Achim Muller

Achim Muller

Landscape Designer
BLA, MBA

Achim holds an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in Business Administration from The Hague University.

Achim brings broad international practice experience attained while employed as a designer in the United States, the Netherlands and China. His project experience ranges from small-scaled, 900 square-metre hospital courtyards that included the custom design of light features to a large 260-acre urban expansion area where he completed the initial urban design layout for the site. He also has extensive experience and enjoys the process of collaborating with colleagues and liaising with clients, allied consultants and user groups to achieve the best possible design outcome for every project. As a design practitioner, Achim is particularly interested in the aesthetic and the experiential dimensions of space-making that are based on a solid foundation of ecological and functional parameters.

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Alexander Bykov

Alexander Bykov

GIS Specialist
BSc, BGIS

As a GIS Specialist with O2, Alexander works within different multidisciplinary project teams and provides support with GIS data management, web mapping application development and geospatial analysis. As a specialist in Database Design and Administration experience, he provides project support for data management and system analysis. He also provides guidance on tailored software solutions for clients and coordinates data infrastructure management at the firm.

Alexander holds a B.Sc. in Information System and Technologies from the Ural Federal University and BGIS diploma from SAIT Polytechnic, with two Academic Excellence Certificates. He has broad experience in engineering and software development. He has held a position as an application developer for large construction firm, where he developed comprehensive GIS applications for fleet routing for concrete mixers to support operations. He also led a team of software developers for over 5 years which was tasked with multiple projects in GIS and programming for the construction, telecommunication and entertainment industries. Alexander has designed databases in different Enterprise-level RDBMS such as Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL and MySQL for multiple clients.

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Andrea Kennedy

Andrea Kennedy

Landscape Designer
MALA, CSLA, LEED Green Associate, BSc (Env), MLArch

Andrea holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Guelph. Prior to joining O2, Andrea was a Landscape Architect with HTFC Planning + Design in Winnipeg, Manitoba and remains an active member of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects. She has a broad range of professional experience with involvement in projects at a community scale to urban design to interpretive content development and experiential graphic design. In all cases, she enjoys working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and is committed to reflecting the unique character of a place and meeting client and public needs in the creation of enduring design solutions. She is also a LEED Green Associate, reflecting her commitment to ongoing professional development and interest in sustainable design practices.

She has recently relocated to Calgary, Alberta and her work at O2 includes concept and detailed design development, preparation of construction documents, and graphic presentation. Andrea’s recent project work with O2 includes the conceptual and design development of Haskayne Legacy Park along the Bow River in Calgary, and the new ATCO Commercial Centre in Calgary.

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Boris Karn

Boris Karn

Planner
MPLAN, BHSc

Boris holds a Master of Planning degree and a Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Calgary. As a Planner at O2, Boris contributes to various planning projects that focus on spatially explicit community and land use planning, planning scenario modelling and visualization, as well as policy development. His previous academic and professional experiences complement his current interests in scenario based community design and master planning, communication and engagement strategy design, and innovative planning policy development.

His multidisciplinary academic experience and research spans the fields of health research, urban planning and communication design, focusing on topics like planning scenario modelling and visualization, graphic and written communication strategies for public engagement processes, as well as the impact of the built form environment on health and physical activity outcomes. During his post-graduate work, Boris was a founding contributor of makeCalgary talk, a collaborative effort by the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design to foster broader conversation about architecture, urban design and planning issues amongst Calgarians. Most recently, Boris explored corridor revitalization, infill guidelines and brownfield redevelopment strategies as part of a community planning and visioning process undertaken for the Calgary community of Highland Park.

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Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith

Landscape Planner
MLA

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University. Her academic experiences in both science and design have focused largely on climate change adaptation and regional planning for protected areas and public lands.

In 2008, Caitlin was awarded a US-Canada Fulbright Fellowship to study boreal ecosystem responses to climate change at Université Laval in Quebec and the University of Calgary. As a component of her Master’s thesis, Caitlin studied the development of Chinese National Parks as a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2012 she received an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award for her thesis work exploring the use of agroforestry corridors to conserve biodiversity and accommodate tourism development in southern China’s protected areas. Caitlin has worked at the U.S. National Park Service as a climate change and cultural resource specialist, and at the Wyoming Outdoor Council as a GIS consultant.  In conjunction with Federal agencies and non-profit organizations, she has worked on issues related to forest planning, energy development, scenic resource management, and community design.  At O2, Caitlin works across scales and disciplines on projects ranging from site specific design to regional environmental planning.

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Chelsea Whitty

Chelsea Whitty

Planner
MPLAN, BED

Chelsea holds a Master of Planning degree in Urban Design from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Education degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta. With experience locally and internationally, in the public and private sectors of planning, as well as in the field of education, Chelsea is accustom to working across scales on projects that emphasis design and policy-based planning. Her diverse academic and professional background complements her interests in planning, environmental design, and community development.

Having completed her senior planning studio at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, Chelsea researched and developed spatial strategies to propose redevelopment concepts for the port suburb of Fishermans Bend. As part of an internship with the City of Melbourne’s Urban Design Group, she reviewed municipal planning policy and implementation strategies, as well as public engagement methodology for the Queen Victoria Market Area Redevelopment Plan. Locally, Chelsea has worked in the Land Use Planning & Policy and Environmental & Safety Management Departments at the City of Calgary where she supported planning policy development and bylaw compliance reviews, as well as developed and implemented community environmental initiatives.

At O2, Chelsea contributes to a variety of planning projects, with emphasis on land use planning, policy development, community design, and public engagement.

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Getachew Mengesha

Getachew Mengesha

Financial Administrator

Getachew holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Zegha Business College (City University College) in Accounting and Finance and Diploma in Accounting from the Addis Ababa Commercial College.

Getachew is O2’s Financial Administrator and has been employed by the firm since March 2013. He is responsible for budgeting, project reporting, financial reporting, invoicing, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Prior to joining O2, Getachew worked in Ethiopia with SouthWest Development Plc, Medecins Du Monde, International Committee of the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontiers. He also worked in Tanzania and Niger with Medecins Du Monde.  

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Eliza Oprescu

Eliza Oprescu

Associate AALA
BES, MLA

Eliza holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto and has completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. Her current interests include 3D visualization and the integration of Landscape Architecture into an ever growing technology driven society. Her work within GIS has allowed her to integrate analysis into 3D environments in order to expand the way we visualize and understand dynamic forces that impact the way designers understand site, function and processes. Her previous work includes 3D visualizations through numerous rendering and analysis programs for the University of Toronto, where she studied the impacts of the heat island effect in Toronto as well as a graphics specialists with the Global City Indicators Facility [GCIF].

Her Master’s thesis looked at the role that technology and apps played in Landscape Architecture, and the way that designers could integrate this ever growing trend within the planning and design process. She is currently working on evolving the idea of a game app that could potentially replace everyday charrettes and would allow citizens to ‘play’ while aiding in the design process.

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Jennie Thompson

Jennie Thompson

Office Manager
BSc

Jennie is responsible for the supervision of all the firm's daily operations, including finance, logistics, data management, and proposal development. She works across all solution areas to provide project administration, reporting, coordination, and support. Additionally, Jennie provides assistance to the firm by trouble-shooting areas of need and implementing changes that improve upon the company's function and maintains its high quality standards. Jennie’s strengths include organizational acuity, prompt acquisition of new information, invaluable interpersonal skills, and a high degree of professionalism. 

Before joining O2, Jennie was a performer with Disneyland and Disney Cruise Lines where she received an Award of Excellence for outstanding customer service. Jennie holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the University of Toronto in Criminology and Psychology. 

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Jenna Matthews

Jenna Matthews

Intern Landscape Architect
BLA

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph, where she graduated with distinction. In her final year of studies, she was awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Merit. Her final design studio project focused on urban flood resiliency and the use of green infrastructure for flood management. The project specifically looked at adapting an industrial area along the Fort Point Channel of Boston, Massachusetts into a livable and sustainable mixed-use district. The project addressed issues related to sea level rise and increased storm surges brought about by climate change, while activating a vibrant waterfront and improving coastal health. In 2014 she was awarded first place in the Ontario Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association student design competition and she was the recipient of the 2014 Garden Club of Toronto scholarship.  

At O2, Jenna’s role is to support the design team on a wide range of projects. She assists at various stages of the design process to prepare inventory and analysis mapping, graphic representation of drawings, construction drawings and more.

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Katrina Flora

Katrina Flora

Planner
MCP

Katrina holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in land use and environmental planning, with an Urban Design Certificate. Katrina’s graduate work focused on interdisciplinary projects, including the 2013 ULI Hines competition based in Minneapolis, in which her team took an honorable mention. Her fall coursework included a landscape architecture studio, where she explored design and planning frameworks that could guide sustainable, self-constructed development in MedellÍn, Colombia. Her senior planning studio examined the role and impact an underutilized freight rail corridor that runs through New York City’s outer-boroughs could have on shifting and absorbing the city’s future growth. Katrina completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, majoring in environmental studies and political science. Katrina’s post-college work explored the myriad of benefits (health, economic, environmental, socially, etc.) associated with greening urban environments, and how they could be better designed or planned, leading to her pursuit of a planning degree. 

Having worked in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, Katrina brings an understanding of the academic science and theory, as well as the stakeholder involvement and policy implications to a project. Katrina’s interest in planning stems from the environmental challenges facing cities, both in terms of climate change impacts on the built environment and human health, but also keeping urbanites in touch and engaged in nature. As a Planner at O2, Katrina is currently involved in projects with an emphasis on regional and land use planning.

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Laura Whittingham

Laura Whittingham

Office Administrator
BA

In her role at O2, Laura is responsible for daily administrative duties, office organization, and providing project support in a number of areas. She provides file management, supplies inventory, and clerical services while also assisting the firm’s health and safety, marketing, and engagement departments. With meticulous attention to detail and a professional demeanour, Laura brings extensive time management, problem solving and customer services skills to the position.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from the University of Calgary. Majoring first in Sociology, her studies focused on social control and deviance. This led to the pursuit of her second major in Urban Studies, where she researched sociological perspectives on issues that cities are facing today. To further her education, Laura participated in a field studies program in Mexico City, centered on the rapid urbanization and challenges of urban planning and development in a mega city. 

Prior to joining O2, Laura conducted social research for Parks Canada in which she gathered data of national indicators with site-specific questions of Kootenay National Park. This included assessing visitor’s understanding of the ecological and commemorative integrity of the specific site and their awareness of the place. 

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Leif Olson

Leif Olson

Landscape Ecologist
PhD, BSc

Leif holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology from the University of Calgary, and has completed his Doctoral Studies in Conservation Ecology at Carleton University’s Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Lab, with a focus on multi-objective conservation planning at the regional scale. He has worked as a researcher studying human-bear interactions in the Waterton National Park, as a consultant to Saint Lawrence Islands National Park summarizing breeding bird diversity across Ontario, and as a consultant with Environment Canada calculating road fragmentation indices across Canada.

His current work at O2 focuses on the development of systematic land-use planning and multivariate decision-making processes, using spatial, statistical, and graphical methods to guide and explore complex and wide-ranging social and environmental issues.

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Marcelo Figueira

Marcelo Figueira

Senior Planner
MEDes, MCIP, RPP

Marcelo is a Senior Planner at O2 where he provides project management and mentors staff on project structure, processes, methods and content as well as overall professional planning development. He is a passionate city building advocate to enable better cities, suburbs and regions through urban design and sustainability, exploring urbanism through innovative lenses and ideas.

Marcelo holds a Master of Environmental Design (Planning) and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado in Brazil. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) with more than 10 years of Canadian professional experience. He has participated as Project Manager or Lead Designer in award winning projects developed by interdisciplinary teams for both the private sector and municipalities. He has a track record of designing and delivering plans aimed at creating communities that are complete, resilient and affordable, balancing sustainable development with a respect for diversity in values, cultures, and distinct places.

Marcelo is also actively involved in professional planning initiatives in Canada and Alberta as a conference speaker and as volunteer to committees and boards. He regularly shares his planning views and experiences in blogs and articles which have appeared on the APPI Journal, Spacing Magazine (Edmonton), Urbantimes and other professional publications. In addition, Marcelo was a member of the City of Edmonton Subdivision Development and Appeal Board appointed by City Council from 2010 - 2014.

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Max Olson

Max Olson

Lead Graphic Designer
BDes

Max is an experienced graphic and communication designer specializing in identity design and brand management. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Max holds a Bachelor of Design with a major in Communication Design.

His work at O2 focuses on brand design, marketing and strategy: developing integrated brand experiences designed to function across print, digital and environmental applications. Max’s skillset facilitates complex, multi-stakeholder brand solutions, with extensive experience in advertising, art direction, concept development, copywriting, environmental design, signage & web design.

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Omair Chaudhry

Omair Chaudhry

Senior GIS Developer
PhD, MSc, BE, Dip

Omair holds a Doctorate and Masters degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh, Diploma in Management from the chartered institute of management and Bachelors of Engineering degree in Computer Software from the National University of Science and Technology. Omair has published journal articles, book chapters and also presented papers in international conferences on representation of spatial information at multiple levels of detail, automated spatial data enrichment and geo-visualization.

Prior to joining O2, Omair worked at Public Health England where he explored the development of GIS health portal and desktop solutions for mapping and analysis of infectious diseases. He also served as a lecturer in GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University. He taught courses on spatial databases, distributed GIS, spatial programming and geo-visualization. Omair was also involved in a number of GIS projects involving health, urban planning and utilities during his employment at LMKT. He is experienced in all phases of GIS projects from architecture design to deployment and end user training. He has extensive skills in development of desktop and web GIS solutions using proprietary and open source platforms.

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Renee Lussier

Renee Lussier

Landscape Architect
MLArch, BCSLA, CSLA

As a Landscape Architect with O2, Renée is involved with all aspects of the design process – proposal development, stakeholder and client meeting, public engagement process, project management, concept and detailed design development, construction documents, tender and contract administration. Her interests lie in creating connections between landscape architecture and sustainable, liveable communities. She brings an in-depth knowledge of project development at various scales and an artistic approach to place-making. Renée sees each project and site as unique, but looks to context and the surrounding landscape fabric to help inform and drive the design forward.

Renée holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba and has practiced as a Landscape Architect in Manitoba, with projects specifically in Winnipeg and in British Columbia, with award-winning projects in Nanaimo. She joins O2 in Calgary as a registered member with the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and as past panelist with the Urban Design Advisory Committee in Winnipeg and the Design Advisory Panel in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. Her experience within the profession ranges from project initiation to technical drawings and project implementation. Renée is committed to bringing contemporary, high quality, and sustainable landscapes to clients in Calgary and abroad.

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Sean McMahon

Sean McMahon

AALA Associate
LAT, BLA

Sean is an intern landscape architect with over six years of experience designing and managing projects for parks, open spaces, and urban realm improvements. His work employs creative problem-solving for a broad range of public places.

Having taken part in projects ranging from institutional urban design to vast environmental conservation and trail projects, Sean approaches all scales and forms of design with enthusiasm. He prepares thoroughly detailed assemblies for both built and natural environments, and has extensive management experience in the field. He continually encourages the application and awareness of native plants and permaculture in design, emphasizing best practices in Low Impact Development (LID) techniques. Invariably, Sean utilizes his skills as an artist to compose a unique environment reflective of the character and history of place. 

His breadth of constructed projects across Alberta supply him with lessons learned in the field that prove beneficial to the efficient design of future projects, resulting in a keen attention to detail from concept to construction establishment.

Sean holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, as well as a Diploma in Landscape Architectural Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is an associate member of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects.

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Shane Budish

Shane Budish

Associate OALA + ASLA
MLA

Shane holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto and a double major in MIT Communications and Multimedia Design and Production from the University of Western Ontario. His current interests lie within an interdisciplinary approach to large scale remediative projects. While at UofT, Shane was educated with a variety of studios and disciplines that allowed him to approach projects from a unique standpoint.  His previous work includes coastal remediation initiatives, habitat restoration that counters as a saline mitigation strategy and infrastructure recycling, hurricane adaptation planning, as well as landscape engineering and structural intervention.  Shane believes in an interdisciplinary approach to all elements of design and remediation and he hopes to bring a unique perspective and energy to all his participated projects at O2.

His Master’s thesis looked at the constant deterioration of coast lines and mangroves in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam and derived a process for remediation by re-defining the agricultural methods used to cultivate shrimp in the region.  By doing so, flooding can be drastically reduced in the volatile farming region and new income can be generated to support farmers and local residents through a cyclical phasing process.  He is currently continuing his research and is planning more site visits to the Mekong with his research constituents in order to further rehabilitate this rich and vibrant part of the world.

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Vita Leung

Vita Leung

Marketing and Engagement Lead
BA, DID

Vita holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Victoria College. Additionally, she holds an honours diploma in interior design. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Vita is a marketing, design and engagement consultant who brings 14 years of experience working with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations in an advisory and leadership role. She has created integrated expressions of brand identities and managed the pursuit of Alternative Financing and Procurement infrastructure projects in sectors such as healthcare, education and transportation.

With a combined background in critical thinking, writing and design, Vita develops and implements service, marketing and communications approaches to strengthen engagement. She manages O2's marketing and communications activities, and develops strategies for public consultation.

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