Best in Canadian Landscape Architecture Recognized

CSLA Awards of Excellence highlight innovative thinking in design and management of landscapes

OTTAWA, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the national winners of its annual Awards of Excellence. This year, 13 projects were recognized as being preeminent examples in Canadian landscape architecture, honouring distinctive design, groundbreaking research, sustainable landscape management and much more.

"These winning projects are a reminder that great design helps to build great communities," said CSLA president Claude Potvin. "These represent the range of what landscape architects do. They are helping to reshape university campuses; they are turning contaminated industrial lands into showcases of green design and innovation. They are revitalizing historic waterfronts and downtowns to protect heritage and encourage pedestrian and public use. They are shaping the places we want to live, work and play."

Winners were selected by a national jury of leading landscape architects. Awards are presented in three categories: Honour, Merit, and Citations. Honour Awards recipients demonstrate excellence in all judging criteria, Merit Awards in some criteria, and Citations in particular categories. The 2013 recipients are:

National Honour / Honneur national

Planning & Analysis
Yellowknife Harbour, Donna Hinde, The Planning Partnership Inc
Client: The City of Yellowknife

Evergreen Brick Works, DTAH / Claude Cormier + Associés / Dougan & Associates
Client: Evergreen

Planning & Analysis
Cultural Landscape Strategic Plan, Michelle Reid, The City of Calgary Parks and Leonard Novak, Leonard Novak Landscape Architect
Client: The City of Calgary Parks

New Directions
Pink Balls, Claude Cormier, Claude Cormier + Associés Inc.
Client : Société de développement commercial du village

Place d'Armes, Robert Desjardins, Ville de Montréal, Direction des grands parcs et Groupe IBI-CHBA
Client : Ville de Montréal et Gouvernement du Québec

National Merit / Mérite national

King Street Kitchener Revitalization, IBI Group (ON)
Client: City of Kitchener

Planning & Analysis
Mobility Hub Guidelines, IBI Group
Client: Metrolinx

Energy, Environment and Experiential Learning (EEEL), Douglas Olson, O2 Planning + Design Inc.
Client: University of Calgary

National Citation / Citation nationale

SFU UniverCity Childcare, space2place
Client: SFU Community Trust

New Directions
Folly forest, Dietmar Straub, Straub Thurmayr CSLA Landschaftsarchitekten
Client: Winnipeg School Division, Strathcona School

Memory Wall / Consolidation of the cliff of archaeological site Cartier-Roberval, Andre Arata & Gérald Pau/PLANIA
Client: Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec

British Columbia Landscape Standard, British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and British Columbia Landscape & Nursery Association
Client: British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and British Columbia Landscape & Nursery Association

Water on the Land: Sustainable stormwater management guide, Scatliff+Miller+Murray Inc.
Client: Rivers West

"As landscape architects, we strive to create livable and sustainable communities," continued Potvin. "I'm very proud to recognize that each of these winning projects demonstrates that, setting new standards of excellence for our profession.

The awards will be presented at the CSLA Gala to be held at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina on Saturday, July 13th, 2013. Hi-resolution images of winning projects are available upon request.

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is the voice of landscape architecture in Canada. Landscape Architecture is a multi-disciplinary field dedicated to the design and integration of built and natural environments. CSLA represents more than 1,900 landscape architects through provincial and territorial associations and academic programs across the country. CSLA advocates for its members on issues such as urban renewal, sustainable development and cultural heritage.

SOURCE: Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)

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