About CSLA

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is a professional organization with 2,348 landscape architect members, 615 associate (or intern) members and 669 student of landscape architecture members. As the voice of the profession in Canada, the CSLA is an advocate for its members on issues such as urban design, urban renewal, sustainable development, human health and well-being, climate change and cultural heritage.

The CSLA delivers programs and services for its members that:

Since it was founded in 1934, the CSLA has increased awareness and appreciation of landscape architecture and the vitality of the profession in Canada and throughout the world.

The CSLA is dedicated to advancing the art, the science and the practice of landscape architecture.

What is landscape architecture?

Landscape Architecture is the design profession concerned with the design, planning, management and stewardship of the land. The work of landscape architects touches the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks and structures. The goal is to achieve environmental, social or aesthetically pleasing spaces by investigating existing social, ecological and geological conditions in the landscape. The work of landscape architects is all around us in the form and function of the land: the work often touches on urban design, site planning, storm water management, urban planning, restoration, parks and recreation planning, green infrastructure planning and private or residential master planning and design.

Those who practice the profession of landscape architecture are called “landscape architects”.




Our Vision

The CSLA is the champion and voice for Canadian landscape architects and landscape architecture nationally and abroad.

Our Mission

The CSLA is the advocate for landscape architecture in Canada. In collaboration with our component partner organizations, the CSLA is dedicated to advancing the art, the science and the practice of landscape architecture.

Our Values

Strategic Vision

The CSLA identifies opportunities and challenges for the profession and develops strategies to respond.


The CSLA advances the profession through communication with strategic partners and organizations.


The CSLA seeks opportunities to work with its component partner organizations and others in the fulfilment of its roles.


The CSLA is accountable to its membership for the programs it provides, their effectiveness and their costs. The CSLA plans for the future activities with the input of its members


The CSLA conducts its operations, relationships, goals and promotion activities in a professional and ethical manner.


The CSLA operates in a manner which promotes sustainability.


The CSLA Staff, Executive Committee and Board members are truthful and act with integrity.


The CSLA Staff, Executive Committee and Board members provide services through a commitment to meeting and exceeding identified standards.

Membership in the CSLA is obtained by joining a provincial, territorial or regional component association. Advanced education, professional work experience and in some cases passing a professional entrance exam are the requirements to become a member of a component association. 

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