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About US

We are Calgary based 818 studio, a unique landscape architecture planning and design firm offering 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, team 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 undergraduate degree in Industrial Design and Masters in Landscape Architecture have given him keen problem solving skills and attention to detail. In his free time he plays a mean electric guitar while looking after his young daughter.

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

  • it’s a funny thing. 

    This year, for some reason, is getting off to a lumbering start. There’s no shortage of ‘hurry up and wait’ as well as ‘we’ll get back to you’. Ugh.  Then one day, like today, we get a new client who says great things, we get shortlisted on two projects, we organize a kickoff for a […]
  • washed up

    I ran into a small situation today that made me pause.  It was a small thing, but it stuck with me. I purchased some clothing last month at my favourite local clothier (or haberdasher as the kids say), and had a pair of pants hemmed up.  I took the rest of my purchases home, but when […]
  • engagement of the public

    Hey Kids, So, Sara is away this week undertaking some public engagement training (IAP2) and reported back on the fun stuff she’s up to.  I’m kind of envious, actually…… Somehow I convinced my case study group to create an engagement plan for a parks master plan (other groups are focusing on pipelines, cancer screening, etc.) So […]
  • storytelling

    We struggle, sometimes, with our presentations.  Sometimes it’s challenging to know what to leave in, and what to leave out.  Usually, it’s what gets left out that is the most powerful. Last week, Jamie in our office here did a PechaKucha style presentation (2o slides, 20 seconds each) to the graduate students in the faculty […]

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info@818studio.ca 403.244.8188

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

landscape architecture, planning + design collaborative