2020 Congress

The 2020 CSLA-AALA Congress will be held June 18-20, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Calgary (700 Centre St. SE, Calgary, T2G 5P6, 403-717-1234).

The theme of the Congress is The Essence of Time: A Speculative Reflection on Landscape Architecture

Please scroll down to read the CSLA's response to COVID-19

Thank you to Maglin Site Furniture, the Congress Title Sponsor!

Register for the Congress

Step 1: Review the Congress Schedule and learn about our speakers

Step 2: Decide if you wish to purchase any tour tickets

Step 3: CLICK HERE to register 

Step 4: Make your hotel reservation (see below)

Students! Apply for the CSLA Student Travel Grant

The deadline is April 10th, 2020. Learn more...

CSLA's Response to COVID-19

The CSLA and the Congress Planning Committee are currently planning for multiple contingencies for the CSLA-AALA Congress in Calgary in June. At the moment, the CSLA and AALA will proceed with the Congress. However, we are monitoring the situation closely and are staying up to date. We will continue to stay informed, research options and ensure we are taking steps to mitigate risks and are following the recommendations of public health organizations.

An announcement was made in Alberta recently recommending the cancellation of all upcoming public events with participation of more than 250 people. We are currently assessing whether the Congress will be affected by these directives as the event is planned for the end of June.

Please know that we are evaluating the COVID-19 situation daily and will adjust based on additional feedback from our research and the meeting destination and venue. 

We encourage you to register for the Congress if you are planning on attending. We have extended the early-bird registration rate to 1 May 2020. Should the Congress eventually require cancellation, we will issue refunds on registration fees.

Hotel Reservations at the Hyatt Regency Calgary

Rooms are available at a rate of 209$ per night at the Hyatt Regency Calgary. This rate is guaranteed until May 17th, 2020. To make reservations, please click here or call 1-800-233-1234 and provide the Group Code: G-CASL.

    Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors

    We invite you to join us for the 2020 Trade Show or to participate as a 2020 Congress Sponsor to increase your company profile and remind our design professionals about quality services, new and innovative products, and leading-edge technology that can be used by landscape architects in their offices and projects. 

    Download the Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors


    The theme of the 2020 Congress is:

    The Essence of Time: A Speculative Reflection on Landscape Architecture.

    Landscape architecture has been forged by the challenges and opportunities presented by changing cultural and ecological needs of our world. Our choices and decisions are impacted by shifts in politics, climates, economies, social norms, styles, trends, and technology. Shifts occur in standards and best practices, materials and resources, people and technology. Our understanding of time, space, and nature are continually evolving as scientific discoveries stretch our imagination and speculate on an uncertain future. The way we respond to these changes and the choices we make is what our legacy becomes and what charts our future. Some are big decisions, and some are small. Some will impact millions over generations, and some will impact only a few.  

    The 2020 AALA-CSLA Congress gives us the opportunity to reflect on our past, consider our present, and anticipate our future. Let us examine the opportunities and challenges that have shaped our current reality, both locally and globally. Let us speculate on those challenges and opportunities we will face in the future. Let's talk about fashion, trends, technology, and theories. Let’s talk about infrastructure, industrialization, post-modernism, and immigration. Let’s talk about bees and climate change, driverless cars and life on mars.

    Through a diverse program of presentations, walking tours, and other amazing activities, we will contemplate the full breadth and depth of our profession. We have organized the conference in three broad subthemes, The Past, The Present, and The Future. Throughout the weekend you will be able to tailor your conference to examine one or multiple streams. We welcome you to Calgary, a city whose lineage can be traced back 13,000 years and look forward to a thoughtful and exciting weekend of discovery. 

    The Past

    What are the circumstances and decisions that led our cities, our landscapes, and our profession, to where we are today? What stands out? What doesn't? What should? Do we have any regrets? Should we?  

    The Present

    Let’s pause and mindfully consider our profession today. What are the drivers of change? Where are we leading, and where are we falling behind?  What are the motivations that will define our present legacy? 

    The Future

    Where are we headed? What choices and actions will our profession be required to make in 2120, and beyond? Climate change is certain. Driverless cars are probable. What current basic assumptions will change to forge new directions for landscape architects? In what new territories, fields, or planets will we find our profession? 

    The Planning Committee

    Jonathan Sagi, Chair

    Todd Reade, AALA Executive Director

    Michelle Legault, CSLA Executive Director

    Matt Williams, AALA President

    Jill Robertson, AALA

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