Margot Young

Principal, Senior Planner, Landscape Architect






Margot is a founding partner, the current managing partner of EDM and senior planner. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence.

Margot’s area of expertise is the integration of design, environmental, sociological and engineering criteria into planning and design problems. Throughout her career she has focused on techniques to integrate diverse types and large amounts of data into planning and design solutions, developing frameworks and study methods, as well as principled approaches to design that result in projects that are enduring (as opposed to designs that are quickly dated), pragmatic and affordable, address true community needs, and are environmentally conscious. Although a planner and designer, Margot’s extensive education in engineering and the sciences allows her to converse with a wide range of specialists, understanding each one’s language, and understanding when and how each discipline should play a role on the team. She has lectured on the selection and integration of technical models in planning at Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), Daltech, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD).

Margot Young holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture (Landscape Ecology) from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1991) and an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto (1984). She is also a landscape ecologist and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Upon graduation from Harvard, she was awarded the Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship, the highest design award in landscape architecture.