Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC)


The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design – University of Toronto, Winner of the 2019 National Award of Excellence

NEW! LAAC Releases a Revised Manual of Accreditation (October 2023)

Scroll down to the Accreditation Manuals and Forms section to review the revised Manual of Accreditation, Procedures and Curriculum Map

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 six-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.

Submit your Name to the LAAC’s Roster of Visiting Evaluators

The Roster of Visiting Evaluators (ROVE) is the pool of candidates from which visiting team members are selected to review landscape architecture programs whose accreditation is due for renewal. Learn more

About the CSLA's Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC)

LAAC LogoThe LAAC is the body of the Society responsible for accrediting professional university undergraduate and graduate degree programs in landscape architecture in Canada. It is 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.

Fees (2023)
  • Annual Sustaining Fee for each Accredited Program: $2,268 (plus HST)
  • New Program Initial Visit Fee: $6,475 (plus HST)
  • Candidacy Status Application and Initial Visit Fee: $655 (plus HST)
  • Candidacy Status Annual Sustaining Fee: $1,430 (plus HST)
  • Interim or Early Visit Fee: $2,100 (plus HST)
  • Delay of Visit Fee: $2,100 (plus HST)

LAAC Members

Chair: Cynthia Girling, BCSLA, FCSLA, FASLA, FCELA

Nicole Valois, AAPQ, CSLA
Trevor McIntyre, OALA, FCSLA
Jean Trottier,  MALA, CSLA
Margot Long, BCSLA, FCSLA
Anne-Marie Whittaker (external member)

Accreditation Manuals and Forms

Manual of Accreditation Procedures (Revised October 2023)

Manual of Accreditation Standards (Revised October 2023)

Curriculum Map (in Excel) (Revised October 2023)

LAAC Visiting Team Evaluator Conflict of Interest Policy and Declaration

Electronic Presentation of Student Work and Review Guidelines

Report of the Visiting Team to the LAAC

Visiting Team Guidelines

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