The Schwabenbauer Award may be granted annually to one member of the CSLA in recognition of their unselfish and devoted service to the CSLA at the national level over a period of not less than five years.

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2016 - Faye Langmaid

Robert Norman & Faye Langmaid (Photo: Jean Landry)

About Faye Langmaid: The majority of Faye Langmaid’s landscape architecture and planning career has been in municipal public practice.  Faye’s service to the CSLA began with involvement as part of the organizing committee for the first Congress held in Saskatchewan (1985).  Because of Faye’s organizational and writing skills she was recruited to assist with revitalizing the CSLA Awards of Excellence in the late 1980’s, and then chaired the awards process for three years.  From 1998 to 2004 Faye served as a juror for the Research and Communications Grants for the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF).  Faye has chaired the Grants Committee of the LACF for twelve years and also serves as a Board member of the LACF.  Faye deftly manages the annual grant application process, oversees the adjudication of proposals, assists with promotional materials while shepherding proposals to finished products which are disseminated through various medians, helping to expand the knowledge and breadth of the profession. Projects under Faye’s direction have been the recipient of Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Institute of Planners, Award of Excellence for Innovation from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Top Honour Award from the International Waterfront Center.   Faye served a five year term on the Ontario Parks Foundation.  As facilitator she helped establish the Little River Enhancement Group, Canada South Land Trust and Jury Lands Foundation; groups dedicated to the long view of stewardship.  Faye also serves as Vice-Chair of the Port Hope Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee. In 2000 Faye was inducted into the College of Fellows for executed works, direct service to the society and service to the community or public. 

2015 - Jane Durante

Robert Norman, Jane Durante and Carol Craig at the 2015 CSLA Congress in Mexico. (Photo: J. Landry)

About Jane Durante: Jane Durante is a founding member of the firm of Durante Kreuk in British Columbia and has been the Secretary Treasurer of the CSLA College of Fellows for the last 10 years. In that role, Jane deftly manages the business affairs of the College, (a standing committee of the CSLA). Amongst her many activities, she oversees the annual nominations of new fellow-elects to the College of Fellows including: organizing and ensuring the time-sensitive jury adjudication of the nominees, informing the College Executive Board of the results and the fellow-elects of their nominations, preparing the induction ceremony and ultimately assisting in presenting the awards. Over the years Jane has also helped develop the yearly fundraising Campaign of Fellows in support of the Landscape Architecture Foundation of Canada that calls on CSLA members and Fellows to support this worthy cause. Jane was also responsible for the organization of two landscape architecture congresses in Vancouver: one for IFLA, a conference for landscape architects from around the world,(1981); the other for the CSLA (1986). In addition Jane was instrumental in the redesign of Fellow medals whereby she instigated a call for proposals to come up with a new and contemporary design. A British Columbian artist designed the current contemporary version of the medal that sets a new standard of ‘elegant design’ in keeping with the honor it symbolizes. Fellows wear this unique medal with considerable pride. Jane’s many contributions to the College over the last decade have helped ensure the reputation and standing of the College of Fellows within (and outside) the CSLA. Jane also acts as a public art consultant leading curatorial teams to add aesthetic and cerebral value to parks and projects in the public domain of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. She has sat on numerous juries considering urban design, buildings and/or landscapes across the country. These would include the CSLA Awards juries, the Vancouver Art Gallery Architectural Competition Tech Review Committee, the architectural jury for the new Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, as well as many other competitions. Jane sat on the Advisory Design Panel of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa from 1987 to 1992, and the Provincial Capital Commission Board in Victoria from 2002 to 2012.

2012 - Gordon Smith

Claude Potvin, Gordon Smith and Liane McKenna at the 2012 CSLA Congress in Halifax. (Photo: J. Landry)

2011 - Christopher Grosset

2010 - Jim Melvin

2009 - Cecelia Paine

2008 - James Taylor

2007 - Alan Tate

2006 - Ron Middleton

2005 - Gunter Schoch

2004 - Cecelia Paine, Carey Vollick

2001 - Don Barron

1997 - Georges Daudelin

1995 - Vincent Asselin, Douglas Clark, Hugh Knowles, Lawrence Paterson

1994 - Peter Jacobs, Peter Klynstra, Alex Rattray, Gunter Schoch

1993 - Len Novak, Moura Quayle

1992 - Don Graham, Clive Justice, Andre Sauvé, James Taylor

Before 2005, the Schwabenbauer Award was named the President's Award.

André Schwabenbauer
André Schwabenbauer

About Andre Schwabenbauer
In December of 2004, the CSLA was devastated by the untimely passing of our Past President Andre Schwabenbauer.  At only 42, Andre had achieved much in his life, through his dedication to his family, his profession, and his community. Andre graduated from the University of Manitoba as Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1984 and as Master of Landscape Architecture in 1992.  He became a member of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) in 1991 and served on the AALA executive council from 1994 to 1998 as President-elect, President and Past-president.  In 2001, Andre was elected CSLA President-elect and served as President from 2002 to 2003.

Shortly before assuming the CSLA Presidency, Andre was diagnosed with leukaemia.  Thus began the series of battles with this disease, battles he fought quietly, courageously, and with great determination.  Despite the daily personal challenges, Andre was unwavering in his commitment to the profession.

Andre’s Achievements and Legacy
Andre received a number of awards for his work starting with an academic award for highest achievement from the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects.  In his private practice Andre received awards from the Alberta Association Canadian Institute of Planners (1995) - Award of Distinction for his work in the Canossa Neighbourhood Amendment (Storm Water Management Facility) and a National Citation Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (2000) for the preparation of the Naturescapes Guidebook prepared for The City of Edmonton, Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools.
The crowning achievement and a testimony to Andre’s commitment to his profession was his induction into the College of Fellows in the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.  Fellows of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects are those who are recognized by their peers as having made an outstanding contribution to the profession.  At the IFLA conference in 2003 in Calgary Andre was honoured by his peers and became a distinguished member of the College of Fellows.

Andre was instrumental in bringing the 40th World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects annual conference to Calgary.  When he began his Presidency, he was already deeply involved as co-chair of the Organizing Committee.  Working closely with a stellar team of AALA volunteers, Andre worked tirelessly to advance planning for this landmark event.  This conference brought landscape architects from all over the world to Calgary.  As well, it provided a financial legacy in consolidating the CSLA Reserve Fund thereby providing stability for the future.

In addition to the workload posed by the Congress, Andre was instrumental in achieving some important milestones such as the stabilization of the production of Landscapes/Paysages, improved cooperation with the ASLA, and the advancement of new initiatives in the governance of the profession in Canada. 

Throughout his Presidency, Andre was guided by his deep respect for the work of previous Boards of the CSLA and his personal vision of the profession.  He was convinced that the past contributions of our profession to society would be surpassed only by the vital roles we could and must play in the future planning and stewardship of the resources of our nation.