Devin Segal is a landscape architect with a talent for advancing projects from initial vision to full realization, while carrying the conceptual thread through into details that are both meaningful and constructible. He specializes in the creation and enhancement of public open space including parks, waterfronts, streetscapes, and urban mixed-use developments.
Devin strives to create high-quality places that instill a sense of pride in the communities for which they are built. He has led several of Ekistics’ most significant and transformative public realm projects in recent years, from master plans to detailed design and construction projects. With a background in landscape construction, Devin brings his extensive knowledge of materials, assemblies, contract documentation, and cost estimating to every project. This knowledge translates to a strong attention to detail, and and ability to approach each project with a view toward implementation. Devin is a skilled project manager, overseeing multi-million-dollar construction budgets and coordinating complex large-scale design projects with multi-disciplinary consultant teams. He is also responsible for administering construction contracts and performing quality control site inspections.
Devin holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, both from the University of Manitoba. He is a full member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects and is active as a committee member, dedicated to enhancing the APALA brand and visibility in the design community.
Katherine Peck is a landscape architect with more than 5 years of experience in both Ontario and the East coast. Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine grew up with a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the unique features of Canada’s east coast, which continue to inspire her approach to landscape design. Katherine joined Ekistics in 2016, and has brought her extensive experience and passion for recreational design into her practice. Prior to working at Ekistics, Katherine designed numerous elementary and high school sites for Ontario’s Halton school board. From traditional play structures to entirely nature based play, she has designed play-spaces for all age groups, as well as several IAAF-compliant sports facilities such as running tracks, athletics facilities, and multi-sport fields. Katherine has also designed exterior spaces for retail properties at a variety of scales. Her project experience takes design from concept, through municipal and provincial approvals, and construction. Katherine also worked for a design-build company in Guelph, Ontario, working on small to medium scale residential projects.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick, with double majors in History and Psychology. Katherine is a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) and the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects. She has volunteered as a council member for the OALA, and remains active in landscape architectural associations as a passionate advocate for the profession.
Matthew Brown joined Ekistics after seven years at the award-winning Boston firm, Stephen Stimson Associates. There, he worked on a variety of high-profile projects around New England that include large institutional master plans, campus and university landscapes, urban parks and plazas, and private residential estates and gardens. As a landscape architect and planner, Matthew has a unique ability to develop a comprehensive understanding of a project both in site and situation, and to create a thoughtful design concept and narrative that guides a project’s evolution from concept to implementation. As a highly outgoing individual, Matthew’s passion for design is complimented by his ability to effectively build consensus and communicate ideas and concepts to clients, stakeholders, and community groups.
Matthew received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, and most recently a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with distinction.
Matthew believes it is critical to balance professional practice with academic work. His research focuses on Atlantic Canada, specifically his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. His studies look to the capacity of landscape and ecology to act as catalyst for economic diversification and rural regeneration within our region. Before moving to Halifax, Matthew was a lecturer at Northeastern’s School of Architecture in Boston, and an invited design critic at Harvard, RISD, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Northeastern, Boston Architectural College, and Dalhousie University. Matthew is an Associate member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.
Sandra Cooke is a landscape architect with over 10 years of experience in both public and private sectors. Sandra’s work is focussed on parks and public spaces, but she has extensive experience in projects ranging from trails, streetscapes, shared streets, multi-unit residential landscapes, sports and recreation, urban agriculture, and stormwater management, to community master plans. She relocated from Toronto to Halifax in 2016 to join the landscape architecture team at Ekistics, where she contributes her strong project management abilities, overseeing the activities of multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects from early concepts through to construction. Sandra strives to provide the highest quality of service to her clients, regardless of the size of project, and to deliver projects on time and within budget, as demonstrated by her extensive portfolio of built work.
Prior to joining Ekistics, Sandra was a landscape architect at the award-winning Toronto firm, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, and a project manager for Canada Lands Company, where she oversaw the implementation of the Downsview Park masterplan in Toronto. Sandra holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural studies (University of Toronto). She has been a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects since 2009, and the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects since 2016.
In addition to her professional practice, Sandra has worked as a thesis advisor and studio instructor at the University of Toronto, and a continuing education instructor at George Brown College. She remains active in the academic sphere through participation as a guest critic for student reviews at Dalhousie University.
Sarah MacLean is a landscape architect whose interest is in the intersection of design, ecology, heritage, and community building. She has worked with community groups and non-profit organizations in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and internationally; with a focus on urban agriculture, environmental issues, and youth. Sarah is a strong graphic communicator and has a keen eye for contemporary design, bringing a fresh perspective to each project. Since joining Ekistics, she has been a core team designer for a number of high-profile projects. A local Nova Scotian, Sarah’s academic work was also deeply rooted in the East coast; her master’s thesis reimagined the Cape Breton Highlands National Park experience through the lens of climate change, and proposed strategies for parks and communities to work together to build resilience.
Sarah holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of History from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Ekistics, Sarah worked at the award- winning Rotterdam-based firm, LOLA Landscape Architects. There, she was a contributing member of the collaborative design team with MVRDV for the redevelopment competition of the Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany. Sarah is an Associate member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.