Our Senior Staff

Doug Backhouse  

Doug Backhouse

Principal, Senior Landscape Architect
BES, MLArch, BCSLA
250.754.5651
doug_backhouse[at]golder.com



Living in Nanaimo since 1991 Doug has focused his professional career on the development of healthy communities in rural BC and on central Vancouver Island in particular. Through a variety of project and professional experience Doug had led Lanarc Consultants, and more recently HB Lanarc to become one of the pre-eminent landscape architectural practices in British Columbia.

Doug’s approach of providing thoughtful and practical advice for clients on a wide range of community planning and environmental issues has allowed him to become a respected voice in landscape architecture and community planning through the province.

In addition to current and recently completed projects such as the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and Ladysmith Spirit Square, Doug has provided considerable energy in support of broader planning issues that can positively affect the future of all Vancouver Islanders. Doug’s involvement with the Island Corridor Foundation—an innovative collaboration between local governments and First Nations communities—is one example, his leadership in the development of decision support tools for rainwater management and water conservation are another. Over the years, Doug’s enthusiasm for quality design solutions is undiminished and his experience and curiosity provide a solid foundation in working with clients.

 



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Don Crockett  

Don Crockett

Principal, Senior Landscape Architect
BES, MLArch, BCSLA, CSLA
604.688.9769 x 128
don_crockett[at]golder.com



Don is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years experience in private consulting and municipal settings, with an emphasis on community and urban and design, landscape architecture, and parks and open space systems. Don’s education in landscape architecture and architecture gives him a strong foundation for the integration of building design and landscape, of environment and social forces.

Don takes an ecological approach to landscape design, integrating natural processes into the built environment to produce beautiful, healthy places through elegant design solutions that respond to complex social demands. He works closely with clients, stakeholder groups, and the public, often in a multi-disciplinary environment, to arrive at creative solutions that satisfy comprehensive design criteria.

Don has developed exceptional computer and graphic skills to provide visualizations of planning and design scenarios, either in computer generated photo-realism, or more traditional hand drawn renderings to creatively convey design and planning scenarios. More than a communications tool, computer modeling and visualizations have become a tool for design exploration in every day practice. Don routinely uses digital terrain models to explore site design options, view impacts, slope analysis, road layouts, hydrological patterns, solar access and shadow analysis, and to test urban and landscape character. Don’s experience in soil conservation, preparation of construction drawings, cost analysis,  construction documentation and contract administration brings practical, implementable solutions to the table, whether informing the broader planning process or guiding the implementation plan.

 



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David Reid  

David Reid

Principal, Senior Landscape Architect
BLArch, FCSLA
250.754.5651
david_reid2[at]golder.com

David has been pioneering new areas of practice for more than 35 years. David practices as both a land use planner and a landscape architect, and is also heavily involved in green infrastructure planning and design. Many projects have focused on water – ranging from watershed planning to water conservation strategies, and waterfront improvements to watercourse restoration. David has been instrumental as a bridge among levels of government, local government departments, and the development community. His many contributions to innovation include key titles in the Stewardship Series, Metro Vancouver’s Stormwater Source Control Design Guidelines, RDN’s Action for Water program, and Kelowna’s Outdoor Water Conservation initiative. David has applied policy and design guidelines into local government OCPs, Development Permits, Zoning and Subdivision Bylaws, and Water Regulations. He also has been project director and designer on many constructed projects that incorporate these innovations. Most recently David has been active in planning for adaptation to climate change, including Sea Level Rise and related coastal planning and shoreline design strategies.

David’s passion is to ‘make sustainable development standard practice’. His clients are proceeding rapidly towards that goal.

 


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James van Hemert  

James van Hemert

Senior Planner
BA, MA Plan, MCIP, AICP
250.754.5651
james_vanhemert[at]golder.com

A returning BC native, James joined the firm on Vancouver Island in 2011.
He has a passion for empowering communities to create sustainable and resilient futures. He directed the prestigious Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute in Denver where he convened conferences on critical planning themes and developed innovative tools to help local governments and developers implement plans for healthy and sustainable futures. He has worked directly with citizens in developing community and neighborhood plans in Ontario, Mississippi, Colorado and British Columbia. His planning efforts in Colorado earned the Town of Fowler a governor’s award for sustainability. His experience and insights for planning in a Western context have been expressed in True West: Authentic Development Patterns for Small Towns and Rural Areas, a publication of the American Planning Association. He earned his Master’s degree in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo.

With a personable style he offers clients a flexible and practical approach to developing plans and implementation tools for their communities.

 


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Jana Zelenski  

Jana Zelenski

Senior Landscape Architect
BLA, MLA, LEED® AP
250.754.5651
jana_zelenski[at]golder.com

Jana brings to the HB Lanarc-Golder Associates team a strong background in landscape architecture and open space planning and a belief that the best solutions are reached through comprehensive planning and process. Jana is responsible for planning and design development, communications, community process and implementation. She has collaborated with clients on a wide range of projects across the public and private sectors. Jana’s recent work has included planning and design at both the community and site scales, allowing her to work with clients, community members and contractors to plan and design solutions that have lasting effects. Jana’s LEED Accreditation allows her to approach design problems with a sustainable vision from the beginning to end. With degrees from the University of Guelph and Penn State and overseas exchanges, Jana’s education in landscape architecture has allowed her to develop a broad range of skills including technical, graphic and research abilities that she combines to produce effective solutions to complex problems.

 


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