Nick LoPresti is the lead architect and a founding member of Dexel Architecture Ltd. A Halifax native, Nick completed his architectural degree in 1985. After several years of local professional experience in a multi-disciplinary firm, he broadened his cultural and professional experience working on a wide range of residential and commercial projects within various studios and in partnerships based in Italy. While abroad he was project and site architect for challenging works in Saudi Arabia and Lisbon.
Academically, Nick obtained the recognition of his Canadian degree completing a thesis on sustainable building which received full marks from the Polytechnic University of Turin. The thesis design integrated thermal efficiency, passive solar, photovoltaics, natural ventilation and daylighting into the aesthetics of the building form.
He is currently a volunteer participant in the Spring Garden Road working group based on the public engagement initiative facilitated by the Planning and Design Centre, Walk’n Roll Halifax, Spring Garden Area Business Association, and HRM.
Brent Robertson was been with Dexel since 2010 and assists in the architectural development of all projects and is the BIM (building information modeling) administrator. Brent, a Windsor Ontario native, obtained a diploma in Architectural technology from St. Clair College while setting his sights to further his knowledge of Architecture by attending Dalhousie University. As a second generation Scottish immigrant, whose parents’ introduction to Canada was through Pier 21, the move to “New Scotland” seems a fate like choice. At Dalhousie University he obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design (2008) & Masters in Architecture (2010). Brent volunteers on the NSAA intern committee and since 2012 is a member of Fusion Halifax, a non-profit organization that challenges young professionals to think forward and take charge of their city’s future.
Having a passion for technology and architecture, it is no surprise that Brent leads the studio in using BIM software allowing all Dexel projects to be developed as fully integrated 3D models. As BIM technology continually advances, Brent’s dedicates his effort in assuring that projects can be envisioned and verified for coherency to the original design intent at all stages from inception to the construction site in complete coordination with technical drawings.
Eli Chiasson utilizes BIM and other software to assist in all aspects of the development of Dexel projects from 3D rendering to working drawings. Eli is a Nova Scotia native and graduate of the Dalhousie Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies program (BEDS). His work experience includes a work term during his BEDS studies at Ekistics Planning & Design and work as a Design Coordinator for a major construction company. Eli’s varied experience, broad skill set, attention to detail, creativity and positive attitude are assets to Dexel’s architectural team.