Our team shares a passion for bringing great design to life. We love what we do and we truly enjoy collaborating with each other and with our clients to make each project a success. Check out our bios and get to know us!
Christopher Lemke B.E.S, M.Arch, MRAIC, Licensed Real Estate Agent
Owner and Managing Partner - Design and Real Estate Services
Originally from Ottawa, I completed my undergraduate work in urban design at the University of Waterloo. In 1992, I accepted a scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Architecture at the University of Calgary, completing the degree with a thesis project that received widespread recognition and the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal. As a passionate sailor, my original plan was to keep moving westwards. Once settled in the foothills though, I found myself captivated by the dramatic landscapes, the breadth of opportunity and people's intrinsic willingness to embrace new ideas.
In 1997, Mace and I co-founded Alloy Homes, united by a shared belief that great architecture needs to be a part of daily life. My job at Alloy is to help our clients think outside the box. I am intimately involved in the design of each and every home that we build, and I use my experience as a licensed Real Estate Agent to keep our clients aware of market trends, forecasts and opportunities.
After hours, you'll find me on the soccer pitch with the kids, or racing yachts across the Pacific.
Mace Mortimer BGS
Owner and Managing Partner - Construction
As a founding partner and co-owner, it's my job to see that your new home is delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standards of craftsmanship.
My background is in Physics and Architecture, a combination that has proven incredibly useful as we work out all of the minute but critical design details on site. I ensure that every aspect of a build is considered well in advance because no one appreciates unpleasant surprises – including me!
When I have a few moments to spare, you can find me outside hunting, training for a triathlon, or taking a break with a good book and a beer.
Chief Financial Officer
Alloy Homes has been an important part of my life for almost 25 years.
I was one of Alloy's first clients back in 1997. The passion and care they put into their work was incomparable, and the home that they created for me was a work of art. A year later when they asked me to come aboard I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
It is with pleasure that I have been sharing my own passion for numbers and my commitment to accuracy with Alloy’s clients ever since. We work together to create a positive and accountable environment from the initial consultation to the finished product. My job is to focus on the financial details so our clients can keep their eyes looking skyward, watching as their dream home comes to life.
Deana Lewis M.Arch
I believe that designing a home is about creating happiness. Discovering what that means for each person and project is an incredibly rewarding process that I love being a part of.
Growing up on an Alberta farm, I spent much of my youth wandering the fields and dreaming up houses-that-could-be. I could not wait to move to the Big City to pursue my passion for residential architecture. I left Alberta to complete a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and have since dedicated my career to building beautiful homes in Western Canada.
After more than a decade as a solopreneur with an exclusive focus on bespoke homes, I am excited to join a team that operates with the same core values of honesty, integrity and producing exceptional results. My role as Design Manager is to ensure our design process runs efficiently and every detail is seen through.
When I am not thinking about houses, you’ll find me frolicking in The Mountains with my husband and daughter, or at the dog park with my best-bud-bouvier Clive.
Kishan Gajjar B.A.Hons (Arch), M.Arch
Senior Designer+Project Manager
I was born and raised in Tanzania, cultured in India, educated in England, and refined in Canada. Growing up seeing my grandfather operate a woodshop and my Dad runs a photography business, I was exposed at a young age to craft and art.
Arriving in Calgary over 21 years ago with an undergraduate degree in hand, I worked with various architectural firms and soon had completed a Master’s Degree from the University of Calgary. For a few years, I followed a more traditional architectural career path until I found my true passion for design/build. I’ve always found it satisfying to take projects from design to completion, bringing out the beauty of the architecture as it’s given physical form.
In 2008 I established my own design/build firm, creating custom modern homes built to age gracefully and provide good value to clients. I’ve known Chris and Mace for many years, and when they extended an offer to join the team at Alloy Homes, I jumped at the opportunity. I could not have asked for a better group of people with whom to collaborate.
I find inspiration in sports, especially cricket and golf, playing board games and travelling and spending time with loved ones.
Robin Faraci G.S.C, C. Tech
Project Manager - YEG
I was born in Winnipeg but always wanted to live in Alberta. In 2004 I finally made the move with my family, first to Calgary then later to Edmonton. As a graduate from the Architectural Technology program at SAIT I have always had a passion for design and quality construction. I have a great deal of experience on the commercial side, with many years as a Senior Project Manager. I'm proud to be part of Alloy's Edmonton construction team.
Wayne Schaap M.Arch, BA
Originally from Golden, British Columbia, I grew up in a house where fear never stood in the way of a creative project and I spent as much time with a hammer in my hand as I did with a pencil. After completing my undergraduate degree in English with a minor degree in Photography, I ran my own business for several years before completing my Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Calgary.
My professional philosophy embraces the collaborative nature of design, requiring clear communication between clients, designers and the trades to complete beautiful and unique projects. Clients can be assured that my background as a businessman, writer, photographer, carpenter, designer and project manager allows me to occupy the “in between space” that balances the desires of clients with the realities of construction and the innovations of technology. I am proud to be a part of the Alloy Team, whose diversity of experience brings our clients a superior product in an ever changing modern world.
When I am not at work you are likely to find me in my workshop or out riding either a motorcycle or a bicycle.
Project Manager - YYC
I've always admired architectural and engineering feats, which fostered a desire to
to create a career out of this interest. A diploma in Architectural and Building Development Technology from SAIT helped make my passion a reality. From the first day I began managing custom home builds and renovations 20 plus years ago, I've believed that well managed projects should exceed customers expectations. As someone with an impulse for organization and a keen eye for detail, I thrive on keeping projects running smoothly from conception to delivery. I'm skilled at building lasting relationships with homeowners and maintaining open lines of communication every step of the way.
Project Manager - YYC
I have been in the construction industry for over 26 years, working in both commercial and residential custom home construction. I started with Alloy as a hands-on Site Supervisor and oversaw our warranty and service side. In 2021 I accepted the position of Project Manager and have been enjoying working closely with our clients. Our clients are number one to me.
I enjoy the Calgary Flames, fishing, bowling and most of all just spending time with my family.
I was born and raised on a small farm near Saskatoon, where we rebuilt just about every building over the course of 18 years. This set me up for a career in construction! My brother and I started a framing company in 1990 and I have been building custom homes ever since. In spring of 2020 I accepted an invitation to join the Alloy team, and I've loved every moment. Our projects are interesting, our clients are wonderful, and the team has been like a second family to me. I look forward to many more years to come!
I have always been a creative person and as a child was always drawing, taking photos and crafting. When I was introduced to desktop publishing in school, I fell in love with Graphic Design and realized how creative I could be sitting behind a computer.
Although I grew up in a small farm town north of Edmonton, I have always felt like Calgary was my home and moved here over 20 years ago. I spent the first 15 years of my career in the newspaper and print industry as a self-taught Graphic Designer. This included attending SAIT to finesse my graphic design skills and learn a bit of web design. I made the transition into the marketing and Architecture world in 2006, first as a Proposal Manager and then Marketing Manager in a large architecture firm. I grew to appreciate the process of seeing a ‘design concept’ come to life in the buildings and communities created through architecture and design.
As the Marketing Manager, I love being part of the journey helping our clients create their forever home. When I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m walking the trails with my pup, singing in a choir, pulling out my camera or hiking in the mountains.
I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling and the power of words, images, music, and design. As a consultant for the majority of my career, I’ve helped many clients tell their stories. I’ve collaborated with entrepreneurs and international corporations, budding brands, and established institutions. My clients have included private companies, government, and associations in sectors from consumer to health, energy, and construction. Each has had a unique tale to tell.
With a bent for the poetic, I studied English literature at the University of Saskatchewan. More practical pursuits led me to a Communications degree from Simon Fraser University. After several years working in Vancouver, the opportunity to establish a local office for a major international PR firm drew me to Alberta in 2011. I’ve been proud to call Calgary home since then. I'm delighted to bring my expertise to the Alloy team.