Rafael Santa Ana Architect AIBC AAA OAA MRAIC

As founder and principal of RSAAW, Rafael brings to his practice over 20 years of experience in the industry. His enthuthiasm and commitment to excellence in the field is evidenced throughout his work in the private and public realm. His work for leading firms in both Manitoba and British Columbia has given Rafael a thorough understanding of the Canadian construction industry, forming a solid foundation on which to build his forward-looking practice. Rafael founded RSAAW on the principles of inherent sustainability, innovation in technology and outlook, and respect for place and people, and is involved in all aspects of projects at RSAAW.
Rafael is an active volunteer for the Architectural Institute of BC Internship Program as well as for various academic and cultural programs in Vancouver.
Antonio Colin BArch
Associate Principal

Antonio brings over 20 years of experience in the architectural and design field in Mexico and Canada to his work with RSAAW, including over a decade working for a leading Vancouver architectural firm where he has played an influential role in many hospitality, educational, and recreational projects.

Antonio offers an unswerving eye for detail, excellent organizational skills, and a deep commitment to client relations. He has a particular talent for the analysis of project proformas, working with clients to maximize efficiency in construction and profitability.


Allie Shiell BLA MArch MSc Construction
Project Lead

Allie formally trained in Canada and the U.K. and has over two decades of experience on built projects throughout Europe and Canada. In 2017, she returned to Whistler to open her own Landscape and Building Design Practice with a focus on single family home projects in Pemberton, Whistler, and throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.


Marina Rosa MScArch Brazil
Project Lead

As an internationally trained architect, Marina has 12 years of experience ranging from large scale public projects to residential and interior design. Previously, she worked as an architectural designer in Canada and as a senior architect in Spain and Brazil.

Marina holds a Master’s degree in Architectural Technology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Construction and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Sao Paulo. Her education also includes one year at the MSc Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences programme at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.


Duncan Bath BSc UK
Lead Designer + Project Coordinator

An import from the UK where he studied at the University of Bath, Duncan aims to produce designs which respond sensitively to the particular environmental and social challenges of a project with a focus in urban scales.

Committed to fully integrated designs, Duncan works closely with consultants and the rest of the design team to ensure that the original design intent is realized while being facilitated and augmented by the technical requirements of the project. Previous experiences on projects located both in the UK and globally have led him to appreciate the need for a tailored approach which takes note of the specific challenges presented by each job.


Ondřej Čáp MArch

Ondřej graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague with a Masters of Architecture. During his studies he worked on variety of interesting projects including new-build residential and historical renovation.

His motivation lies in searching for new design solutions based on his practical experience and expanding his knowledge of the architectural field and beyond. Ondřej has adapted well to vastly different environments, having spent time studying in Taiwan and as an intern at Ren Ito architecture studio in Portugal. Ondřej moved to Vancouver in the summer of 2018 with a keen interest in experiencing building design of the West Coast.


Verónica Omonte MArch Spain
Project Lead

From a Spanish and Bolivian background, Verónica moved to Canada after finishing her architecture studies in Barcelona and Rome. Prior joining RSAAW she had 6 years of experience working in mixed used large scale projects located in Vancouver, Burnaby and Seattle.

Verónica is passionate about cities and people and enjoys every scale of a project, from urban design to details. She is currently working on both residential and commercial projects and is always in search of exchange of communication as a tool of interaction.

David Vaca BArch

David studied architecture at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico. During his studies he participated in the 2015 Latin America and Caribbean Solar Decathlon, where he discovered a lasting passion for sustainability and energy efficiency.

Before joining RSAAW David worked in Mexico and Ecuador on residential and mixed-used buildings.


Diego Casados Chouza BArch Sci

Diego is a graduate of Architectural Sciences from BCIT. As an Architectural Technician, he lends his talents to the schematic design, visualization, and working drawing production phases of projects.

With a strong technical background, Diego aims to continue his education on a graduate level in architecture and eventually register as an Architect in BC.


Diana Miranda BScArch

Diana studied architecture in Chile and Spain graduating with distinction and excellent academic standing.

She brings over four years of international architectural experience on medium and large scale projects across various sectors including: Residential (townhouses and towers), Commercial (shopping centers and offices), Hospitality (hotels and resorts) and Mixed-use projects.


Raquel Damecour Marketing Coordinator

Raquel coordinates promotions and communications for the workshop as well as marketing across all platforms.
Utilizing her background in copywriting and public relations, she manages content and business relationships for proposals and publications.


Mirela Alika
Operations and Services Manager

Mirela Alika joins RSAAW with over 15 years of accounting experience and a masters in human resources.

Mirela’s ability to analyze data strategically and produce fact-based decisions results from her exceptional attention to detail. These skills help RSAAW host an organized, reliable, and efficient work environment.


Rafael Santa Ana
Architecture Workshop Inc

602 W Hastings Street 
Unit 503
Vancouver BC
V6B 1P2
Telephone: (604) 628-7881
General inquiries: info@rsaaw.com

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