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January 26 @ 6:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, January 26th for an online seminar in portfolio tips and tricks. This is a follow-up seminar to our April “Resume and Interview Tips & Tricks”. 

Are you a new grad who is taking their first steps towards a career in architectural design?

Are you an experienced foreign architect looking to re-establish yourself here in Canada?

Are you looking to take the next step to advance your career?

This seminar will focus on real portfolios. We have four speakers from Vancouver firms to discuss how to put together a strong portfolio that communicates who you are, highlights your strengths and experience, and reflects who you are, and tells a compelling story. 

There will also be a Q&A session to allow participants to ask specific questions to any of the speakers.


About the Speakers:

WIA - Gillian Poholka, HR Manager, Dialog

Gillian Poholka, HR Manager, DIALOG

A Human Resources professional with more than 20 years of experience, Gillian Poholka has been supporting People & Culture portfolios in the professional services sector as well as the telecom and retail industry, primarily at large, national organizations. Specializing in performance and leadership development, coaching, full-cycle recruitment, and strategy development, Gillian’s credentials span the full spectrum of the HR function. To say she is a fanatic of people development would be an understatement. Currently living her dream on the west coast, Gillian’s world revolves around managing DIALOG’s Vancouver studio as HR Manager and enjoying time with her spirited 8-year-old daughter, Madeline. When she’s not focused on developing people, you can find her meditating in Stanley Park or with her toes in the sand at Third Beach.


Maia Low, Studio Lead, Human Studio

Maia Low is a registered architect and Studio Lead at Human Studio. Maia was born in Japan, and spent her summers in BC before moving permanently to Canada as a young girl. She has degrees from UBC and Carleton University. Prior to Human Studio, Maia worked at Dialog, where her work focused on Heritage renewal projects such as The Schoolhouse in Strathcona, River Market in New Westminster and The Roundhouse in Victoria.  For ten years Maia sat on the Granville Island Trust – five years as Chair Person.  Following Dialog, Maia spent seven years running her own practice in Victoria where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters. 

At Human Studio, Maia combines her passion and knowledge of the architectural profession as well as her years as a working parent to help shape a work environment where employee happiness and engagement is paramount. “I work every day and every minute to protect and nurture the values and culture that we have agreed upon as a collective. In the end everyone is happier and our architecture benefits a thousand times over.” Maia also steers many young designers outside the office with career advice to help them pursue their dreams and to keep a strong trajectory towards their professional goals. She volunteers for Ballet BC, Women in Architecture, Nestworks and is Co-chair of the RAIC Promoting Equality and Justice Advisory Committee.

Eleonore Leclerc, Principal, Stantec

Eleonore Leclerc, Principal, Stantec

Born in Québec City (Qc, Canada), Éléonore graduated from theUniversity of British Columbia with a Master of Architecture. Her strong interest for materials and design at different scales took her on a journey from cabinet-making to ground-breaking work on densification in high-value real estate. Eleonore is a Principal at Stantec and leads the healthcare studio. Her current field of professional development encompasses healthcare and educational facilities. She seeks and enjoys the many challenges of medium to large-scale projects, with complex users’ interface, and finds opportunity to implement best practices and innovation.

In the last 5 years, Eleonore has been responsible for hiring for her team and has contributed to several events from portfolio review with UBC, to thesis committee member, to mentoring young architects and interns.

WIA - Emily Dovbniak, Project Architect, Leckie Studio

Emily Dovbniak, Project Architect, Leckie Studio

Emily Dovbniak is a project architect and team lead at Leckie Studio Architecture + Design. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s  degrees  both from McGill University and had nine years of professional experience. Emily has been with Leckie Studio for six years and focuses on single family residential projects. Emily is Leckie Studio’s interviewer for junior applicants and is also the vetter for all new applicants before forwarding senior applicants to the review team. She is also a career mentor for MOSAIC.



6:00 – 6:10 Introduction by WIA

6:10 – 7:10 Portfolio Advice – Break Out Room discussions

7:10 – 7:30 General Group Q & A


When: Wednesday, January 26, 6:00 pm

Cost: $5

*This event has been AIBC approved for 1.5 Core LUs.

*The presentation will be recorded through Zoom.

Register here.

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