The CSLA Student Awards of Excellence are awarded for the first time in 2022 for students in accredited landscape architecture programs in Canada.
The Student Award of Excellence Program will be based on the best work of:
a) a thesis or practicum, and
b) a studio project.
The Program is intended to recognize and promote excellence in the profession’s educational institutions and recognize excellence in work by students in CSLA’s LAAC-accredited programs.
Congratulations to the 2022 recipients:
Aaron Bomback, BA, MPlan, RPP, MCIP, in the Studio Project category
Aaron Bomback is a graduate student completing his research practicum in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba. His research explores Neglected Landscapes and how underutilized energy infrastructure and vacant industrial lands can address the need for reclaimed parks and ecological networks in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
During his time in Winnipeg, he has volunteered as a Student Affiliates Representative for the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA), which focused on organizing opportunities and events for students to get involved with professionals in landscape architecture. As an Executive Council Member of the Landscape Architecture Students’ Association (LASA), he enjoys connecting with new students and professionals interested in discussing synergies between other disciplines and landscape architecture. He has been an active Student Mentor and Ambassador for the Faculty of Architecture since 2020.
In addition to his passion for landscape architecture, he also obtained a previous Master of Planning degree from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape at The University of Calgary and currently works at B&A Planning Group in Edmonton, Alberta. He has worked as a Community Planner in private consulting, research labs, and the public sector in Western Canada. As an aspiring designer and Registered Professional Planner, Aaron believes successful projects are often a creative collaboration between multiple disciplines. He is dedicated to continuous learning and focuses on applying new ways to integrate policy, geospatial analysis, and landscape design across disciplines.
His long-term plans include bridging his planning credentials with knowledge in landscape design to become a fully licensed Landscape Architect and Community Planner. He believes to be proactive on issues facing Canadian landscapes in the future will require designers who can reveal the transformative opportunities that emerge through partnerships between landscape design and responsible planning.
Jennifer Chau Tran in the Thesis Project category
Jennifer Chau Tran is a landscape designer who received her Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto in 2021 where she received the Faculty Design Prize. Jennifer previously completed a degree in Art History and Earth Science at the University of Toronto in 2017 where she received the Pearl McCarthy Scholarship. She has worked as a landscape designer at SvN and NAK Design Strategies in Toronto and at SCAPE Studio in New Orleans, LA where she gained experience in projects centering coastal resilience and green infrastructure in urban developments.
She joined MASS Design Group in Boston, MA in 2022 as a landscape designer. In her current role, Jennifer seeks to utilize landscape design tools to improve the health of communities and urban ecologies. She is currently involved in projects which address memorialization, public memory, and the carceral system in the United States of America.
Jennifer’s research interests are focused on environmental justice and how landscape architecture can be used as a tool for social and political empowerment in historically marginalized communities. Jennifer is also an active member of several mutual aid groups focused on food security in Toronto.