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
Grading and planting design
Site supervision & review
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
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