The First Nation tale Flight of the Hummingbird tells the story of a tiny creature doing everything it can to make a positive change despite an overwhelming challenge. In the same spirit, Mindful Homes strives to facilitate a seamless transition to the post carbon era in response to climate change. We are grateful to live, work and play within the traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations.
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.
T. Maginnis Cocivera
It is the simple things in life that are the most fulfilling to me — exploring a new country, watching the sunset from a mountain top, building forts in the woods with my kids, eating good food with good friends. My goal in life is to create buildings that enable a post-carbon life-style, interweaving with nature to provide the basis for a meaningful life for their inhabitants. Towards this end, I developed a new type of small scale infrastructure for my master’s thesis in architecture that integrates energy, water, waste and food production to optimize the synergies between them. This work was awarded the top prize in the Cascadia Green Building Council's Closing the Loop Design Competition in 2006.
I got my start in architecture working for Mario Bellini in Milan on the Louvre Department of Islamic Arts Competition in which we emerged victorious. I subsequently spent five years at Busby Perkins+Will in Vancouver, working on cutting edge projects such as Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC.
Realizing that many important decisions are made upstream of architects, I moved into residential development, spending seven years at Polygon Homes as Vice President Development, overseeing the delivery of more than 2000 multifamily homes. While at Polygon I led a 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 a staple of the industry. I am a LEED Accredited Professional and Passivhaus trained.
Bachelor of Design
I am a mother, a gardener, a foodie and I love spending time with my family in nature whether its hiking, touring, snowboarding, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing or simply being silly with my kids. I have formal training in clothing design, a Diploma in Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University. After a few years of running a small design studio making and selling clothing in Montréal, Toronto and New York City boutiques, I left this industry to travel and plant trees in search of a meaningful life. After years of travelling, living abroad and planting over a million trees on the Coast of British Columbia, I came back to my passion for the creative process and synthesized it with my deep appreciation of nature: my life mission of regenerating indigenous ecosystems through design was revealed. After finishing my degree and a Small Business training program, I designed and patented living wall system to facilitate symbiotic relationships between nature and our built environment. This biodiversity interface is now being installed worldwide under licence by Sempergreen BV. In 2009, Mindful Innovations was awarded the Small Business BC Sustainable Leadership Award. Other major commissions included a Living Partition for the Athlete's Lounge at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a residential project with Patkau Architects where the coastal bluff ecosystem was recreated on the rooftop. Sharing knowledge is also important to me and I enjoyed teaching the Green Roof Course at BCIT's School of Construction and editing and teaching the Living Wall Course at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities with my colleague Randy Sharp.