Happy Holidays!

Our offices will be closed over the holidays through January 2nd 2017, reopening on Tuesday January 3rd. Happy holidays from all of us at LEES+Associates and best wishes for 2017

Green Burial and Sustainability

The December edition of Ground, the periodical published by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), included an article exploring green burial and the concept of sustainability within the bereavement sector.

“Green Burial and Sustainability” by Katie Strang, includes perspectives on this topic from Catriona Hearn,

In New Orleans with the ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) held its annual meeting and expo in New Orleans recently. Billed as the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world, this year’s events included several education sessions and tours, workshops, networking and a large exhibition.

In October, Catriona and Anezka from our team attended the conference,

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Construction at Royal Oak Burial Park

Construction is underway to complete the final phase of the new Section T area at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, BC.
With LEES+Associates acting as lead consultant, this project includes landscape architectural, civil engineering, tender and contract administration, and required site services through construction.



Cochrane Cemetery Master Plan Accepted

The Cochrane Cemetery Master Plan reached a milestone on Monday Nov 14 when Town Council unanimously adopted the new master plan and cemetery bylaw. The master plan aims to create a cemetery with a beautiful, park-like setting, diversify the range of interment options and reflect the unique character and heritage of Cochrane.

According to the Cochrane Times;

Komagata Maru Memorial in the Fall

We took a stroll recently to admire the changing autumn foliage at the Komagata Maru Memorial. This project involved a monument design to commemorate a 1914 incident that witnessed 376 passengers from India escorted out of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour aboard the steamship Komagata Maru.

Steel panels, set within the surrounding landscape,

Photos from Fort McMurray

In 2010, LEES+Associates was retained to undertake comprehensive planning and design for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s municipal cemeteries – Anzac, Conklin, Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan. This included site selection and land acquisition through to construction documentation and administration.

The project is ongoing and below are some photos from Erik’s recent visit to the site.

Interview with Nicole Hanson

Our associate Nicole Hanson, a community and cultural planner discusses the imminent shortage of burial space in the Greater Toronto Area.