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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.

Jamie Johnson

landscape architect

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.

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


Not for Construction

our semi-regular thoughts and rantings

  • hi-low

    In business, just like life, there are highs and there are lows.  The highs are unfortunately short, but the lows are mercifully short.  The lows are the price we have to pay to get the highs. Can’t have one without the other. It takes some grit to sustain perspective during the swings. 
  • 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 […]


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

landscape architecture, planning + design collaborative