Studio

Our design studio is located in Vancouver, BC, with additional staff based in Atlanta, Seattle, and Paris.

We acknowledge that we are on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We thank them for having cared for this land and look forward to working with them in partnership as we continue to build this great city together.

Born in Vancouver

There isn’t anywhere else in the world we’d rather call home. Surrounded by some of the world’s most impressive forests, the Pacific Northwest provides a perfect home for a firm dedicated to timber construction. Trees have served as a critical building material for the inhabitants of this land for hundreds of thousands of years. We continue to push this technological innovation forward.

Vancouver is an epicenter for design, architecture and engineering in advanced wood products and technologies. Despite its modest size, Vancouver punches above its weight in influence and regard, and serves as an industry-wide bellwether for the next generation of timber construction. 

Team Composition

Eric

Eric Karsh

M.Eng., P.Eng., StructEng., FIStructE, ing.

Principal

Eric

M.Eng., P.Eng., StructEng., FIStructE, ing.

Principal

Eric Karsh

Since founding Equilibrium Consulting in 1998, Eric has been recognized for his design innovation and commitment to the environment and education. Driven by a passion for concept development and problem solving, Eric has often been described as “an architect’s engineer”.

His contributions over his 35-year career are particularly notable in the field of timber engineering, where Eric has consistently pushed design and construction boundaries. He has been instrumental in having timber recognized as the “high-tech” material that it has become in the North American market and beyond.

Eric has led many of the firms most notable projects, including the Raleigh-Durham Terminal 2 roof structure, the UBC Earth Sciences Building, the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George, The Audain Art Museum in Whistler, and the Oregon State University Oregon Forest Science Complex in Corvallis, OR.

Eric’s recent projects include Google’s first mass timber buildings in Sunnyvale, California and the 9-storey Créteil School Board Office Building in Paris, France. Eric is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers in the UK, a director of Design Build Research (DBR), a not-for-profit design build school, and part owner of BC Passive House, a prefabricator of wood-based, high energy efficiency building systems. Eric is a frequent lecturer around the globe and enjoys mentoring young engineers in the office.

Jack Lloyd

Jack Lloyd

M.Eng, P.Eng

Associate

Jack Lloyd

M.Eng, P.Eng

Associate

Jack Lloyd

Originally from the UK, Jack was first introduced to Western Canada’s magnificent forests and complementary timber architecture during a year abroad at the University of Alberta, while pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Leeds. After spending the next six years working in the UK on a variety of complex projects, Jack returned to Canada in 2016 and joined Equilibrium to fulfil his passion for timber engineering.

Having worked on a range of projects at Equilibrium, including the Oregon State University Forest Science Complex, a post-disaster fire hall and several First Nation projects, Jack strives for simple and elegant structural solutions that enhance the architecture of the space. He is passionate about sustainability and firmly believes in the structural engineering community’s responsibility to combat climate change.

Outside of the office Jack can be found exploring the local mountains on skis, bike or foot.

Matt Kantner

SE, PE

Associate

SE, PE

Associate

Matt Kantner

After collecting a BS in physics from The College of William and Mary and an MS in civil (structural) engineering from the University of Virginia, Matt moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began his career as a structural engineer. After designing several large commercial buildings in traditional materials, Matt had the opportunity to work on The Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech, his first foray into the mass timber world. This opportunity sparked an interest in modern timber design that changed the course of Matt’s career, leading him to Equilibrium where he is now focused primarily on large mass timber projects.

Matt enjoys working on innovative projects and collaborating with the whole design team to arrive at optimal solutions. He has found mass timber to be the perfect fit for his interests: mass timber buildings are bold, beautiful, honest, and sustainable.

With a passion for sustainability, Matt has led Equilibrium to become one of the first firms to sign on to the SE 2050 Commitment to decrease embodied carbon in buildings. He is a member of SEI’s Sustainability Committee and the SE 2050 Committee. He is involved in the development of US timber codes by participating in the AWC’s Task Committees. Matt enjoys sharing his passion for engineering by mentoring other engineers, speaking to students from elementary schools to universities, and participating in the Drew Charter School STE(A)M Advisory Board.

Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler

BE(Hons), P.Eng

Associate

Craig Fowler

BE(Hons), P.Eng

Associate

Craig Fowler

Craig is an import from New Zealand, who was drawn to Canada to both learn about mass timber design and to explore the mountains of British Columbia. He is well regarded for his strong project leadership skills and creative design approach. He studied and began his career in NZ with Beca, one of the largest and most reputable consulting firms in the Asia-Pacific region. Through this time he honed his seismic design expertise and gained experience in a broad spectrum of construction materials and markets, ranging from geothermal energy plants to high-end waterfront hotels and convention centres.

Craig has a passion for designing innovative, integrated and sustainable buildings; and creating beautiful and functional spaces for communities; which aligns perfectly with the design ethos of Equilibrium. He is fluent in the design of mass timber buildings but equally capable in developing structural solutions in all major materials.

Omer Mohammed

MS, P.Eng, PE

Technical Lead

MS, P.Eng, PE

Technical Lead

Omer Mohammed

Omer has over a decade of experience in structural engineering design in Canada, the US and, recently, France. He has managed several of Equilibrium’s most visible projects including the Oregon State University Oregon Forest Science Complex, the Fort McMurray Airport Terminal Enhancement and the Créteil School Board Office Building in Paris, France.

Ever the team player, Omer is always enthusiastic to take on new challenges and has experience in a variety of structural engineering materials with special interest in mass timber engineering and seismic design. Omer’s experience in a range of building codes including Eurocode enables him to solve problems in creative ways.

Michelle

Michelle Rivers

B.E.Sc

Michelle

B.E.Sc

Michelle Rivers

Having been brought up with a love for visual art and near career choice in architecture, Michelle was immediately drawn to Equilibrium due to the firm’s work on both architecturally beautiful and structurally challenging timber structures. Her strong passion for health & well-being inspires her to produce buildings that are not only naturally beautiful and better for our environment, but through use of exposed natural elements create a healthy environment in which we can live, work, and play.

Michelle enjoys the uniqueness of designing in mass timber as well as the constant education that comes with it as this form of structural engineering continues to develop. She is excited for a world in which timber structures dominate our skyline and is proud to be part of a team and industry that are constantly challenging and improving the current standards of design.

Michelle is currently a team member and leader for various mass timber and light frame projects in BC including multi-use buildings for First Nations communities, schools, and community centers.

Katherine

Katherine Tobin

M.Eng, EIT

Katherine

M.Eng, EIT

Katherine Tobin

Originally from England, Katherine graduated from the University of Edinburgh and spent a short period designing tall buildings in London before heading for the mountains in 2018 when she joined the Equilibrium family. One of her reasons for moving is Canada’s capability to produce stunning contemporary timber buildings, and she has found ample opportunities to satisfy her interest in wood design at Equilibrium.

She loves working with all unique applications of timber in every project. From fire stations to wineries, she relishes any opportunity to design exposed timber structures which showcase the natural beauty of wood.

Outside of engineering, Katherine can be found with a cup of tea at her easel or dabbling in small woodworking projects at home.

Tom Barlow

BA, M.Arch, M.Sc, ARB

BA, M.Arch, M.Sc, ARB

Tom Barlow

After leaving school in early 2007, Tom completed a bricklaying apprenticeship and then went on to study architectural technology, before transferring to study architecture in Liverpool, UK. Coming from an ‘on-site’ lineage and dissatisfied with the depth of technical knowledge gained during the study of architecture, curiosity made studying a master’s in structural engineering a stimulating path to take.

After graduating, Tom returned to London to work in an architectural practice while studying part-time for his master’s degree alongside undertaking his UK architectural registration exams at the AA. Tom moved to Vancouver in 2019, where he made his way to Equilibrium, first working primarily as a BIM technician before transitioning to an engineering role. Tom is involved in numerous projects at various phases across several sectors, with an enthusiasm towards the sustainability of structures and a fondness for the construction stage of projects.

Keith

Keith Porter

B.Eng, EIT

Keith

B.Eng, EIT

Keith Porter

Having previously lived in Halifax and Toronto, Keith moved to Vancouver to work with Equilibrium after being inspired by reading a case study on the Wood Innovation and Design Centre—at that time the tallest modern timber building in the world.

Keith brings a keen interest to his work with an approach that acknowledges the importance of traditional practices of working with timber while also incorporating the latest world-wide research developments in timber engineering, especially connection technologies. Keith is a contributing author to "Cross-Laminated Timber Design: Structural Properties, Standards, and Safety,” published in 2020.

Outside of Equilibrium, Keith is an avid cyclist and open water swimmer, and will often head out for a morning swim at Kits Beach before biking to the office.

Jade Lissel

B.Eng, LEED GA, EIT

B.Eng, LEED GA, EIT

Jade Lissel

Jade moved from Calgary to Vancouver in 2016 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at The University of British Columbia. Over the course of her degree, she had the opportunity to gain experience in construction and structural engineering through various Co-op positions. Jade’s involvement on a green building design team at UBC fueled her passion for architecture and sparked her interest in sustainable structural design, which naturally led her to start her career at Equilibrium.

Growing up drawing and painting, Jade has always been drawn to projects that allow her to combine her creative talent with her strong technical skills. The ability to integrate the two is what drew her to the world of timber design, where there is an opportunity to work on unique, beautiful, and challenging projects. Jade is excited to learn and grow with the industry, and to be a part of a team that is focused on creating high quality designs while preserving the environment we live in.

Outside of work, Jade enjoys cooking and is currently working on perfecting her baking skills.

Alejandro Coronado

B.Eng, EIT

B.Eng, EIT

Alejandro Coronado

Alejandro originally immigrated from the harsh climates of South America; he immediately felt at home with the mild climate and Vancouverite's carefree and relaxed attitude. While attending the BC Institute of Technology, Alejandro acquired a breadth of experience working in the construction industry, with a growing passion and interest for seismic and timber engineering. Alejandro holds both a technologist diploma and a bachelor's degree (with distinction) from BCIT.

Alejandro spent most of his early career honing his seismic assessment skills, working on local and nationally significant retrofit projects. These projects taught him the importance of simple and efficient solutions to challenging engineering problems. Alejandro is very passionate about collaborating with others to showcase both the architectural and structural form in a sustainable manner.

When not at work, Alejandro spends his free time photographing local architecture or listening to a great music album.

Phil Wong

BIM Technician

BIM Technician

Phil Wong

Phil joined the Equilibrium team in 2017 after studying Architectural and Structural drafting in school. At an early age, he developed an interest in buildings and the uniqueness each one brings visually. Over time, that interest evolved into a desire to learn more about the construction of buildings. He was attracted to Equilibrium because of their passion for mass timber and enthusiasm for reaching beyond conventional construction methods.

Having the chance to work with engineers to learn about different types of construction, connections, and details is what motivates him to continue learning. He brings a passion for modeling and drafting to his projects and enjoys working with the engineering team to produce solid drawing sets and high LOD 3D BIM models.

Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and chasing after his son.

Samuel Shulman

MASc

MASc

Samuel Shulman

Sam doesn’t believe that mass timber can solve all the world’s problems, but he’s pretty convinced it can address most of them. It was this fanaticism for wood that led Sam to move from his hometown of Montreal to Vancouver, the country’s epicenter of timber innovation. Prior to this move, Sam graduated top of his class in Building Engineering and worked as a junior structural engineer, earning valuable hands-on experience on projects ranging from residential renovations to large-scale industrial seismic retrofits.

Within just a few months of starting his Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, Sam heard of Equilibrium and immediately knew that was where he wanted to be as soon as he graduated. Two years and a thesis later, Sam is thrilled to join a team of creative problem-solvers in the pursuit of ever-more sustainable, affordable, and efficient mass timber structures. He is particularly excited to work on projects that showcase to the general public the structural integrity and beauty of this natural resource that grows bountifully right in our proverbial backyard.

Outside of the office, Sam is usually climbing in Squamish, skiing in Whistler, or biking around Vancouver. When he’s not on the move, you’ll probably find him digging through crates of old 45rpm records at the local record shops.

Tom Place

M.Eng, CEng

M.Eng, CEng

Tom Place

Following on from an engineering degree at the University of Cambridge, Tom spent the first 7 years of his career designing building structures for Arup in London, UK. His experience during that time spanned multiple structural materials and project typologies – including both research and design in mass timber. Throughout that period, he gained experience working on a wide range of projects, ranging from the small-scale of pavilions and temporary artworks through to large-scale commercial and residential developments requiring extensive coordination with multiple specialists.

Tom has a strong focus on sustainability and embodied carbon. He has authored guidance for the Institution of Structural Engineers on the embodied carbon of mass timber, and continues to engage with both clients and the industry to ensure buildings are designed to have the minimum environmental impact possible.

The inspiring nature and timber architecture of British Columbia made it an easy decision for Tom to return to Canada, after first visiting the province during a period of travelling. Away from the office, you’ll most likely find him hiking up the mountains in summer and snowboarding back down them in winter.

Hannah Minielly

Office Manager

Office Manager

Hannah Minielly

Hannah moved from Vancouver Island to Vancouver in 2016 to pursue a career in a larger city. Over the course of the last 6 years, she has had many opportunities and has gained invaluable experience in the design and construction industry. Hannah's childhood on the island sparked her passion for sustainability and unique design inspired by nature which drew her to Equilibrium.

When the day is done, the books are settled, and the office is organized, Hannah enjoys spending her time outside with her dogs in her garden.

Get In Touch.

For all general inquiries, please send an email to the address below. Please allow 48 hours for a response. For all urgent matters please call our office +1 604 730 1422.

hello@eqcanada.com

EQUILIBRIUM CONSULTING INC.
1535 W 3rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada
V6J 1J8

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At Equilibrium we strive to create a culture of diversity, inclusion and creativity, in which our collaborative team provides a fun place to work, opportunities for learning & career progression and exposure to high-profile projects that push the boundaries of the industry.

We are always seeking talented and motivated engineers and drafters to join our team. Speculative inquiries of all experience levels are welcome. Please write to us including a copy of your resume at hello@eqcanada.com

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