Eha Naylor, President, OALA, FCSLA
Eha Naylor earned her landscape architecture degree in 1980 from the University of Toronto and completed an MBA in 1989 from York University’s Schulich School of Business. She was the President of Envision the Hough Group until 2009 and became a leader in Dillon Consulting Limited’s national landscape architecture and community planning practice for the last 10 years of her 40-year career.
She has earned numerous awards recognizing her expertise in environmental and site design for both public and private sectors. In 2015, she was selected for the OALA Pinnacle Award for lifetime professional excellence. She’s known for finding solutions to complex, multidisciplinary planning and design assignments. Her skills include the integration of sustainable design measures and climate change adaptation as components of large infrastructure projects. She has practiced sustainable design and has expertise in climate change vulnerability assessment including work for the Parliamentary Precinct Branch on the federal lands in Ottawa and for climate change action plans in several municipalities.
Her skills include public engagement and facilitation to find consensus around complex environmental issues. She has taught and lectured on environmentally-based planning and sustainable community design at a number of universities. She is a full member of several professional associations including the Canadian Institute of Planners, Ontario Professional Planners, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Lambda Alpha and the Urban Land Institute.
Eha has served on many professional committees and has also appeared as an environmental planning expert witness at hearings. Since 2004 has been a member of the University of Toronto Faculty Council for the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Eha served for eleven years on the federal government’s National Capital Commission Advisory Committee for Planning, Design and Realty including three as the Chair. As the Chair of the OALA Practice Legislation Committee, she continues to advocate for landscape architects at all levels of government.
Nastaran Moradinejad, FCSLA
Nastaran Moradinejad is a principal at PFS Studio where she is recognized for her communication and organizational skills. She is also a versatile designer who brings her past graduate experience in both architecture and landscape architecture to her PFS Studio projects. Since joining the firm in 2006, Nastaran has contributed her expertise to a variety of projects with a wide range of design requirements from conceptual site specific design and detailing to large-scale master planning.
Nastaran is a LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Certificate in Applied Project Management. She takes a keen interest in ecological systems and innovative ways to integrate them with site design. Her interests are in multi-disciplinary, technical projects and projects requiring custom solutions to project requirements. Nastaran has led PFS Studio teams to realize complex, challenging projects and is currently focused on managing some of the firm’s largest and most high-visibility projects in the public realm including the Concord Brentwood Master Plan, the mixed use Grosvenor Brentwood Master Plan, Edmonton ICE District, which is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in North America, and True North Square in Winnipeg. She is currently working of the West End Waterfront Plan which is one of Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver's most significant planning projects.
Nastaran’s significant experience initiating, coordinating and managing complex multidisciplinary teams of professionals, colleagues and stakeholders and her confidence in working in dynamic environments involving many viewpoints and agendas are assets she brings to the assignments she undertakes.
As a testament to her commitment to her profession, Nastaran has held a number of significant volunteer posts throughout her career, most notably serving as President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects in 2012 and as Canadian Society of Landscape Architects President in 2018. She currently chairs the Canadian Landscape Standard Steering Committee.
Carl Bray BLA, DipUD, MAUD, PhD, OALA, CSLA, CAHP, OPPI, MCIP RPP is a heritage planner, landscape architect and urban designer. He has over 40 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and has successfully completed projects across Canada and in the United States, the Caribbean and Great Britain. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning teaching heritage planning and community design.
Leo DeSorcy is an Urban Designer with a lifelong interest in landscapes, buildings, cities and their evolution. Leo’s career focused on Urban Design, the bridge between Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering and City Planning.
Early work in the private sector including Jeremy Sturgess Partnership, Coombes, Kirkland Berridge and MBTW. These offices provided insight to how Urban Design worked for clients and reinforced the belief that Urban Design was essential to bring together the decisions of Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, and Planners.
Leo moved to City of Toronto City Planning as an Urban Designer in 1988. His work at City of Toronto was part of a generational shift from Land Use function-based approaches to one where Urban Design was integrated in all aspects of urban growth including policy writing, staff structure, hiring process, development review and the design of new and the transformation of existing infrastructure including parks, streets, and transit.
After 1998 Leos work focused on North York managing the post amalgamation transformation of these auto oriented low-density suburbs into transit friendly, dense walkable and beautiful places. This work integrated transportation infrastructure with growth plans and has resulted in many award-winning projects and well-loved neighbourhoods including Avondale, Avonshire, Stanley Greene, Bayview Sheppard, Don Mills Centre, and Parkway Forrest Revitalization. Leo retired from City of Toronto in 2020.
Through his career the focus has been on education, mentorship and clear design focused process for approval and purchasing. He managed the Design Review Panel through its draft period and worked to streamline streetscape review to ensure balanced design including healthy street trees.
Through his career, Leo maintained a teaching relationship with what is now Daniels School of Architecture Landscape and Design. He currently teaches at Sheridan College.
Leo was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects in 2020.