LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL

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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

Chair
Heather Cram, MALA, FCSLA
hcram@htfc.mb.ca

members

Maurice Nelischer, OALA, CSLA
mnelisch@uoguelph.ca

Alex Topps, OALA, FCSLA
toppsalex@gmail.com

Marta Farevaag, FCIP, RPP
mfarevaag@pfs.bc.ca

Ian Wasson, BCSLA, FCSLA
ian.wasson@burnaby.ca

Jean Trottier, MALA, CSLA
jean.trottier@umanitoba.ca

Accreditation Council Policies, Manual and Forms

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

Accreditation Report Template

LAAC Visiting Team Evaluator Conflict of Interest Policy and Declaration

Electronic Presentation of Student Work and Review Guidelines

Timeline of LAAC Accreditations

1964
University of Guelph BLA

1965
University of Toronto

1968
Université de Montréal BLA

1973
University of Guelph MLA

1979
University of British Columbia BLA

1995
University of British Columbia MLA (BLA phased out)

1999
University of Toronto MLA (BLA phased out)

2011
Université de Montréal BLA (Re-structured  and accreditation discontinued)

2015
Université de Montréal MLA

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