Jury for the 2023 Student Award of Excellence

Matt Williams

mattMatt is a Principal at O2 managing high profile urban design, mixed use, campus, facility, and large park projects. Matt’s work emphasizes the development of multi-functional landscapes and public spaces that meet both the cultural and ecological needs of a site. Matt has served as President of the Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) and represented the AALA on the City of Calgary’s Urban Design Review Panel. Matt recently led the design and construction multiple award-winning projects including West Eau Claire Park (Calgary), cSPACE King Edward (Calgary), Metrolinx Ontario Line Competition (winner, Toronto), and the Villiers Island Public Realm Plan (Toronto).

Bernard St-Denis

bernardBernard St-Denis received his Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture (1981) and his Master's degree in Planning (1993) from the Université de Montréal. He worked for the City of Montreal for ten years as a landscape architect and section head, and was head of his own firm for four years. He was successively lecturer, practical trainer, visiting professor and professor at the School of Landscape Architecture of the University of Montreal for almost thirty years. 

In his professional practice, he has designed and realized landscape projects on public domain, institutional sites and private properties. He has produced landscape concepts for urban ensembles such as the Faubourg Québec in Montreal, conducted studies for the requalification of public, urban and regional spaces and routes, including the entrance routes to Quebec's capital, and served on numerous expert panels and juries. 

As a teacher and professor, his versatile profile has led him to teach courses on the history and theory of landscape architecture, urban spaces and landscapes, interpretation of landscape spaces, professional practice and construction. His workshops have focused on the design of urban spaces from an experiential perspective. His research and publications have focused on the history, theory and practice of landscape architecture. 

He led the redesign of the Bachelor's degree and the creation of the Master's degree program in landscape architecture. He has been responsible for the accreditation of the Master's program, program manager and member of several university committees. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec and of the Jacques-Viger Commission of the City of Montreal. He is a member of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council and a board member of the Festival des jardins de Métis (Grand-Métis, QC).

Nastaran Moradinejad

nastaranNastaran Moradinejad is a principal at PFS Studio where she is recognized for her communication and organizational skills. She is also a versatile designer who brings her past graduate experience in both architecture and landscape architecture to her PFS Studio projects. Since joining the firm in 2006, Nastaran has contributed her expertise to a variety of projects with a wide range of design requirements from conceptual site-specific design and detailing to large-scale master planning.

Nastaran is a LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Certificate in Applied Project Management. She takes a keen interest in ecological systems and innovative ways to integrate them with site design. Her interests are in multi-disciplinary, technical projects and projects requiring custom solutions to project requirements. Nastaran has led PFS Studio teams to realize complex, challenging projects and is currently focused on managing some of the firm’s largest and most high-visibility projects in the public realm.

Nastaran’s significant experience initiating, coordinating and managing complex multidisciplinary teams of professionals, colleagues and stakeholders and her confidence in working in dynamic environments involving many viewpoints and agendas has been an asset to the assignments she undertakes.

As a testament to her commitment to her profession, Nastaran has held a number of significant volunteer posts throughout her career, most notably serving as President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects in 2012 and as Canadian Society of Landscape Architects President in 2018. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Landscape Standard Steering Committee.

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