Calls for Collaboration between professions

Susan Szenasy posted on Metropolis an article titled “United We Stand” in which she recalls some government officials giving encouragement at a recent NeoCon East annual trade show that there is “a new day for government design”. Szeasy goes on to talk about the importance to design of the recent $5.5 billion allocation to General Services Administration and the Department of Defense’s $7.4 billion reconfiguration funding.

However the point I found most interesting in Szenasy’s article was the GSA signing of a new accord with AIA, ASLA, IIDA; in which they have pledged to collaborate to achieve design excellence. I find this encouraging that professional associations have come together.

Currently, there is change occurring not just in the short-term with the Global Financial Crisis, but it seems more and more that sustainability, the environment, and climate change is becoming more important to the world. I feel that we need to move forward with new ideas and be armed with new tools especially in the area of urban design where cities are shrinking in the USA, new eco-towns are being built in the UK and new mega-cities are being designed and constructed in China, India, and Africa. Now is the best time to seek out other disciplines for collaboration not just for the networking and possible work opportunities but for the greater good of the profession. As Landscape Architects I know we often seek collaboration with other disciplines whether they are internal or external of our companies, however I think that as we head towards a new decade we should make more of a commitment to further collaborate with other professions to improve your knowledge and their knowledge so that together we can create a better future.

By Damian Holmes

Read the full article that inspired this post at the [SOURCE: Metropolis – United We Stand]

2009 CSLA Awards of Excellence Announced

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects is pleased to announce the results of the 2009 CSLA Professional Awards Program.

The annual awards program hosted by the University of Manitoba Department of Landscape Architecture recognizes excellence in Landscape Architecture in categories of Design, Planning & Analysis, Research, Communications, Landscape Management, New Directions, and Residential Design.

This year out of 56 entries, there were 13 National Honour Awards

National Honour Awards

Project Name: La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Organization: La consortium Daoust Lestage inc. – Williams Asselin Ackaoui- Option Amenagement
Client: Commission de la capitale nationale du Quebec
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Category: Design



Project Name: Outremont Campus – Universite de Montreal

Organization: Groupe Cardinal Hardy
Client: Universite de Montreal
Location: Outremont’s railroad yard, Montreal
Category: Planning and Analysis


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Project Name: Lake Ontario Park Master Plan

Organization: Field Operations
Client: Waterfront Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Category: Planning and Analysis



Project Name: Point Pleasant Park Comprehensive Plan

Organization: Ekistics Planning and Design, NIPpaysage and HRM
Client: Halifax Regional Municipality
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Category: Planning and Analysis


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National Merit Awards (6)

Project Name: Lakeview: Community Education and Landscape Politics
Organization: Centre for Landscape Research, University of Toronto
Client: None-community service work – pro bono
Location: Lakeview, Mississauga, Ontario
Category: New Directions

Project Name: Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly
Organization: Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Client: Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Location: n/a
Category: Communications

Project Name: Green Infrastructure in Calgary’s Mobility Corridors
Organization: Design Centre for Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Client: City of Calgary
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Category: Research

Project Name: Southeast False Creek Waterfront – Phase 1
Organization: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Ltd.
Client: SEFC Project Office – City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Category: Design

Project Name: Garden City Play Environment
Organization: space2place design inc.
Client: City of Richmond
Location: Richmond, British Columbia
Category: Design

Project Name: Spadina Wavedeck
Organization: West 8 + DTAH (du Toit Allsopp Hillier)
Client: Waterfront Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Category: Design

National Citation Awards (3)

Project Name: Port to Port Corridor Study
Organization: CBCL Limited
Client: Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Category: Planning and Analysis

Project Name: Urban Corridor Planning/City of Houston
Organization: The Planning Partnership Limited
Client: City of Houston/Main Street Coalition
Location: Houston, Texas
Category: Planning and Analysis

Project Name: Square des Freres-Charon
Organization: Ville De Montreal – Direction des grands parcs et de lat nature en ville
Client: Ville de Montreal
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Category: New Directions

Regional Awards


IMAGE Copyright and Credit to La consortium Daoust Lestage inc. – Williams Asselin Ackaoui- Option Amenagement, Groupe Cardinal Hardy, Field Operations, Ekistics Planning and Design, NIPpaysage and HRM as noted

CSLA appoints Executive for 2009-2010

2009 – 2010 CSLA Executive:

Director(Toronto) – Linda Irvine, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, Planning and UrbanDesign Department, Town of Markham, was appointed President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects(CSLA) during the organization’s annual general meeting held in Toronto August 15, 2009.

Neil Dawe, NLALA, CSLA,President of Tract Consulting Inc. was elected to the position of President-Elect
Arnis Budrevics, OALA, FCSLA,Principal Landscape Architect of Alexander Budrevics and Associates, was appointed to the CSLA Executive Committee.
Cathy Sears, AALA, CSLA, ASLA a Vice-President and leader of Stantec’s Planning & Landscape Architecture practice,transitioned to the role of Past President.

CSLA Honours Landscape Architects with Recognition Awards

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) presented seven landscape architects with its Recognition Awards at its national Congress GALA.

The CSLA Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon landscape architects whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and on the environment.

The CSLA presented two Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009 to Michael Hough, OALA, FCSLA and Macklin Hancock, OALA, FCSLA.

The Schwabenbauer Award was awarded the Cecelia Paine, OALA, FCSLA

The CSLA presented two Teaching Awards in 2009, to Charles Thomsen, MALA, FCSLA of the University of Manitoba and to Douglas Paterson, BCSLA, FCSLA of the University of British Columbia.

In 2009 outgoing President Cathy Sears, AALA, CSLA presented the The CSLA- AAPC President’s Award to Gérald Lajeunesse AAPQ, OALA, FCSLA and Ronald Middleton, AALA, FCSLA for their commitment and dedication to landscape architecture in Canada.

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CSLA holds Youtube competition to promote Landscape Architecture

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has launched a competition using Youtube to promote landscape architecture.

The creative competition is open anyone living in Canada who is over 18 years old.
A video must be less than 3 minutes and be submitted for entry by 31st July 2009.

Download the Competition Guidelines (PDF linked from CSLA)




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Canadian Society of Landscape Architects – April World Landscape Architect Month

April is World Landscape Architect Month.   Landscape Architects across Canada are gearing up to celebrate their profession along with landscape architects across the world. [1]  April was chosen in concert with Earth Day on April 22 and the April 27 birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of the landscape architecture profession in North America. Here are just some of the celebration events planned across the country:

 Canada’s April is World Landscape Architecture Month Poster Contest Winner – landscape architectural intern Sylvie Godin, Montréal, Québec. To view the winning poster, visit CSLA’s website  or click here.

 Landscape Architect Student Works’ Exhibition – April 24, 2009 University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture has organized a year end exhibition at the J. A. Russell Building (U of M) on April 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm (the exhibit will remain open April 27th and 28th).  Work from the graduate program of Landscape Architecture will be included in this premier exhibition. For more information contact: Valerie Lindberg, MALA Executive Director, 204.663.4863

 NuALA Award Presentation to the City of Iqaluit – April 14, 2009

The Nunavut Association of Landscape Architects (NuALA) is launching an annual awards series recognizing excellence and innovation in landscape architecture, design, planning, management, conservation and research.  This year’s award will be presented to the City of Iqaluit and stone mason Mary Crnkovich, for the design and construction of stone works throughout the city.  For more information contact: John Laird, NUALA President, 867.979.1294

 Beijing Visiting Lecturer at the University of Toronto –  April 1, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

A lecture for the annual MICHAEL HOUGH/ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS VISITING CRITIC for 2008-2009, by Kongjian Yu, professor and Dean of Peking University Graduate School of Landscape Architecture | Turenscape, Beijing.  His lecture, “Toward New Aesthetics/ Recovering Landscape as an Art of Survival” will take place Wednesday April 1, 2009 at 6:30 PM, Room 103, 230 College Street.  For information on this and other celebration events contact: Elise Shelley, University of Toronto

 Windsor declares April 13 – 19 Landscape Architecture week

A proclamation has been issued by Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis to announce the recognition of Landscape Architecture Week in the City of Windsor for April 13-19, as part of the month-long world celebration. Plans are being finalized to display Award winning landscape architect works in City Hall.  For information contact:   Stefan Fediuk,

 Halifax landscape architect’s hosting a children’s design event –  April 26, 2009

The APALA is  hosting a children’s event with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where kids will have a chance work individually with a landscape architect for an afternoon to design a park in a waterfront space and build a model of it.  For more information contact: Gordon Smith, APALA President, 902. 421-7241,

City of Calgary celebrates landscape architecture

Calgary’s City Hall will be decorated with banners recognizing the role of parks and landscape architecture to the life of the city.  Postcards and bookmarks will be handed out at the Earth Day celebrations at the Inglewood Bird sanctuary. For more information contact: Anne Charlton, AALA President, 403 268 5204

Many of our CSLA Component Organizations are organizing high school presentations on landscape architecture as a career and April public media interviews.  For contact information about our Component Organizations, visit our website  or click here.

Avril est le Mois mondial de l’architecture de paysage – À l’instar des architectes paysagistes du monde entier, les architectes paysagistes dans tout le Canada se préparent à célébrer leur profession. Le mois d’avril a été choisi de concert avec le Jour de la Terre le 22 et, le 27, l’anniversaire de naissance de Frederick Law Olmsted, fondateur de la profession d’architecture de paysage en Amérique du Nord. Voici un aperçu sommaire des événements planifiés pour cette célébration à la grandeur du pays:


Gagnante du concours de l’affiche du Mois mondial de l’architecture de paysage au Canada – Sylvie Godin, stagiaire en architecture de paysage, Montréal, Québec. Pour visionner l’affiche gagnante, visitez le site Web de l’AAPC ou cliquez ici.


Exposition des travaux des étudiants en architecture de paysage – Le 24 avril à l’université du Manitoba

La faculté de l’architecture de paysage de l’Université du Manitoba organise une exposition au J.A. Russell Building (U. du M.) le 24 avril 2009 à 19 h (l’exposition restera accessible les 27 et 28 avril). Les travaux du programme d’études supérieures en architecture de paysage feront partie de cette première exposition. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec : Valerie Lindberg, directrice générale, MALA, 204-663-4863 –


Présentation du Prix NuALA à la ville de Iqaluit –Le 14 avril 2009

La Nunavut Association of Landscape Architects (NuALA) lance sa série de prix annuels qui reconnaît l’excellence et l’innovation en architecture de paysage, le design, l’aménagement, la conservation et a recherche. Cette année, le Prix sera remis à la ville de Iqaluit et à la maçonne sur pierre Mary Crnkovich pour le design et la construction de travaux sur pierre dans la ville. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec : John Laird, président, NuALA, 867-979-1294


Chargé de cours invité de Pékin à l’Université de Toronto – Le 1er avril 2009 à 18 h 30

Une conférence à l’intention de l’événement annuel MICHAEL HOUGH/ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF LADSCAPE ARCHITECTS VISITING CRITIC 2008-209, par Kongjian Yu, professeur et doyen de Peking University Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Turenscape, Pékin.  Sa conférence, «°Towards New Aesthetics / Recovering Landscape as an Art Survival°» se tiendra le mercredi 1er avril 2009 à 18°h°30, local 103, 230 rue College. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur cet événement ou autres activités de la célébration, communiquez avec :  Elise Shelley, Université de Toronto


Windsor annonce la semaine de l’architecture de paysage du 13 au 19 avril

Une proclamation, publiée par le maire Eddie Francis de la ville de Windsor, annonce la participation de la ville en désignant la semaine du 13°au°19°avril «°Semaine de l’architecture de paysage°». L’achèvement des projets se poursuit pour l’exposition de travaux primés en matière d’architecture de paysage à hôtel de ville. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec : Stefan Fediuk,


Les architectes paysagistes d’Halifax animent un événement de design à l’intention des enfants le 26 avril

L’AAPPA anime un événement à l’intention des enfants conjointement avec la Galerie d’art de a Nouvelle-Écosse au cours duquel les enfants auront la chance de travailler personnellement avec un architecte paysagiste pendant un après-midi pour concevoir un parc dans un espace riverain et en fabriquer la maquette. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec : Gordon Smith, président, AAPPA, 902-421.7241,


La ville de Calgary célèbre l’architecture de paysage

L’hôtel de ville de Calgary s’ornera de bannières pour souligner le rôle des parcs et de l’architecture de paysage dans la vie de la ville. Des cartes postales et des signets seront distribués lors des célébrations du Jour de la Terre au Refuge

d’oiseaux d’Inglewood. Pour obtenir plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec : Anne Charlton, présidente, AALA, 403.268.5204,


Plusieurs Associations constituantes de l’AAPC organisent des présentations sur la profession d’architecte paysagiste dans les écoles secondaires et des entrevues avec les organes d’information en avril. Our obtenir les coordonnées de nos organisations constituantes, visitez notre site Web ou cliquez ici


Pour accéder à la trousse «°Mois mondial de l’architecture de paysage°» de l’AAPC (incluant l’affiche primée téléchargeable, une présentation-diaporama et plus encore), cliquez ici. Soyez aux aguets : l’annonce de notre concours You Tube se fera sur la page d’accueil notre site Web au début d’avril.


Si vous désirez interviewer Cathy Sears, AAPC, AALA, présidente de l’AAPC ou Chris Grosset, AAPC, NuALA, président du comité « Avril est le Mois mondial de l’architecture de paysage », veuillez communiquer avec la directrice générale de l’AAPC, Paulette Vinette au 1-866-781-9799 ou à

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