Grant Fahlgren: Emerging Professional Award

Grant Fahlgren is a member of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, a founding member and Chair of the CSLA Reconciliation Advisory Committee, and a Project Designer at PFS Studio where he works closely with Indigenous collaborators on planning and design projects.

He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba and Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia where his thesis research focused on the potential of traditional knowledge to mitigate impacts of sea-level rise within the Fraser River Delta. In 2015 he was named National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the premier award for landscape architecture students in North America. The award has supported the expansion of his research on Indigenous adaptations to climate change which informs his planning and design work with Indigenous communities Grant remains connected to the University of British Columbia as a member of the Indigenous Content Steering Committee, as an Adjunct Professor teaching Site Analysis and Planning for the Bachelor of Design program, and is a frequent guest critic at the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary and University of Toronto.

His work with the Reconciliation Advisory Committee is helping to build the collective capacity of landscape architects across the country to collaborate with indigenous communities. In support of these efforts, Grant was a key member of the planning committee of the 2019 CSLA Congress in Vancouver and guest editor of the Fall 2019 issue of Landscapes Paysages, both focusing on the role of landscape architecture in Reconciliation.

In fall 2021, Grant will begin a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design post-professional degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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