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The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects was founded in 1934. The founding members of the Society were:

  • Carl Borgstrom
  • Humphrey Carver
  • Gordon Culham
  • Howard B. Dunington Grubb
  • Laurie A. Dunington Grubb
  • Edwin Kay
  • Helen M. Kippax
  • Frances C. Steinhoff
  • J. Vilhelm Stensson

By this time, landscape architects had been active in all major centres across Canada, particularly in the design and planning of parks, open spaces, public institutions, roadways, neighbourhoods and communities. Landscape architect Frederick Todd, for example, was instrumental in the early 1900s in the design of Mount Royal Park in Montreal and the design of Ottawa's scenic driveways and urban green spaces. Later he designed the neighbourhood of Mount Royal in Montreal. Following World War II, landscape architects became involved in the design and planning of new communities, national and provincial parks, tourism facilities, institutions and corporate sites. Landscape architects played lead roles in the design of Expo 67 in Montreal.

In the mid-1960's, professional programs in landscape architecture were initiated at the Universities of Guelph, Manitoba, and Toronto. A few years later, programs were established at the University of British Columbia and the University of Montreal, and a program in landscape architectural technology was initiated at Ryerson Polytechnical University.

Demand for the services of landscape architects has grown steadily in Canada over the past two decades. Landscape architects today are engaged in the design, planning and management of urban, rural and natural environments in all Canadian provinces and territories and in many countries worldwide. Canadian landscape architects are well-regarded for their creativity, their sensitivity and their practicality in all aspects of professional practice.

 A Pocket History

Guest Editor Doug Clark compiled this 180-year journey through time for CSLA's professional journal  Landscapes / Paysages

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