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The CSLA Congratulates Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Namesake of the International Landscape Architecture Prize

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is proud to announce that Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is the namesake of the newly established International Landscape Architecture Prize. The biennial Oberlander Prize will be awarded to a living practitioner, collaborative, or team for their creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture.

This is the first and only international landscape architecture prize that includes a US$100,000 monetary award. In addition, the Prize features two years of related public engagement activities to honor a living practitioner, collaborative or team for their creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture. The inaugural Prize will be awarded in 2021. 

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CSLA's 2020 Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Every year, the CSLA submits a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance. This year, the theme of the consultation was: 

Climate Emergency: The Required Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

The CSLA submitted four recommendations. Learn more by downloading the full brief here.

Recommendation # 1 — That federal funds be dedicated to implementing (i.e., coordination, communication, and action) low carbon resilience at all levels of government and society to stimulate the transition to a low carbon economy.

Recommendation #2 — That the federal government include the requirement for landscape architecture services within government departments.

Recommendation #3 — That federal procurement emphasize climate change and low-carbon resilience criteria as part of a qualifications-based selection criteria when sourcing all services, including those of landscape architects.

Recommendation #4 — That the federal government provide major funding to eliminate silos between scientific, planning, and design professions through the creation of multi-disciplinary, collaborative, climate change teams, to emphasize the value of ecology and nature-based systems in the transition to a
low carbon economy.

Add these recommendations to your Federal Election Toolkit

During the 2019 federal election campaign, CSLA members have an opportunity to raise awareness of issues related to landscape architecture. This election toolkit is designed to help CSLA members advocate for better communities by engaging with their candidates. The toolkit also contains useful links to help you find out quickly if you are registered to vote, your electoral constituency or riding, the candidates in your riding and their party’s platform. There are also sample letters as well as sample questions for members to use. These basic tools can also be tailored and customized to more closely address issues in your federal constituency. The CSLA encourages its members to question candidates and to compare their positions on specific issues and educate them on important policy issues that may not be addressed otherwise.

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CSLA and AALA Call for Abstracts for the 2020 Congress

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) together with the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) invite qualified experts to submit abstracts for oral presentations (concurrent sessions, 30 minutes in length) to be made at the upcoming 2020 CSLA-AALA Congress scheduled to be held in Calgary, Alberta, June 18-20, 2020. Presentations are scheduled on June 19th and 20th and we expect 300 to 400 delegates to be present.

The deadline is November 6th, 2019. Download the Call for Abstracts


CSLA Calls for Submissions for the 2020 Awards of Excellence Program

WY Garden (Winnipeg, MB) by Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects,  2019 Jury’s Award of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence Program is intended to: 

  • recognize and promote excellence in all aspects of the profession
  • communicate a strong awareness of the profession of landscape architecture to related professions, potential clients, and the general public.

The deadline for submissions is January 24th, 2020. Learn more...


2019 Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation and Benefits Study

The 2019 Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation & Benefits Study provides comprehensive documentation of compensation and benefits currently provided to landscape architects across Canada. This report investigates all aspects of benefits and compensation and is useful in determining the appropriate level of compensation and benefits for landscape architects. This robust compensation study is the second national level study in Canada to focus on the landscape architect profession (the first study was published in 2015). The study was carried out by The Portage Group, a full-service management consulting firm that specializes in providing research and consulting services to associations.

Download the full report here


Recipient of the CSLA's 2019 Jury's Award of Excellence Recognized with Landezine International Landscape Award

The 2019 Winner in the Gardens category is ROOTED IN CLAY _ WY Garden Winnipeg by Straub Thurmayr. Congratulations Anna and Dietmar!

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Landscape Architects Rise to the Climate Crisis

A month of the largest collective climate activist events in history culminates with the launch of the Climate Positive Design Challenge that enables the global landscape architecture profession to take climate action. The Challenge establishes targets for reducing emissions and sequestering carbon in the built environment, with a goal of going ‘beyond neutral’ – sequestering more carbon than emitted and providing a positive contribution towards reversing global warming. The Challenge targets can be met using the web-based app called the Pathfinder, which guides designers on a path towards making their projects Climate Positive.

To take the Challenge, go to www.ClimatePositiveDesign.com 


New report shows urgent need for climate adaptation investment

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released, on September 26, striking new data demonstrating the urgent need for new investments in local climate adaptation and the areas where that investment is needed most.  

According to the report's findings, avoiding the worst impacts of climate change at the municipal level will cost an estimated $5.3 billion per year shared amongst all three orders of government. 

Those investments are critical to helping local communities adapt to the changing climate, and to reduce risk from extreme weather.

The report also found that Canada's eastern and northern regions are most in need of adaptation investments with flooding, erosion and melting permafrost posing the greatest risk. Among infrastructure priorities, local buildings, dikes and roads require the most urgent upgrades. 

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LGBTQ2+ National Monument

Between the 1950s and mid-1990s, LGBT* members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and the federal public service were systematically discriminated against, harassed and often fired as a matter of policy and sanctioned practice. In what came to be known as the “LGBT Purge”, people were followed, interrogated, abused and traumatized. Survivors of the LGBT Purge launched a class action lawsuit against the Canadian government. A settlement was reached in June 2018 that includes money for survivor compensation as well as funds for reconciliation and memorialization. A portion of the LGBT Purge Fund has been earmarked specifically to “memorialize the historical discrimination against LGBTQ2 Canadians, including with respect to the LGBT Purge” (Final Settlement Agreement, 2018).

In 2020, in collaboration with the Purge Fund, Heritage Canada will send out a request for proposals for the design and construction of the national monument and an associated interpretation and education program. Design firms will respond with their proposals which will be reviewed by a jury. Heritage Canada will also invite the public to comment on the final designs.

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In Memoriam

Leopoldo (Leo) Marti-Aguilar on July 28, 2019

Leo was in his eighties and suffering from complications from colo-rectal cancer. 

Leo was a proud Spaniard from Andalusia in Spain. He migrated to Canada from Mexico in the sixties and joined Don Graham’s office when the practice had just opened in Ottawa. Without any formal training in landscape architecture, Leo picked up all his landscape architecture know-how from scratch and acquired a well-deserved reputation as a formidable design talent with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of landscape construction. His mark on the National Capital Region landscape can be seen in numerous housing communities built in the sixties and seventies, as well as many institutional, commercial and private residential projects. His graphic skills were legendary and his beautiful illustrations enhanced several government handbooks and publications. He joined CMHC in the early 80s in the Inspections and Quality Standards Division and later joined its International Division to assist project officers in joint collaboration and technology-transfer initiatives with countries in Latin America and Spain. 

He was an accomplished Flamenco guitarist who often played on CBC Radio. Above all, Leo was a warm human being who gave generously of his knowledge and advice to younger LAs who worked with him. He was renowned for his fun-loving spirit and ability to laugh, and make others laugh. 

Eric Clough on August 18, 2019

Eric Clough died peacefully while working at his desk, at his home, in Paradise Valley, Winlaw, British Columbia, on August 18th. He was 89 years old. 

Eric began practice in 1954 in California, one of the first Landscape Architects to recognize the need for drought tolerant species in xeric landscapes. He brought that sensibility north in the late 60’s where he and his family built a community 3 miles from the closest power. They started a native plant nursery that supplied many of the projects Eric designed throughout the Okanagan and the Kootenays. Building a practice without power or a phone was but one of many challenges Eric overcame during his 65 years as a Landscape Architect. When he began receiving his old age pension and CPP he pledged to work at least 50% of his time pro bono. Two major community housing projects for seniors in the Slocan Valley are but a small part of that legacy.  

Eric was years ahead of his time, a leader in our field, a mentor and creator. 

A memorial service will be held at the Vallican Whole, Vallican BC on October 6. Contributions in Eric’s name may be made to the Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society at 3650 Passmore Old Road, Winlaw, BC VOG 2JO.

David Fushtey on October 8th, 2019

We are very sad to report that on October 8, 2019, David Fushtey passed away at St. John Hospice, Vancouver, BC at the age of 64. He died of an aggressive brain tumour but was surrounded by supportive and loving friends and family during his hospice stay.   Dave was born on August 21,1955 in Guelph, Ontario to Ruth and Steve Fushtey. Beloved husband to Moura Quayle.

A true renaissance man, Dave was a landscape architect, sculptor and multi-talented lawyer. He loved music, art and beauty. His first degree in landscape architecture led to his work at EXPO '86 as a senior planner and contract manager. Fascinated by the law and words, he loved his legal education at UBC, where he was editor of the Law Review. Law was everything Dave believed in - discipline, justice and consideration of others without compromising his values. He articled at Bull Housser Tupper and clerked for the BC Supreme Court. Dave worked in a variety of positions and firms building a background in international transactions and international commercial organizations. He particularly enjoyed his in-house counsel work at MPR Teltech Ltd. working on complex IP claims.

Dave actively followed his dreams. He had fallen in love with the art of stone sculpture during a UK study abroad in the late 70s, so he joined George Pratt's sculpture studio in 1998. You can find his large public art pieces in Richmond, Nanaimo and other locations.

But his commitment to words and the rule of law drew him back to create The Governance Counsel in 2002. Dave became the Governance Guy. As a corporate-commercial lawyer, respect for specialized languages and building strategic oversight skills focused his passion on governance - the effective exercise of informed authority.  Dave was a Fellow at the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.  He worked tirelessly on behalf of the BCSLA and our Members and Associates.  Dave was instrumental in leading workshops that resulted in the BCSLA Bylaws and Standards of Professional Conduct and Practice and many BCSLA Policies that are in place today.   He provided excellent guidance on legal matters, governance, strategic oversight, discipline, compliance and more recently Bill 49: The Professional Governance Act.

From a young age, Dave showed leadership, kindness and courage. He worked tirelessly in his pursuit of justice whether for politics or humanitarian causes including support for women and diversity of culture. Dave will be dearly missed.   Remembering Dave will be held on Monday October 28, 2019 from 4-6pm at the Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings. Donations can be made to Family Services, St. John Hospice or the charity of your choice on Dave's behalf. Read the entire notice here.<https://vancouversunandprovince.remembering.ca/obituary/david-fushtey-1077532395>


IFLA News

Colleen Mercer Clarke, APALA, FCSLA, Announced as 2019 IFLA President's Award Winner

Colleen Mercer-Clarke has been announced as the recipient of the 2019 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) President’s Award at the World Congress in Oslo, Norway.

The IFLA President’s Award recognises the contribution of an individual or organisation for the advancement of the profession of landscape architecture through their participation in IFLA. 

Ms Mercer Clarke, current Chair of IFLA’s Working Group on Climate Change, was announced as the winner of the Award for her efforts both within IFLA and the broad IFLA community to lead and coordinate the collective response to climate change.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award Winner for 2019

The International Federation of Landscape Architect's President, James Hayter, announced at the 2019 World Congress in Oslo, Norway, that Landscape Architect Kathryn Gustafson has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow to a landscape architect. Learn more...

IFLA Declares a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency at the IFLA World Congress in Oslo, Norway. 

The move comes following the unanimous support of the 77 voting nations and it maps out an action plan of what IFLA will do in response to the issues the globe is facing. 

(Photo: Colleen Mercer Clarke addressing the IFLA World Council in Oslo. Photo by H. Parnham)

“The earth has continued to experience record breaking temperatures, rapid glacial and artic sea ice loss, drought and wildfires and repeated extreme weather events,” said IFLA President, James Hayter.

“Climate change has already significantly affected the majority of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and species.”

“By declaring an emergency we’re adding to the voice of IFLA to the growing list of organisations across the globe who are demanding more action.”

Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation, and Hope Parnham, CSLA's President-Elect, are co-chairs of IFLA's Climate Change Working Group, which proposed the ClimateACTION! Plan. The plan, adopted by IFLA, outlines an engagement model with members, partners, allied professions researchers and educators, to bring about a programme of real change.

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IFLA 57th World Congress in Malaysia

Malaysia is proud to be the host for the 57th IFLA World Congress and IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit. After the glorious success of 2007, this will be the second time Malaysia hosts the largest world stage for landscape architects. The 57th IFLA World Congress and IFLA2020 World Landscape Architects Summit will be held in the city of Georgetown in Penang, located at the Northern region of Malaysia.

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The Canadian Landscape Charter Goes on a Road Trip in 2019 - Sponsored by Equiparc

Are you interested in discussing the Canadian Landscape Charter? Its applicability? Its reach?

Join Jean Landry in discussion during the Canadian Landscape Charter Tour Sessions, in partnership with CSLA component associations and Universities across Canada, to learn about the Charter and participate in an ongoing conversation about the recognition, management, protection, and celebration of Canada’s landscapes. Learn more...


Calling All Canadian Students of Landscape Architecture

The Vimy Foundation launches a Canadian student concept design competition by an individual or a team for a water feature for the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, Vimy Ridge, France. The deadline is January 6th, 2020. Learn more...


National Urban Design Awards: Call for submissions

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) are pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 2020 National Urban Design Awards (NUDA).The deadline to submit online is December 19th, 2019. Learn more...


Endorse the Canadian Landscape Charter! 

Add your name to the list of signatories of the Canadian Landscape Charter by adding your endorsement, and learn about other ways you can support the Charter.

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LACF Calls for Grant Proposals

 The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2019. Learn more...

Donate now and become a member of LACF by making a gift of $100 or more. Help support our mission of advancing and promoting the values of the profession of Landscape Architecture through research, communication and scholarship. Donate now...

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