Jury for the 2023 Student Award of Excellence

Matt Williams

mattMatt is a Principal at O2 managing high profile urban design, mixed use, campus, facility, and large park projects. Matt’s work emphasizes the development of multi-functional landscapes and public spaces that meet both the cultural and ecological needs of a site. Matt has served as President of the Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) and represented the AALA on the City of Calgary’s Urban Design Review Panel. Matt recently led the design and construction multiple award-winning projects including West Eau Claire Park (Calgary), cSPACE King Edward (Calgary), Metrolinx Ontario Line Competition (winner, Toronto), and the Villiers Island Public Realm Plan (Toronto).

Tracey Hesse

Tracey Hesse holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (1994) from Concordia University and a master’s degree in Design (Landscape Option) from the University of Montreal (2000). She acquired practical experience in both design and execution early in her career, working as a landscape contractor in her own company for eight years. Today, she has over 20 years experience in landscape architecture in the public and private sectors. She has worked for EDAW, an international landscaping firm based in the United-States, in Atlanta, GA and several larger landscape architecture firms in Montreal. From 2015 to 2022, she was an associate at HETA (Hodgins & Associates), a firm specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional projects.

In 2009 and 2010, she worked as an administrative assistant for the AAPQ. This opportunity allowed her to familiarize herself with the daily operations of the Association. Subsequently, she was part of the Admissions Committee until 2019. In addition to serving on her provincial board, Tracey is involved in other activities within the association, including the congress planning committee. 

Tracey is known for her excellent drawing skills and landscape designs. She is proficient in plant selection for residential and urban projects. In 2015, she was awarded 1st Ex-aequo Prize and the Prix Coup de cœur in the category of small garden spaces from the APPQ (Association des paysagistes professionnels du Québec) for her collaboration for Le filigree. More recently, in 2022, her collaboration with Cohlmeyer Architecture for the Montauk Sofa flagship store in Montreal received a Platinum certification in the 15th edition of Les Grands Prix du Design as well as the Milan Havlin Award from the APPQ.

One of Tracey’s first jobs was working for a tropical plant wholesaler. This experience was put to good use, as in 2023, her collaboration with Affleck de la Riva architects for the restauration of the Westmount Conservatory was awarded a Platinum Certification as well as a Gold Certification for heritage enhancement in the 16th edition of Les Grands Prix du Design. 

Tracey is currently working at KAP, a firm specializing in public and municipal projects based in Laval, Québec.

Nastaran Moradinejad

nastaranNastaran Moradinejad is a principal at PFS Studio where she is recognized for her communication and organizational skills. She is also a versatile designer who brings her past graduate experience in both architecture and landscape architecture to her PFS Studio projects. Since joining the firm in 2006, Nastaran has contributed her expertise to a variety of projects with a wide range of design requirements from conceptual site-specific design and detailing to large-scale master planning.

Nastaran is a LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Certificate in Applied Project Management. She takes a keen interest in ecological systems and innovative ways to integrate them with site design. Her interests are in multi-disciplinary, technical projects and projects requiring custom solutions to project requirements. Nastaran has led PFS Studio teams to realize complex, challenging projects and is currently focused on managing some of the firm’s largest and most high-visibility projects in the public realm.

Nastaran’s significant experience initiating, coordinating and managing complex multidisciplinary teams of professionals, colleagues and stakeholders and her confidence in working in dynamic environments involving many viewpoints and agendas has been an asset to the assignments she undertakes.

As a testament to her commitment to her profession, Nastaran has held a number of significant volunteer posts throughout her career, most notably serving as President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects in 2012 and as Canadian Society of Landscape Architects President in 2018. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Landscape Standard Steering Committee.

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