Partner, Planner, Urban Designer
Steffen Käubler draws on over 15 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 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.
Sasan is a designer who appreciates multi-disciplinary design approaches and the process of creative solutions. He has built up solid experience through hard work and a passion for learning. In 2007 Sasan was accepted for the Visual Communication program at the University of Applied Science and Technology in Tehran. In 2018 he graduated from NSCAD University with a major in Interdisciplinary Design. Sasan worked as a full-time graphic designer in design agencies and continues to work as a freelance designer. In 2017 he won an award for designing the trophies for the 2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards.
In 2008 he received a first-place award in a photography competition at the Museum of Dr. Sonduzy. For Sasan, photography is motivating and encourages him to explore and examine the space that he living in.
With close to 10 years of design experience, working across disciplines from logo and identity design, signage design, layout design, packaging to website design and environmental branding, Sasan has developed a diverse range of skills in various design applications.
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.
BA, DIP. GIS
GIS + Planning Technician, Cartographer
Angharad is a geomatics technician and geographer with an interest in public space, rural issues, and sustainability. She sees mapping as a critical tool for making sense of and communicating about complex social issues, especially those relating to how people interact with their environment.
She brings to UPLAND a set of technical skills which range from graphic design to spatial data analysis, affording her the ability to bridge gaps between planning and design concepts, objective geographic analysis, and clear visual presentation of information. She supports diverse community planning and landscape design projects with data analysis, drafting, and cartography.
A graduate of Concordia University and the Centre of Geographic Sciences, Angharad has lived and worked across Canada from British Columbia to the Maritimes as well as in the US. She spent five years living in rural Nova Scotia before beginning her work with UPLAND in Halifax.
A graduate of Dalhousie University, Juniper Littlefield has three years experience in planning and urban design gained through her professional and academic career. She has examined the complexities of socioeconomics and land use through local neighbourhood characterizations, including her thesis work on harm reduction within the Regional Centre and a housing study of Dartmouth North completed on behalf of The Affordable Housing Association. Her winning submission to the national Student Innovation Fund was part of a collaborative team effort which outlined the proposal for an affordable student housing cooperative, focusing on socially and economically sustainable practices.
Recently, Juniper has contributed to academic research on accessibility certification and benchmarking as part of a joint project between Dalhousie University and The Rick Hansen Foundation, distributing a national survey and contributing to a peer-reviewed article. Her work experience with local non-profit organizations and her volunteer roles within the community has given her experience in community engagement and project management.
APALA, CSLA, CMLI
Senior Landscape Architect
Oliver is a Landscape Architect with 15 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 touring and at Virgin Records.
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.