Outdoor entertaining... in award winning style!

Outdoor entertaining... in award winning style!

September 1, 2015, The Mississauga News

Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to come across exceptiona1 individuals who truly inspire us. This inspiration could take on many forms (business, relationships, moral teachings, etc), but what is true about all of these figures is one very basic, but very important, ingredient: PASSION. If you have never been fortunate enough to see true passion in the eyes of an artist doing what he loves, then a11ow me to introduce you to Haig Seferian; for he is passion personified.

As a child, Seferian had a difficult time recognizing his life's calling. He loved drawing and working with his hands, but was unsure how to turn this hobby into a career. Nothing about traditional schoolwork excited him, and it was becoming abundantly clear to both himself and his parents that his creativity needed a productive outlet. While mulling over potential career paths one day, Seferian came across an interesting course he had never heard of before: Landscape Architecture. This was the 80s, long before this was a trendy career choice. Intrigued by the possibilities, he applied to one program at one university: Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph, and gained admittance with relative ease. The rest as they say is history, right? Well not so fast...

After a year at Guelph, Seferian started to become complacent and unmotivated. He spent countless days and nights searching his soul wondering, what am I doing here? Is this really what I want to do with the rest of my life? He needed motivation and assurance quickly, and found it in the most unlikely of places: Pomona, California. Deciding that a change of scenery was in order, he transferred to Ca1 Poly University, where things really began to 'click' for him. He spent countless hours volunteering at the offices of his favourite professors, soaking up as much information as they could provide.

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Upon returning to Ontario, a loca1 landscape design/build firm named Aldershot Landscape Contractors decided to take a chance on him, and for the next 12 years it was where Seferian ca11ed home. It was upon this foundation that he built his reputation and portfolio, eventually using these tools to found Seferian Design Group. These days, the man running the show at one of the nation's premier Design firms bares only a passing resemblance to the confused adolescent of years past. He remains humble and grounded, bounding out of bed in the morning with the enthusiasm and vigor of a kitten attacking a ball of yarn. Outdoor design may be his career, but his calling lies in giving back to local communities, engaging in community projects, and educating the next generation of Landscape Architects to follow him. The best piece of advice he can give to young up-and-comers? "Don't ever get caught up in the trends of the day; incorporating the concepts of classical design w111 ensure that your projects stand the test of time."