our studio

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.

the thinc tank

Mike Tocher

Partner, Landscape Architect/ Planner

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.

Peter Heyblom

Partner, Landscape Architect

Peter Heyblom is a leading practitioner in the field of landscape architecture. Throughout his over 23 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.

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 architect 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.

Stacey Zonneveld

Landscape Designer

Stacey recently joined thinc design as a landscape designer after spending a year working abroad in Amsterdam at Lodewijk Baljon Landscape Architects. Decidedly familiar with the influences and voices that define Toronto, Stacey is excited to be back working in her hometown and the landscape of southern Ontario that she grew up in.

Stacey earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto. Landscape architecture merges the many things Stacey is passionate about, including ecology, design, public space, and community.

Since joining the thinc team, Stacey has participated in all stages of the design process, including masterplans and site plans, working and construction documents, and concept development and proposals. Outside of work, Stacey enjoys making music with her friends and rearranging the furniture in her room.

Leandra Correale Ferguson

Planner

Leandra is a Planner at thinc design. She has a Master in Environmental Studies, Planning from York University, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Geography and Ecology from the University of Guelph. Her Masters research focused on green space retrofits and park planning, lending her an expertise in the policy and implementation aspects of park, trail, recreation, and environmental planning.

Prior to joining thinc design, Leandra worked in policy development in the municipal sector, and has project management experience from the public and private sectors.

As a planner, Leandra participates in all aspects of master plan development including conceptualization, community engagement, research, policy analysis and plan writing.

Lauren Dickson

Landscape Designer

Lauren is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program from the University of Guelph. In her final year, she focused on how to design urban contemplative spaces to improve health and social well-being by using natural landscape archetypes and noise reduction design. With complementary studies in social psychology and studio art, Lauren incorporates both her analytical and creative side into her design projects.

Prior to working at thinc, Lauren worked as a landscape designer and subconsultant for several residential properties throughout Southern Ontario.

Lauren brings both her hands on and technical knowledge of landscape design into her new role as a landscape designer at thinc design. Working as part of the team, she is involved in preparing documents and drawings for the range of projects undertaken by the studio.

Erica Yudelman

Landscape Designer

Erica is a student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Her areas of interest include promoting climate change resilience with landscape and regional planning, physical and digital modelling, and reconnecting people to their environment through design. Erica is happy to be back in her hometown of Toronto working on projects with thinc.

Prior to working at thinc, Erica assisted with the research and curation of Design with Nature Now at UPenn’s Weitzman School of Design: a conference, exhibit, and book in honour of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature.

Erica brings fresh thinking to her role as a landscape designer at thinc design. Working as part of the team, she is involved in preparing documents and drawings for projects like the Dogs Off-Leash Area (DOLA) Study and the Thorold Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan.