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About US

We are Calgary based 818 studio, a unique landscape architecture planning and design firm offering our clients a full complement of site planning, design, contract documents, and project management services. Focusing on functional, economical & elegant site solutions we promote a collaborative problem solving approach with our clients, design members, and contractors to ensure an effective design process and complete product.

Rick Gendron


Rick is the founder of the firm, and has a diverse background in planning, site design, and project management. He really wants to write something humorous, but is trying to be professional.

Carlos Mier y Ponce Arzani


Carlos is an integral part of the management team, with a unique perspective on design. Carlos has an extensive portfolio of successful projects in Mexico, British Columbia, China and Alberta.

Jamie Johnson

senior landscape designer

Jamie’s background in Industrial Design and Masters in Landscape Architecture have given him keen problem solving skills and attention to detail. In his free time he goes on tour playing a mean lead guitar for international rock stars.

Heather Connor

The Mighty Organizer

Heather’s extensive experience, meticulous accuracy and keen eye for detail allow her to effectively manage the most complex projects with ease; all while keeping our team organized and sane. Heather strongly believes “obsessive organization is not a disease”

Sara de Korte

landscape designer

Sara has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and a background in journalism. She is currently working towards her registration as a landscape architect, and in her spare time she likes exploring and peak bagging in the nearby mountains.

Michelle Glavic

landscape designer

Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture and completed a graduate certificate in urban land regeneration. Her passion is to integrate beautiful, interesting and functional spaces into the landscape


Security System Specialist

Mya says… the office security code is


Part Time Courier

Matilda is our part time Courier/ Retriever and thoroughly enjoys a crisp cool baby carrot

Not for Construction

our semi-regular thoughts and rantings

  • On getting high on your own supply 

    I’m so stupid sometimes.  When we are recommended to a potential client by a friend or colleague, I try to work my ass off to help them out. I mean, I don’t want to let down the person that recommended us, and I want to prove that the recommendation wasn’t misplaced.  This can lead to […]
  • Twelve Years Old

    Hey Kids, So, the LinkedIn tells me we are 12 years old this year.  Kind of crazy, I never thought we would last this long.  Seriously, I had a Plan B from day 1. But here we are.  I’ve noticed that people on LinkedIn are noticing that fact, more than, say, last year when we […]
  • Going to the Dogs…..

    We helped out the City of Calgary Parks with a small project in Connaught last year.  Today, it opened to the public.  It was a good day. Global News Calgary – Connaught Dog Park The Calgary Sun – “Rave Reviews” CBC News Calgary – used our rendering – can you spot the General Lee?
  • the week that was

    Hey Kids! It’s Friday as I write this, and we are just finishing up the second week of February in the interesting year of 2016.  That will be important for the biographers, so I thought I would colour it up. It’s been a hell of a week here. We’re doing renovations on our office, and […]

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info@818studio.ca 403.244.8188

1812 14a Street SW; Calgary, Alberta, T2T 3W6

landscape architecture, planning + design collaborative