We are compelled green designers, yogis, outdoor explorers, and we love travelling to discover the wisdom of other cultures. We strive to live a life that is authentic, tuned in with our inner springs and committed to creating a spacious lifestyle amongst our hurried society. We are urban homesteaders, nurturing our two children on the forested slopes of North Vancouver. We are grateful to live, work and play in the unceded traditional ancestral territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
T. Maginnis Cocivera is a Registered Architect with the AIBC and has a Masters in Architecture (M.Arch) from Dalhousie University. His master’s thesis on building-integrated infrastructure that harnesses synergies between energy, water, waste and food production was awarded the top prize in the Cascadia Green Building Council's Closing the Loop Design Competition in 2006.
He has worked for Mario Bellini Associati in Milan, where he was a key member of the Louvre Department of Islamic Arts design team that won the international design competition, and for Busby Perkins+Will in Vancouver, where he was Project Architect on two leading edge sustainable projects: Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC.
For the seven years prior to starting up Mindful Architecture, he served as Vice President Development at Polygon Homes, overseeing the delivery of more than 2000 multifamily homes. He headed the team that created a new type of open plan townhome that won the Urban Development Institute Award of Excellence in 2014 and has since become an industry standard.
Geneviève Noël is a Designer with a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University. She has been an environmentalist for over 25 years and her life mission is to regenerate indigenous ecosystems through design and promote food security through urban agriculture. She gained thorough experience towards this end working with several long established European green roof companies. In order to facilitate symbiotic relationships between nature and our built environment, she subsequently designed several living wall systems, one of which has been successfully patented and is being commercialized worldwide under licence by Sempergreen BV.
A recognized expert in green roofs and living walls, she has undertaken major commissions including: a Living Partition for the Athlete's Lounge at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a 100 square meter living wall for the Westin Hotel, a green roof with Patkau Architects that recreates the coastal bluff ecosystem and a vertical urban agriculture wall for an epicurean client in Shaughnessy. Her teaching work includes the Green Roof Course at BCIT's School of Construction and the Living Wall Course at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities with her colleague Randy Sharp. In 2009, her firm MUBI (now Mindful Innovations) was awarded the Small Business BC Sustainable Leadership Award.