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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

  • would you look at that…..

    It’s always nice to be noticed. Check out Niel Braun’s LinkedIn post and the Regina Home Builders’ Association. We have great clients.
  • Interning

    Our recent intern, Nicole, left us on Friday to go back to New Zealand and resume her studies.  Interns are really great- they’re eager, energetic, keen, and willing to jump right in. They’re also very, very inexperienced. Which forces us to be very specific when we explain things. It’s forced us to rethink our approaches […]
  • 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 […]

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info@818studio.ca 403.244.8188

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

landscape architecture, planning + design collaborative