Maurice Nelischer

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Professional University Instruction

After 39 years in academia, Maurice still relishes the privilege of guiding future landscape architects through the learning process. Graduates from the University of Guelph have gone on to be leaders in the profession – despite having had Maurice as an instructor in design, construction, and communications courses.

Maurice was Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and then the School of Environmental Design at the University of Guelph. He also served as the University’s first Director of Sustainability. Maurice was recently awarded the medal of merit for his contributions as an educator and his many built designs and sustainability initiatives on campus.

In addition to his years at the University of Guelph, Maurice has been a visiting scholar at MIT and the University of Miami and taught at the Universities of Lisbon, Calgary, and at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (California). He has served national and international professional organizations including CSLA, OALA, ASLA, and CELA and has been recognized with a number of teaching awards.

The focus of Maurice’s practice has been community and detailed site design. Widely travelled, he believes strongly in the value of experiencing – not just seeing – built projects. To this end, he has led students on many national and international field trips.

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