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Peter Owen B.L. Arch., OALA, CSLA


Welcome to Owen Landscape Architect, a sole-proprietor practise run by Peter Owen. A long standing member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, Peter brings a high degree of professionalism and integrity to his work


Peter’s passion for design began with his first job experience, working for a design/build company whose owner Franc Amsen, opened his eyes to the creative possibilities of the “art” of landscape with his ability to envision space and transform it. In retrospect the experience was akin to the old world Apprenticeship way of learning.


From there, work experiences at his father’s architecture firm, followed by a stint at a large landscape architecture firm in Toronto set the stage to go out on his own. Before shifting his focus to residential work, Peter worked with a number of established Toronto architects on high-end commercial projects earning several design awards along the way.


Peter thrives on working with clients to help them unlock the potential of their property, all the while pushing beyond the ordinary to achieve results that are as unexpected as they are distinctive.

Since returning to private practise after his time at MBTW, Peter has concentrated on residential work. For examples of Peter's past commercial projects, please see here: Commercial Projects





2009 - 2018 Private practice is resumed.

2007 - 2009 Senior Project Manager at the firm MBTW Watchorn, Toronto. In addition to managing projects, was lead designer on several projects.

1988 - 2007 Principal; Owen Landscape Architects, Toronto, Ontario. Was one of Canada's largest landscape architectural offices; worked on a variety of projects in a support capacity

1985-1987 Neish Owen Rowland & Roy (NORR Partnership Ltd.), Toronto, Ontario. Was one of Canada's largest multidisciplinary architectural offices; was hired as the firm's in-house landscape architect. Was solely responsible for several large projects, as well as assisting in the design department

1983 - 1985 Franc Amsen Associates, Schomberg, Ontario. Design/build landscape company; responsible for design development, site layout, as-built drawings




1978 – 1982 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture University of Toronto




OALA Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

CSLA Canadian Society of Landscape Architects




Urban Design Award for Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies., 1994

Design Icon Award for Hatch Corporate Headquarters, City of Mississauga, 2000

Design of Excellence Award (Innovation and Creativity) for Steelcase Canada Limited Headquarters Town of Markham, 2001




International Flora Montreal 2006 / 2007

This prestigious outdoor garden show featured garden displays from Quebec and around the world. Peter combined forces with a Toronto horticulturalist to design and install their "Fire and Water" garden.


Skills & Abilities


Site assessment

Conceptual design

Detailed Design


Grading and planting design

Site supervision & review


Corporate Projects:


Bruce Power Inc. Support Centre, Kincardine, ON – 2005

Steelcase Canada Inc., Town of Markham, ON – 2000

Hatch Corporate Head Office, City of Mississauga, ON – 1991 & 1996

American Express Corporate Headquarters, Town of Markham, ON – 1999

Parkway Corporate Centre, City of Toronto, ON – 1999


Institutional Projects:


Country Day School Fitness Centre, Township of King - 2009

Country Day School Junior School Gymnasium, Township of King - 2007

St.Elizabeth Catholic High School Multi-Purpose Hall, City of Vaughn, ON – 2005

University of Guelph/Humber, City of Toronto, ON - 2004

Malvern Public Library, City of Toronto, ON – 2004

Regent's Park Community Health Centre, City of Toronto, ON – 1998

Scarborough Continuing Adult Studies, City of Scarborough, ON – 1994

New Toronto Library, City of Etobicoke, ON – 1994

Riverdale Public Library, City of Toronto, ON – 1993

Freeport Hospital, City of Kitchener, ON – 1988




Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club, City of Toronto, ON – 2002

Inscape, Holland Landing, ON – 2001

Bochner Eye Institute, City of Toronto, ON- 1998

Office Specialty, Holland Landing, ON – 1998

Rosedale Golf Club, City of Toronto, ON – 1993

Crown Life Place, City of Toronto, ON – 1991

Royal Bank Business Centre, Town of Richmond Hill, ON - 1989


MBTW Watchorn Projects


Was responsible for detailed design for Don Mount, a stacked townhouse complex similar to King West Village. It is a public/private partnership to redevelop rent-to-income housing.

Oak Bay Resort. Played a lead design role for this development near Port Severn.

Dean Park Condominium: was both senior designer and project manager for this development in Scarborough. Was responsible for successfully obtaining site plan approval.

East Markham Community Centre: Peter brought this project into the office, and was lead designer during the initial design development phase.

Bohemian Embassy: played a role in the design development and detailing of this downtown condominium project





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