Steve A. Stefanison, Senior Project Manager, Retired Architect OAA

With over 40 years of experience in the professional design service industry, Steve recently retired from his architectural practice, S.A. Stefanison Architect Inc., and now plays an important role as a senior designer, planner, and mentor to A+ Architecture team. The firm leverages from Steve’s in-depth knowledge of the construction industry, his invaluable design experience, and his skills in managing and coordinating the design documents.


"I had the pleasure of working with Ahmed on a 27,000 Sq. Ft. Industrial laundry facility located 45 km north of Fort McMurray. I worked very closely with Ahmed during the design and construction phases of the project.  The project was a success for ARCO/Murray International because of Ahmed’s attention to detail and willingness to think outside of the box on some of the unique challenges that were encountered during the project."

​Steve Lane, Arco/Murray National Construction 

"In my short time working with Ahmed I found him to be professional and organized. The project ran smoothly and on schedule. Ahmed was able to provide valuable knowledge and insight into the project (Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Detachment and Municipal Offices)."

​​Joey Fareborther, City of Fort Saskachewan, Alberta

Principal Architect

Project Management 

  • Adept at managing tight schedules, and at coordinating changing/conflicting priorities 
  • Project Cost Estimating, Scheduling, and Planning


​Client Service 

  • Excel at serving as key point of contact between clients, contractors and team members 
  • Highly adept at defusing disputes between clients, design team, contractors, etc.

Contracts/Construction Administration

  • Firm understanding of the construction techniques and standard construction contracts in Canada 
  • Skilled in contract procurement, pre-qualification of contractors and contract negotiation 
  • Experienced in drafting contracts and required amendments/supplemental conditions

Codes and Regulations

  • Application of the Ontario & National Building Codes 
  • Experienced in permit applications and compliance with municipal by-laws


  • Trilingual (English, Arabic and Functional French)

Colin Majid, Senior Designer/Technologist

Colin is a senior architectural designer with more than 15 years of experience in the architectural discipline. ​​ Colin joined A+ Architecture team after a long career with prominent local architectural firms in Ottawa. Responsible for the preparation of the design review drawings and the detailed construction documents, A+ Architecture relies on Colin’s immaculate drafting, organization and coordination skills.

Ahmed A. Aref, Architect, OAA, MRAIC, LEED Green Associate

Architect, principal and lead designer, Ahmed has extensive experience in commercial, residential, industrial and institutional design in Canada and the middle east.

Prior to founding A+ Architecture, Ahmed worked for over 15 years with prominent design firms in Ontario and Alberta where he worked closely and directly with the clients as a lead architect/project manager on a wide variety of challenging and sophisticated building projects.

Ahmed’s skills go beyond professional architectural design to include:

Design Team / Associates