the thinc tank


As a small creative studio our goal is to provide each project with the focus, attention and resources they deserve. Our model allows us to react quickly to our client’s needs, remain accessible, and be intimately involved in every step of the process. We enjoy working as a team with our clients, stakeholders and other consultants to make every project the best it can be.

Peter Heyblom

Partner, Landscape/ Design

Peter Heyblom is a leading practitioner in the field of landscape architecture. Throughout his over 18 year career, he has worked on a diverse selection of key and acclaimed projects in association with highly respected firms. Peter has studied industrial design, resource management, and has a professional degree in landscape architecture. Since establishing thinc design, he is committed to bring this level of dedication and skill to both this new venture and his clients.

Although Peter approaches design from a landscape architectural vein, his interest lies in the all facets of the design process. His weaving of different disciplines creates a unique and rich solution. While the results provide a strong design solution, he insists the design must stand up to the rigors of modern constraints. The solution must be creative, but implementable. Resilient but flexible. His solutions also promote the intertwining of vibrant public open spaces with healthy ecosystems, creating whole interactive systems.

Peter thrives on exploration. Whether it is walking in new parts of Toronto, or camping in the wilds of Northern Ontario, his sense of discovery provides a clear vantage point to his design of spaces. He believes in creating intricate spaces, ones which can be discovered and enjoyed, not for only the immediate experience, but also for their return value - an investment which increases with time and experience.

Mike Tocher

Partner, Landscape/ Design/ Planning

Mike is both a registered professional planner and full member with seal of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. His portfolio of experience is balanced between large scale master planning, site planning, parks design, detailed design, and construction management. He has professional degrees in landscape architecture, urban planning and environmental science from the Universities of Guelph and Calgary.

As a planner, Mike has been involved in a number of main street and downtown studies looking at the development potential of sites, urban form, and opportunities for pedestrian linkages/public realm improvements.

As a landscape architect, Mike’s experience includes a wide range of urban, suburban and rural public spaces from open space master planning and environmental management plans to detailed design, tender drawing preparation and contract administration. This includes a variety of streetscape projects taking projects from concept through to construction.

Since April 2008 Mike has been an instructor at the Chang School at Ryerson University teaching landscape construction materials and techniques to students enrolled in the School’s Landscape Certificate Program both in the classroom and online. As a result Mike is well versed in the latest materials and construction trends in the industry.

Trish Clarke

Landscape Architect

Trish is a landscape architect at thinc design. Since joining the firm in 2014, Trish has played a key role on numerous projects including the Cobourg Waterfront User Study, Kingston Waterfront Master Plan, the 2.2 million dollar Tasca Community Park in Nobleton, Barrie Military Heritage Watefront Park, four parks for the City of Markham, and a master plan for Toronto’s Ridge Trail.

Trish participates in all stages of the design process from master plans, concept development and design evolution, to working drawings, construction documents and contract administration.

Trish is also experienced with arcGIS to create accurate, informative and attractive maps. In 2015 Trish completed a course for WCAG 2.0 Level A to ensure all of thinc design's documents meet current AODA guidelines for print and online.

Misha Franta

Landscape Architect

Misha is a landscape designer at thinc design, and holds a Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Specialization in Urban Planning from Concordia University in Montreal.

Since joining thinc design in early 2016, Misha has worked on detailed design and masterplanning for a variety of public realm projects including parks, playgrounds, schools, trails and streetscapes throughout Ontario. In addition, he has worked on a number of mixed-use and residential developments in the private realm. Misha is proficient in producing concept sketches, working drawings, construction drawings, presentation/marketing images, report writing and design.

He has been the lead staff on various projects, collaborated on multidisciplinary design teams, and has been engaged in the facilitation of public consultation. Misha has lead and participated in all stages of a given project - small, medium and large scale - from conceptual design, through to contract administration.

Emil Kovacevic

Student Intern

Emil recently joined us from the University of Guelph internship program. In his short time with us, he has provided assistance on a multiple of projects in the studio. His added skill and exuberance on all project work has proven invaluable.