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CSLA Reminders

Awards of Excellence Call for Submissions

The deadline is January 25th. Learn more...

Legacy Project Award Call for Submissions

The deadline is January 4th. Learn more...

College of Fellows Call for Nominations

The deadline is January 15th. New this year: individuals can submit nominations directly to the CSLA without requiring the component association approval. Learn more...

Recognition Awards

The deadline is February 22nd. Learn more...

Glossary of Acronyms for Landscape Architecture

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Peer Review at SSHRC and NSERC

Are you a researcher who is interested in serving on a peer review panel for SSHRC or NSERC? If so, please read this important letter from the Tri-Council Funding Task Force...


CSLA President and President-Elect Advocating for the Profession on Parliament Hill

IMG_1673.JPGOn November 6th, 2018, in Ottawa, Nastaran Moradinejad, President of the CSLA, and Glenn O'Connor, President-Elect of the CSLA, met with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Member of Parliament for Gatineau, Steven MacKinnon.

Ms. Moradinejad and Mr. O'Connor also held a productive meeting with Senior Policy staff from the Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne.  The meetings provided the CSLA the opportunity to discuss procurement processes and guidelines, as well as the role of landscape architects in infrastructure projects, climate change mitigation, and in creating livable communities. 

(Photo: L. Ross. From L to R: Nastaran Moradinejad, Steven MacKinnon and Glenn O'Connor)

Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation, Speaks at ASLA Conference

A panel on climate action and landscape architecture was held at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia which presented new tools that may help landscape architects reduce their climate impact.

Colleen Mercer Clarke, chair of the CSLA Committee on Climate Adaptation, gave an overview of CSLA’s efforts, which include the creation of a series of primers on climate adaptation and the promulgation of design standards that were written taking climate change into account.

Clarke urged the audience to think globally:

“The world is waiting. I haven’t seen another profession that can provide the kind of leadership we can on this issue.”

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Michelle Legault, CSLA Executive Director,
Speaks at a Celebration for George Dark

In Toronto, on November 15th, 2018, colleagues and friends assembled at Evergreen Brick Works to celebrate George Dark's Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture. 

Read Michelle's remarks...







Civitas Group's Parliament Hill Escarpment Stairway and Site Rehabilitation Project Featured in ASLA's November Issue of LAM

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The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park Inaugurated

Group Photo with PM.jpegOn November 9, 2018, the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park was inaugurated on Vimy Ridge in France in close proximity to the Vimy Memorial which has been placed on the UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage Sites. CSLA Fellow Linda Dicaire was present at the ceremonies. Linda is the designer of the 4 acre Vimy Foundation Centennial Park and of all its symbolic features including the Vimy Bench. The memorable benches were made by Hauser in Waterloo. The sculpture of the Bugler is by Canadian artist Marlene Hilton-Moore, artist of the Valiants on Confederation Square, Ottawa. The Park was built by the French entreprise SNB Colas. Future phases of planting and commemorative art are planned.

Vimy Centennial Park and Vimy Bench.jpegDuring the inauguration a special flag that flew on the Peace Tower on April 9, 2017 fluttered on its mast.The park planting rests on the Vimy Oaks with their own story tied to the Battle of Vimy Ridge in WW1, and their incredible journey to Canada and then, 100 years later, back to France.

The Vimy Foundation charitable fund-raising drive towards Centennial Park is on-going. Photos and information are found on https://www.vimyfoundation.ca/purchase-centennial-tree/

CSW Landscape Architects collaborated with Linda to produce the 3D renderings for the Vimy Foundation.

Read an article at https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9035882-waterloo-firm-proudly-sends-bit-of-home-to-vimy-ridge/ and at https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/new-commemorative-park-opens-vimy-ridge and about the Vimy Oaks at https://vimyoakslegacy.ca/en/

Top Photo: From left to right, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Minister of Veterans Affairs, Christopher Sweeney Chairman of the Vimy Foundation, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister, Linda Dicaire (OALA, FCSLA) Landscape Architect, Monty McDonald President of the Vimy Oaks Legacy, and MP Jennifer O’Connell.

The WDSO and the World Design Summit

The CSLA would like to inform you that the World Design Summit Office has closed. In addition, the CSLA has received no further communication or information regarding the lists of creditors to the WDSO, nor their potential reimbursements. We will continue to monitor the situation on behalf of our members.


CSLA, RAIC and ICU Seeking a Sponsor for the
National Urban Design Awards Presentation 

The National Urban Design Award will be presented in Ottawa on January 7th, 2018. Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities...

World Landscape Architecture (WLA) Awards 

WLA recently launched the 2019 WLA Awards with a 1 March 2019 deadline for submissions. There are four categories (built - small/large/residential; conceptual) with six great jurors from around the world.

To find out about the awards go to http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/2019-wla-awards-call-for-submissions-opens/



NLA, the Norwegian Association of Landscape Architects is hosting the 56th IFLA World Congress, Common Ground in Oslo. Call for abstracts has now opened. 

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Button.pngAdaptation Primers Available as a Free Download from the CSLA Website: Colleen S.L. Mercer Clarke and Alexander J. Clarke Share Valuable Research on Climate Adaptation

The Primers are divided into four manuals:

  • Primer One summarizes current science on climate change, and what it means for Canada.
  • Primer Two focuses on framing policy and planning approaches to mitigation and adaptation with special emphasis on building resilience, designing for positive transformation, and ensuring sustainability in ecosystems and societies.
  • Primer Three provides an overview of the opportunities to create resilient communities that enhance public well-being, integrate nature, and ensure a prosperous future.
  • Primer Four focuses on the options for response to rising waters, ranging from persisting in place to migration to better circumstances. 

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Challenge Your Concept of a Bench!

The Winnipeg Trails Association and Storefront Manitoba invite design teams to submit proposals for a permanent bench to be located along the Trans Canada Trail. We are asking you to put your skills to work and challenge the concept of a ‘common’ bench. We are looking for an intervention that has the power to stop people in their tracks and provide a place to wait, rest, read and more. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST

More info and full proposal brief can be found on our website: storefrontmb.ca/about-benchmark/ 

The MIT Press Offers CSLA Members a Generous Discount

The MIT Press is offering CSLA members a 30% discount on all titles in the landscape architecture list ordered directly from their website at https://mitpress.mit.edu/. The discount code is MCSLA30 - it can be used more than once and for multiple titles, is good for both print and e-editions, and will not expire. Learn more about John R. Stilgoe's What is Landscape?

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