Our Team

Sabrina Vastag
Principal Architect

Sabrina joined the team at Pow Architects at the onset of 2021 as Principal Architect. Her past portfolio includes residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. She oversees the advanced critical design development and working drawings, designing construction details, coordination with sub-consultants, and project management. Working in a 3D environment through use of BIM (Building Information Modeling), Sabrina effectively produces drawings and renderings, adeptly communicating building designs. Her aptitude for design, technical resolution, and team leadership, have enabled her to manage and deliver projects successfully.

Sabrina directly oversees the team and all projects within with firm, exercising reasonable control over the design processes and decisions of each project. By working collaboratively with clients to thoroughly understand their desires and needs, she establishes and cultivates the client-firm relationships.

Her continual motivation, and self-determination has enhanced her knowledge and love of architecture.

Professional Designation

2021-Present | RAIC Member | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

2019-Present | OAA Member | Ontario Association of Architects 

Michelle Lester
GM & Sr. Project Manager

Michelle is the general manager and a senior project manager with over 25 years experience with the firm. She is an important part of the design team, leading and managing projects from inception through completion, actively leading, directing, and managing projects with a forward thinking, solutions-based mindset to ensure customer and project team success.  Michelle’s strong technical background and keen architectural sense have been honed from a diverse array of building designs.  Her project background includes over 100 education projects for the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board and most recently work with the Thames Valley District School Board.  The Avon Theatre renewal, The Bruce Hotel, (a luxury hotel in Stratford), new public library buildings in Milverton and Flesherton, Scotiabank projects throughout south-western Ontario and additions to churches in Stratford and surrounding areas as well as over a dozen childcare projects round out Michelle’s experience.

In 2020, Michelle achieved advanced standing with the OAAAS and became a qualified Licensed Technologist OAA in July 2021.

Professional Designation

2021 | Lic. Technologist OAA | Ontario Association of Architects

Megan Schaff
Sr. Project Manager

Megan is a seasoned Project Manager with 12+ years of professional experience in building design and construction. Megan is well versed in the design of various building types, with an expertise in Institutional projects, hospitality, and accessibility requirements. Adept at working with clients to fulfill their programming needs, Megan adapts easily to changes and is skilled at providing pragmatic solutions during both the design and construction phases. Megan most recently completed overseeing the construction of a 5,000 sq.ft. daycare facility expansion for the Avon Maitland District School Board.

As Project Manager, Megan is an important part of the design team with design, budget analysis, creation of the tender documents and overseeing tendering and contract administration throughout construction. This past year. In 2021 Megan completed Passive House Canada’s Design and Construction Courses 120A, B and C and looks forward to the opportunity to work on sustainable projects in the future.

Professional Designation

2021 | (Pending Exam Completion) Certified Passive Haus Consultant

2009 | LEED AP

Lynne Taylor
Intermediate Project Manager

Lynne has over 33 years of professional experience in architectural industry. She has managed corporate restructuring, institutional facility design, barrier free improvement projects, municipal landscape design/downtown redevelopment projects.  She currently specializes in school roofing renovations and alterations. She has thoroughly managed projects from initial client needs assessments through conceptual project design, design development, working drawings, specification preparation, contract administration and project documentation. Past experience also includes financial control of projects, contractor draws, and certifications.

In recent years, Lynne attained her Advanced Drone Pilot License granting her permission to pilot a drone in controlled air space with advanced operations.

Professional Designation

2019 | Advanced Drone Pilot License | Transport Canada

2018 | LEED Green Classroom Certificate

Retired Member | Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario

Terry Marklevitz
Founder & Architect

Terry Marklevitz studied at the University of Waterloo, where he received Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture degrees. Terry has developed a specialization and expertise in academic projects during the last 30 years of service. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Terry is an advocate of the creative adaptive re-use of existing buildings and has developed a vast body of knowledge of historical restoration. A community minded person, past president of the Kiwanis Club, past director of United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Board member and property chair of Gallery Stratford and an ongoing sponsor of local cultural groups. Terry is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General Award 2002, the OAA Good Design is Good Business 2004, and Excellence in Public Education 2013.

Professional Photos by: 

Ann Baggley Photography