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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

  • a good day

    A Good Day, and I mean the kind of Good Day that you can feel with all your senses, is really hard to find.  There’s a magical balance of elements that need to come together to make it work: weather, workload, state of mind, location, and attitude.  It’s pretty rare when they all balance out […]
  • Blue Skying

    Hey Guys, Manasc Isaak hosted the Blue Sky Awards ceremonies last Friday.  It was a lot of fun, a rooftop patio with band (the ‘Manasc Isaak House Band” they call themselves, but apparently they have been called other things by other people), snacks and a donation bar with proceeds to the two Blue Sky Award […]
  • our story so far.

    So it’s ten years today.  Ten years.  This is the longest job I’ve ever had.  I’m surprised I haven’t been canned yet. We’ve done a lot in the last ten years.  Our office space has grown by ten times, quite literally.  The staff has grown by six times.  The number of people we’ve met has […]
  • Rewarding….

    Hey Kids!  We’re giving away stuff for free here! If you or anyone you know is interested in applying for our services, pro-bono, check out the link below.  We’ve teamed with the good folks at Manasc Isaac to help Alberta not-for-profits realize their project goals this year.  We’re keen to help, so please pass this […]

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info@818studio.ca 403.244.8188

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

landscape architecture, planning + design collaborative