1. Post a Student Job Opportunity for free on the CSLA's Job Board! Create a job listing

2. Webinar: Urban Design: What Role for Landscape Architects?September 23, 2021 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm EDT / Free


The Canadian Landscape Standard (CLS) Steering Committee Wants to Hear from You

Are you a regular user of the Canadian Landscape Standard? How do you use it in your daily work? How does it help you in your job? 

The CLS Steering Committee wants to hear your experience in using the Standard in your practice. Please send your short testimonial to Michelle Legault, Executive Director, at executive-director@csla-aapc.ca. Your contribution may be selected for a social media feature in the coming year!




Decisions of the September 2021 CSLA Board Meeting

1. Revisions to the Guidelines on the External Juror Position in the CSLA Awards of Excellence Jury were approved. 

2. The Board endorsed the IFLA Climate Action Commitment.

"Urban Design: What Role for Landscape Architects?"

Join us on September 23, 2021 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm EDT for a CSLA and Council for Canadian Urbanism co-hosted webinar.

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LAAC Seeks Evaluators to Review Canadian Landscape Architecture University Programs

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. To be eligible to participate, you must complete the ROVE application form to the LAAC for review. The LAAC then makes appointments to ROVE in order to develop a pool of potential visiting team members. Appointments are for 5 years and are renewable. 

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NEW! Resources on how to set up your own virtual studio

The CSLA would like to thank Richard LeBrasseur from Dalhousie University for the use of these Primer Sheets. Find this information and more on our COVID-19 resources page.

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Request for Proposals - Review and Development of a National Growing Medium Standard for the Canadian Landscape Standard

The CNLA and the CSLA are reviewing section 5 of the Canadian Landscape Standard, National Growing Medium Standard, and have published a Request for Proposals. Deadline is September 15th, 2021.

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The Summer 2021 Excellence issue of LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES is now available online!

Through tireless discussion and pondering, this year’s Awards of Excellence jury nailed down 14 submissions for awards. They present Canadian landscape architecture’s achievements, evolving concerns, widening perspectives and ongoing experimentation. They are its present and its possible futures. What better vehicle to show their merits than the Awards issue of Landscapes | Paysages.

Read the latest issue

A Successful First Virtual Congress!

All of the recorded content from the Congress is now available for those who have already registered in the virtual space for you to explore at your own pace.

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Due to the success of our first virtual congress and the relevance of the presentations, we are opening 150 spots for those interested in gaining access to the content in the virtual event platform. 

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LACF August Bulletin

Applications are Open for Four 2021 LACF Scholarships

Introducing Co-Design Now! by Common Space Coalition

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Sign up for the IFLA bulletin at the link below.

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Other News

UBC SALA and BCSLA Tribute to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (1921-2021), LMBCSLA, FCSLA, FASLA, CC, was an extraordinary landscape architect and ardent environmentalist who led by example, and with the highest standards of ecological integrity. She was involved in numerous ground-breaking projects involving complex and forward-thinking technological approaches.

On behalf of the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the BC Society of Landscape Architects we invite her friends, colleagues, allied professionals, and clients to join us in A Tribute to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm PDT at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC. The event is free. Please register online via Eventbrite to attend in person OR receive the link to the livestream. Seating is limited so please register early. The session will be recorded. 

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Grands Prix du Design: Tribute Award of the 14th Edition

Attend the Québec City Gala to witness the presentation of the Tribute Award to the iconic duo: Malaka Ackaoui and Vincent Asselin. 



Get ready to discover the first part of the Grand Prize Winners during the international edition of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award. The Gala will be bilingual (French, English) and in hybrid format (“live” in-person event with a “virtual” online component).

Be sure to get your tickets soon, as in-person seatings are limited!

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Rouge National Urban Park designs unveiled

Parks Canada is launching the public engagement phase on Moriyama & Teshima and Two Row's conceptual designs for the park's visitor, learning and community centre.

Parks Canada’s vision for this project is to create a flagship visitor hub with multi-purpose gathering spaces and visitor amenities which functions as an iconic gateway to both Rouge National Urban Park and Parks Canada. It will feature an aesthetically and environmentally progressive, universally accessible building along with an outdoor event space with a learning focus on Indigenous, natural, cultural and agricultural heritage through integrated interpretive installations and design elements. It will welcome visitors and community members and anchor Parks Canada’s presence in Canada’s largest metropolitan area.

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RAIC 2021 Congress on Architecture

The RAIC Congress on Architecture will take place virtually on October 4, 2021, which is World Architecture Day. The RAIC Congress on Architecture brings professionals together to ignite action, strengthen connections, and share ideas on a single issue of importance to the profession. The inaugural RAIC Congress on Architecture will address Climate Action and Architecture.

Over the past year, the RAIC hosted a series of virtual events leading into the 2021 Congress on Architecture including a kick-off virtual event on World Architecture Day 2020, a four-episode podcast series, and a panel discussion at the 2021 RAIC Virtual Conference on Architecture. This final event will feature a panel discussion from subject matter experts on climate action, and a World Café dialogue. Continuing education certificates for 5 (five) hours will be issued to participants after completing the feedback survey–through the RAIC Learning Management System.

Registration is open until September 27, 2021
Space is limited for this event, so reserve your spot today.

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CELA 2022 Conference, Evolving Norms: Adapting Scholarship to Disruptive Phenomena

The CELA conference is the annual destination for teachers, students, and others that possess an interest in the academic practice of landscaping architecture. In light of the tremendous success of the virtual 2021 CELA conference, CELA will incorporate a virtual component to #CELA22. In addition to offering full in-person event schedule in New Mexico from March 16-19, 2022, a selection of prerecorded virtual events will also be offered.

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Environment and Climate Change Youth Council

Are you a Canadian or Indigenous organization working on issues related to the environment, climate change, or youth engagement and empowerment? Are you a youth-led or youth-serving organization? Do you work with a young person who is passionate about the environment and wants to have their voice heard by Environment and Climate Change Canada? If yes, keep reading!

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is excited to announce the launch of the Environment and Climate Change Youth Council, an external advisory body that will offer meaningful opportunities for youth voices to be heard in government decision-making related to ECCC’s mandate.

The Council will consist of ten young Canadians aged 18-25 nominated by youth organizations for a two-year term. Council members will provide advice on specific issues relating to ECCC’s mandate, which will be shared with the Minister and other relevant officials. ECCC will strive to make the membership of the Council reflective of the diverse Canadian population with respect to regional representation, gender identity, and linguistic, ethnic, cultural, and life experiences.

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Co-design Now! By Common Space Coalition

Co-design Now! is a map-based, spatialized resource - that highlights community groups, local initiatives, and grassroots organizations, all in one place.

This project aims to amplify the work of community organizations and initiatives across Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas to foster engagement between them and designers to strengthen the resiliency of placemaking and city-building practice. Through the process of crowdsourcing information on grassroots organizations and placemaking initiatives, we hope this resource will expand and deepen cross-disciplinary relationships and raise awareness for design as a vehicle for activism.

It’s time to push our conventional practice to analyze and incorporate social movements, cultural histories, and community leaders in our work.

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For the 31st Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival, the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire is holding an international competition for 20 plots of around 210 m2. This year's theme is the Ideal Garden. "Very few Canadian teams have participated in this competition since its inception in 1992. We would therefore be more than honoured if one or more teams could create a garden as part of our Festival".

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September 13 to 15, 2021, hosted virtually in Canada. 

Co-organized by the Government of Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and hosted for the first time in North America, the World Circular Economy Forum brings together forward-looking thinkers and doers, and presents the world’s leading game-changers in the circular economy. Free of charge, open to all.

Register here

SURVEY: Nature-based interventions to bolster health and biodiversity in Canadian cities

A team at Carleton University is circulating a survey to assess the outcomes and knowledge gaps of nature-based interventions in Canadian cities. The results from this survey and the long-term goal of the research will be to help improve the outcomes of nature-based interventions.

The survey aims to identify the outcomes of any nature-based interventions you may participate in. If you do not participate in any nature-based interventions, you will be directed to the section of the survey that explores knowledge gaps for more effective nature-based interventions in cities. 

The survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.  However, the survey can take as long as you choose, and we welcome all levels of involvement.  

The knowledge gaps identified by experts like yourself will be discussed at a workshop and published in the supplementary material of a resulting publication. The knowledge gaps will help  inform priorities for future research to support more effective nature-based interventions. The nature-based interventions you identify will be featured in an online map, unless you indicate you would not like them to be shared.

All information you provide will be anonymized. This research has been cleared by Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B (CUREB-B Clearance # 115849). If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact the REB chair, Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B by e-mail (ethics@carleton.ca). 

If you have any questions about this research project or would like to recommend other survey participants please get in touch: Rachel.buxton@carleton.ca or 343-777-4325. 

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THE 2021 CANADIAN CITY PARKS REPORT: Centring Equity & Resilience

How parks can help create more equitable, resilient cities—not only as we recover from COVID-19, but as we address another looming crisis: climate change. Read the report at the link below. 

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Virtual Career Fair for Architecture and Design Professionals

Don’t miss your opportunity as an employer or job seeker to be a part of the Architecture & Design Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Virtual booth space is available for organizations hiring! Additionally, job seekers who are passionate and dedicated to the architecture & design field can register early to prepare and find more information about available job opportunities.

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Government of Canada invests $31 million to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19

The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits, for projects, programming and services that help communities create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options and provide digital solutions to connect people and improve health.

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Insurance Renewal

A quick reminder for CSLA Members that are enrolled in the Life and Disability Insurance plan underwritten by Manulife Financial. As your insurance protection renews on September 1,  now is a great time to review your coverage.  Many CSLA members have had changes to their businesses and lives over the past year.     
Have any of the following applied to you? 

  •  Change in your income 
  • You have bought or sold a business 
  • You’ve acquired a new property, 
  • Changes have taken place in your family relationships,  such as a new spouse/partner and/or children,  separation, or divorce 
  • You’ve inherited funds from family members, 
  • Seeing the personal and financial effect of illness on others over the last 16 months has raised concerns for you 

These are all great reasons for a review of your insurance protection to make sure it is keeping abreast of these changes.  A call with Douglas Pinnell will give you assurance that you have the right coverage and are properly protected. For those  CSLA Members who have not reviewed the life and disability insurance plan, some of the highlights are; 

  • Rates have not increased in over 46 years,  and are typically 1/3 to ¼ the price of other policies 
  • Professional Grade Income Protection (Disability Insurance) designed for Landscape Architects  
  • Competitive Association Term Life Product with some Permanent coverage included for end of life expenses 

You can book your call with Douglas Pinnell here. Pick the option for “service inquiry, individual insurance” and Sabryna will followup to confirm the next steps. For those Members who are not taking advantage of this program,   please use the same link but choose the option for “Initial Consult” 

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