© 2016 by María del Sol Galdón​   |   Landscape Architect

PROFILE

"Maria, You have been amazing and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help and ideas. You must be very proud of the integrity and reputation you have in this business."

- Donna Ripplinger

"Maria... I've looked at your work. Impressive!"

- Thomas D.

"Great job in managing this park project."

- Michelle Reid, City of Calgary Parks

María del Sol Galdón is a registered landscape architect and a full member of the AALA (Alberta Association of Landscape Architects.

Maria holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia, and has over 16 years of professional experience as a landscape architect and interior designer, from site specific to urban

scale.

Maria leads all types of landscape design projects. She is an exceptional designer who has worked on all stages of projects from schematic design to construction administration, often as project manager.

As design lead for Planta Landscape Studio, she follows each project from start to finish ensuring the concept and design intent are met through every step of the process. This has lead to recognition by

honour of various residential design awards through LANTA.

As an associate and project manager her work at O2 focuses on fine scale landscape architecture and the graphic presentation of drawings, maps, and contract documentation. Maria’s recent project work with O2 included project management and the development of construction drawings for the University of Calgary, the Alberta Boot Company Site, Shaw Communications and various City Parks, including Bowmont Environment Park Redevelopment, a collaborative project which received a CSLA National Merit Award and a Mayor’s Urban Design Award.

As a Landscape Architect Consultant with the University of British Columbia Design Centre, she lead the research document, “Green Infrastructure in Calgary’s Mobility Corridors”, which was awarded a CSLA National Merit Award.

As a graduate student, she received the award of Top Graduate Thesis Study for her thesis work focusing on the renegotiation of Calgary’s public right of way in terms of mobility, ecology, and public realm. Maria

undertook studies in Wageningen University and Research Centre (Netherlands), focusing on alternative energy sources in regional landscapes, for which she received an International Federation of Landscape Architects Jury Award. Maria also holds a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design with studies in Calgary and Guadalajara, Mexico.

MARIA DEL SOL GALDÓN        |        MLArch, BAID, AALA, CSLA

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

2019 Landscape Designer of the Year 2019 Winner. Western Living Magazine 

2018 LANTA Award of Merit - Residential Landscape: Strother Residence.

Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association

 

2018 LANTA Award of Merit - Residential Landscape: Roxburgh Residence.

Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association

 

2018 LANTA Award of Merit - Residential Landscape Feature: Murias Stormwater Management.

Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association

2018 Western Living’s 2018 Designers of the Year, Award in the Landscape Design Shortlist 

 

2017 LANTA Award of Merit - Residential Landscape Design, Project: Strother Residence.

Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association 

 

2017 LANTA Award of Merit - Residential Landscape Design, Project: Roxburgh Residence 

Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association 

2016 LANTA Award of Merit - Residential Landscape Design, Project: Alford Residence

Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association

 

2015 CSLA National Merit Award - Bowmont Environment Park Redevelopment 

Concept and schematic design development during time at O2 Planning + Design, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

 

2014 Mayor’s Urban Design Award - Bowmont Environment Park Redevelopment

Concept and schematic design development during time at O2 Planning + Design, City of Calgary

 

2013 LANTA Award of Merit - Wildwood Drive

Planta Landscape, Residential Landscape Design and Construction, Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association

 

2012 CSLA Award - Taylor Family Digital Library + Quad University of Calgary

Contract documentation and construction administration during time at O2 Planning + Design, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

 

2011 City Of Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Awards - Calgary Civic Plaza Municipal Complex + Site Modernization

Project management and concept development during time at O2 Planning + Design, City of Calgary

 

2011 City Of Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design Awards - Taylor Family Digital Library + Quad University of Calgary

Contract documentation and construction administration during time at O2 Planning + Design, City of Calgary

 

2010 LANTA Award of Merit - Carney Road

Planta Landscape, Residential Landscape Design and Construction, Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association

 

2009 CSLA National Merit Award - Green Infrastructure in Calgary’s Mobility Corridors

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards of Excellence

 

EDUCATION

Master of Landscape Architecture, 2008

University of British Columbia | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Landscape Architecture Study Abroad (Regional Studies), 2007

Wageningen University and Research Centre | Wageningen, Netherlands

 

Bachelor of Applied Interior Design, 2002

Mount Royal College | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Interior Design Study Exchange, 2001

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara | Jalisco, Mexico

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, Full Member

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

Argentine Society of Landscape Architects (Centro Argentino de Arquitectos Paisajistas)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2008 Top Graduating Thesis Study Award. University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture 

2007 IFLA Jury Award, International Federation of Landscape Architects Student Competition Energizing Maasvalley

2008 SALA (School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) Faculty Book Prize

UBC Awarded for commitment to fellow students and to the ethics of the design studio environment

2007 UBC Education Abroad Scholarship. Walter H. Gage and Elsie M. Harvey Scholarship

2005 Masters of Landscape Architecture Entrance Scholarship, Henry Syd Skinner Landscape Architecture Entrance Scholarship

2004 First Place bathroom design, Kitchen & Bath Classics, Interior design kitchen and bath competition

2002 Outstanding Achievement in Interior Design Studies Award. BAID (Bachelor of Applied Interior Design) Scholarship

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Period: 2010 - Present

Galdón Studio Inc. / Planta Landscape Inc.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Position: Landscape Architect, President

Responsibilities: Landscape architectural consultant, conceptual and schematic design, design development, detail design, permit drawings, construction documentation 

Period: 20181 - Present 

University of Calgary, EVDS, Masters of Landscape Architecture 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Position: Sessional Instructor 

Responsibilities: EVDS Plants in the Landscape, plant identification and planting design 

 

Period: 2009 - Present

O2 Planning + Design Inc.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Position: Landscape Architect, Consultant

Responsibilities: Conceptual design, design development, detail design; construction document production; proposal development; visualization; and graphic design

 

Period: 2009

University of British Columbia Design Centre for Sustainability

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Position: Landscape Architect

Responsibilities: Research publication document regarding green infrastructure applications for The City of Calgary

 

Period: 2005 - 2008

Matrix Landscape Architecture

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Position: Landscape Architect

Research Fellow: Landscape architecture and urban design

 

Period: 2002 - 2004

McKinley Dang Burkart Architecture Group

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Position: Interior Designer

Responsibilities: Commercial, retail, and residential interior design

 

Period: 2000 - 2003

Miles Display and Design

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Position: Visual Merchandiser and Graphic Designer

Responsibilities: Visual merchandising design, graphics and layout