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What is landscape architecture?

Landscape Architecture is the design profession concerned with the design, planning, management and stewardship of the land. The work of landscape architects touches the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks and structures. The goal is to achieve environmental, social or aesthetically pleasing spaces by investigating existing social, ecological and geological conditions in the landscape. The work of landscape architects is all around us in the form and function of the land: the work often touches on urban design, site planning, storm water management, urban planning, restoration, parks and recreation planning, green infrastructure planning and private or residential master planning and design.

Those who practice the profession of landscape architecture are called “landscape architects”.

About the CSLA

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is a professional organization with over 1,980 landscape architects as members. As the voice of the profession in Canada, the CSLA is an advocate for its members on issues such as urban design, urban renewal, sustainable development and cultural heritage.

The CSLA delivers programs and services for its members that:

_increase public awareness and promote the profession - the CSLA communication tools include the website (www.csla-aapc.ca), the membership directory, a monthly bulletin, social media sites and LANDSCAPES|PAYSAGES, the national magazine;

_provide opportunities for professional development - the CSLA holds an Annual General Meeting and Congress, provides information year round to members about industry and professional learning opportunities and coordinates continuing education programs and opportunities nationally;

_recognize members and celebrate member achievements within the profession through the CSLA Awards of Excellence, the Recognition Awards Programs, the College of Fellows and by administering the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture;

_support education and research through the accreditation of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs, recognition of student achievement and provision of scholarships.

Since it was founded in 1934, the CSLA has increased awareness and appreciation of landscape architecture and the vitality of the profession in Canada and throughout the world. The CSLA is dedicated to advancing the art, the science and the practice of landscape architecture.

The CSLA's Notes and Numbers

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VISION
The CSLA is the champion and voice for Canadian landscape architects and landscape architecture nationally and abroad.

MISSION
The CSLA is the advocate for landscape architecture in Canada. In collaboration with our component partner organizations, the CSLA is dedicated to advancing the art, the science and the practice of landscape architecture.

VALUES
Strategic Vision
The CSLA identifies opportunities and challenges for the profession and develops strategies to respond.

Leadership
The CSLA advances the profession through communication with strategic partners and organizations.

Collaboration
The CSLA seeks opportunities to work with its component partner organizations and others in the fulfilment of its roles.

Accountability
The CSLA is accountable to its membership for the programs it provides, their effectiveness and their costs. The CSLA plans for the future activities with the input of its members

Ethics
The CSLA conducts its operations, relationships, goals and promotion activities in a professional and ethical manner.

Sustainability
The CSLA operates in a manner which promotes sustainability.

Honesty
The CSLA Staff, Executive Committee and Board members are truthful and act with integrity.

Excellence
The CSLA Staff, Executive Committee and Board members provide services through a commitment to meeting and exceeding identified standards.

Membership in the CSLA is obtained by joining a provincial or territorial component association. Advanced education, professional work experience and in some cases passing a professional entrance exam are the requirements to become a member of a component association. Please contact the association in your province or territory for further details on how to become a member.

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