The Emerging Professional Award demonstrates the CSLA’s commitment towards landscape architects in the early stages of their careers. The Award is intended for emerging professionals who:

  • have demonstrated professional excellence in the field of practice
  • positively impact their vocations and communities,
  • have shown leadership in the profession, and
  • demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for the profession of landscape architecture.

CLICK HERE to view the Emerging Professional Award Nomination Guidelines and Form

Emerging Professional Award WinnerS

2015 - Sarah Lacombe

Sarah Lacombe

About Sarah Lacombe: A graduate in Landscape Architecture at the University of Montréal, Sarah Lacombe also holds a diploma in Ornamental Horticulture from the Montreal Botanical Garden. After a 4-year bachelor’s degree, she developed an interest and curiosity that led her to constantly search for landscape architecture projects to feature on her blog. Le pamphlet is a web platform that highlights Canadian and international projects, articles, events and other media related to landscape architecture, and is aimed at feeding the imagination of landscape architects, artists, urban planners, architects, horticulturists and other enthusiasts who are passionate about design and development. After three years, Le pamphlet has carved itself a place among the field’s major web media, as it is the only known French language landscape architecture site. Her passion for plants also led her to pursue a long-time project, a botanical magazine entitled Bosquet, on which she has been working with a graphic designer for almost two years. In addition to her personal projects, Sarah Lacombe pursues her career as a landscape architect with Groupe Rousseau Lefebvre, where she has been working for over two years.

2014 - Mike Teed

Mike Teed and Carol Craig at the 2014 CSLA Congress Awards Gala in Ottawa. (Photo: J. Landry)

About Mike Teed: Michael Gordon Teed, BCSLA, is a Vancouver-based Landscape Architect with Space2place Design Inc. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Guelph (2003) and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from UBC (2006). As a health and fitness enthusiast and avid recreationalist, he is often found playing outside. Mike loves all aquatic adventures, including surfing, skim boarding, wind surfing, kiteboarding, kayaking, white water rafting, SCUBA diving, and is an experienced competitive open water swimmer. The desire for year-round terrestrial recreation draws him to the mountains for snowboarding, hiking and downhill mountain biking. Mike also plays on recreational soccer and volleyball leagues and occasionally mixes things up with gymnastics, yoga and circus arts. His understanding of the value of play and active living to our physical and cognitive development, health, and quality of life influences his design approach. Mike has presented lectures to BCSLA members and UBC students on the value of play spaces that incorporate nature-based play and he mentors a student at UBC. Mike’s current design work focuses on the development of park master plans and the design and contract administration for urban trails and greenway projects.  He served as a director for the BCSLA and is a member of the BCSLA’s Public and Professional Relations Committee, helping to set the parameters for multiple initiatives to which the society’s volunteers can contribute. He also volunteers on his strata's gardening committee, where he is facilitating the creation of a new landscape redevelopment plan. Mike considers himself a curious designer with a passion for creating places for people through collaborative research and design. He lives in Vancouver’s vibrant West End, digs his local community garden, and bikes just about everywhere he can.