Edward Versteeg is an instructor of landscape architecture at Dalhousie University and practicing landscape architect.
Ed grew up on the family farm surrounded by nature. He began his professional studies with a Bachelor of Design (environmental planning) from NSCAD followed by a MLA degree from the University of Guelph.
During the early years of his schooling he gained useful construction experience before landing his first design job with the Grand Concourse project in St. John’s where he worked over a decade. He was involved with design of the walkway system (CSLA National Honour 2003, ASLA National Honour 2005) and master planning for several important urban park spaces including Bowring Park. During this time he also worked part-time with Tract Consulting. In 2005 Ed returned to Nova Scotia and the position of senior landscape architect with Ekistics Planning & Design where he worked with community trail developers and on large institutional site design projects. He launched his own design practice in 2013 and renewed his working relationship with Tract, participating in tourism infrastructure projects and master planning for community growth in the St. John’s region. In 2016 Ed joined Dalhousie University as a full-time instructor.
Ed has been a full member of APALA and the CSLA since 2005 and moved through all executive positions on the APALA board between 2005 and 2013. During that time APALA (with support from the CSLA) documented the case for landscape architecture education based in Atlantic Canada. In 2012 APALA established their first scholarship in partnership with LACF; a second scholarship was established in 2017 and Ed remains involved with their administration. He served as a director of the CSLA from 2011-2013. Since then he has been a director of LACF and awards juror from 2012 to 2018. He currently serves on four board committees and recently helped to develop LACF’s scholarship program. He is an active volunteer in his community.
Ed says he’s benefitted tremendously from the instruction, example and inspiration of many teachers, mentors, peers and students over the years.