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

Congress Registration

The Registration Portal will open on February 15th. Registration rates, which include breakfasts, lunches and receptions, are as follows:

Full Members

Early Bird Registration (February 15th April 1st): $525
Regular Registration: $600
Late Registration (after June 10th): $725

Associate and LAT Members

Early Bird Registration (February 15th April 1st): $250
Regular Registration: $300
Late Registration (after June 10th): $400

Lifetime and Honourary Members

Registration: $300

Student Members

Registration: $300

Non-CSLA Members

Early-Bird Registration (February 15th April 1st): $625
Regular Registration: $700
Late Registration (after June 10th): $800

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

Hotel Reservations

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.


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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