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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.
Although Peter approaches design from a landscape architectural vein, his interest lies in 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 rigours 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 that increases with time and experience.
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.
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.
Prior to joining Thinc, Nick worked with Baker Turner Inc. in Brampton, where he managed projects from concept through to implementation, and was exposed to a variety of project types and scales. With over four years working for a profession firm, he has developed confidence in site inventory, design, and communication with clients and consultants.
Prior to joining thinc design, Danielle served municipal clients at a planning consultancy, conducted research projects at a provincial government agency, reviewed policies at a national membership organization and prepared economic development strategies at a BIA. She also has extensive experience delivering comprehensive public consultation programs.
As a planner and project manager at thinc, Danielle harnesses her creativity, conscientiousness and nimbleness to develop municipal parks and recreation master plans with thorough writing, policy analysis, trends research, needs assessments, team coordination and community engagement.
She joined thinc design 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.
As a landscape architect, Stacey has worked on the detailed design and master planning of public parks, playgrounds, schools, streetscapes and private mixed-use and residential developments. She has collaborated on multidisciplinary design teams, and has been engaged in the facilitation of public consultation. Stacey has participated in all stages of a given project - from conceptual design, to public consultation through to contract administration.
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 role as a landscape designer at thinc. Working as part of the team, she is involved in preparing preliminary concepts, detailed design and contract administration documents for the range of projects undertaken by the studio.
For her honours thesis Jillian reviewed conservation psychology research in order to make recommendations on how to design urban environments to better foster environmental stewardship. For her studies in ecosystem restoration, Jillian developed a restoration report for the Bruce Trail Conservancy to guide the management of a conservation easement.
Prior to joining thinc design, Jillian’s experience included designing residential planting plans, building custom landscape features and conducting ecological fieldwork. Having held positions with the TRCA and City of Toronto Urban Forestry Jillian has excellent plant identification skills and is knowledgeable about native and invasive plant ecology.
Prior to graduation, Emil interned for an 8 month period with thinc design in 2019 during his third year internship semester. During this time Emil worked on various projects such as rendering masterplans for both Belle Park and Cornwall’s waterfront for the City of Kingston. He also assembled and submitted multiple design proposals and helped with multiple Master Plan documents as well.
Emil brings his hands on, creative problem solving skills and technical knowledge of landscape design into his new roll as landscape designer.
Her diverse portfolio is comprised of institutional, large scale public realm, streetscape typologies, park, and condominium design. She has acquired a dynamic range of skills including detail design, graphic visualization and communication, conceptual / schematic design, large scale planting plans, algorithmic / 3-D modelling and contract administration.
From January to August 2021 Emerson was a student intern at thinc. During this time, he worked on a range of projects including the Leamington Waterfront Destination Plan, 46-48 Laing Avenue, and various Parks and Recreation Plans. These projects gave Emerson a broad scope of experience and helped him refine his professionalism in design. As an intern, Emerson contributed to thinc’s positive work culture and provided his thoughtful input on a variety of diverse projects. We are very excited to have him back to start his career with us.
Through her experience in the non-profit and municipal sector, Gelila has worked on various projects ranging from public realm plans, public art design development, and active transportation expansion projects. Using an intersectional approach and guided by her keen interest in community placekeeping, Gelila is interested in how community co-creation and intercultural collaboration can enhance public space and city-building practices.
As a planner at thinc design, Gelila supports the advancement of parks and recreation master plans by conducting trends and demographic research, policy analysis, community engagement, and needs assessments.
Prior to joining thinc design, Hayley gained land use and development planning experience at a planning consultancy. She has a strong knowledge of planning systems and the ability to interpret and apply related legislation and policy. Hayley is passionate about improving the quality of communities while celebrating the diverse identities that they are comprised of.
As a planner at thinc, Hayley supports the advancement of municipal parks and recreation master plans by conducting trends and demographic research, policy analysis, needs assessments, and community engagement.
In 2019, Marcia had the privilege to present at OPPI19: Beyond 25- Annual Conference. She and the co-director discussed findings from evolving a simple children's program into a youth public engagement tool by animating city planning through building large-scale dioramas with recyclable goods and storytelling.
Before joining thinc design, Marcia has developed a robust skillset over the past 14 years of hybrid experience in both creative/academic and private/public environments. Marcia thrives from an interdisciplinary background, from business development experience at a Canadian eco-conscious luxe-loungewear start-up to delivering briefing notes for the United Nations General Assembly 2019 at Global Affairs Canada. She has grown as a modern and strategic thought leader who provides exceptional insight from related and complementary industry perspectives to reach thoughtful yet capital-driven marketing solutions.
As a marketing and communications manager, Marcia delivers elevated proposals, marketing materials, media strategy, branding assets, and nurtures collaborative opportunities with innovative stakeholders.
With her mindfulness regarding the realities of living through a global pandemic, Marcia's work requires purpose. She has a deep passion for amplifying dynamic projects and connecting communities to the outdoors to promote a balanced and enriching life for all.
Prior to working at thinc design, Hallie spent several summers working at Connon Nurseries where she gained a strong knowledge of plant species and identification. Hallie brings her developing Landscape Architecture knowledge to her internship role at thinc design.