Matthew Mills, Landscape Architect
A fully-licensed landscape architect who has worked in the design industry since 2006, Matthew has experience in Ontario as well as Newfoundland & Labrador on a broad range of projects including private residences, commercial buildings, school grounds, therapeutic gardens, urban streetscapes and municipal parks.
A born and bred Newfoundlander, a guiding principle of Matthew's practice is his belief that Newfoundland & Labrador is a unique cultural landscape and its built environment should reflect and celebrate that. He strives to provide his clients with excellent service, an approachable design process and responsive design solutions that respect the natural character of their site.
Matthew is a full member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. He is also currently serving as President of the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects.
Matthew has piloted a single engine aircraft (and lived to tell about it).
TOM WRIGHT, environmental designer
With over 15 years of experience in the local landscape design industry, Tom has helped create many high-profile projects across Newfoundland & Labrador including major municipal parks, therapeutic gardens, trail systems, tourism infrastructure, school grounds as well as many commercial and institutional landscapes.
Tom has worn many hats over the years, and in his work he draws from this unique experience, which includes training in environmental design as well as a varied background as an inshore fisherman, boat builder, jewellery craftsperson and even a small town mayor.
A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Tom employs a detail-oriented approach to the design of projects large and small. Wood, metal, concrete, glass, stone — Tom applies his extensive knowledge of building materials to create objects, places and spaces of lasting beauty and function.
Tom was once the mayor of a small town along the Southern Shore.
Rachael Fitkowski, Landscape Architect
After graduating with distinction from the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph in 2013, Rachael moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland to pursue a career in landscape architecture. While working in the province, Rachael has been involved in numerous projects, including municipal parks and multi-use trails, tourism and heritage planning projects, memorials and cemeteries, commercial properties, and private residences.
Besides working in landscape architecture, Rachael has a long history in the customer service field. From the tourism industry in Niagara Falls, to a position at Walt Disney World in Florida, she has learned the importance of good customer service. Rachael places great emphasis on connecting with her clients, to fully understand their wants, and to help them fulfill their needs.
Rachael is also a full member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects.
An avid roadtripper, Rachael loves taking the scenic route and heading off the beaten track.
VICTORIA FITZGERALD, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTural intern
Victoria is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program with a minor in Art History from the University of Guelph. Originally from St. John's, Victoria realized her passion for architecture and design while touring her own city. The natural beauty of the island combined with its unique heritage architecture inspired her to dedicate her studies to design in order to enhance the beauty of the province she loves.
As Victoria begins her career at Mills & Wright, she hopes to incorporate her love of fine arts into her work and help celebrate the practice of Landscape Architecture in the Atlantic Provinces.
Victoria is a Canadian champion in Tae Kwon Do.
ella, director of employee morale
A graduate of the illustrious Loose Lead Training Academy, Ella performs many tasks that are critical to keeping the office running smoothly, including regularly monitoring the kitchen floor for crumbs, excitedly greeting visitors and shredding unwanted paper for recycling. A true designer dog, she has a keen eye for great park design, although she is partial to those with enclosed running areas and doggie water fountains.
Golden retrievers are known for their deep appreciation of the great outdoors and Ella is no exception; when she's not raising spirits around the office, she can be found running through, rolling in, digging up or sniffing around the many landscapes in and around St. John's.
Ella has a collection of over 20 tennis balls.