In 2019 Rob’s first employee, Derek Hart, celebrated twenty years of employment with Ekistics Planning & Design. Derek began in 1999, when the fledgling company was only a few years old and we had just moved into a new new office on 15 Alderney Drive in Dartmouth.
When Rob Leblanc started two companies 24 years ago, they were so different it only made sense to have separate names. At the time, the internet was brand new and Form:Media was focused on bridging graphic design with electronic media and Ekistics Plan & Design specialized in landscape architecture and planning; there was very little overlap in services and clients.
In July 2018, the Lunenburg branch of the South Shore Regional Library opened in the former Lunenburg Academy, a registered National Historic Site. Sister companies Ekistics Plan + Design and Form:Media (now Fathom Studio) looked to the site’s history for our inspiration, and proposed a design that celebrates the storied past of building while making the library functional and welcoming for future generations.
In 2018, Form:Media and Ekistics Plan + Design are honoured to have been the recipients of multiple awards in several disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, interpretive planning and graphic design.
On October 1, 2018 The City of Edmonton together with Form:Media and Aaron Aubin Consulting Inc. were honoured with an award of merit from the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for work on the River Crossing Heritage Interpretive plan for the City of Edmonton.
John deWolf (of then Form:Media) and Christian Daniels (of LA’s EGG Office) were paired to speak in Los Angeles, July 19–20 on the topic of Regional and Local Wayfinding and Placemaking. Mr. Daniels spoke to commercial placemaking, and the headquarters for Facebook, while Mr. deWolf spoke to cultural heritage landscapes.
Each year the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) honours works in seven categories that show exceptional use of graphic design to communicate effectively, tell a story and create a strong sense of place. We are very proud that our design for Fort Needham Memorial Park is amongst the finalists as the projects truly do represent the best of the best.
On Nov 22, His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards for Architecture at Government House. Ekistics Architecture received the Award of Excellence for the design of an interpretive experience at Batoche National Historic Site in Batoche, Saskatchewan.
In October 2017, Ekistics Plan + Design was honoured with an Award of Excellence for their master plan of Fort Needham in the category of Physical Plans and Design from the Atlantic Planners Institute (API).
On the newsstand in early July is Applied Arts Magazine signature issue. While Form:Media's work does not appear as part of the 100+ pages of winning design work, we are honoured to say the Design annual does feature a case study of our work.