Call for Submissions: Spring 2024 Edition, "Generations"


Queries/Drafts due date: October 23, 2023
Final Copy due date: November 24, 2023
Guest Editors: Naomi Ratte and Jean Trottier
Generations are defined by shared experiences, values, aspirations, identities, challenges, and practices. As we prepare to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the CSLA, we ask: What gets passed on from one generation to the next? And what threads have generations of landscape architects woven to sustain us thus far? 

L|P’s Spring 2024, Generations issue will concurrently explore perspectives, understandings and ambitions from established and emerging Canadian landscape architects. It will reflect on who we were, acknowledge where we are, and dream of who we may become as a profession. We encourage the submission of content that shares perspectives on how multi-generational knowledge can help us tackle the challenges we face today: climate change and global warming; reconciliation; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and/or environmental resilience. 

We invite potential contributors to submit queries or draft articles, short and long stories, illustrations, photographs, poems and other creative works. We are particularly looking for contributions co-authored by a senior practitioner/advisor and an emerging practitioner: candid, whimsical and thoughtful dialogues that capture the voice of each generation.

Here are some questions to consider as you prepare your submission: 
  • How do you prepare for generational change in your firm or practice? How are knowledge, expertise, creativity, and professional ethos transmitted?
  • How is this reflected in one of your firm’s projects? This could be a project that took decades to complete or one that you revisited multiple times. Consider how the project changed, why it changed, who it served, and how different generations of landscape architects in your firm responded to such changes. 
  • What iconic Canadian legacy project had a profound impact on the profession and, in your opinion, deserves to inform its future?
  • How has your approach to landscape architecture changed over time. Has your perspective regarding the purpose and impact of your work evolved?
  • What distinguishes senior practitioners’ early careers from how emerging practitioners engage theirs today? Reflect on topics such as tools, design methodologies, best practices, education, range of practice, client and social expectations, or relation to sister disciplines, amongst others.
  • What sustained you then, and sustains you now? Are you still having fun?
Please send ideas, abstracts, or draft articles to:

Jean Trottier, Guest Editor, 
Naomi Ratte, Guest Editor, 
Laurie Blake, Managing Editor,

General Guidelines for Contributors

Deadline for article ideas, abstracts or rough Drafts is October 23, 2023 (or earlier). 

Final Draft submission deadline is November 24, 2023 (or earlier).

Article length: 
  • Feature articles to be 1400-1600 words 
  • Prologue (short) articles to be 300-500 words
  • Illustrations: Please supply about 10-12 illustrations for a feature article and 1-2 for short articles. All images must be high resolution (300 dpi) and include captions and photo credits. Further Photo guidelines will be supplied separately, upon request.

Please provide a brief bio (around 50 words), a photograph, your preferred email address and a mailing address (for complimentary copies). Our authors are the voice of LP, and our readers appreciate knowing where you are coming from. In your brief bio, please DO include a mention of your work or home base – but please keep the data brief. Instead, we invite you to use the space to tell us something about yourself, and your link to the story you are telling in the magazine, or to the issue’s theme. 

A sample bio is provided below:

Ryan Wakshinski is a CSLA-Award-winning landscape architect from Winnipeg, where he has worked for Manitoba government since 2009. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for a $10-million dollar annual capital project program, including all facets of design, development and construction. He has a five year-old daughter named Hazel, plays golf for relaxation and practices Vipassana Meditation to come to terms with how he plays golf.

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