The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects was founded in 1934. The founding members of the Society were:
- Carl Borgstrom
- Humphrey Carver
- Gordon Culham
- Howard B. Dunington-Grubb
- Lorrie A. Dunington-Grubb
- Edwin Kay
- Helen M. Kippax
- Frances C. Steinhoff
- J. Vilhelm Stensson
By that time, landscape architects were active in all major centres across Canada in the design and planning of parks, open spaces, public institutions, roadways, neighbourhoods and communities. Landscape architect Frederick Todd, for example, was instrumental in the early 1900s in the design of Mount Royal Park in Montreal and the design of Ottawa's scenic driveways and urban green spaces. Later he designed the neighbourhood of Mount Royal in Montreal.
Following World War II, landscape architects became involved in the design and planning of new communities, national and provincial parks, tourism facilities, institutions and corporate sites. Landscape architects played lead roles in the design of Expo 67 in Montreal.
In the mid-1960's, professional programs in landscape architecture were initiated at the Universities of Guelph, Manitoba, and Toronto. A few years later, programs were established at the University of British Columbia and the University of Montreal, and a program in landscape architectural technology was initiated at Ryerson Polytechnical University.
Demand for the services of landscape architects has grown steadily in Canada, particularly over the past two decades. Landscape architects today are engaged in the design, planning and management of urban, rural and natural environments in all Canadian provinces and territories and in many countries worldwide. Canadian landscape architects are well-regarded for their creativity, their sensitivity and their practicality in all aspects of professional practice.
A Pocket History
Doug Clark compiled this 180-year journey through time for CSLA's professional journal Landscapes / Paysages. Download a PDF of A Pocket History
Timeline of the CSLA
In March, at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and Town Planners is formed with Gordon Culham (President), Howard Dunnington-Grubb (Vicepresident), Frances Steinhoff (Secretary-Treasurer) and Carl Borgstron and Edwin Kay (Councilors). Also present: Laurie Dunnington-Grubb, Humphrey Carver, J.V. Stensson, Helen Kipax and Frances Blue.
CSLA introduces its first national landscape architectural publication, The Canadian Landscape Architect
Three CSLA chapters are created: Montreal/Ottawa, Central Canada and the Prairie/Pacific Coast
CSLA introduces its first newsletter, entitled Land Design.
First class of Fellows are invested to the College of Fellows
CSLA is restructured into a federation of provincial and regional component associations. Edwin Skapsts, Jack
Walker and Clive Justice lead the restructuring.
First CSLA annual Congress is held in Vancouver
In March, the CSLA creates a quarterly, bilingual publication entitled Landscape Architecture in Canada, edited by Moura Quayle
CSLA governance structure of regional representatives led by a nationally elected president is established
In April, the last issue of Landscape Architecture in Canada is published
In November, the CSLA publishes the Landscape Architectural Review (LA Review) “to provide a forum for the presentation and promotion of landscape architecture” under the CSLA aegis and every CSLA member receives a copy.
The Professional Awards Program is launched and awarded in 1984, under the leadership of Arnis Budrevics, based on the OALA's awards. Categories include design, planning and research. The design category includes recreational, residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and historical divisions as well as
urban design and transport.
CSLA introduces a bilingual news bulletin and Lombard North Group develops the first computerized CSLA membership roster
In January, LA Review becomes a bilingual publication and is renamed Landscape Architecture Review/Revue d’architecture de paysage. It will be published until 1993.
Ron Williams and others build on the work of Peter Jacobs, Jack Milliken and John Consolati to create a CSLA accreditation system for Canadian universities. University of Guelph is the first school accredited (1986)
In July, Pierre Vachon becomes the first employee of the CSLA as Executive Director
Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) is established
In the Fall, the first Issue of LANDSCAPES|PAYSAGES, magazine, edited by Cecilia Paine, is published, with the help of funds from the LACF
Fran Pauzé joins the CSLA as Executive Director.
Paulette Vinette appointed CSLA Executive Director
Elizabeth Sharpe appointed CSLA Executive Director
Michelle Legault appointed CSLA Executive Director
CSLA adopts a proactive congress planning model working in partnership with component associations
CSLA brokers a Reciprocity Agreement which is signed by 8 or 9 component associations; that agreement is renewed in 2020 with all component associations as signatories
Established the CSLA Climate Change Task Force, which became the Committee on Climate Adaptation
CSLA certificate of continuance approved by the Government of Canada under the Not for Profit Act
Ron Williams pubishes Landscape Architecture in Canada and, with the LACF, the CSLA organizes and funds a cross-Canada book tour
Launched a compensation and benefits study of the profession, which was renewed in 2019
CSLA and component associations sign a terms of reference which guides the roles and responsibilities of the organizations
CSLA establishes the Canadian Landscape Charter
In cooperation with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, published the Canadian Landscape Standard, and published a second edition in 2020
Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture, approved in 2014, is awarded to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Indigenous Issues Task Force is established, which became the Reconciliation Advisory Committee
Associates (interns) and students admitted as CSLA members
Katherine Velluso joins the CSLA team as Communications Coordinator
Service agreement with LACF is concluded whereby the CSLA Executive Director becomes LACF Executive Director