Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental system of self-regulation.  At its core is the concept of on-going self assessment and improvement.  The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Council (LAAC) typically conducts evaluations of university programs on a five-year cycle to determine compliance with its published minimum standards and the programs own stated objectives.  Any program leading to a first professional degree at the bachelor’s or master’s level in Canada is eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAC.

Prior to their scheduled re-accreditation reviews, programs are required to conduct self-evaluation studies to assess how well they are meeting their stated educational goals and LAAC standards.  LAAC then assigns a Visiting Evaluation Team to undertake an independent assessment and make a recommendation to the Council.  The LAAC reviews the Visiting Team Report and issues a final accreditation decision.  Programs are also required to submit annual reports noting all significant changes and developments for LAAC review.

About the Accreditation Council

The Accreditation Council is mandated in the CSLA Bylaws to:

  • Be the body of the Society responsible for accrediting professional university undergraduate and graduate degree programs in landscape architecture in Canada;
  • Establish a Council consisting of five members, appointed by the Board for a normal term of office of five years, with one member being replaced annually;
  • Include on the Council representation from experienced practitioners, one landscape architecture educator, and one non-landscape architect with university administrative experience at a senior level;
  • Elect a Chair from among the Council members whose term of office shall be three years;
  • Keep funds received for accreditation in an account separate from those of the Society and only apply those funds to activities of the Accreditation Council; and,
  • Be responsible for: appointing teams to undertake accreditation; recruiting and training accreditation team members; reviewing and approving accreditation reports; reviewing and approving annual reports from universities; advising the Board of its decisions; periodically reviewing applicable accreditation standards and procedures, and maintaining contact with the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board and other accrediting bodies to ensure consistency of standards

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LAAC Members


Heather Cram  MALA, FCSLA


Maurice Nelischer  OALA, CSLA

Trevor McIntyre OALA, FCSLA

Marta Farevaag  FCIP, RPP

Ian Wasson  BCSLA, FCSLA

Jean Trottier  MALA, CSLA

Accreditation Council Policies, Manual and Forms

Manual of Accreditation Standards and Procedures for Programs of Landscape Architectural Education in Canadian Universities and Colleges (2017)

LAAC Visiting Team Evaluator Conflict of Interest Policy and Declaration

Electronic Presentation of Student Work and Review Guidelines

Self-Evaluation Report Format for First-Professional Programs in Landscape Architecture Programs

Report of the Visiting Team to the LAAC

Establishment Dates of Canada's Landscape Architecture Programs

University of Guelph BLA

University of Toronto

Université de Montréal BLA

University of Manitoba MLA

University of Guelph MLA

University of British Columbia BLA

University of British Columbia MLA (BLA phased out)

University of Toronto MLA (BLA phased out)

Université de Montréal BLA (Re-structured  and accreditation discontinued)

Université de Montréal MLA