Steffen Käubler,
Partner, Planner, Urban Designer

Steffen Käubler draws on over 13 years of experience as an urban planning and design consultant in Atlantic Canada. His education in Architecture (Vordiplom, Technical University of Dresden, Germany), Business Administration (Bachelor, University of Hagen, Germany), and Urban Planning (Master’s Degree, Dalhousie University), has afforded him the ability to work on a wide variety of urban planning and design projects. Building on his regulatory and design education, Steffen has developed an expertise as a planner and designer with a keen interest in bridging the gap between planning policy and physical design. Steffen has provided strategic advice to many public and private sector clients on infrastructure planning, urban design, land use planning and active transportation.

Through working with small and mid-size Atlantic Canadian communities for many years, Steffen has gained a deep appreciation for their crucial role as part of our country’s social fabric. Many of the principles of urbanism that Steffen applies in his daily practice have, in fact, their origin in small, tight-knit, dense and walkable small towns. While aiming for innovative and engaging plans, Steffen’s approach to planning for small communities is always guided by an awareness that these plans must be realistically attainable by communities with limited financial and human resources. 

Ian Watson

Ian Watson joined UPLAND after spending four years as a municipal planner in a diverse regional municipality. His early career was defined by a number of high-profile—and hotly contested—planning issues, such as large-scale wind turbines and the preparation of a new regional plan. These early “trials by fire” gave Ian experience beyond his years and quickly developed him into a planner with a knack for effective public engagement and an astute sense of diplomacy and tact.

Ian brings a highly analytical approach to solving problems. He has adapted this approach into expertise developing clear, concise policy and regulations that are easy to interpret and apply. Ian fundamentally believes that planning is a discipline that affects all people, and strives to ensure planning processes and outcomes are understandable and accessible to everyone.

Most recently Ian drew on his wide range of skills to support his deep involvement in the Kings 2050 development of a new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law for the Municipality of Kings in Nova Scotia.  Since joining UPLAND, Ian has been managing four major development applications for a large development company and is leading the consultation for a regional recreational asset study.


Nicholas Robins
Landscape Architect

Nicholas is a recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Masters of Landscape Architecture program, graduating with Merit.  He brings to his Landscape architecture practice over 10 years of experience in the landscape construction industry, where he acted as crew-boss on an number of different soft landscaping installation crews. With a cultivated understanding of garden design Nicholas is able to work across scales with proficiency, from broad scope master planning, to detailed design, construction, planting design and care. In addition to working in the landscape industry Nicholas holds a Bachelor degree in visual arts, which gives his practice a robust visual identity.

Bruce Mans
Partner, Planner, Urban Designer,
Associate Landscape Architect

As an urban designer with an education in planning and a passion for landscape architecture, Bruce offers the unique ability to lead design projects through the entire planning process; from high level policy development, conceptual design, community engagement, project management, right through to detailed design and implementation. As a result, he recognizes the importance of communicating design in an accessible, inclusive manner, and developing ideas that are both exciting and implementable.

Bruce has worked on a diverse array of projects, including downtown revitalization plans, waterfront design concepts, urban development plans, active transportation plans, park master plans, and municipal plans. Most recently, Bruce has contributed his design expertise on an urban redevelopment of the Bloomfield Centre in North End Halifax and an upcoming 500 acre, mixed use neighbourhood. His work has been recognized by several planning and design awards including a national award in Neighbourhood Planning from the Canadian Institute of Planning and awards from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Atlantic Planners Institute.


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Mary Bishop
B.Sc (Hon), MURP, FCIP
Associate Senior Planner

Mary has worked throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for the past 30 years in both the private and public sectors. Through her work as a planning consultant she has prepared and reviewed municipal plans for communities throughout the province, and was the Director of Planning for the Town of Conception Bay South from 2001 to 2008. She has organized and conducted a variety of public consultations related to strategic planning, recreation, land use, environment and heritage projects and managed consulting teams responsible for preparing regional planning studies in the Northeast Avalon and Humber Valley Regions.

In the past five years, Mary has lead teams whose work has been recognized by the Canadian and Atlantic Planners Institutes and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Among her clients she has carried out of number of projects for the City of St. John’s which include assisting with the drafting of a new Municipal Plan and Development Regulations, and preparing a concept plan for future development in the Kilbride area. 





Beth Freeman
Office Administrator

Beth studied Visual Arts and French at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC and is currently finishing up her degree via correspondence. Beth was a founding member of the Atangard Community Project in Abbotsford, living for five years in a renovated hotel downtown with fellow students and young professionals. Beth spent nearly three years living in Calgary with her husband working in the tech industry as a Logistic Coordinator and experiencing the prairie way of life. As a relatively new resident of Dartmouth, most of her time is spent exploring with her toddler. Beth recently launched Beth Freeman Illustration, creating custom portrait paintings for families. 

Oliver Bence
Landscape Architect

Oliver is a Landscape Architect with 12 years experience working for both small practices and large international companies in Canada, the UK and the US. He specialises in working with multi-disciplinary design teams on small to large scale projects, taking projects from concept to detailed design, through planning and permit approval to construction review.

He has a broad project experience across a variety of sectors including educational, healthcare, highways, industrial, recreation and residential. Oliver has managed projects and project teams, worked on LEED projects and built good relationships with clients, consultants and contractors. He enjoys contemporary design but above all wants to create sustainable, long lasting places for people to use and enjoy.

Before becoming a landscape Architect, Oliver had a successful career in the UK music industry where he helped various bands have number one records.



Erica Brook

Erica Brook is a community planner specializing in public engagement, process design and project administration. Her practice has focused in strategic planning, urban design, placemaking, resource conservation, and active transportation. Throughout her work with the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Erica takes a collaborative approach. She has an excellent ability to balance diverse perspectives and move ambitious ideas to action.

Erica is a graduate of the Dalhousie School of Planning. She began her career in Nova Scotia, and has spent time living and working in Newfoundland, Jamaica, and Maine. Upon returning to Canada, she became a municipal special projects coordinator, and lived in Tatamagouche for 3 years. Her more recent work has been an entrepreneurial venture; she currently operates a mobile wood-fired sauna for rental and public events.