Founder, Partner & Creative Director
Jae-Sung Chon currently teaches Environmental Design in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He has taught architecture internationally since 1996, in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London. Chon has studied Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Housing, and Urbanism in various contexts. He is currently working on a research-based PhD at University College London (UCL) in affiliation with the Department of Geography and the Urban Laboratory at UCL.
Jae-Sung led the Migrating Landscapes entry to the Venice Biennale along with 5468796 Architecture Inc. and selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. Jae-Sung has maintained various forms of design practice since 1995. His works have been recognized in a number of publications including AZURE, DWELL, Canadian Architect and Western Living. He was the founding partner of both DIN Projects and OS1 Architecture/Design. In 2010, Chon initiated STUFF, an Environmental Design think-tank, to reflect his interests in the broader engagement of design and trans-disciplinary forms of research & practice.
In 2012 Jae opened MAKE / Coffee + Stuff, a espresso bar and retail venue, to pursue an engagement between the public and profession of design
Brandon Bergem is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Design Program and the recipient of the Faculty of Architecture Design Award. He was the co-editor and designer of the Warehouse Journal, a 480-page publication on selected architectural design, landscape, and urban planning research and projects.
Brandon first joined the STUFF in 2012 in project development, and oversee all visual communications. He specializes in design sensibility, graphic representation, and visual communication.
Alyssa Schwann maintains her own practice called Atelier Anonymous which works in the realm of landscape, public space, and urban design. She is the Community Architect Representative on the Gastown Heritage Planning Committee and a board member with the Vancouver Heritage Society. Ms. Schwann has been an External Advisor for Master of Architecture Thesis Candidates and a Studio Consultant at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Master of Landscape Architecture program, UBC.
Alyssa Schwann was formerly a Creative Director and Partner at RUF Project (Rural / Urban / Fantasy Project) a multidisciplinary design agency founded in 2008 that is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They mandated an engagement with immersive experiences in architecture, landscape architecture, public space, retail interiors, and branding with a range of projects undertaken and completed in Europe, Africa, and North America. RUF’s design for the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto, South Africa has been nominated for the Wold Architecture Awards 2011. Previously, Ms. Schwann worked for West 8, an internationally renowned and award-winning office of landscape architects and urban designers based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She held the position of Senior and Project Landscape Architect and Urban Designer and was instrumental in designing for such high profile competitions as Toronto’s Central Waterfront and Governors Island World Park, New York in association with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rogers Marvel Architects.
Aaron Pollock joined the team in the summer of 2012 as an intern designer and was involved in the foundation’s of MAKE. He is currently in the final year of the Faculty of Architecture’s Environmental Design program. In 2013 he was awarded the position of editor of the Warehouse Journal, Volume 22, which will see its production this summer.
Partner: Design & Project Development
T. Jeffrey Garcia is a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. He has instructed in graduate studios in the Interior Design Department as well as various levels in the Environmental Design Program. For many years he has been an educator in the ED2 foundation year. He has a professional Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the U of M. His body of work includes exhibit curation, display design, graphic design, and industrial design. Previous to teaching he worked for Plastic Buddha Design Inc., focusing on research projects and special commissions. The firm has been profiled in such publications as Wallpaper*, AZURE, Saturday Night Magazine, Surface, and Frame. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and in New York (ICFF), Milan (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), and Tokyo (Tokyo Designers Block). T. Jeffrey Garcia is currently a partner at S.T.U.F.F.,a newly formed network practice and think-tank. In 2011, he was the recipient of the prestigious Carl Nelson Teaching Award, a recognition typically given to full-time instructors. His personal research focuses on the role of social history and spatial-experiential semiotics in multivalent expressions and their phenomenological impact on genius loci, and place-making.
Partner, Design & Project Development
Kim is currently teaching in the Environmental Design Program at the ED2 Level. She has professional degrees in Architecture and Interior Design, 15 years of fashion design and marketing experience, and over 15 years of architecture and interior design projects completed to date. Several years of work experience in Stuttgart, Germany, the organization of numerous foreign trips and studios including a Master of Architecture Design Studio in Berlin, associated with Prof. Peter Berten at the TU, and the yearly Undergraduate Chicago Field Trip for the Environmental Design program at the University of Manitoba. She is currently a partner at the newly formed STUFF think-tank interested in practicing design in the broader contexts of the environment. Kim bases her research in addressing the theory and practice of the communication of design ideas in relation to creating, making and communicating. Specifically in finding the appropriate visual hierarchy of words and images to match the content of representation, publication and presentation as well as an examination of the theories and practices fundamental to the representation and analysis of architectural space, and in understanding the issues of representation as related to the design process, specifically as a means to make design decisions.
Partner, Design & Project Development
Colin founded PIKE Projects in July 2012, 4 years after co-founding BIOS Architecture. Having worked in a wide variety of Architecture firms durin ght elast 13 years Colin has gained extensive experience in all aspects of building design and construction co-ordination. Colin continues to be involved with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and has taught a variety of technical courses and design studios.