Gordon Smith, APALA, FCSLA
I have been an active participant in our professional landscape architectural organizations for many years, having sat on the board of the OALA in the early 1990's, the board of APALA from 2006 to 2011, and the CSLA from 2008 to 2011. I was the President of APALA in 2008 and 2009 and President of the CSLA in 2016/17.
As a member of the CSLA Board, I was a strong proponent for the association to take on a larger role in advocating for the profession. I established and chaired the CSLA's Advocacy Task Force and played a major role in the CSLA's successful negotiations to establish the Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture. I helped the CSLA to obtain a seat, along with architects, engineers and interior designers, at the Federal Industry Real Property Advisory Council.
I played a major role in assisting Dalhousie University to establish a Bachelor of Technology in Landscape Architecture degree and provided input into their application to create a Master of Landscape Architecture program which is currently being considered by the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training. I was a member of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council. For these and other efforts, I have been privileged to receive the CSLA's 2014 President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution and the 2012 Schwabenbauer Award for Service to the Profession.
I have professional experience in Manitoba, Ontario, all four Atlantic Canada provinces, and spent eight years operating my own practice in Botswana, Africa. I understand the professional responsibilities of being a sole practitioner to being a senior consultant and shareholder in an engineering firm of over 300 employees. For the last five years, I have been the Director of Land Use Planning for the province of Nova Scotia. I have worked at a range of scales from people’s backyards to policy development for an entire province, which has helped me to understand the many different roles that landscape architects can play in the business and society.
I was inducted into the College of Fellows in 2018 in recognition of my executed works and direct service to the profession.
With a mandate “to recognize achievement, further the high quality of the profession, mentor other professionals and work to benefit the community” and to support “the major activities of the Society, including … the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation, the CSLA Accreditation Council, and the collection and preservation of archival material”, the College of Fellows is a collection of high achieving professionals that can use their talents to promote and champion the profession. I would consider it an honour to support the operations of this group.