Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council

LAAC Standards Review Meeting

The mission of the CSLA's Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC) is to evaluate, advocate for and advance the quality of education in Canadian landscape architecture programs. In pursuit of this mission, it is the policy of the LAAC to ensure a minimum level of achievement of commonly accepted professional skills while encouraging experimentation, innovation and flexibility in the curriculum. The LAAC must also work proactively to assist the programs to define their intended learning outcomes, evaluate their programs, and refine their curricula on an on-going basis. It is through the Standards and Procedures that the LAAC is able to achieve this objective.

A formal LAAC Standards and Procedures review will take place from 2020 to 2021 and the LAAC is seeking advice and input from landscape architecture educators and practitioners during this process. 

Help us ensure that the revised LAAC Accreditation Standards will reflect the changes taking place in practice and provide direction to the accredited landscape architecture programs.

The workshop will be held at 1 pm on Thursday June 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary during the 2020 CSLA-AALA Congress.


What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental system of self-regulation.  At its core is the concept of on-going self assessment and improvement.  The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Council (LAAC) typically conducts evaluations of university programs on a six-year cycle to determine compliance with its published minimum standards and the programs own stated objectives.  Any program leading to a first professional degree at the bachelor’s or master’s level in Canada is eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAC.

Prior to their scheduled re-accreditation reviews, programs are required to conduct self-evaluation studies to assess how well they are meeting their stated educational goals and LAAC standards.  LAAC then assigns a Visiting Evaluation Team to undertake an independent assessment and make a recommendation to the Council.  The LAAC reviews the Visiting Team Report and issues a final accreditation decision.  Programs are also required to submit annual reports noting all significant changes and developments for LAAC review.


About the CSLA's Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC)

The LAAC is the body of the Society responsible for accrediting professional university undergraduate and graduate degree programs in landscape architecture in Canada. It is responsible for: appointing teams to undertake accreditation; recruiting and training accreditation team members; reviewing and approving accreditation reports; reviewing and approving annual reports from universities; advising the Board of its decisions; periodically reviewing applicable accreditation standards and procedures, and maintaining contact with the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board and other accrediting bodies to ensure consistency of standards.

Fees (as of March 2020)

Annual Sustaining Fee for each Accredited Program: $2,100 
New Program Initial Visit Fee: $5,985
Candidacy Status Application and Initial Visit Fee: $630
Candidacy Status Annual Sustaining Fee: $1,315
Interim or Early Visit Fee: $1,945
Delay of Visit Fee: $1,945


LAAC Members

Chair

Heather Cram  MALA, FCSLA
laac-caap@csla-aapc.ca

Members

Bernard Saint-Denis, AAPQ, CSLA
Trevor McIntyre, OALA, FCSLA
Ian Wasson,  BCSLA, FCSLA
Jean Trottier,  MALA, CSLA
Barbara Myers, MCIP, RPP


Accreditation Council Policies, Manual and Forms

Manual of Accreditation Standards and Procedures for Programs of Landscape Architectural Education in Canadian Universities and Colleges (2017)

LAAC Visiting Team Evaluator Conflict of Interest Policy and Declaration

Electronic Presentation of Student Work and Review Guidelines

Self-Evaluation Report Format for First-Professional Programs in Landscape Architecture Programs

Report of the Visiting Team to the LAAC

Visiting Team Guidelines


Establishment Dates of Canada's Landscape Architecture Programs

1964
University of Guelph BLA

1965
University of Toronto

1968
Université de Montréal BLA

1972
University of Manitoba MLA

1973
University of Guelph MLA

1979
University of British Columbia BLA

1995
University of British Columbia MLA (BLA phased out)

1999
University of Toronto MLA (BLA phased out)

2011
Université de Montréal BLA (Re-structured  and accreditation discontinued)

2015
Université de Montréal MLA

2018
University of Calgary MLA

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