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Steve Rhys

Senior Vice President | Forrec

Forrec is a leading multi-disciplinary design firm that specializes in leisure and entertainment environments. In his twenty-five-plus years with Forrec, Steve has led design teams all over the world in the creation of landmark public spaces, distinctive entertainment environments and urban design solutions. With particular strengths in concept development, financial assessment and project coordination, he is actively involved in directing and overseeing the full range of project types that are undertaken by the Forrec design team.

As a team leader, Steve’s recent projects have encompassed several signature tourist attractions. North American projects include the rejuvenation of Vancouver’s Hastings Park and PNE, master planning and pavilions for the Edmonton Expo 2017 bid committee and the master plan and complete design for a themed lifestyle retail centre at Sumter Landing in Florida. In the Middle East, he spearheaded the comprehensive plan for Salam Resort & Spa in Oman and guided the master plan for Dubailand Branded Resorts and Theme Parks – the hub for the F1 Theme Park & Resort, the Dubai Sports City Master Concept Plan and Aqua Dunya Resort and Water Theme Park. Steve has also worked with brands such as Universal Studios, Nickelodeon Resorts and Lego in leisure and mixed-use projects around the globe.

In addition to these projects, Steve has a number of tourism analysis studies. These include a 2006 tourism target study for the Singapore Tourism Board (in conjunction with ERA/AECOM) and a 2008 New Park Analysis for Herschend Family Entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in biology and a BLA. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Steve Rhys

Senior Vice President