Announcement: New Leaders at LEES+Associates

We are delighted to announce that after 22 years, Erik and Kathi Lees have reached an agreement with their long-standing management team to transfer the ownership of the firm to new principals: Megan Turnock, Heidi Redman and Richard Cook. This team has been with the firm for a combined total of 30 years and have been actively involved as practice leaders and in the management of the firm.

“We are excited about continuing the good work that forms the legacy of the firm and exploring new ways to connect people with meaningful landscapes.”
Erik will continue to be deeply involved in the work we do, continuing in his role as Founding Principal. “I am delighted that Megan, Heidi and Richard are taking the reins. They are bright and capable, have demonstrated their leadership and vision over the years and enjoy the confidence of the whole LEES team.”

Megan Turnock, MSc, MLA
Megan has a multidisciplinary background in environment and landscape architecture with 20 years of professional experience. She works on all things parks, recreation, trails, ecology, and engagement and has a passion for exploring new approaches to building communities that connect us and help lift everyone up.

I’ve found my niche at LEES+Associates because of the wonderful variety of projects where I can meld all my skills, learn new things every day, and make meaningful contributions to communities large and small.

Since joining the firm in 2007, Heidi has led a wide range of open space, outdoor recreation and cemetery projects, and proven herself to be a skilled designer and project manager, experienced in managing multi-disciplinary teams. Her skills enhance our team’s ability to develop solutions responsive to client needs and community vision. Heidi holds a passion for northern landscapes, and heads LEES+Associates northern office in Whitehorse.

I am thrilled to be able to continue to build on the meaningful legacy of work done by LEES+Associates, and shape communities at the site and community wide scales.

Richard Cook, BA Hons DipLA, CLMI, BCSLA, NWTALA
Richard is a Registered Landscape Architect with 20 years of professional experience in both local government and private consultancy. He has led multi-disciplinary teams on a blend of prestigious contemporary and historic park, trail, cemetery, and public realm projects across Canada and internationally including the London 2012 Olympics. Richard is currently playing a key role in numerous planning and design projects for the firm including cemetery master planning and detailed design, and custom cremation garden designs.

It is deeply satisfying to help our clients attain solutions to problems in an evermore complex world and I look forward to continuing the great work our dynamic and talented team is doing.

These three new owners are part of the LEES+Associates team of 17 professional staff, who are committed to bringing diverse skills and experience to the planning and design of open space at every scale.