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About Us


HILL DESIGN STUDIO INC. is a landscape architecture consulting firm based in Kitchener.


We offer landscape design, tree management and contract administration services for a wide variety of projects and clients across southern Ontario.


Our staff are members of the OALA, CSLA and the Ontario Chapter of the ISA.


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Our Team

We design for impact, but always mindful of budget and constructability.  We understand regulatory approval processes, and the importance of project schedules, and strive to create value in all that we do.

Aaron Hill


Aaron Hill, BLA, OALA, CSLA, ISA Certified Arborist

Landscape Architect


A graduate of the University of Guelph, Aaron has over 22 years of progressive landscape architectural experience, culminating in the founding of Hill Design Studio in 2020. Over the course of his 22+ years of landscape architecture, Aaron has designed and managed over 500 projects, including landscape masterplans, visioning workshops, design guidelines and construction drawings.


His project expertise includes:


  • Parks and open space
  • Multi-unit residential and urban development
  • Naturalization, LID and LEED landscapes
  • Site Plan, Subdivision approval processes

Aaron is a full, stamped member of the OALA, and actively involved with the association's Examining Board.

Kate Hodgins


Kate Hodgins, BAA, ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
Landscape Designer


Kate has 10+ years of varied and progressive landscape design experience in numerous environments, with an affinity for unique and interesting plants. Kate has worked with Aaron since 2016, and has been part of the Hill Design Studio team since its inception, collaborating on parks, open space, institutional and multi-unit residential projects across southern Ontario.

Elizabeth Avarino


Elizabeth Avarino, BLA, OALA Associate 

Landscape Designer



Elizabeth is a 2021 University of Guelph graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, minoring in Geography. She has had 2 years of landscape design experience prior to joining the Hill Design team in 2023.  Elizabeth is currently an OALA Associate, and with her Professional Development Program completed, she is now working towards her full OALA membership.