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PRESS RELEASE: Two award-winning design firms merge after more than two decades of collaboration


When Rob Leblanc started two companies 24 years ago, they were so different it only made sense to have separate names. At the time, the internet was brand new and Form:Media was focused on bridging graphic design with electronic media. Ekistics Planning & Design specialized in landscape architecture and urban planning. There was very little overlap in services and clients. 

Over the years, the companies have grown closer and closer with significantly more overlap in design services and the cross-pollination of different design professions.

Rob Leblanc explains, “We have become a design ‘collective’ with a wide range of design and planning services. We believe a collective group across diverse specialties will always be more powerful when developing solutions to complex problems. Different design perspectives bring new approaches and better ways of solving design challenges.” 

And so here we here, celebrating the birth of a new firm. On June 26, 2019, Form:Media and Ekistics Plan & Design will merge into one company:

Fathom Studio

The new name is uniquely maritime and reinforces the depth of services and knowledge the Fathom team brings to every project. The name also reflects the commitment tunderstand a difficult problem after much collective discussion and thought, which is the hallmark of the team’s approach. The divisions include architecture, landscape architecture, planning, transportation engineering, signage & wayfinding, interpretive planning and place branding with 28 full-time staff.

Company ownership and values remain unchanged as Fathom Studio welcomes a new generation of architects and designers. Rob Leblanc says it best: “Fathom Studio is wholly committed to making our region a better place to live, grow and prosper and we are excited to work with like-minded organizations that share our optimism for the future.”

Contact Information:
Rob Leblanc
Fathom Studios


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