Awards of Excellence 2021 Jurors

Alex Bozikovic

Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail's architecture critic. He has also written for Architectural Record, Azure, Dwell, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. He is author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (2017) and co-editor of House Divided (2019). He won the 2019 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. 

Bernard St-Denis

After working at the City of Montreal for ten years as a landscape architect and Chief of Selection, Bernard St-Denis was the head of his agency for four years. He has designed landscape projects on the public domain and on institutional and private sites, produced studies on the requalification of spaces, landscapes and urban paths, participated in several competitions and charrettes and sat on numerous panels of experts and juries. He has been a lecturer, visiting professor, and professor at the School of Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montréal for nearly thirty years. He has led workshops and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the history, theory and practices of landscape architecture, urban spaces and landscapes, professional practice and design of public spaces, places, parks, gardens, and walks. His research and publications have included the history, theory, and practice of landscape architecture. He has served on the Council of the Faculty of Planning and on several university committees. He has been and continues to be a member of various boards, commissions, professional and institutional committees in Montreal and Quebec City.

Elaine vanTol Smit

Elaine vanTol Smit SALA, Landscape Architect with the City of Regina, Saskatchewan. BLA, U of G ‘07. MES, U Waterloo ‘12. Civil servant, toddler mother, avid volunteer. Traveler - from east to west Canadian coast, from China to the Netherlands and many remarkable places between. Student of landscape, of reconciliation, of community. I cannot always “see the end from the beginning” (Ken Hoyle, FCSLA) but, each day in this profession, the view is worth it in the finding. 

Hans Pfeil

Hans was born and raised within the eastern suburbs of Berlin, Germany. He grew up partially at the time of Eastern Germany being separated from Western Germany and under the influence of a landscape professional. This love for nature and environment made him sign up for the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany. He graduated successfully in 2009. He made his way to Halifax, NS and was hired by Genivar Inc. (now WSP Canada Inc.) as survey assistant and moved on quickly to the position of landscape designer for the Urban Planning team. Besides the experience of landscape design and land surveying he was also involved with municipal water and waste water inspections during his career with WSP Canada Inc. In 2016 Hans volunteered for the APALA Communications Strategy Committee and was part of the team developing this new strategy in order to help the Associations growth. In addition to these efforts he also volunteered to help APALA on the Board of Directors and is currently the President of APALA. Hans is currently employed by the Municipality of Argyle in Tusket, NS as Director of Public Works, Development and By-Law Enforcement.

Sung Ae Sim

Sung Ae Sim, OALA, CSLA, BCSLA (inactive), P.E. (as a landscape architect in Korea), ISA, is a seasoned landscape architect, educator and arborist. She originally practiced as a registered landscape architect in BC after getting her Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. She accumulated a diverse portfolio from working in North America and Northeast Asia for almost 20 years through multi-disciplinary and cross-regional environments in private and public sectors. She was an educator for many years, teaching landscape architectural studios and courses as an adjunct professor and a guest lecturer in Korea as well as Canada. She currently works at the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division focusing on park (re)developments for the City.

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