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Suite #4A, 4921-49th Street
PO Box 1724,
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2P3
Phone (867) 873-5412
Facsimile (867) 873-9894
E-mail info@avens.ca

Welcome to Avens Associates Ltd. Landscape Architects

Avens Associates Ltd. provides professional consulting services in landscape architecture and related professions. The company specializes in northern projects. Projects range from residential and commercial landscape design, through urban and municipal park design, to landscape research and regional planning

Company Philosophy

We work with our clients and the unique northern environments to provide practical yet innovative plans for northern settings. We believe that participation by the end users and our clients during the planning and design process is key to achieving successful projects. We aim for designs which can be built and maintained with the available funds and personnel.

Scope of Services

A full range of landscape architectural and consulting services is provided, including:

  • feasibility studies
  • interpretive planning
  • public consultation programmes
  • project and contract management
  • park and recreation master plans
  • construction supervision
  • site and detail design
  • contract document preparation
  • planting plans
  • cost estimates


Karen LeGresley Hamre, principal of the firm, directs all projects. Ms. Hamre has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and professional member of Interpretation Canada. Avens Associates Ltd. also draws on numerous other firms, northern and southern, to bring together teams for specific projects

Karen LeGresley Hamre

Karen has extensive project experience in the north, having worked in over 30 communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She has also worked in three Canadian provinces and Germany, in various private and public sector positions. She has owned and operated Avens Associates Ltd., from Yellowknife since 1986, providing professional consulting services in landscape architecture, environmental and interpretive planning, and project management. Prior to that, she worked with the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Economic Development and Tourism (1983-1986), both in Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay. She has also worked in Calgary AB (Brian Dodds & Assoc.), Quebec City PQ (Ministre de l'Agriculture), Kemptville ON (Ministry of Natural Resources), London ON (Hollandia Gardens) and Germany.

Karen was a member of the Gwich'in Land Use Planning Board (1995-2004), a co-management board established under the Gwich'in Land Claim Agreement. The Board has the only enforceable Regional Land Use Plan in the NWT (approved 2003). She sat on the City of Yellowknife Development Appeal Board (2004-2010) and is currently a board member of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research.

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