About First Pen Studio

Formed in 2016, First Pen Studio specialises in contemporary residential landscape architecture.

We provide landscape design that combines a contemporary aesthetic with a functionality to suit a client’s needs and budget along with the site’s location, topography and microclimate. We liaise regularly with our clients throughout a project and use our technical expertise to create concepts, detailed designs and tender drawings. We then work with contractors and clients to see the project through to the end of construction. We get our kicks by creating designs that bind these ingredients together and seeing it being constructed into a reality for our clients to enjoy.

About Oliver Bence

Owner, Oliver Bence, APALA, CSLA, CMLI, has over 17 years experience as a landscape architect. He has worked in Canada, the UK and the US with boutique firms and international, multi-disciplinary design teams on small limited budget projects to large multi-million dollar developments.


Oliver lives with his family on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. He met his wife whilst living in Australia and she brought him to this lovely part of the world. He grew up in England and spent his 20’s working in the music industry. He spent 5 years working on the live side in venues and touring, first as a roadie then tour manager. He then spent 5 years at a record label and has the platinum discs to prove it!


Why Choose First Pen Studio?


We have professional standing in Atlantic Canada and the UK. As a member of APALA (Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects), CSLA (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects) and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, we have professional qualifications and a commitment to promote and ahere to these organisations’ professional codes of conduct.


We are a small firm with a wide network of professional associates covering a multitude of disciplines required to see projects from beginning to end. From first contact we will ensure you have the most outstanding team to envision and see your project through to completion. Building lasting and responsive relationships with our clients and associates is the key to our success. It is our strong suit and our pleasure at First Pen Studio.


We have the bit between our teeth, bursting with drive and ideas that we want to share and implement on projects. Match this to the experience gained from projects here and overseas and we create great contemporary design with a functionality to suit budgets, climate and build-ability.


P.O.Box 1680, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0