Arris and the Shops at East Village
David Richardson Memorial Disc Golf Park
Rotary Mattamy Greenway



Landscape Architect/Principal


"Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself." - Wolfgang von Goethe

This quote encapsulates Cristal’s reflections and inspirations for her professional career, as well as her non-professional life. Cristal’s design approach is driven by her curious nature, and her desire to understand all facets of a new project, to create informed, meaningful connections betweegn the site, its history and its future potential.

Cristal McLean has more than fourteen years of site planning and landscape architectural experience, with specific expertise in the areas of master planning, urban and streetscape design, landscape design and project management. Her methodical, task-outline approach to detailed design and construction administration enables her to manage complex multi-faceted assignments with clear and concise objectives, achieving thoughtful and thorough results.

Recent projects have included the West LRT Landscape Restoration Project, Old Refinery Park Bioenergy Pilot Project, Calgary Greenway Master Plan and Phase 2 and 3 Detailed Design, Mount Royal University Transit Hub and Rain Garden, Ralph Klein Legacy Park, the Calgary Stampede Streetscape and the Marda Loop Handbook of Streetscape Improvements, the Calgary Tower Redevelopment, Livingstone Place Office Tower Development and the Calgary Stampede River Park development.

Career History

2011 - present

Senior Landscape Architect and Principal

  • ground cubed inc. landscape architects
  • Calgary, Alberta

2001 - 2011

Senior Landscape Architect and Associate

  • Carson-McCulloch Associates Ltd.
  • Calgary, Alberta

1998 - 2001

Landscape Architect

  • Landplan Associates Ltd.
  • Calgary, Alberta

1997 - 1998

Research Assistant

  • University of Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario

1996 (summer)

Landscape Designer

  • City of Cold Lake
  • Cold Lake, Alberta


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
University of Toronto, ON, 1998


(AALA) Alberta Association of Landscape Architects - Full Member
(CSLA) Canadian Society of Landscape Architects - Full Member

Current Projects

  • Battalion Park Renovation
  • Calgary Greenway
  • City of Calgary Parks Lifecycle Projects
  • Mount Royal University Transit Hub
  • Old Refi nery Park Master Plan
  • West LRT Landscape Restoration

Past Projects

  • Calgary Stampede 12th Avenue Streetscape*
  • Calgary Stampede River Park Development*
  • Calgary Tower Redevelopment*
  • East village ARP*
  • Ernest Manning Replacement School*
  • Livingstone Place Offi ce Tower Development*
  • Ralph Klein Legacy Park*
  • Signal Hill Library Reading Garden*

* projects begun or completed while principals, associates or landscape architect of record at previous firms

Design and Planning Awards


Ralph Klein Legacy Park - Shepard Award of Excellence in Concrete
(Category: Sustainable)

Mayoral Urban Design Award
(Category: City Edge Development)