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APALA Announces Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship

10/12/2012

APALA recently announced a scholarship in honour of the late Peter Klynstra, a well-known and highly respected Halifax landscape architect. The Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an Atlantic Canadian student entering the second year of landscape architectural study in a recognized undergraduate or graduate program.

The scholarship recognizes Peter Klynstra’s significant contribution in the field and to education, and is intended to encourage more people to enter the profession. Klynstra spent more than 20 year as a design professor in Environmental Planning at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and then DalTech – during which time he mentored many students.

“Peter was a tireless promoter of landscape architecture. He was very keen to see more Atlantic Canadians become landscape architects and practice in the region,” says Cary Vollick, a Halifax landscape architect who helped to set up the scholarship.

In his over 40 years of practice as a landscape architect, Peter Klynstra was involved in major projects relating to waterfront planning, institutional land planning, and development research. In addition to his innovative design talents, Klynstra was highly sought after for his expertise in community consultation and was a strong advocate for the voice of community in planning projects. He was a member of the National Capital Commission’s Design Advisory Committee from 1994-1996, and was a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. But perhaps he is best known for his energy and enthusiasm to help out any who asked on projects large and small with his limitless stream of ideas and encouragement. In 2011, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) awarded its President’s Award to Klynstra posthumously in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the profession.

APALA will begin efforts immediately to raise sufficient funds to endow an initial scholarship of $1,000 a year. “We’re hopeful that the scholarship will encourage more people in the Atlantic region to consider a career in landscape architecture,” says Vollick.

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