Governor General's Medal Events and Ceremony


Carleton University Forum Lecture Series

On September 19th, 2016, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander was invited to join the winners of the 2016 Governor General's Medals in Architecture during a presentation at the Canadian Museum of History. The RAIC (Royal Architecture Institute of Canad) partnered with the Carleton University Forum Lecture Series, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects and the Canada Council for the Arts to host the 12 ARCHITECTS on ARCHITECTURE public event, featuring the recipients of the 2016 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Ms. Oberlander was invited to join the presentation as the recipient of the Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture.

Rideau Hall Ceremony

On September 20th, 2016, at 2 p.m., Ms. Oberlander received the Governor General's Medal in Landcscape Architecture during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa. Following her address, she was further honoured by a rousing standing ovation!

"For more than sixty years, (Ms. Oberlander) has been an influential leader in building places and policy that support an intimate and beautiful connection with the natural world.  ."
Gordon Smith, remarks made during the Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture ceremony held September 20th, 2016, at Rideau Hall, Ottawa.
CLICK HERE to read Mr. Smith's remarks at Rideau Hall

CLICK HERE to read Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's remarks at Rideau Hall

Photo credits for pictures below: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG. © OSGG, 2016.

His Excellency David Johnston, Gordon Smith (CSLA President) and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander during the ceremony


After the ceremony, CSLA members and special guests enjoy the grounds of Rideau Hall

Photos by Jean Landry


Gala dinner

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) in cooperation with the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) organized a dinner in honor of Ms. Oberlander. It was held on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, at the Chateau Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa at 6 o’clock in the evening. Tickets for this event included a $200 donation to the LACF.

Read Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's remarks at the gala dinner

"I  am very glad  to have attended this historical event that will change landscape architecture and landscape achitects' status in Canada.  This event will also support  and vilify the OALA pursuit of a provincial professional practice act.  It is wonderful that this event was not only about Ms Oberlander but also that her legacy of mentoring and educating young people on the environment will carry on with the LACF scholarship fund."
Doris Chee, President, OALA, and CSLA Member

View a slide show of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's work prepared by Virginia Burt

Photos by Jean Landry


Special guest Ms. Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Quadra, and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander holding a letter from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. Read the letter...

Media Coverage

Read an article by Peter Robb in the Ottawa Citizen, September 16th, 2016.

Learn more about Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and the Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture.

About the Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture

The medal is made of pure number 110 copper and plated in 24 k gold. The background is frosted and lettering is raised and polished to a high sheen. It weighs 4.75 oz and measures 2.5 inches in diameter, .25 inches in thickness. The recipient's name is struck in "bright cut". The medal was struck by the Mississauga Mint.