CSLA Reminders

  1. Do you know of  a deserving landscape architect to nominate for the Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture? The deadline is March 27th, 2020.
  2. The CSLA opens its nominations for Recognition Awards: Community Service, Lifetime Achievement, Teaching, Emerging Professionals and Schwabenbauer (for service to the CSLA). The deadline is April 10th, 2020.
  3. Register for the CSLA-AALA Congress. The early-bird rate is available until April 1st, 2020.

The Land Special Issue - Call for papers on address the synergies between academic programmes and professional organisations

The Land Special Issue invites papers that discuss and present perspectives from both academia and professional practice in landscape architecture which address the synergies between academic programmes and professional organisations. We aim for this Special Issue to critically look at existing system barriers and opportunities afforded by educational standards and assessment of landscape architecture programmes and to explore strategies required to promote a better collaboration between education institutions and professional bodies in terms of landscape design, planning, conservation and management.

Full papers up to 8,000 words will be expected by the 15th of June 2020. You can find more details about the call here and in this document.

CSLA, CIP and RAIC Announce Winners of the 2020 National Urban Design Awards

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CSLA Executive Director Michelle Legault Appointed LACF Executive Director

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) announced that a management contract has been struck between the two organizations. The agreement appoints Michelle Legault as LACF Executive Director. According to Vincent Asselin, LACF President:

We are very pleased that the CSLA has agreed to put its staff and its management systems to use for LACF. This change will this benefit LACF by enhancing its impact and allowing the foundation to develop and implement initiatives which require regular staff, such as enhanced marketing and communications plans.

Ms. Legault will be responsible for overseeing and managing LACF’s communications, governance and supporting its committees. The financial management of LACF will remain with the treasurer, Peter Kreuk. Most importantly, the governance of the two organizations remain independent. The CSLA was thrilled that its internal operations could support LACF’s mandate, made possible largely by the fact that a second full-time position, a Communications Coordinator, was established and staffed in January. Ms. Katherine Velluso has joined Ms. Legault as staff of the CSLA. According to Glenn O’Connor, CSLA President:

It seemed only logical to bring together the management and administration of the two national landscape architecture organizations under one administrative umbrella, and putting the systems and resources developed by the CSLA over the years to the use of LACF. It not only makes good financial sense, but good common sense as well.

Over the coming months, the LACF’s administration will be moved to the CSLA. 

Michelle Legault
CSLA Executive Director: executive-director@csla-aapc.ca 
LACF Executive Director: lacf-fapc@csla-aapc.ca 

Landscapes | Paysages Magazine - Call for submissions

We are searching for personal reflections, anecdotes, and stories from your own collaborations -- successful or even less so --  to curate into an issue on Collaborating for the Future. Preference will be given to illustrated short pieces (300 - 500 words or so) that showcase the tangible, transformative power of working together. Whether unexpected, insightful, reflective, experimental, demanding, whimsical, mischievous, or downright out of control, share those experiences with us.


CSLA Calls for Nominations for the 2020 Recognition Awards

The deadline for submissions is 10 April 2020.

LACF's 2020 Annual Grant Awards

LACF's 2020 Annual Grant Awards feature eight (8) outstanding projects that will lead us towards a better future.

Congratulations to the grant recipients!

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Winners of the 2020 Design Awards!

The 2020 Design Awards celebrates 13th edition of awards for excellence in design and architecture. Congratulations to the CSLA members who won a Grand Prix du Design 2020!

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Unique post-professional doctoral degree targets practicing architects, planners and landscape architects

The new Doctor of Design program at the University of Calgary helps established professionals elevate their practice and increase their impact.

Calgary, AB – The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary is launching the first doctoral program in Canada that’s specifically focused on practicing architects, planners, and landscape architects. The Doctor of Design (DDes) provides a platform for established practitioners to leverage their existing expertise into new areas of innovation.

Canada’s first doctoral degree for practicing architects, planners, and landscape architects, a Doctor of Design, is open to mid-career professionals with at least five years of work experience. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2020 program start; deadline for applications is February 1, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Significant professional experience will be considered in lieu of a graduate academic degree. 

Program details and admissions information can be found at sapl.ucalgary.ca/ddes

Communities across Canada to Benefit from Asset Management Training Activities

Managing existing and new infrastructure while dealing with competing priorities and limited budgets is a challenge that all municipalities face. To provide opportunities to communities to help them address this challenge, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Bill Karsten, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are proud to announce just over $5.7 million in funding to 18 partner organizations from across the country to deliver asset management training activities, including group learning and hands-on training opportunities, accessible to communities of all sizes.communities of all sizes.

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National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Board of Directors approved a site for the proposed LGBTQ2+ National MonumentImage result for LGBTQ2+ National Monument

The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Board of Directors approved a site for the proposed LGBTQ2+ National Monument, located on the north-east side of the intersection of Wellington Street and the Portage Bridge, near Library and Archives Canada headquarters and the Ottawa River.

Owned by the NCC, this site was selected because of its proximity to the Judicial Precinct and other key monuments, its balance of public visibility and space for contemplation, its central location, as well as its capacity for future gatherings of up to 2,000 people.

The LGBTQ2+ National Monument will memorialize the historical discrimination against LGBTQ2+ Canadians, including the LGBT Purge.

Canadian Heritage is the overall project lead and is responsible for the design competition for this national monument. The NCC will provide project management, technical services for design development and construction phases and federal approvals. The NCC will also be responsible for long-term operation and maintenance.

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Design revealed for Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility

libraryAt an event today, Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and MP for Ottawa Centre, and Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board revealed the proposed architectural design for the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. Born of a unique collaboration between municipal and federal institutions, the facility will be a city-wide resource that offers all Canadians access to a rich and diverse national collection.

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Coming Soon: Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 Architectural Design Competition

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has announced an upcoming architectural design competition initiated by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The RAIC is endorsing this procedure and providing Professional Advisors and competition management advisory services to PSPC. The RAIC will oversee the designation of a Jury, review the selection criteria and advise on the determination of honoraria and prizes. The purpose of the architectural design competition is to invite architectural firms to submit design proposals to redevelop Block 2 into an efficient complex of buildings while highlighting excellence in architecture.

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