team

O2 practices an interdisciplinary approach where landscape architects, planners, urban designers and environmental scientists work together, from initial concept to final construction detailing.
 


Douglas Olson

President + CEO
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, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Forest Technology. 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.

Douglas is experienced in all phases of planning and design, from broad-scale policy development and spatial analysis through to detailed implementation. Douglas has worked in Africa, Central America, China, Colombia, 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.

His broad-scale projects include land-use plans for southern Alberta and the Teslin First Nations Territory in the Yukon, regional 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, a riparian assessment for Calgary and the Nose Creek Watershed land-use project. At finer scales, his detailed projects include the EEEL building at the University of Calgary, Calgary’s West Eau Claire Riverside Park and East Bowmont Park and the University of Lethbridge plaza.


Trevor Davison

Managing Principal
MBA

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.


Andrew Palmiere

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


Chris Hardwicke

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.


Matt Williams

Associate, 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.


Michael Magnan

Associate, Senior Landscape Architect
MArch, BES

Michael holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Calgary, and a B. Sc. in Environmental Sciences from University of Alberta. He has a wide diversity of professional experience in the fields of: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, green roof design, campus master planning, landscape water management, and has extensive experience in design visualization. Throughout his career, Michael has focused on the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability in all aspects of his work. His interdisciplinary approach provides integrated, sustainable solutions that meet the needs of the client. 

Michael’s projects at O2 include project management and design for multiple projects at the University of Calgary, including the EEEL Centre, and the U of C Landscape Master Plan. Other major projects include the Num Ti Jah Lodge Master Plan, Telus World of Science and Creative Kids Museum, and the River Parks Design Development Plan. He contributes visualization expertise on most O2 Projects. 


Brian Horton

Associate, Senior Urban Planner
MPLAN, MCIP, RPP

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).

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. 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. 


Leif Olson

Associate, Landscape Ecologist
PhD, BSc

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.


Omair Chaudhry

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.


Maria Galdon

Landscape Architect
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.


Rachelle Dillon

Associate, Senior Planner
MPLAN, BA, RPP, MCIP

Rachelle holds a Master degree in Urban Planning from Dalhousie University (2008) along with degrees in Art History (2005) and Psychology (2003) from the University of Calgary.   

Rachelle has worked in both private and public sectors in Canada and Australia. Her work extends across numerous projects covering comprehensive community planning, land-use planning, urban design, heritage planning, environmental planning, transportation planning, food security and parks planning.  She has worked across scales, writing plans for neighbourhoods, downtowns and cities. In addition to her urban planning knowledge, Rachelle offers extensive public engagement experience anchored in training through the IAP2. One of Rachelle’s primary interests is translating complex planning concepts and challenges with clean language and engaging visuals to improve communication and generate interest in urban planning. 

At O2, Rachelle manages projects, leads public engagement and creates plans. Her experience at O2 includes work for the Halifax Regional Municipality (Centre Plan, Integrated Mobility Plan, Green Network Plan), The City of Edmonton (The Ribbon of Green, Breathe: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy) and the City of Toronto (Parkland Strategy). 


Katelyn Dunning

Landscape Architect
MES, BLA, AALA

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.


Michael Rac

Planner
MPL, BA

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).


Grace Yang

Designer
MLA, BA

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.


Zach Morgan

Designer
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.


Sarah Danahy 

Engagement + Communications Coordinator
MDes, BDes

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). 


Christopher Gulinao

Planner / Designer
MPLAN, BA

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 master’s 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.

As an Urban Designer / Planner at O2, Christopher works on a variety of design and planning projects, assisting on graphic visualization, conceptual planning and public engagement preparation. Current projects include, Dawson & Oleskiw Park Master Plans, Ribbon of Green, and the South Macleod Lands Master Plan. 


Eliza Oprescu

Designer
MLA, BES, AALA Associate

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.


Caylee Dyck

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Designer   
MLA, BSc

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.

 


Jenna Matthews

Designer
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.


Valerie Manica

Designer / Planner  
MLA, BES

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.


Achim Muller 

Designer
MBA, BLA

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. 


Connor Stevens

Designer   
BSc, BA

Connor holds a Master of Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering, completed in conjunction with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a second minor in Architectural Studies, from the University of Calgary, where he graduated with distinction. Connor supplemented his educational background by studying in both Hong Kong and Mexico City.

Connor worked with O2 from 2011 to 2015, synthesizing his background experiences to support innovative project development and project processes. After completing his masters in Spain, Connor returned to O2 to continue working on complex, interdisciplinary projects. His understanding of technical requirements as well as conceptual design makes him highly capable of moving between macro and micro-scale projects in engineering, planning and design. His research interests include applying digital fabrication practices and parametric design to realize innovative architectural features, incorporating new digital technologies into the urban realm, and applying advanced 3D modelling techniques to design landscapes with creative consideration of stormwater design strategies. Connor is also highly skilled in graphic representation and contributes his graphic expertise to many projects at O2.


Dustin Dilts

Designer
MLA, BEnvD, MALA Associate 

Dustin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design with a focus in Landscape and Urbanism. While completing his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba he gained valuable experience at the University of Manitoba’s Campus Planning Office. Following graduation, he worked at a Winnipeg based firm contributing to planning and public realm projects, gaining experience in urban design, regional planning, active transportation and public space design from concept to contract administration. In the past, he served as a board member with Bike Winnipeg, and currently serves as president on a not for profit board.

Dustin’s approach to design draws on the importance of found conditions in decision making. At O2, his projects include the Conklin Multiplex and Greenview Regional Multiplex in Northern Alberta, the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Expansion, and the 17th Avenue Extension and Stampede Trail Public Realm in Calgary. 

 

 


Kerry Thompson

Planner
MScPl, BA

Kerry holds a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto, where her studies focused on land use planning and policy. Her major research paper combined these interests by exploring the response of British Columbia municipalities to updated provincial Flood Hazard Land Use Management Guidelines – guidelines that would introduce sea-level rise as an important factor in coastal planning. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, with a Minor in Environmental Studies, from the University of Victoria.

Kerry has professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has provided land use planning services in British Columbia and Alberta, where her strengths in research, analysis and communication have enabled her to support multi-disciplinary teams on a wide variety of projects and consultation events. Kerry also worked for several years in the green building sector, providing support for home energy evaluations and government incentive programs.

At O2, Kerry’s role is to contribute to a wide range of project types and scales including community planning, urban design and public engagement. 


Getachew Mengesha

Financial Administrator
BA

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.  


Catherine Orr

Designer
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.




Ada Chang Liu

Designer
MA, BA

Ada holds a Master of Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK. Her design thesis examined the relationship between urban design processes and the mechanism of landscape in the context of rapid urbanization. Additionally, Ada holds a Bachelor of Geography and Economics, and a certificate of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University where she gained a wide understanding and appreciation of urban theories.

Prior to joining O2, Ada worked as a landscape and urban designer with Groundlab, London. She specialized in prototypical design and parametric design in broad-scale projects involving street, park, square and waterfront. She and her team won multiple international competitions including the “Sokolniki Park Competition” in Moscow, Russia. 

Ada’s role with O2 is to support the design and planning teams in various projects. Ada sees landscape as a mediator to the whole urban system. She is currently interested in bringing performative landscape into the city by applying digital technology on cartography interpretation, giving new perspectives to landscape and urban design.

Samantha Huchulak

Designer / Planner
MPLAN, BLA, LAT

Sam is an ambitious and dynamic designer with experience in various project types ranging from landscape architecture and master planning to virtual tours. Samantha holds a Masters of Planning degree from the University of Calgary and an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. Sam is able to approach a project from diverse perspectives and create design solutions at varying scales. As a designer and planner, her responsibilities range from participation in the development of concepts through to the completion of working drawings, cost estimates, and progress claims, as well as land-use redesignations and outline plans.

Sam possesses technical and computer skills with advanced knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and other graphic communication programs. Through her studies she has had the opportunity to teach seminars at the University of Guelph. She was also a teaching assistant at the University of Calgary where she trained students and staff on various computer programs.

Zoe Wimmer

Designer
BLA

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.


Rakshya Gauchan

Designer
MArch, BAS

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.