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Monica Giesbrecht

Biography

Monica Giesbrecht is a principal with HTFC Planning Design in Winnipeg where she has been practicing for almost 20 years. Arriving in Winnipeg at the age of nine, from communist Romania, Monica is a passionate advocate for inclusive design and development. Trained at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture and by her extensive travels around the globe, Monica is fascinated by the symbiotic relationships between people and nature and the infusion of these interrelationships in the designed landscape. While her global travels shape her work Monica has selected to practice in Winnipeg, which she considers a complex and wonderful city defined by resilience, hope and finding common ground.

Monica’s ongoing investigations into the social, physical and psychological relationships between landscapes and youth, immigrants, marginalized groups, and seniors, serves as a foundation for her progressive work on healthy communities, integrated recreation networks, livable neighbourhoods, vibrant urban environments, sustainable landscapes, and culturally sensitive lands. Monica’s work can be found across Canada’s Prairies, Boreal Forests and Northern Tundra landscapes.

Monica believes in the power of design to enrich our everyday lives. She currently volunteers her time to raise the culture of design in Manitoba, Canada and beyond in collaboration with the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the International Play Association, the Ion Munescu School of Architecture, the Winnipeg Arts Council, Storefront Manitoba, and the Partners Program at the University of Manitoba.

Projects

  • Millennium Library Park Winnipeg 2013
  • The Forks Adventure Playground Winnipeg 2014
  • Victoria Hospital Miracle Garden Winnipeg 2014
  • Canada’s Diversity gardens at Assiniboine Park Winnipeg 2017

Recognition & Awards

  • CSLA National Merit; Parks Canada Variety Heritage Adventure Park at The Forks National Historic Site, 2013
  • MB Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, 2011
  • CSLA Regional Merit, Winnipeg Humane Society, 2009
  • City of Winnipeg Accessibility Award: 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012

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