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Recognition of Excellence in Landscape Architecture in Canada

Landscape architecture is dedicated to design and the integration of the built environment and the natural environment. The Canadian Association of Landscape Architects represents more than 1,900 landscape architects who are members of provincial or territorial associations, and in the field of university education across Canada.

13 landscaping projects recognized as models

March 15, 2013 in Ottawa, the Canadian Association of Landscape Architects today announced the National Winners of its annual Awards of Excellence. This year looks promising as 13 projects have been recognized as role models in landscape design and management.

Apart from the resulting aesthetics, landscape architecture contributes greatly to the preservation and sustainable management of the landscape. These projects help plan university campuses, transform former industrial sites into more ecologically rich landscapes, and revitalize former port and downtown areas, making them more accessible to the public and pedestrian traffic.

These artists create a very aesthetic universe that they make available to us in our daily lives. This event is made up of a national jury of experienced landscape architects, who will designate the winners. The awards are arranged in 3 categories, which are:Honor, Merit and Citations. The winners of the Honor Awards have met all the evaluation criteria in terms of excellence and the Merit Awards have met certain criteria. Quotes, on the other hand, meet specific criteria.

The 2013 winners are as follows:

National honor

  • Yellowknife Harbour, Donna Hinde, The Planning Partnership Inc
  • Evergreen Brick Works, DTAH / Claude Cormier + Associés / Dougan &Associates
  • Cultural Landscape Strategic Plan, Michelle Reid, The City of Calgary Parks and Leonard Novak, Leonard Novak Landscape Architect
  • Pink Balls, Claude Cormier, Claude Cormier + Associates Inc.
  • Place d'Armes, Robert Desjardins, City of Montreal, Direction des grands parcs and Groupe IBI-CHBA

National Merit

  • King Street Kitchener Revitalization, IBI Group (ON)
  • Mobility Hub Guidelines, IBI Group
  • Energy, Environment and Experiential Learning (EEEL), Douglas Olson, O2 Planning + Design Inc.

National Quote

  • SFU UniverCity Childcare, space2place design.inc.
  • Folly forest, Dietmar Straub, Straub Thurmayr CSLA Landschaftsarchitekten
  • Memory Wall / Consolidation of the cliff of archaeological site Cartier-Roberval, Andre Arata &Gérald Pau/PLANIA
  • British Columbia Landscape Standard, British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and British Columbia Landscape &Nursery Association
  • Water on the Land:Sustainable stormwater management guide

The list was released shortly before the announcement of the landscape architecture month festivities. "As landscape architects, we aim to create sustainable environments and improve our living environments," added Claude Potvin, President of the CSLA.

The prizes will be awarded to the winners at the CSLA Gala which will take place on Saturday July 13, 2013 at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina. High-resolution photos of the winning projects are available upon request so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of these eco-friendly works.