O2 practices an interdisciplinary approach where landscape architects, planners, urban designers and environmental scientists work together, from initial concept to final construction detailing.
CEO + Senior Landscape Architect
DDES, MLA, FCSLA
As president and CEO of O2, Douglas directs and oversees the firm’s operations.
Douglas holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University focusing on broad-scale landscapes and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba. He has served as an instructor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Canadian and American Societies of Landscape Architects and the International Association of Landscape Ecology. Douglas is also a founding board member and chairman of the SAFE Design Council, a not-for-profit aimed at decreasing the risk of crime through informed design. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.
Douglas is experienced in all phases of planning and design, from broad-scale policy development and spatial analysis through to detailed implementation. He has worked in Africa, Central and South America, China, Colombia, Mexico, Mongolia and Slovenia, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. His work has appeared in multiple international publications and has won several national awards.
Among many others, his broad-scale projects include land-use plans for southern Alberta and the Teslin First Nations Territory in the Yukon, regional land use plans for Saskatoon and Calgary, open-space plans for the Halifax Regional Municipality and the City of Edmonton and habitat-based standards for biodiversity in the agricultural landscape of the mixed prairie. His mid-scale projects include the Parks Strategy for the City of Toronto, the River Valley Master Plan for Lethbridge, the riparian assessment for Calgary and the Nose Creek Watershed land-use project. At finer scales, his detailed design projects include the EEEL building at the University of Calgary, Calgary’s West Eau Claire Riverside Park, East Bowmont Park and the University of Lethbridge plaza.
As O2’s Managing Partner, Trevor contributes to the firm’s business planning, program management, opportunity identification and analysis.
Trevor holds a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, a Graduate Diploma in International Management from Capilano University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria.
With over 17 years of experience, Trevor brings a unique perspective and creative, sound business advice to the firm. Prior to joining O2 in 2006, Trevor worked in Latin America with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency and the United Nations Development Program. His international work experience focused on private sector development and trade capacity building. Trevor also worked in the Canadian energy sector in the areas of economics and strategic planning, and business development. His background in developing trade and development partnerships make him a primary resource for client service.
Principal, Urban + Regional Planning
MPL, MCIP, RPP
As a principal at O2, Andrew manages the firm’s Planning Studio. Central to his approach is a belief that great places are defined by environmental responsibility and economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, social discourse and creative design.
Andrew holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Queen's University, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, both in Geography, from the University of Calgary. Andrew also holds a Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
His experience as a planner for Canadian municipalities and as a consultant with leading planning firms extends over 15 years. He has a refined ability to promote complex technical solutions within multi-stakeholder environments and his extensive experience in policy development and community design, public engagement and municipal approvals facilitates innovation in growth planning. His work with high-profile urban planning and urban design projects, across Canada and overseas, emphasizes linkages between policy, implementation and urban design
Principal, Urban Design
BArch, BES, BA, RPP, MCIP, FFUD
As a principal with O2, Chris manages the firm’s Design Studio. He is a registered professional planner, a member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada and an urban designer with over 17 years of experience. He achieved international recognition as a Fellow of the Forum for Urban Design in New York; a Recognized Practitioner in Urban Design in the UK; and, as a member of the Project for Public Spaces Leadership Committee and the Council for Canadian Urbanism. As an accomplished facilitator and an inspiring speaker, Chris speaks about healthy cities across North America and abroad in New York, San Francisco, Copenhagen, New Delhi and Helsinki. He served as a director of Build Toronto, a sessional lecturer in the Masters of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Downsview Park Design Review Panel and the steering committee of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. Chris is highly regarded for his strategic and collaborative approach to complex urban projects – including charting and leading the public engagement process and helping bring together diverse public agencies and stakeholders around a shared vision.
His commitment to city building is internationally recognized through award-winning projects such as the Waterfront Master Plan for Kaohsiung, Taiwan; exhibitions at the Dieppe Biennale and the Van Alen Institute in New York; and through publications such as The Good Life: New Spaces for Recreation. His work has been featured by leading design publishers including NAI Publishers, Monacelli Press, Princeton Press, Birkauser and MIT Press.
Additionally, Chris led the Public Spaces, Activity & Urban Form study for the City of Saskatoon that won the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Community Planning, the Canadian Institute of Planners New and Emerging Planning Initiatives Award and the International Downtown Association’s Award of Merit.
Chris combines his university training in Fine Art, Environmental Studies and Architecture to bring integrated design thinking to complex urban projects. He has directed over 300 design and planning studies across Canada, ranging in scale from the Centre Plan for Halifax to Museum Park at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. His expertise includes community, urban, public space, campus streetscape design and planning that incorporates active transportation, transit-oriented design, programming, public art, gateways, wayfinding, place branding and implementation strategies.
Principal, Senior Landscape Architect
MLA, BES, AALA
Matt is a Senior Landscape Architect and Associate with O2. He is a team leader of the design studio, managing high profile urban design, mixed use, campus, and large park projects. From master planning through design development and construction documentation, Matt ensures a fine attention to detail for both planned and built projects. He oversaw the design and construction of the award winning Taylor Family Quad at the University of Calgary and is currently overseeing cSPACE King Edward; ATCO Commercial Centre; West Eau Claire Park; Eau Claire Plaza and Public Realm, and; multiple mixed use developments including Eau Claire West, Eau Claire Market Redevelopment, and Stadium Shopping Centre.
Matt holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph where he received the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Award of Merit and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in Planning and Urban Design. Matt is a fully registered member of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, and represents the AALA on the City of Calgary’s Urban Design Review Panel.
Principal, Senior Urban Planner
MPLAN, MCIP, RPP
Brian is an accomplished city planner and urban designer with considerable experience working on innovative planning and design projects in Canada and overseas. He spent the early part of his career in London, UK, working on projects at all scales ranging from regional strategies, new village masterplans, inner-city urban design strategies and detailed streetscape designs. Brian believes that the careful attention to detail at all scales is crucial to delivering projects that result in the creation of places and spaces that are a positive contribution to the urban fabric and will be appreciated and used over time.
Since moving back to his home city of Calgary in 2010, Brian has focused his practice on working with private sector clients, assisting them in preparing and obtaining successful and timely approval for their development projects. On all the projects he is involved with, Brian combines his knowledge of market fundamentals, policy environment, urban design, the approval process and stakeholder negotiation to facilitate the approval of complex projects, particularly in the context of urban intensification.
Brian holds a Master of Planning from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and Economics. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and the Urban Land Institute. Brian sits on the City of Calgary Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP).
Associate, Landscape Ecologist
Leif is an Associate with O2 specializing in systematic landscape planning of cities and regions from an ecological perspective. His focus reaches across land and water, identifying key characteristics of landscapes which support the persistence of natural functioning. Leif has worked as a researcher with Waterton National Park, Saint Lawrence Islands National Park and Environment Canada. He is also a certified trainer for the Marxan land-use optimization software, teaching hands-on conservation planning workshops and courses around the world.
Leif has extensive experience with parks and open space planning at city-wide and regional scales. He brings a well-rounded and rigorous perspective to urban open space planning, balancing ecological, cultural and practical considerations to ensure functional and sustainable planning recommendations. He provides a unique ability to lead the multi-functional evaluation of landscape values, synthesizing a wide variety of objectives and information into clearly communicated strategic directions. As an expert in multi-objective land-use planning, Leif works across project teams to advise on landscape pattern and environmental significance, identifying key areas in natural and disturbed lands which must be maintained and supported to ensure a well-functioning landscape. He is experienced with consultation processes, and speaks clearly and concisely about the value of open space at public events, presentations, and advisory and steering committee meetings.
Recently, Leif managed the Edmonton Breathe and Lethbridge River Valley Master Plans, leading day-to-day management of the open space and river valley master plans. He also led the analysis for the Halifax Green Network Plan, and the ecological functioning analysis for the Ribbon of Green in Edmonton.
Leif holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology from the University of Calgary, and a doctorate in Conservation Ecology from Carleton University’s Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Lab, focusing on multi-objective conservation planning to prioritize protected area designation at the regional scale.
Associate, 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 Management Institute 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.
BLA, MES, AALA, CSLA
Katelyn is an environmental landscape architect with 10 years of professional experience focusing on stormwater management and restoration of wetlands and stream banks. She holds a master’s degree in ecological restoration from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.
Katelyn brings experience in the development of sustainable urban ecosystems, including stormwater management and low-impact development (LID) techniques. She also has an ecological restoration foundation in riparian and aquatic restoration techniques, particularly in urban environments. Recently, she has been inspecting the construction of stormwater wetlands and LID features in the Calgary area. The combination of her design, planning and practical experience fully facilitates the integration of landscape architecture with ecological restoration.
She was previously the director of the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership, and continues in a Vice President role supporting the development of low impact development (LID) practices in Alberta, such as bioswales, rain gardens, and green roofs.
MLA, BAID, AALA, CSLA
Maria holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where she received the award of Top Graduate Thesis Study for her thesis work focusing on the renegotiation of Calgary’s public right of way in terms of mobility, ecology, and public realm. Maria undertook studies in Wageningen University and Research Centre (Netherlands), focused on alternative energy sources in regional landscapes, for which she received an IFLA Jury Award. Maria also holds a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design with studies in Calgary and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Prior to joining O2, Maria was a Landscape Architect Consultant with the University of British Columbia Design Centre. Her project work involved developing the research document, “Green Infrastructure in Calgary’s Mobility Corridors”, which was awarded a CSLA National Merit Award.
Maria is a registered Landscape Architect and has professional experience as a landscape architect and interior designer, from site specific to urban scale. Her work at O2 focuses on fine scale landscape architecture and the graphic presentation of drawings, maps, and other information. Maria’s recent project work with O2 includes the development of construction drawings for the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library and Calgary Telus World of Science and Kids Museum.
MLA, BES, AALA Associate
Eliza holds a Master of 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 increasingly 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 work at O2 ranges from Engagement to Construction Administration. She is a senior project coordinator in numerous large-scale projects at all stages of the design process. Projects include West Eau Claire Park, ATCO Main Campus, Harvard Eau Claire Redevelopment, Bow to Bluff and most recently the West Eau Claire Phase 3 extension.
She has been an instrumental contributor to the advancement of graphic material and overall project efficiency and delivery. Her integration of 3D modeling at every stage of the design process allows for a higher level of understanding when it comes to design decisions and detailing. Eliza has been integral to the study and design development of flood mitigation projects throughout Calgary.
For the past two years, Eliza has been teaching courses in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, sharing her knowledge with a new generation of landscape architects.
Achim completed his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia in the United States and attained a Master of Business Administration from The Hague University in the Netherlands.
Achim has worked in the United States, the Netherlands and China. Over the past 15 years, he has gained broad international experience on multiple scales. His work ranges from the design of five 900-square metre hospital courtyards for the new Maasstad hospital in Rotterdam that included custom designed light features, to the design of the 260 acre urban expansion area north of the center of Zwolle, where he completed urban design layout studies for the entire site.
At O2, Achim is currently involved in the master planning and engagement process as a project manager and designer for the Dawson and Oleskiw Parks Master Plan project in Edmonton, the site design and construction administration of the Strathcona-Tweedsdmuir School site expansion project in Okotoks and the schematic design process of the site for the Lewis Farms Community Recreation Centre project in Edmonton.
Achim is interested in the aesthetic and experiential dimensions of space making based on a solid foundation of ecological and functional parameters. He 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.
BLA, AALA Associate
Zach holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, is an Associate member of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects and a Florida Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Horticultural Professional.
His professional experience in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Civil Engineering is diverse. Prior to joining O2, Zach worked on complex projects throughout Philadelphia and South Florida. He brings a passion for creative and sustainable design solutions combined with experience in large and small-scale green infrastructure design and implementation. His work is recognized by the Architecture League of New York, the Philadelphia Center for Community Progress, the Philadelphia City Parks Association and has been exhibited at the Museum of The City of New York.
As a Project Coordinator with the design studio at O2, Zach is a key contributor to a wide range of project types and scales including urban design, mixed use, green roof, campus, trail and large park projects.
MArch, MEDes (Urban Design)
Matt Knapik is a Calgary-based designer and educator. He earned Masters Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Calgary, where his research focused on ecological connectivity and infrastructure in suburban spaces. His research, design work, graphics, and installations have been published and presented in Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Prior to joining O2, Matt ran his own practice – Kilometre Design – which worked across diverse domains and scales of design, from book design to community engagement and regional-scale mapping and design. In 2017, Kilometre completed a three-year project with Active Neighbourhoods Canada. Work from this project has spurred community change across Calgary and been published and presented at conferences across Canada.
Over the last seven years, Matt has instructed more than 20 design courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, with a focus on advanced digital workflows and design graphics. He has taught design studios and lectured at Mount Royal University and at the University of Calgary, where he was corecipient of the 2015 Faculty of Environmental Design Award for Teaching Excellence.
Matt is a founding member of the award-winning design & research collaborative THE BENCH PROJECT, where he volunteers his time to develop community-driven public space projects. In 2015, Matt was awarded an RBC Emerging Artist Award to complete a six-week residency in Visual Arts at the Banff Centre, where he developed collaborative works bridging art and design that have been exhibited in Banff, Kingston, and Sydney, Australia. Matt has produced and hosted a radio show called Charmers’ Almanac since 2012, and has sat on the board of directors for Calgary Reads since 2017.
In his role as Urban Designer at O2, Matt brings his experience, broad software skill set, and multi-scalar design sensibility to projects in planning, landscape, and urban design.
Nicholas holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary (2014), where upon graduation, he was the recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Student Medal, and the Faculty of Environmental Design Academic Gold Medal for his academic achievements. Nicholas also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Specialization in Urban Planning from Concordia University, where upon graduation he was the recipient of the Interdisciplinary Award.
Prior to joining O2, Nicholas was a Project Manager at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), where he primarily managed the design and construction of public park and streetscape improvement projects, within the larger East Village and Rivers District urban redevelopment projects. During this time, Nicholas developed a strong passion for the transformative potential of public infrastructure. At CMLC, Nicholas also developed analytical pro formas for large brownfield redevelopment sites. In doing this, he developed a keen understanding of the relationships between public infrastructure investments, private redevelopment opportunities, and municipal financial sustainability. Nicholas is driven by the complex relationships between the social, environmental, and economic forces that act on all urban spaces. His interests and approaches span the fields of architecture, landscape and planning, centring on schemes that draw on current thinking in all three. His work always seeks to meet the aspirations of the multiple prerogatives at hand, while focusing primarily on longer-range success. Nicholas believes that there is a deep responsibility to developing urban form: if done right, it can become a vital constructed ecology that grows over centuries.
As an Urban Designer at O2, Nicholas works on projects ranging from streetscape improvements to large area redevelopment vision.
After 4 years of working as an architect, Daniel pursued a Master in Landscape Architecture from the renowned program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he developed a critical thinking of ecological planning and design. After returning to Ecuador, he committed his work to the city, working as Deputy Director of Public Space for the Municipality of Quito, where he got involved in different phases of the design and planning of around 120 projects throughout the city.
As an educator, Daniel was a lecturer at Universidad Catolica, where he led the Landscape Architecture seminar at the Master of Urban Design program. While in Ecuador, Daniel directly collaborated with two design studios at the University of Pennsylvania, one led by professor David Gouverneur which looked at opportunities for sustainable urban growth in Quito, Ecuador, as well as a travel studio led by Maria Villalobos and Oscar Grauer which developed resilient frameworks for coastal settlements, right after an earthquake struck Ecuador’s central coast in 2016.
At O2, his role as an Urban Designer allows for a creative exploration of his various interests while working on some of the most ambitious projects throughout the region.
Michael holds a Master of Planning in Urban and Regional Planning degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg. While at Queen’s, Michael was a recipient of the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Academic Excellence, the Ida Mmari Memorial Award or Academic Achievement and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. His Master’s Report: Is Everyone in the Pool? Lessons on Access and Equity from the Regent Park Aquatic Centre, examined how Toronto’s Regent Park Aquatic Centre accommodates persons from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds and what municipal officials can learn from the process that created this aquatic centre.
Following his graduation from Queen’s, Michael worked in a progressive role as a Community Planner and Technical Services Officer with Parks Canada. Working with Parks allowed Michael the opportunity to develop his skills in environmental land use, parks and recreation planning, public participation and community stakeholder engagement. Throughout his work, Michael continually strives to balance quality planning and urban design with social equity to create spaces that are barrier-free, walkable and sustainable.
As a planner and project coordinator at O2, Michael contributes to a wide range of project types and scales including community planning, public engagement, and parks and open-space planning. Michael’s recent planning experience at O2 includes work for the Halifax Regional Municipality (Centre Plan, Integrated Mobility Plan), City of Edmonton (Ribbon of Green), City of Lethbridge (River Valley Parks Master Plan) and the City of Toronto (Parkland Strategy).
MA, BEnvD, BCSLA Associate
Catherine brings seven years of professional experience in landscape architecture and holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable Design from the University of Victoria, School of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture. Catherine’s graduate research focused on the design of urban stormwater management systems with a special focus on greening schoolgrounds and design for education. Catherine’s research was well received by the local community, she received a double Mitacs grant to undertake a design-build project at a local school that included five community partnerships. Prior to working at O2, Catherine worked with design firms in Vancouver and Victoria, focusing on sustainable urban design and stormwater management design.
At O2, Catherine works with the ecological design team focusing on natural environment parks and river parks. Currently, Catherine is working on trail network planning and design at 12 Mile Coulee; trail construction at Nose Hill; and river park design and construction at Harvie Passage.
Engagement + Communications Coordinator
Sarah holds a graduate degree in Design Innovation and Environmental Design from the Glasgow School of Art (2015) and a degree in graphic design from the York/Sheridan Design Programme (2008).
Sarah has a professional background in wayfinding design and strategy, with over six years of experience as a designer at Entro Communications. Her experience combines information design and communications with a strong connection to environmental design and the urban experience. Sarah’s strengths lie in synthesizing and visualizing complex ideas with clarity and ensuring the user experience is at the core of the design process.
Working across disciplines at O2, Sarah leads the graphic design and visual communications of project materials—ranging from public engagement for a local park design to mapping for a large-scale regional plan. Her experience at O2 includes work for the Halifax Regional Municipality (Centre Plan, Integrated Mobility Plan, Green Network Plan), City of Edmonton (Ribbon of Green, Breathe: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy), City of Calgary (Bend in the Bow Redevelopment Plan) and City of Toronto (Parkland Strategy).
Urban Designer + Planner
Christopher holds a Master of Planning degree with a concentration in Urban Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Calgary.
During his graduate studies, Christopher had the opportunity to study community planning and urban design as part of a study abroad program with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne Australia. His final masters’ studio project explored landscape urbanism applications and its influence on industrial site redevelopment, utilizing the Franklin/Meridian Industrial Park in Calgary as a study area. This project earned Christopher and his team an honourable mention at the 2015 City of Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. Prior to joining O2, Christopher worked as a Projects Intern with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. He is also a guest studio critic at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design.
At O2, Christopher works on a variety of projects and tasks including conceptual master planning, urban design strategies, land use approvals, public engagement preparation and graphic visualization.
Designer / Planner
Valerie holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto where she worked with a leading landscape historian in a research assistant role. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo with a specialization in Geomatics and a minor in Fine Art.
Her professional background includes administration and project coordination in the fields of social planning and community services, both of which influence her current design practice as she emphasizes social inclusion and community participation in landscape design.
Valerie is currently involved in design, planning and public engagement projects with O2. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, she performs environmental analysis, historical research and public outreach to inform multi scalar and site-specific design solutions. Her projects with O2 include the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan, the Oleskiw River Valley Park Master Plan, Edmonton’s Ribbon of Green and the Lethbridge River Valley Parks Master Plan.
Caylee holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where she was awarded the inaugural Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation award for her graduate design project. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge, where she graduated with distinction. Caylee is skilled in various technical programs including drafting software, GIS and the Adobe Creative Suite. She recently joined the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects as an Associate Member.
Prior to joining O2, Caylee worked in the environmental sector where she gained extensive experience in botanical surveys, soil surveys, pre-disturbance assessments, reclamation planning and environmental monitoring. She was responsible for desktop reviews, field surveys, supervising reclamation construction projects and writing reports. Her work throughout Alberta and British Columbia provides her with a wide range of ecological knowledge as well an understanding of environmental regulatory requirements.
As part of the ecological design team at O2, Caylee uses an ecological lens to create multi-scaled design solutions that are adaptable, resilient and sustainable. She is involved in all stages of the design process for a variety of projects including the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Restoration Plan, Douglasdale Riverbank Stabilization, East Bowmont Stormwater Quality Retrofit Project, Harvie Passage Restoration Plan and Bend in the Bow Design Development Plan.
Grace holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Fine Art History from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with the American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence. Prior to joining O2, she worked as a graphic artist for Environment Canada and interned with Toronto-based landscape architecture firms including North Design Office and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect.
Grace seeks design opportunities in landscape informed by existing site conditions, constraints, potential uses and a sense of place. Having strong interests in historic urban environments, Grace spent half a year in Berlin, where she studied German and travelled to actively observe European landscape architecture. The experience enhanced her understanding of narrative in contemporary design and how landscape architecture can evoke histories that would otherwise remain dormant.
At O2, Grace works on urban park master plans within and outside Calgary, including Bend in the Bow Redevelopment Plan and the Canada Science and Technology Museum Park Master Plan. On a smaller scale, she coordinates multiple temporary installations and is involved in producing videos and promotional materials for high-profile projects including Edmonton's Green Network Strategy and the Ribbon of Green.
Rakshya is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor in Architectural Studies and Masters in Architecture, where she had the opportunity to work in design projects that included architecture, sustainable design, urban design and industrial design. Her master’s research was focused on a design proposal for sustainable storm-water system to alleviate loads suffered by current urban water infrastructure in Toronto. This research allowed her to perform studies at various scales and further increaser her knowledge in the importance of designing in relation to the site and environment.
Professionally, Rakshya has worked at various architecture firms in Calgary and Toronto including NORR Architects and Planners, KPMB Architects and Brook McIIroy Inc. Her time spent at these firms has taught her to be an excellent team player and competent communicator while giving her direct experience conceptualizing, mapping, analyzing and designing. Rakshya is working with the design team on urban design and master planning projects.
Cyril is a recent graduate of the Master of Community and Regional Planning program at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC he studied Sustainable Urban Planning and Design at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden, as well as obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Cyril brings three years of experience working on community and regional planning projects for clients throughout Western Canada. He has contributed to Parks and Recreation Plans at the City-wide and Region-wide scale, developing extensive public engagement and robust research and analysis skills along the way. While at UBC, Cyril combined his passion for outdoor recreation and his training as a planner to assist the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in developing a new decision support tool for evaluating Crown land tenure applications. In doing so, he sought to ensure that First Nations Interests and aspirations were incorporated throughout the Ministry’s decision-making process.
Cyril’s approach to planning is rooted in resiliency. He is an advocate for active transportation, sustainable land use and inclusive planning processes, all of which contribute to building communities that are up to the task of facing an uncertain future. At O2, Cyril is currently involved in a variety of development planning projects. He enjoys helping clients realize their visions in such a way that reflects the values and aspirations of the local community.
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.
Getachew holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Zegha Business College (City University College) in Accounting and Finance and a 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.
Zoe holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph, where her undergraduate thesis focused of issues of food security and accessibility for homeless youth in Toronto. Her research work received recognition from The Ontario Council of Universities, The Design Exchange and The Sustainable Design Awards. Zoe brings prior experience working with the MBTW Group as a landscape architectural intern on the contract administration and urban design teams.
Zoe joined O2 because of her interest in the design of open spaces and its integration with natural processes. She brings her enthusiasm and strong work ethic to O2 projects such as the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Expansion and Renovation project, Alberta Boot Company development and the Minto Bridgeland condominium project.
Hemontika holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography and Economics from Queen’s University.
Hemontika brings four years of work experience in policy development and strategy implementation in Alberta through a combination of work in private sector, non-profit and municipal government. She has contributed to a broad range of challenging projects including Area Structure Plans, Neighbourhood Improvement Plans and Regional Land Development Proposals. Her experience working with the City of Calgary’s Civic Innovation Lab equipped her with design thinking strategies and workshop facilitation skills to creatively engage stakeholders. Through her work with the University of Calgary in collaboration with Sustainable Calgary (Active Neighbourhoods Canada), she brings experience with academic research and innovative evidence-based policies that impact the built and social environment—with the goal of creating affordable and sustainable cities. Hemontika also works with The WalkABle Alberta program, offered through Alberta Health Services, aimed at improving health by promoting physical activity through walking.
At O2, Hemontika successfully delivers comprehensive reports with detailed policies and guidelines led by clear visions, goals, strategies and outcomes.
MPL (anticipated), BA
Sarah completed the requirements of a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Management Geography from Vancouver Island University.
Sarah brings two years of experience in community planning, sustainable development research, and project management to O2 Planning + Design through her work as an Assistant Research Coordinator and UNESCO Biosphere Region Coordinator. She has contributed to a wide range of planning projects, including extensive community engagement strategies, Park Master Plans, and Neighbourhood Action Plans. While working with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) at Vancouver Island University, Sarah facilitated dialogue between Indigenous Partners, non-governmental organizations, and municipal government to develop collaborative strategies and community-based research projects addressing regional sustainability issues. She is effective at bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders and translating collaborative visions into detailed policies and actions.
Through her research at Queen’s University, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Sarah focussed on improving Official Community Plan policies on Vancouver Island for disaster resiliency. She also completed a project for Public Services and Procurement Canada on the expansion of the federal district energy system in the National Capital Region.
As a planner at O2, Sarah contributes to a range of environmental and land use projects, including parks and open space planning, policy creation, and the development of engagement strategies.
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Applied Geographic Information Systems diploma from SAIT Polytechnic, as well as a background in Eco-tourism and Outdoor Leadership from Mount Royal University, which focused on studying and implementing sustainable tourism practices, risk management techniques, and outdoor leadership skills. He has experiences in projects focusing on transportation ecology, mapping wildlife vehicle collision hotspots and ecosystem connectivity.
Cameron has experience with data creation, acquisition, processing and visualization; with a strong understanding of remote sensing techniques as well as a broad skillset focusing on cartography and data management. Cameron has worked alongside The Miistakis research institute to assist in the creation of multiple different data deliverables for clients. This experience has enabled him to utilize skills in web based and enterprise GIS, and external ArcGIS toolsets such as circuit-scape and linkage mapper.
Noman Syed holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba and Horticultural Sciences degree from Gomal University. Prior to joining O2, Noman worked as a Landscape Architect at a Winnipeg based firm where he gained valuable experience on various residential, commercial, and recreational projects, from the conceptual stages to completion.
Noman has a particular interest in using the application of landscape architecture to create functional ecological landscapes that contribute to natural processes, an interest informed by his past education and work experience in Horticultural sector. He is currently accredited as a Certified Arborist from International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). As a Designer at O2, he contributes to a wide range of project types including, parks, mixed use, and ecological restoration works.
Office + Communications Administrator
BA Comms, BFA
Yana's professional experience spans multiple industries including independent film, wealth management, and non-profit. She holds a degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary, where she focused on the philosophical and hermeneutic analysis of art, literature and communications history. As a freelance artist, she has provided illustration and design for academic journals, magazines and promotional services.
A strategic and conceptual thinker, Yana seeks to provide visual and technical communication that best represents the values of O2. She brings a unique combination of skills to her role, where she assists in the design and management of the firm’s digital and print media, website, and social media platforms. Yana plays an integral role in administrating creative proposals for O2 and manages the internal communication and operations of the firm.
Junior Landscape Designer
Nicole is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program of the University of Guelph, with an undergraduate degree in Classics from Queen’s University. Nicole’s graduate research focused on the perceptions of trees within the profession of landscape architecture. This research explored the relationship that professionals within landscape architecture have with trees, how those perceptions influence the decisions that are made regarding trees, and what those perceptions and decisions mean for the public.
Seeing the way landscape architecture positively effects the lives of others drew Nicole to the profession, and has guided her career towards a focus on sustainability and innovation in public and private spaces. At O2, Nicole works with the ecological design team.