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about mkl design studio

MKL Design Studio is a full scale design firm that offers a bespoke design experience where we work with you to design your custom dream home from the ground up. We are committed to working with quality builders, staying current and up-to-date on trends and styles, and maintaining a strong construction and code knowledge. We achieve this through classes, workshops, travel and attending design and construction shows around the world. With over 25 years of experience, we pay close attention to detail; every piece of the home is looked at with the same care and critical eye so as to provide our clients with homes they love and can be proud of for years to come.

The MKL Design Studio team takes the time to truly get to know you and your family's day to day lifestyle. Through this, our clients become members of our design team where you collaborate and work with us to transform your needs into a personal design you love. We are inspired by the excitement of our clients and fall in love with transforming your dreams and vision into a reality, resulting in a custom home that is both functional and polished.

Meet the team

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Dawn Lavergne

PRINCIPAL

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Dawn is the principal designer and visionary of the award winning MKL Design Studio. With background in both Interior Design & Architectural Technology, along with 25+ years of experience, Dawn is a sought-after designer and an active member of Canada’s home building scene. She has gained recognition on both regional and national levels and is well-known for her abilities to meet and exceed clients’ expectations. Dawn has mastered the art of creating impactful experiences and beautiful homes.

 

Dawn believes in giving back and continues to share her knowledge and enthusiasm within the community. Volunteering for organizations such as CICBA, NKBA, Home Builders Association of Calgary, SAIT, and more, Dawn has dedicated many years to these organizations.

 

When not designing and volunteering, Dawn can be found lifting weights at the gym, trying to keep up with her three spirited young adult daughters or chilling with a glass of wine and her friend group.

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Trevor sutherland

SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

BA URBAN STUDIES, AT

In 2014 Trevor enrolled in the Architectural Technologies program at SAIT, after a 20-year career in the residential construction industry. Trevor was the owner operator of an exterior cladding company installing siding, soffit, eavestrough and exterior trim. After completion of his Architectural Technology Diploma, Trevor started contracting to MKL Design Studio in 2017. Trevor’s construction knowledge and experience is an asset helping aid in the design of projects at the MKL Design Studio. Trevor’s enjoys the challenge of trouble shooting complex detailing that arise with custom homes. 

 

When not at the office, Trevor coaches his son’s minor hockey and enjoys the outdoors with his family and friends.

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NANETTE MCRITCHIE

SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

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Nanette is an architectural designer and technologist with many years of working in both Alberta and Saskatchewan giving her extensive experience in multiple areas of commercial and residential design.

Her experience in commercial design includes new building construction, additions, renovations, and tenant improvements.

 

Nanette has designed large multifamily projects and retirement communities which include independent living, assisted living and memory care facilities. She has experience in site design and residential subdivision development including creating architectural controls. Nanette has also completed many single family projects that include both new construction and renovations.

Nanette enjoys architectural visualization by creating 3D models and renderings to help clients envision their space. She has a strong knowledge of the building code and permit processes to successfully complete projects. Her creativity, passion for unique design, and detail orientated approach allows her to focus on creating the ideal space for each client.

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ANASTASSIYA VASSILYEVA

SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER

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Anastassiya’s career in Interior design began 15+ years ago in Toronto, On. Having learned to design from industry leaders in both Toronto and Calgary, Anastassiya approaches design from a unique perspective that addresses function, aesthetic, and a positive experience as equally important components of building a home.

 

With expertise in both residential and commercial sectors of the design industry, each project is an opportunity to bring all acquired knowledge as well as learn something new. When creating, a clean, slightly understated aesthetic is favoured, but listening to clients’ needs and translating them into interiors that reflect personalities of homeowners and respect the architecture and the environment are always at the top of the priority list.

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NIKKI BLACKMORE

INTERIOR DESIGNER

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Nikki joined the MKL Design Studio team in May 2021, bringing a wide variety of knowledge from her 4 years of industry experience along with a Diploma in Interior Decorating and a Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design.

 

She approaches each design with an eagerness to bring the client’s vision to life, listening attentively and providing thoughtful, timeless suggestions to create beautiful, functional spaces that stand the test of time. Nikki’s passion for design is prevalent in every project, she enjoys creating spaces for every style, classic traditional to ultra-modern, and everything in between.

 

When Nikki isn’t in the studio or daydreaming about design, you’ll likely find her in the mountains, hiking and camping, or re-decorating her home. 

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ALEXANDER SLOBODIAN

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

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This International man of mystery who interned in San Francisco in 2014, participated in the 2015 LFA ( London Festival of Architecture), as well as being part of award winning teams designing corporate offices for the likes of amazon in Toronto, Vancouver and Seattle and Microsoft's headquarters outside of seattle, is a motivational force in MKL’s constant evolution.

Alex is often a go to support with the “ Hair raising” issues in transitioning to the BIM work style.

In addition Alexander’s work has been featured in, and on the covers of 25+ international beauty and fashion magazines and now he brings that glamor and style to the photos and interiors MKL is becoming exceedingly known for.

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NICOLE STEWART

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST

Nicole started designing houses at the age of 13 and would come up with the ‘dream homes’ for her friends and family members. She graduated from BCIT’s Architectural and Building Engineering Technology program and has been working in the industry in both BC and Alberta since.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys playing board games with her husband, going on walks with her dog and refurbishing furniture.

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MACKENZIE LAVERGNE

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING MANAGER

Mackenzie has been a part of the MKL Design Studio team since 2017, working as a multifaceted design assistant. She now works part time as MKL’s social media marketing manager, while she studies full time to complete her degree in Neuroscience.

 

In her free time, you’ll find Mackenzie breaking out of escape rooms, camping with her friends, or enjoying a good Netflix original.

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GAIL JETTER

ASSISTANT

Gail joined the MKL Design Studio team in 2021 as an assistant to Dawn. She is passionate about learning the architectural and interior design world as it has always been an interest of hers.

 

She is presently a registered dental assistant and enjoys dealing with her patients. In her free time she can be found at the gym training to obtain her personal goal of becoming a better triathlete.