Don Gurney




As founder and Principal, Don leads the project team. Focused in achieving the clients’ vision, he actively participates in workshops, architectural design, programming and space relationships, site analysis and sustainable design. In addition to his strong architectural and technical knowledge and expertise, Don is recognized for being a good listener, understanding, inquiring, value-based and committed to an integrity of contextual appropriateness.


Eric Pettit


Senior Technologist

BSc. Arch

As a Senior Building technologist and Production Team Leader, Eric is involved in all aspects of project development, from schematic design through to contract administration. Eric has a strong grasp of construction knowledge and costs gained through his 16 years in the construction industry that allows him to detail projects that are both efficient and cost-effective.




Elizabeth Gruchala


AIBC, M.Arch

Elizabeth brings local and international experience in a wide variety of project types including custom homes, hotel and resorts, commercial and institutional buildings. Her passion lies in residential homes and designing highly customized spaces unique to their individual sites and inhabitants. Her strong design sensibility and attention to detail ensure each project is well-considered from concept through construction, and her experience in the commercial sector equipped her to deliver projects on time and budget. She thrives when working closely with clients, and creates productive  lasting  relationships.



Hector Alcala

Intern Architect

Architect Registered in Mexico. AIBC

10 years of experience designing AAA Office Buildings, mixed-use developments, and high-end homes. Passionate for the use of technology and classic modernist design language. When I’m not working, you can find me doing road biking, trail running or in the airport, learning to fly in a small Cessna


John O’Regan

Intern Architect


John kicked off his career with a diploma of building technology from BCIT in 1996 and has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He Completed his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Western Australia in 2004. He enjoys having his strong design aptitude being backed up by high level technical expertise. The most satisfying thing for him is to bring the Architectural vision to reality.


Juan Pellet

Architecture & Interior Design



Juan has been born and raised within a family of architects & interior designers, spending his childhood surrounded by color samples and trace paper. After Graduating with honors in Architecture, he has co-founded his own venture called ‘Carbono Atelier’, promoting local craftsmanship and design values through Product & Interior Design. His office has been published in Elle Décor and awarded firm of the year by the Metropolitan Design Center in Buenos Aires.

Juan’s creative journey has brought him to join Openspace's team, to focus on Design Development and Project Management. When he is not in the office, you will find him travelling and sourcing new ideas for our clients.

Besides his passion for detailed design and clients’ vision, he likes to spend his time near the ocean, reading and also cooking for Malen.



architectural TECHNICIAN


Erik started working at Openspace at 2013 as a student. He combines this experience with the knowledge he has gained from his time at BCIT as well as several years of construction and has become a well-rounded individual able to produce full working drawings to go along with his designs. While working on a project Erik likes to build strong relationships with the various consultants and trades to make for a balanced team able to efficiently solve any issues that may arise through the building process.


Fernanda Palmero

Architectural Technologist

Diploma of Architecture & Building Technology (ABT)

Fernanda is an Architectural Technologist currently enrolled in her last year of the Bachelors of Architectural Science program at BCIT. While studying full-time and working part-time, her knowledge and experience has grown exponentially, becoming a valuable member of the team.  

Fernanda works alongside Senior Architects, assisting in all phases from schematic design through to working drawings. She enjoys challenging herself, problem solving and loves diving into the details of a project.
Her passion for architecture started when she was very young. Growing up in Mexico City, she was inspired by the culture, traditions and history and is passionate about creating beautiful and unique residential spaces.

Outside the office and school, she enjoys going for swims in the morning to fresh up, runs with her dog Ryna and dirt biking on the Squamish trails.





Shanon has a deep passion for exceptional design.  With experience in both the commercial and residential sectors, she strives for simplicity, beauty and function in all her work.  These values paired with her ability to build positive, trusting relationships and produce detailed working drawings has resulted in outstanding designs that inspire and engage.  When not engulfed in her projects, or enjoying the company of her 2 small children, Shanon can be found in her home town of Squamish enjoying the mountain bike trails or sweating it out in a yoga class.  Passionate, inspired, engaged, creative, honest, and intelligent, Shanon puts her heart and soul into all of her designs.


Audrey Whelan

Interior Designer


Audrey is an Irish interior designer who has years of experience in both the Irish and UK commercial, residential, public and hospitality sectors.

She has worked on a variety of projects from design award winning libraries, luxury international hotels in London & Nairobi , high end residential projects in London’s prestigious Knightsbridge, along with schools, hospitals and offices throughout Ireland and the UK.

Audrey has an honors degree in Interior Design along with qualifications Architectural Technology and photography.

On her time off you can find her and her camera in the far flung reaches of BC


Farnaz Golestan

junior interior designer


Farnaz Golestan has been involved in the field of Architecture and Interior Design by studying more than three years. She found her interest in this field as early as her high school years and started pursuing her dreams by taking after school architecture classes. Later, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design at the Art Institute. 

While studying she was also doing an Internship at Interior Design firms and did some contract jobs too.

Farnaz often keeps herself up to date with Interior and Architecture news and new softwares such as; Revit, Autocad, Adobe suite.

Traveling to different countries opened Farnaz’s vision to new designs and cultures. Which now has broadened her vision in varieties of designs. Farnaz is very passionate about what she does and this passion keeps growing every day.



industrial designer


Bio coming soon.



Princess Sheba heads up team morale.


Eric's Shadow


Champs main goal in life is simple. To never be further than 6' from Eric while he is in the office.





Bruana and Rudy don't only have a mother- daughter relationship; they are also best friends. They enjoy lying on carpets in the office when they are on duty.