Teaching Award

The CSLA Teaching Award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial and significant contribution to landscape architecture education.


Professor Maurice Nelischer (2019)

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.

Bev Sandalack.jpgProfessor Beverly A. Sandalack (2018)

Beverly A. Sandalack, MLA, PhD, FCSLA, RPP, MCIP is Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, and the founding director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 1999, Dr. Sandalack taught Environmental Planning at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Horticulture at Olds College, and practiced landscape architecture and planning with private sector firms in Calgary and Winnipeg, as well as with her own firm. Since 2000, she has co-directed the Urban Lab, an innovative research group concerned with urban design, urban morphology, cultural landscapes, and health and the built environment, and whose work has received ten CSLA awards, including four National Honour Awards, plus an EDRA Place Planning Award and a Calgary Heritage Lion Award. Her publications include two books on urban morphology and design: The Calgary Project: urban form/urban life (2006), and Urban Structure: Halifax (1998); two books on sense of place and cultural landscapes (2005); and numerous articles in academic journals and the local press. Bev has chaired the International Federation of Landscape Architects Student Design Competition Jury since 2004 and is a member of IFLA’s Education and Academic Affairs Committee. 

Professor Sean Kelly (2017)

01 Kelly Square.jpgTeaching is a vocation that presented itself to Sean Kelly, CSLA, OALA, in 1996 by chance after a brief telephone conversation with Moura Quayle, then the Director of Landscape Architecture at UBC; she was seeking someone to instruct an Open Space Planning studio course. Sean is an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Environmental Design & Rural Development (SEDRD), University of Guelph; he is responsible for 6 degree programs including Landscape Architecture’s BLA and MLA programs.  He also has a career-long affiliation for private practice and developed his skills in several notable firms in Toronto, Dallas and Whistler.  Much of Sean’s work relates to rurally- or remotely-situated destination, recreational, and amenity landscapes.  His work has taken him world-wide to over a dozen countries and hundreds of communities. Sean earned his BLA in 1989 and an MSc Planning in 1995; both from the University of Guelph.  Sean balanced professional practice and sessional teaching for a decade before joining Guelph in 2006 as a tenured-track faculty member.  It has been estimated that Sean has contributed to over 1000 graduates having taught at UBC’s, Mississippi State University’s and Guelph’s landscape architecture programs.  Beyond Guelph he continues to champion, mentor and advise many LA graduates towards attaining professional membership and achieving their career aspirations – an activity that he enjoys very much.

Professor Karen Landman (2016)

Robert Norman and Karen Landman (Photo: J. Landry)

Professor John Danahy (2015)

Robert Norman, John Danahy & Carol Craig (Photo: J. Landry)

Professor Cecelia Paine (2012)

L to R: Liane McKenna, Cecelia Paine, Claude Potvin (Photo: Jean Landry)

2010 - Ed Fife
2009 - Douglas Paterson
2008 - Peter Jacobs
2007 - Dr. Robert Brown
2006 - Douglas Harper
2006 - Michael Hough
2006 - Richard Strong
2006 - Victor Chanasyk
2006 - Alexander Rattray
2006 - John Neill



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