1. Call for Volunteers for CSLA’s 90th Anniversary Task Force deadline: March 29, 2021

2. Nominations for the 2021 Recognition Awards are due on March 31, 2021 at 4 pm EDT.

3. The 2021 College of Fellows Annual Business Meeting is on April 29, 2021 from 2-3 pm EDT.

4. CSLA's 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held by webinar on May 12th, 1-2 pm EST.


CSLA-OALA 2021 Congress Registration Opens Next Week

CSLA and OALA thank our sponsors for their generous contributions to the 2021 Congress.



CSLA's 2021 Annual General Meeting

The CSLA Annual General Meeting will be held by webinar on May 12th, 1-2 pm EST. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit an AGM Vote by Proxy form.

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Upcoming Webinars for the CSLA-AALA Congress 2020 Webinar Series

Since the 2020 CSLA-AALA Congress scheduled in June was cancelled, the CSLA and AALA are pleased to be able to deliver some of the planned content for the 2020 Congress virtually in this webinar series. Click the link below to see the full list of upcoming webinars and to register.

In case you missed this month's presentation, you can now view the recording on our website and YouTube channel! 

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LAAC Seeks Evaluators to Review Canadian Landscape Architecture University Programs

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. Each visiting team generally consists of:

  • one landscape architecture educator, 
  • one landscape architecture practitioner, and 
  • one non-landscape architect academic administrator.

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. 

Click the link below to read more about the positions and how to apply.

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CSLA Tri-Council Funding Task Force Successful in Getting a Landscape Architecture Disciplinary Code (February 2021)

The Canadian Research and Development Classification was released after almost 2 years' worth of hard work and many consultations with the community, including the CSLA's Tri-Council Funding Task Force. The Classification was recently finalized and published on the Statistics Canada website at the following link.

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LARE Prep Webinars – 2021

LARE Candidates all across Canada are invited to participate in two prep sessions sponsored by AALA. 

Section 1 & 2 will take place on Saturday February 27, 10AM to 1PM Central Time

Section 3 & 4 will take place on Saturday March 6, 10AM to 2PM Central Time

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Call for Volunteers for CSLA’s 90th Anniversary Task Force

Are you interested in volunteering with the CSLA and joining your colleagues to plan the celebrations of the CSLA’s 90th Anniversary in 2024? Click on the link below to read more about the task force and how to apply.

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Summary of the Decisions of the Last CSLA Board Meeting

(January 27th, 2021)

1. 90th Anniversary Task Force: A task force to develop a plan to celebrate the CSLA's 90th Anniversary in 2024 was created. If you are interested in joining this task force, please contact Michelle Legault at executive-director@csla-aapc.ca

2. LACF Management Contract: An extension to the CSLA-LACF Management contract was approved for 2021, ensuring Michelle Legault continues her role as LACF Executive Director.

3. CSLA-OALA Congress Agreement: A revised agreement for the 2021 virtual CSLA-OALA Congress was approved.

4. Bylaws: Slight modifications to the bylaws were approved for review and approval by the members at the AGM. These bylaws will be made available on our AGM web page soon!

CSLA Celebrates Black History Month

This month, we will be joining in the celebration of Black History Month by highlighting the significant contributions of Black landscape architects to the profession in the past, present, and future.

We plan to continue this discussion beyond just the month of February, as we recognize that these conversations are relevant year round. You can take a look at our events calendar, where we have worked with the Common Space Coalition to integrate even more online events on the subject of Diversity and Equity in the profession. Look for the orange "Diversity and Equity" symbol to find these events.

And finally, we would like to take this moment to promote the Black Landscape Symposium 2021 Speaker Series presented by the Black Landscape Architects Network. This symposium will be taking place from Feb 4-25.

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Congress 2021 Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors

Get ready to network virtually with an estimated 500+ conference participants, connect with new clients and profile your company’s brand to a large, diverse audience. Click the link below to find the application form.

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The Winter 2020 “Trees” issue of L|P is now available online!

Everywhere is urbanized now. And the need for urban infrastructure seems to be diametrically opposed to what trees and living systems need to flourish. How can we bring these two opposite conditions together, perhaps in a way that they could even reinforce each other? Can we bring some of these qualities into the city, instead of having to leave the city to find them?

We brought together six of the top minds in landscape architecture to talk about the role of trees in an LA’s work, and in our society – read what they, and a forest of other LAs, ecologists, and other tree “experts” contributed in the Winter 2020 issue of LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES. 

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The CSLA invites nominations for the 2021 Recognition Awards

Deadline: 31 March 2021 at 4 pm EDT

The award categories include: Schwabenbauer Award for Service to the CSLA, Community Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Teaching Award, and Emerging Professional Award

Click on the link below to visit our website where you can find the nomination and submission guidelines for each award.

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Post a Job Opportunity on the CSLA's Job Board

The CSLA maintains an active job board in service of it's members and the public. If you have a position to fill, consider posting it here by creating a job listing

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Member News

West Vancouver Museum opens exhibition on eminent landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

The remarkable 99-year-old, who lives in Vancouver and is still consulting on projects, is among the most notable landscape architects in the world. Over her career, she’s designed landscapes locally, nationally and abroad, and become known for her desire to ”create terrains that are less an interruption and more an amplification of what already exists on a site.” Hence the name of the exhibition, Genius Loci, meaning ”the protective spirit of a place.”

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In Memoriam of Roman Fodchuck

Roman Paul Fodchuk passed away on February 4, 2021 in North Vancouver, B.C.

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In Memoriam of Garry Watchorn

Garry Watchorn died December 30th 2020 at his home at Sunrise Care in Erin Mills. Garry’s passion and spirit continues to resonate within the profession and especially at MBTW-WAI, where due his mentorship, guidance and friendship, the next generation of designers strive to achieve his vision. Read his obituary by clicking the link below.

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In Memoriam of Otto Moritz Hammer

Otto Moritz Hammer was surrounded by family when he passed away at the age of 84 years. Throughout his career (72-98), Otto volunteered and served on the board for the AALA and the Calgary Horticultural Society. Those who have worked with, or knew Otto, speak highly to his contribution towards making the organization a better place. Read his obituary by clicking the link below.

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In Memoriam of Clive Lionel Justice, LMBCSLA, FCSLA

Clive Lionel Justice, Landscape Architect, Planner, Author and Garden Historian, died in his sleep at his home in Vancouver on December 21, 2020. Read his obituary by clicking the link below.

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Peter Sampson & Liz Wreford appointed Executive Directors of Storefront Manitoba

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LACF January Bulletin

  • Inaugural Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship in 2021
  • LACF Virtual Awards Meet and Greet for 2020 Student Winners

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Other News

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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Five Teams Selected to Propose Designs for the LGBTQ2+ National Monument in Ottawa

The Canadian and international arts and design community has demonstrated significant interest in Canada’s LGBTQ2+ National Monument with more than 30 submissions to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ opened on October 16, 2020, and closed on January 5, 2021.

Today the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and project proponent the LGBT Purge Fund, in cooperation with the National Capital Commission, are proud to announce that five teams have been short-listed to submit design proposals for the Monument.

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Voices of the Land: Indigenous Design and Planning from the Prairies

Voices of the Land: Indigenous Design and Planning from the Prairies produced by the Indigenous Design and Planning Students’ Association (IDPSA), of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. IDPSA was founded in Fall 2019, as a platform to host honest conversations around inclusion and representation. In an effort to broaden the lens of Indigenous design and planning, IDPSA actively seeks to incorporate Indigenous values within the design community through advocating for culturally informed initiatives, programs, and curriculum. 

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IUCN goes virtual with youth from around the world

The first-ever IUCN Global Youth Summit launching on April 5th, 2021, will celebrate youth leadership in conservation, and boost youth engagement across the Union. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to increase inclusivity and reach as many global youth as possible, the IUCN One Nature, One Future Global Youth Summit will be fully virtual. In the span of less than two weeks, this will facilitate IUCN’s ability to engage and empower the voice of youth at a critical time.

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Public consultation on the NCC Forest Strategy

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to participate in an online public consultation on its Forest Strategy. This strategy will guide how the NCC manages forests and trees on its lands. It will align our efforts, and prepare us to meet current and future challenges. Previous rounds of public consultation on the strategy were held in June and October 2019. We are now in the final phase of developing this strategy. 

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In Memoriam of Ed Bryant, founder of Unilock

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ed Bryant, founder of Unilock. Ed passed away at his beloved home in Horseshoe Valley, Ontario on January 28th, 2021. Ed was an inimitable force in life, a king among men, living many lives in his 85 years through the highest of highs and devastating lows. Measured by the number of people whose lives Ed affected, his life and legacy will continue indefinitely.

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Advancing Accessibility Standards Research

We are inviting eligible organizations to submit proposals for research projects that will help identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility.

The priority areas for this call for proposals are: accessibility in Indigenous communities; built environment with a focus on heritage buildings; communication, other than plain language; design and delivery of programs and services; information and communication technology; and procurement (buying) of goods, services and facilities.

The deadline to apply is March 25, 2021, 3:00 p.m. EST.

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Simon Fraser University Course: Strategic Dialogue and Engagement for Climate Adaptation

Overcome barriers to climate action and learn to mobilize knowledge to create lasting change with the upcoming online course from Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies, starting on March 10.


Nominations are now open for the Margolese National Design for Living Prize

Celebrating a Canadian citizen who has made a significant contribution to the built environment and the people within it. The prize for the award is $50,000!

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Green Infrastructure in Urban Centres: Policy, Design, and Practice 

Feb 15 - May 9, 2021

Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment is offering a 12-week online professional development course. The four-part course provides a substantive overview of how green infrastructure (GI) systems work, the ecosystem services it can provide, the design and effective employment of GI and its potential to manage the impacts of urbanization and climate change. 

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Grands Prix du Design Awards 14th Edition - Deadline extended to March 1, 2021

The prestigious and respected GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards announces the official opening of its call-forentries, open for the first time ever to candidates worldwide! 

The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards celebrates and rewards the work of designers and architects who improve our quality of life and the built environment, as well as private and public clients who entrust them with their design needs.

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