Shaun Smakal

Senior Landscape Architect / Associate

Shaun had originally planned on pursuing a career in Industrial Design, in particular special effects, but in his 3rd year of undergrad at the University of Michigan where he obtained his B.Sc. in Resource Planning, he enrolled in Will Marsh’s “Cultural Landscapes” course that would forever change his career path. “His survey of how the different natural landscapes and environments that ancient societies lived in had intimately influenced their development”, Shaun explains, “seemed dramatically more vital work than designing aliens for the next Star Wars movie”.  From that point on, Shaun decided he was going to be a Landscape Architect. In 2002, he followed Will to UBC and where he graduated with his Masters in Landscape Architecture and eventually set down permanent roots in Vancouver. 

In his downtime, Shaun enjoys hiking, camping and travelling as much as possible. He can also be found exploring neighbourhoods, hosting board game/cocktail nights with his wife, or indulging his pop culture/sci-fi cravings with books, video games, or Netflix.

Shaun joined eta in 2017 and brings a design sense that is both sensitive and well thought out. 

Academic/ Professional
Masters of Landscape Architecture University of British Columbia
B.Sc. Resource Planning, Univerity of Flint Michigan
BCSLA P&PR Committe 2016 –