HTFC Planning & Design
Founded in 1969, HTFC Planning & Design (formerly Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram), offers a broad range of planning and environmental design services from its offices in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. This range is made possible by our team’s diverse backgrounds and experience in architectural planning, geography, tourism, recreation, environmental studies, remote sensing, information technology, graphic design and fine arts.
HTFC has undertaken landscape architecture, community and resource planning, economic development and urban design projects throughout Canada, and in the US, South America, and Africa. We specialize in work within the North American prairie region, the boreal forest of Northwestern Ontario, and Northern Canada.
HTFC is a firm of creative problem solvers. Most often our work involves assisting clients with complex development and conservation challenges, involving many objectives and diverse communities. Projects may involve design and detailing of built places, planning for community growth and development, public participation and engagement, or structures and systems to implement plans and manage change.
Our practice brings together a mix of diverse professional perspectives with knowledge and experience in the entire continuum of scales of planning and design, from vast regions to small sites.
Our work is founded on a deep understanding of natural landscapes, cultural heritage and evolving contemporary needs. HTFC is committed to developing custom tailored, creative solutions to each new commission. Because we are not limited to one scale or a single mindset, we can readily think “outside the box”. These attributes have helped us become leaders in effective engagement with diverse demographics and cultural groups.
HTFC always strives to support our clients, build local capacity, and engage in respectful processes. We understand the importance of personal and institutional relationships, particularly in working with Northern and underprivileged communities.
Our multi-disciplinary approach and our ability to thoughtfully tune-in to the essence of place has allowed us to practice in an unusually wide range of scales and landscape types. We work on projects ranging in size from regions the size of Scotland to postage stamp urban green roofs in landscapes ranging from northern wilderness areas, to rural lands, and dense urban centres. Our core services include the following:
• Regional Planning
• Community Planning
• Environmental Planning
• Indigenous Planning
• Landscape Architecture
• Urban Design
• Interpretive Design
• Specialty Services