Child Care project, which is part of the Vancouver School Board’s (VSB’s) seismic upgrade replacement program. The project is also in partnership with the City of Vancouver to expand childcare spaces throughout the city.

Nathaniel Straathof joined AOA in 2006. Straathof is currently the project lead for the full seismic upgrade and renewal of the Hebb Building for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of British Columbia (UBC), which was originally designed by Thompson Berwick and Pratt Architects in the 1960s.

AOA is celebrating its 25th anniversary, during which time the practice has received more than 100 local, national, and international design awards. Recent notable projects include Brock Commons Tallwood House, UBC Aquatic Centre, York House Senior School, and Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue.

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