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JOHN PETERSON JOHN PETERSON
JOHN PETERSON
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY
DARLENE MONTGOMERY DARLENE MONTGOMERY
DARLENE MONTGOMERY
DIRECTOR OF LANDSCAPE
Claudia Cozzitorto Claudia Cozzitorto
CLAUDIA COZZITORTO
DIRECTOR OF BIM & DIGITAL PRACTICE
PELIN YETER-MCKINNON PELIN YETER-MCKINNON
PELIN YETER-MCKINNON
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
TIMOTHY BELANGER TIMOTHY BELANGER
TIMOTHY BELANGER
DIRECTOR OF VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS
Marla Hassabo Marla Hassabo
MARLA HASSABO
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
JOHN PETERSON
JOHN PETERSON
Director of Sustainability
OAA FRAIC LEED AP BD+C
jpeterson@mjma.ca
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As MJMA's Director of Sustainability and a Senior Associate, John drives the firm's environmental discourse and is responsible for advancing research, the use of technology, innovation efforts, and studio-wide initiatives. With a 20-year focus on sustainable issues and technical innovation, John is committed to improving the human condition and our collective environmental health. Growing up within the setting of Vancouver Island has strongly influenced John's approach to the design, habitability, and sustainability of our built environment. John has led the design and sustainable efforts of some of Canada's premiere environmental projects such as the LEED Platinum Manitoba Hydro Place, during his time at KPMB. This project demonstrates his technical prowess and ability - integrating complex systems into a holistic and intuitive design solution that responds to both climate and urban context - garnering the 2010 Top Ten Green Projects Award from the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment. His experience includes the design and delivery of multi-faceted facilities across a range of building typologies, passing the highest global sustainability benchmarks in energy efficient design.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, (B.Sc. Physics), and Dalhousie University, (M.Arch.), John joined MJMA in early 2018, in recognition of his alignment with the office's significant contributions to design excellence and sustainable leadership in the field. He is currently serving as Project Architect for one of Toronto's most unique and highly publicized projects, the revitalized Moss Park Community Centre, establishing a facility that will enable the highest exchange of positive social energy with the lowest environmental footprint. Having recently championed MJMA's pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment, John's contributions and ongoing climate leadership will ensure the realization of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030, advancing MJMA's commitment to creating highly sustainable public buildings across Canada, and around the world.
DARLENE MONTGOMERY
DARLENE MONTGOMERY
Director of Landscape
OALA CSLA
dmontgomery@mjma.ca
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Darlene has worked for the past 13 years designing landscapes in Canada and in the U.S. She has worked on a range of projects that vary in intricacy and scale, as well as time. Projects that she has designed range in size from a 50-mile long bioremediation project in Riyadh; to a rooftop children’s garden for the YMCA; to a post-Sandy resiliency study for buildings along Water Street in Manhattan. All of the projects evaluate natural and sociological systems and project ways of navigating into future decades.
 
Several of her projects have won prestigious awards including two 2014 New York ASLA Awards for the Master Plan of Hudson Square and the design of West Point Foundry Preserve where she served as the prime designer / project manager, with large teams of specialized consultants.
 
After completing a BLA at the University of Toronto in 2001, Darlene returned to Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design in 2013, to complete a post-professional MLA as a way to further her research and understanding of the profession.
CLAUDIA COZZITORTO
CLAUDIA COZZITORTO
Director of BIM & Digital Practice
ccozzitorto@mjma.ca
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As MJMA’s Director of BIM and Digital Practice, Claudia leads the implementation of BIM and ensures the studio continues to be at the forefront of technology and innovation. She leads the development of customized BIM documents such as BIM Protocols, Quality Assurance Strategy, and technical tools based on proven BIM workflows and collaboration efforts. Claudia is a licensed architect with nearly fifteen years of practice in both Ontario and British Columbia. She oversees all of MJMA’s BIM Projects and is integral in their setup – she is a key member of all the firm’s recent recreation projects. Claudia is a BIM industry recognized thought leader, as the Executive Director of the Toronto BIM Community, the Vice-Chair of Communications for BuildingSMART Canada, and a board member of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) Steering Committee as a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) representative.
PELIN YETER-MCKINNON
PELIN YETER-MCKINNON
Director of Marketing
CPSM
pyeter@mjma.ca
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TIMOTHY BELANGER
TIMOTHY BELANGER
Director of Visual Communications
RGD SEGD
tbelanger@mjma.ca
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As MJMA's Director of Visual Communications as well as its lead Graphic Designer, Timothy's focus is on the development of signage and wayfinding programs that reinforce each client’s unique brand and vision while complimenting the architectural design expression. Tim is involved with almost all of MJMA's projects, helping to elevate the firm's approach to place-making and leveraging elements of visual interest to the advantage of the built environment. He is fluent across accessbility standards and guidelines for signage and wayfinding and promotes design for inclusivity. After graduating in Graphic Design in 2003, Timothy’s immersion in the architectural and interiors work environment allows him to maximize the synergy between graphics, architecture, and interior design.
MARLA HASSABO
MARLA HASSABO
Director of Finance
mhassabo@mjma.ca
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As the office Controller, Marla plays a critical role at the centre of MJMA’s operations team. Responsible for the general ledger and financial analysis, Marla oversees client invoicing, accounts payable, expense reporting and payroll. She leads the process for financial statements preparation, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow; cash management and assisting in accounting policies and procedure implementation.