Meet the 2020 CSLA Awards of Excellence Jury
Doris Chee, OALA, CSLA
Doris Chee is a landscape architect in Ontario with a wide variety of experiences in both the public and private sectors. Her career has steered her to develop her skills in landscape architecture in various capacities. Starting as a park designer through to working for the largest utility company in Ontario and north America, developing and enhancing environmental mitigation and sustainability policies and programs, her work has challenged her to focus on impact and reducing the effects and fall out of human intervention while respecting the natural processes. Her work has included working as a designer on competitions to representing the OALA at various meetings with politicians and allied professionals to working alongside engineers on the development of the province’s electrical transmission system. Managing teams, whether it is OALA Council or a project team consisting of engineers, environmentalist, public relations and asset managers, has provided her the opportunities to learn from others. It is this learning, that challenges her every day and it never ceases to amaze her the beauty in nature and what one can learn.
Bernard St-Denis, AAPQ, FCSLA
Bernard St-Denis is an associate professor at the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture of the University of Montreal, where he has worked for twenty years. His teaching and scholarly interests include the purposes, uses and meanings of public spaces, the theoretical foundations of landscape architectural practices in the North American context, and the aesthetics and meanings of designed landscapes and gardens. Prior to his academic career, Bernard worked as a landscape architect for 15 years at the City of Montreal and as a private practitioner for five years. He has been directly involved, in the last decade, in the implementation, subsequent development and accreditation of the Master’s program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal. He sits on the Advisory Committee on Planning, Heritage and Enhancement of la Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec. He sits on the Board of l’Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec and is a member of the CSLA’s Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council.
Andrea Kennedy, AALA, CSLA
Andrea is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Manitoba and has since been engaged in private consulting practice. She began and grew her career at HTFC Planning & Design in Winnipeg before relocating to Alberta where she is currently practicing with a collaborative, diverse and inspiring team at DIALOG’s Calgary studio. She has over twelve years of experience across a broad range of landscape architecture project settings, typologies, and scales, ranging from sidewalk patios to municipal plazas through to campus master plans and rural community planning. She has experience in all design phases with a passion for collaborating on the big thinking that drives thoughtful and innovative design. Andrea is passionate about design excellence. Her work is guided by an intention to use a light touch to reveal the unique character of a place, while creating spaces that support a rich user experience. She strives to not only meet the needs of users, but also to reveal the potentiality of a place – how it could be used, now and in the future. She is also an active member of the professional design community, a SITES Accredited Professional and a LEED Green Associate, and enjoys being inspired and challenged by next generation designers.
Constantina Douvris, MALA, CSLA
Constantina is a Senior Associate with HTFC Planning & Design in Winnipeg. Her 20-year career encompasses work that celebrates cultural and natural attributes of places across a range of scales. She has extensive experience in community-based urban planning, facilitation and consensus building, spawning numerous long-term strategies for successful development. She has served as the Senior Project Landscape Architect on many award-winning projects such as the Downtown Revitalization and Master Plan for the City of Kenora including their renewed Harbourfront, Main Street and wayfinding plan, as well as Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park, recipient of the CSLA Jury’s Award of Excellence in 2018 and the Winnipeg Access Award in 2017. Currently, she is design lead on downtown revitalization projects in the Town of Churchill, the Halifax Common Master Plan and several multi-use subdivisions. Each of these projects adhere to high standards of design and Constantina’s collaborative, people-centred approach to placemaking.
George Harris, AALA, NuALA, CSLA
George is a professional landscape architect who has devoted the past 25 years to building and protecting outdoor places and spaces in Western and Northern Canadian communities. He is the Managing Partner in George Harris Collaborative Inc. an international practice with offices in Cairo (Egypt), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and Calgary (Canada). Their work spans from urban and regional public parks, complete streets, recreation master plans, community revitalization plans and stormwater management systems – all of which focus on sustainable design and practices. Many of these projects have been recognized with awards from various professional bodies. George is renowned in Canada’s landscape architecture circles as one that gives back to others. To future landscape architects, George shares his knowledge as a sessional instructor in the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Calgary. Previously, he was their “Practitioner in Residence”. To professional partners, George presents at various industry conferences. One of his recent presentations was a paper on a new planning approach for arctic places at the 2018 American Association of Arctic Science conference.
Devin Segal, APALA, OALA, CSLA
Devin is Director of Landscape Architecture at Fathom Studio (formerly Ekistics Plan+Design), an interdisciplinary design firm in Halifax. Over the last eight years, he has had the privileged opportunity to lead large multidisciplinary teams on several major public-realm projects in communities across Atlantic Canada including streetscapes, waterfronts, parks, trails, and large-scale urban mixed-use developments. His passion is taking projects from concept to full realization while carrying the conceptual thread through into construction details that are meaningful and evocative of the place in which they are constructed. Devin is a vocal promoter of the profession on the east coast and an active member of the APALA where he currently serves as President-Elect. While he is proud to represent the Atlantic provinces on the jury, he is also a proud Winnipegger. Devin holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba.
Illarion Gallant, BCSLA, CSLA
Illarion is one of two Principals of the Victoria BC based Design/Build firm Rusnak Gallant Ltd. He made the sojourn to the West Coast from Toronto in 1979 and graduated from Vancouver’s Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1988. This included a study abroad in Germany and Austria prior to the ‘Wall Falling’. There he focused on stone sculpture and land art which was the catalyst for his ongoing relationship with large scale public art in the landscape. The focus of his work ranges from high end residential estates to nursing home Alzheimer’s gardens to iconic memorial and celebratory art pieces in both the public and private realms. As an Artist, his most visible body of work is large scale public sculptures. The predominant theme is the continued dialogue between the landscape as natural phenomenon and the landscape as urban fabric which characterizes historic human intervention. Historic precedent of a locale is used to inform the ‘meaning’ of each artwork in a particular place and time. The success of his practice is based on his ability to develop concepts and communicate these ideas clearly. His strong background in conceptual design, public art, construction and fabrication allows him to have a pragmatic yet unrestrained approach to creating both Art and Landscapes.
Giovanna Borasi, External Juror
Architect, editor, and curator, Giovanna Borasi joined the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in 2005, first as Curator, Contemporary Architecture (2005-10), then as Chief Curator (2014-19). She has been Director of the CCA since January 2020. Borasi’s work explores alternative ways of practicing and evaluating architecture, considering the impact of contemporary environmental, political, and social issues on urbanism and the built environment. She studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, worked as an editor of Lotus International (1998–2005) and Lotus Navigator (2000–2004), and was Deputy Editor in Chief of Abitare (2011–2013). Borasi’s latest curatorial project,is a three-part documentary film series that considers changing definitions of home and homelessness as a result of urban and economic pressures. The first iteration, What it takes to make a home, premiered last year in New York and will continue circulating at film festivals worldwide. In February, it was screened at the 58th Commission for Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters.