November 2017 

  1. COLLEGE OF FELLOWS NOMINATIONS: Nominate a deserving colleague for fellowship in the CSLA College of Fellows. The deadline is January 10th, 2018
  2. AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE SUBMISSIONS: Submit a project to the CSLA Awards of Excellence. The deadline is January 5th, 2018.
  3. LACF ANNUAL GRANTS PROGRAM: The deadline to submit a project is November 17th, 2017.


BSc (Agr), McGill; MLA, Harvard

The CSLA was saddened to learn of the passing of member Don Graham.

Don Graham passed, peacefully away from us in his Iroquois home, Saturday, 4th of November, just shy of his 87th birthday. Don was surrounded by his lifetime love, his wife of 63 years, Ree Graham (Grisdale), his children, Brian (Cathy), Wendy, (Jean Landry), Joanne Graham.  Lorna Gunstone, (Lew), his sister, as well as his 4 grandsons, Nelson, Rory, Myles and Eric mourn his passing.

Don was and will be remembered as a true gentleman; passionate, patient, funny, kind, philanthropist, landsape architect. An environmentalist well before his time. He founded the firm D.W. Graham and Associates, Landscape Architects in Ottawa and for 30 years, planned and designed responsible green spaces for urban and regional landscapes, locally and beyond. His commitment to our environment and our humanity will be felt and enjoyed for generations to come. Don was a fellow and longtime active member of the CSLA as well as a founding member of the AAPQ and the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation. His commitment to our environment, the profession and our humanity will be felt and enjoyed for generations to come. 

Donations, gratefully received, to the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) will go towards creating a scholarship bursary in Don’s name to carry on his legacy.  http://lacf.ca/membership-support/donate-now 

A celebration of Don’s life was on Friday, November 10th. CLICK HERE to learn more about Mr. Graham

12_AsperLogo_vert_rgb.jpgParticipate in a University of Manitoba Research Study on Negotiation Skills

CSLA Members,

In cooperation with researchers from the University of Manitoba, we are writing to encourage you to participate in a research study about negotiation that will also provide you with a way to hone your own negotiation skills.

 As a landscape architect, it is likely that you find yourself negotiating (both formally and informally) on a regular basis. In order to complete your projects, you often need to negotiate terms with clients, contractors, suppliers, and partner consultants. The outcomes of these negotiations directly impact the success of your projects, and the experiences you have while negotiating likely shapes your satisfaction with your work weeks. Because negotiations are a pervasive part of the landscape architect role, and because they can influence job performance, satisfaction, professional relationships, and profitability---it is critical to understand ways to improve your negotiation experiences.

Yet, negotiations training are often not an essential component of Landscape Architects curriculum or training. This is a missed opportunity because the negotiations landscape architects face often vary in complexity, importance, and power structure.  To address this gap, researchers at the University of Manitoba I.H. Asper School of Business is working with the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects to better understand the negotiation experiences of landscape architects. Currently, the research team is looking to follow the experiences of Canadian Architects as they negotiate new or ongoing deals with a variety of stakeholders. In a non-intrusive way via short email surveys, participants would be asked to summarize their recent negotiation experiences.  In exchange for participation in that study, Asper Professors Lukas Neville and Brianna Caza will provide personalized feedback to participants to improve their negotiation performance, and conduct a Webinar to further develop your negotiation skills. This webinar will be free of charge to participants.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, and potentially participating, please go to this link to provide your email address and the researchers will provide you with details on the study and ways to opt in.

Regards, Lukas, Brianna, and Ian

Lecture and Roundtable by Chris Grosset, Chair of the CSLA's Indigenous Issues Task Force

The Path. The Mountain. The Journey: landscape architecture, learning, and reconciliation

Thu, Nov 30/17 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Mediatheque (Room 200), 1 Spadina Crescent

Registration will be required for this event. Subscribe to the This Week @ Daniels newsletter to be notified when registration opens.

This event is part of the What is a school? series at the Daniels Faculty.

Moderated by Liat Margolis, Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the Daniels Faculty. 

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Winners of the Student Design Competition

On Friday, October 20th 2017, the Winners of the 2017 IFLA Student Design Competition were announced by the CSLA during the Congress of the World Design Summit. Learn  more...

IFLA Young Professionals' Advocate Working Group

Dear Landscape Architects, students and professionals, 

The Young Professionals' Advocate working group of IFLA has just started its activities aiming to create a community and integrate the voice of young professionals and students within the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Establishing a connection between landscape architects and professionals of relevant disciplines, the YPA, through its activities, aims to facilitate interaction and communication within the IFLA regions (Europe, Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific) and support the exchange of knowledge and skills between its members across the world.

The working group will be part of IFLA’s World Council on Sunday 15 October 2017, introducing the initiative and a workshop will be given engaging with the participants and developing future project proposals for the working group. The YPA chair and representatives will also be present at the World Congress 16-19th October 2017, aiming to meet with professionals and students.

The YPA team will welcome the interest and involvement of students or young professionals, as well as institutions and organisations, who would like to participate in future projects.

If you would like to find out more or get involved please follow: http://iflaonline.org/professional-practice-and-policy/working-groups-and-task-forces/young-professionals-advocate/

Kind Regards, Dr Anastasia Nikologianni
Chair, International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Working Group Young Professionals Advocate

20080227-152-copy.jpgDirk Sijmons announced as 2017 winner of the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

During the 2017 Congress of the World Design Summit in Montreal, Kathryn Moore, IFLA President, announced the Dirk Sijmons was the winner of the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

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Eco.pngWage Funding For Environmental Professionals

Since inception, creating employment for young professionals has been a core objective for ECO Canada. We support industry and government commitment to help young people get the information, skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the environmental labour market. 

Our wage funding programs provide environmental employers with up to $15,000. Eligible full-time interns must be young professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or Natural Resources and eligible to work in Canada. The programs, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons Program and Natural Resources Canada, pay up to 50% of an intern’s salary and give them a start in a competitive market. 

Our co-op program provides up to $5,000 to employers hiring STEM students on 12-16 week work terms, allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience. By creating 250 placements per year, we’re helping to prepare graduates with the skills required to enter the environmental workforce.

•    1,000 JOBS PER YEAR 2017-2019 

CLICK HERE to learn more...

image002.jpgIndigenous Housing Canada 2017 Ideas Competition

Deadline: November 17th, 2017. 

Submit ideas to raise awareness of Indigenous Housing in Canada and improve opportunities available to design, deliver and maintain housing for remote access Indigenous Canadians. Learn more...

The MIT Press Offers CSLA Members a Generous Discount

The MIT Press is offering CSLA members a 30% discount on all titles in the landscape architecture list ordered directly from their website at https://mitpress.mit.edu/. The discount code is MCSLA30 - it can be used more than once and for multiple titles, is good for both print and e-editions, and will not expire. Learn more about John R. Stilgoe's What is Landscape?

CSLA Members Save Insurance Costs Through Mumby Insurance Inc.

Mumby's disability insurance plan is much more affordable than other plans and members benefit from up to 60% off on group home and auto. Learn more...