Resources for Landscape Architects

Opportunities for Landscape Architects:

AECOM Career Opportunity

Position Title : Landscape Architect in Halifax, NS

Job Summary:

AECOM is providing a wide variety of Landscape Architectural services throughout its offices in Canada and is currently seeking a creative, talented and motivated full time Landscape Architect to join our team of professionals in our Halifax’s office. The appropriately qualified candidate will be exposed to a variety of project types and will work collaboratively with our professional staff in a fun working environment. Specifically, you will have experience in a wide range of landscape architecture projects, from conceptual design to detail design and contract administration including site inspections and attending project meetings as required.

Having a passion for your profession, you will find that Halifax is an ideal place to work and live that has the features of a big city in a small and compact city setting. Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it is a cosmopolitan port city that offers the best of two worlds – a rich history with a close connection to the sea and a vibrant, young culture. You will find a smart and cool city with a highly educated workforce, a breathtaking oceanfront scenery, a relaxed ‘east coast’ style of living with vibrant music scene, amazing restaurants, museums and galleries.

The appropriately qualified candidate will report to the Halifax Office Manager and will be dedicated to landscape architecture practices. You will work collaboratively with the Halifax professionals as well as from other’s offices on a variety of development projects, and also independently on landscape architecture projects as the lead.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

·        Parks Planning, Environmental Planning and Design and Construction

·        Project types: Artificial Turf Fields; Splash Pads; Skate Parks; Children Playgrounds; Linear Parks and Streetscapes

·        Institutional, Commercial and Industrial Landscape Design

·        Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with employees, clients, allied professionals, officials and the community

·        Meeting with new and existing private and public sector clients

·        Presenting to clients, stakeholders, community associations, municipal committees and councils

·        Assisting in the development of new landscape architecture business including: responding to requests for proposals and preparation of proposals

·        Complete site assessments, tree identification, and site inventory

·        Preparation of site analysis, concept drawings, and master plans

·        Preparation of contract documents, including: technical working drawings (layout and material plans, grading plans, planting plans and details), specifications and cost estimates; and conduct construction administration, including field review

Minimum Requirements:

·        Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

·        5+ years of proven applied experience in Landscape Architecture

·        Landscape construction / contract administration experience

·        Full member of the APALA or eligible for CSLA component full membership

·        Excellence in design and knowledge of technical detailed design and construction methods and practices (grading and layout plans, planting plans, construction details)

·        Experience with project coordination that involve client meetings, group presentations, and the resolution of typical issues/challenges that includes high quality design products

·        Highly developed graphic, verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences including clients, communities, and peers

·        Strong project management experience and the ability to manage competing deadlines and project budgets

·        Effective verbal and written communication skills

·        Ability to be proactive, confident and self-motivated with leadership qualities

·        Comfortable working in a team environment

·        Desire and ability to work independently and as part of a larger design team

·        Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, write clearly, and resolve problems creatively

·        High degree of competency in AutoCAD (mandatory), Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, hand drawing, and 3D modeling (Sketch Up, Rhino), and Excel

·        ISA Certification

·        French language proficiency

Interested candidates can apply on the following Web site:

Nathalie Boutros
Bilingual Recruiting Coordinator, Canada / Midwest

Design and Consulting Services, Americas

D +1-905-747-7682
M +1-416-268-9700

Call for Submissions: 2018 Awards of Excellence

The Board of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) invites submissions for the 2018 Awards of Excellence.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 5, 2018.

Submissions will be judged and awarded at two levels:

  • National Awards (up to three per category), and
  • Jury’s Award of Excellence (one per year).

SUBMIT a project to the competition

Legacy Project Award

The CSLA is also accepting nominations for the Legacy Project Award, which recognizes distinguished landscape architecture projects.

CLICK HERE to learn more

Ecological Restoration Course at University of Victoria

The University of Victoria is currently accepting registrations for our Fall and Winter online courses in the Ecological Restoration Professional Certificate Program at the University of Victoria – see attached for more information.

UVic Ecological Restoration

Tusa Shea, PhD
Program Coordinator

Arts & Science Programs
Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria
Tel 250-721-8463

LARC Part-time Career Opportunities

There are currently three postings for the Landscape Architect Part Time Academic teaching positions. Please note:  The closing date is 24 October 2017.

LARC postings Oct 2017 


Margaret Savard


Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Agriculture

Dalhousie University

PO Box 550, Truro, NS, B2N 5E3



Call for Submissions:  Creating a Biodiversity Corridor in Saint Laurent

Ville de Montréal’s Saint-Laurent Borough recently launched a national multidisciplinary landscape architecture competition to produce a master development plan for the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor.

The Borough wishes to create corridors to connect these natural environments and other green spaces fragmented by development and also to provide pathways for citizens. This plan will set out the vision and orientation guidelines for the corridor’s development and enhancement over the long term, and it will propose targeted short-term interventions (i.e., between 2021 and 2023).

The competition is national in scope and will be held in two stages: Stage 1 consists of anonymous proposals, while in Stage 2, a maximum of four jury-selected finalists will submit service offerings, for which they will be compensated.

Some numbers from the competition budget:

  • $24,000: lump-sum payment to a maximum of four finalists to expand on their proposals
  • $125,000: professional fees for producing the development plan by winner
  • $4.5 million: for carrying out the work targeted by this project
  • Canada wide

To learn more:

Creating a biodiversity corridor in Saint-Laurent | Design …



NLAA Lecture Series 2017

The Architecture Lecture Series is an annual event hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) featuring national and international architects and urban designers.

For the 2017 Lecture Series, the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects (APALA) has been invited to collaborate with the NLAA and will be hosting the upcoming lecture on Wednesday, October 11 at the Yellow Belly (upstairs) in downtown St. John’s, NL. The evening begins with an informal meet and greet at 7:00pm before continuing with the lecture at 8:00pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. All are
welcome to attend.

The Lecture Series was created, as a mandate of the Public Awareness Committee of the NLAA, with the intention of increasing the awareness of architecture and the built environment in Newfoundland and Labrador. It has proven to be a well-received venue for design-based dialogue about cities, towns and outport communities across the province. Each lecturer is chosen based on their respective portfolios of work and
research that is related to the current built environment in Newfoundland and Labrador.

By sharing with us their ideas and experiences, the hope is that the Lecture Series can engage the public in a discussion about the future of our built environment in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Mr. Asselin is a principal and founding member of WAA Inc. (Montreal), WAA International, Ltd. (Shanghai) and WAA Design Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has been involved for over 35 years in the Québec and the Canadian professional associations, having served as president of both the Québec Association of
Landscape Architects (AAPQ) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). Mr. Asselin is presently President of the CSLA. A Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (FCSLA) since 1993, he has made ample contributions as a member of numerous AAPQ and CSLA committees and task forces. After
serving as Vice-President for many years, Mr. Asselin was elected President of the LACF-FAPC (Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation) in June 2015. He also presently serves as the “international expert in urban planning and landscape architecture” for the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee (STC), an organizing
body that advises the City of Shanghai on planning and sustainable design practices.
Among his many accolades, Mr. Asselin received the Magnolia Silver Medal Award for “extraordinary contribution to the City of Shanghai”. More recently, in June of 2012, he was honoured by the Premier of Québec with the prestigious title of “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec” (Knight of the National Order of Québec, “CQ”). The Order recognizes the excellence and merit of “outstanding individuals who have helped
increase Québec’s renown and left a strong, lasting mark on all or part of Québec”. This honour is the highest award the Québec Government can bestow.

For further information, please contact (on behalf of the APALA):
Matthew Mills e: t: 709-770-5035
Or on behalf of the NLAA Public Awareness Committee:
Jessica Stanford e: t: 709-753-7917
Taryn Sheppard e: t: 709-753-7917
Chris Woodford e: t: 709-753-7917
Emily Campbell e: t: 709-739-8202
Grant Genova e:

Landscapes / Paysages – Invitation to Submit for 2018 Spring Issue





In October, 2017, Montreal will host the World Design Summit and Congress, positioning itself as an international rendez-vous for professionals of all stripes, who believe that an open vision of design has the potential to improve the world. Many professional congresses will precede the Summit, bringing the “creators and thinkers” from six participating design disciplines to the city, to share ideas and identify common values. The Summit’s overarching goal is to initiate a long overdue movement to “break out of the silos” that separate the professions, and launch global conversations followed by tangible projects.

In the 2018 spring issue of LANDSCAPES|PAYSAGES , we will explore how “Design” is crucial to the betterment of our world, and how landscape architecture can be key to finding interdisciplinary ways to resolve some of the problems that plague our society at the beginning of this new millennia.

To explore more specifically how landscape architecture can positively impact our living environment, Congress planners identified various key themes:

  • Beyond sustainability: creating living places that are sustainable, but also so much more
  • Educating for the future: focusing on the intrinsic values of all landscapes
  • Power of landscapes: influencing everyday lives through landscape design
  • In praise of nature: how trees/plant material improve our lives (climate control, pollution reduction, psychological benefits, etc.)
  • Urbanization and global warming: how urban design can help resolve environmental, social and economic concerns



We will issue invitations to contribute to our actual keynote speakers:  Alejandro Aravena, Haruko Tsutsui, Jan Gehl, Dr. Colleen Mercer-Clarke, Dirk Sijmons, Timothy Morton, Nina-Marie Lister.



  • The submission deadline is November 15, 2017.
  • Feature articles are 1,200 to 2,000 words in length.
  • “Shorts” are 300 words in length.
  • Illustrations for articles are much appreciated (about 12 illustrations for a feature article and two or three for shorts).


Please provide us with a short biography (about 50 words), a photograph, your preferred email address and a mailing address (for complimentary copies.)

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question or require additional information.

Jean Landry, Guest Editor

Jean Landry <>



CanWest Hort Expo 2017


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All-Access Passes gives you access to up-to 3 session/day for one low cost. With CanWest’s largest offering you won’t have to miss a session. Choose from the 1-day or 2-day options and maximize your time at the show.

Download the CanWest Hort Expo 2017 App
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Over the Line:  A Conversation About Race, Place & The Environment


Over the Line:  A Conversation About Race, Place & The Environment

K’JIPUKTUK/HALIFAX – What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, and the environment in Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities look like?

How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, climate change, climate justice, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, community-based aspects of renewable energy, energy policy, the built environment, urban planning, planning policies, gentrification, and justice? What are the possible public health advocacy responses to existing or proposed industrial projects and other place-based concerns in Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities?

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 and Friday, October 27, 2017, Dr. Ingrid Waldron (Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University), the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project) and Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) will host Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place & The Environment.  This free two-part public and academic symposium, which will be hosted by Charla Williams, will bring together American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, and the environment in Indigenous and Black communities.

Dr. Waldron has been researching the socio-economic, political, and health effects of the relationship between race, place, and the environment in African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities over the last several years, focusing specifically on gentrification in Halifax’s North End and environmental racism in rural Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities. In her forthcoming book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism & The Politics of Place & Waste in Indigenous & Black Communities, she notes that “it is important to shed light on the ways in which industry owners carve out spatialities of profit that ultimately lead to possession, dispossession, and displacement”. For example, she observes that the expropriation of Indigenous lands, the formation of neighbourhoods that are segregated by income and race, so-called “neighbourhood revitalization” projects that gentrify low-income racialized areas, and the disproportionate location of polluting industries and other environmentally dangerous projects in Indigenous and Black communities worldwide illustrate the extent to which “race is central to the constitution of space, and to the ways in which discourses about immorality, deviance, pathology, and criminality come to be associated with non-White communities.”

Symposium speakers will discuss what Nova Scotian, Canadian, and American community members, professors, researchers, students, environmental organizations and other NGOs, health professionals, and policymakers can learn from one another about using research, policy, and community advocacy and activism to address the social, economic, and health impacts of the relationship between race, place, space, and the environment in Indigenous and Black communities.

The symposium will kick off with a lecture by the “father of environmental justice” Dr. Robert Bullard (Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University) on Thursday, October 26, and continue the following day with a keynote from Dr. George Lipsitz (Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) as well as presentations and panels from a diverse array of American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian speakers on Friday, October 27For more information and to register, please see the Facebook Event Page:



APT 2017 Joint Conference Agenda

Start making your plans for Ottawa, as there will be much to do and see! There is still time to sign up for a workshop and/or field session, but they are filling up fast.  
Download the detailed agenda today. 

Tuesday, October 10

Pre-Conference Workshops

WS1: Big Sticks-Log & Timber Frame Conservation (Château Montebello) Spaces Available!

WS2: Masonry & Mortars (Château Montebello) SOLD OUT

WS3: Digital Diagnostics & Technology (Carleton Univ) Spaces Available!

Wednesday, October 11

WS1 – WS3 from previous day
WS4: Mighty sites – New Partnerships for Historic Sites Spaces Available!
WS5: Punching Above Your Weight: Fundraising for your Historic Place Spaces Available!

Field Session (departs from Westin Hotel):
FS4: The Senate of Canada – Accommodating Modern Parliamentary Functions in Heritage      Buildings SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 12
National Trust Roundtable on Heritage Education

National Forum on Heritage Planning


WS6: Downtowns Rising-Strategies for Downtown Renewal Spaces Available!
WS7: Building Strength-Regenerating Places of Faith Spaces Available!

Field Sessions and Tours (depart from Westin)
Tour 1: Reinventing Places in Gatineau Park Spaces Available!
Tour 2: Ottawa Foodie and Rural Heritage Tour SOLD OUT
Tour 3: Loweton and Byward Market 2 Spaces Left!

FS1: Canadian Conservation Institute SOLD OUT
FS2: Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) Spaces Available!
FS3: The Parliament Hill Landscape Spaces Available!
FS5: Mid-Century Modern SOLD OUT
FS6: Wellington South-Reinventing Crown in Town Spaces Available!
FS7: The House of Commons of Canada -Accommodating Modern Parliamentary
Functions in Heritage Buildings SOLD OUT
FS8: Chaudiere Island Heritage District New Spaces Added!
FS9: Town of Almonte Spaces Available!
FS10: Rideau Canal World Heritage Site -The Rural Canal Spaces Available!
FS11: Rideau Canal World Heritage Site -The Urban Canal Spaces Available!
FS12: Ottawa River Boat Tour

Just Added! FS13: The West Block Rehabilitation Project Spaces Available!

Special Events
KS1: Joint Welcome with Opening Keynote John Ralston Saul

SE1: Sponsor Reception (by invitation)
SE2: Exhibit Gala
APT College of Fellows Human Library
APT Chapters Mixer
Welcome Mixer & Spark Sessions (Mercury Lounge)

Friday, October 13
Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Paper Sessions (click for details)

APT Annual General Meeting
National Trust Plenary: Closing the Gap-Incentives and the Economics of Conservation

Special Events
National Trust Donor Event (invitation only)
SE3: APT 2018 Preview Lunch and Student Scholar Recognition Program*
National Trust for Canada Awards & Recognition
AIA-HRC Cocktail Reception
APT College of Fellows Installation & Keynote
APT Awards Banquet *

Saturday, October 14
Joint Plenary: Heritage & Sustainability-Going Mainstream

National Trust Plenary: Indigenous Architecture and Reconciliation
Concurrent Paper Sessions (click for details)
APT Latin American Chapter Roundtable: Heritage Preservation in Latin America
and the Importance of Public Policies
APT College of Fellows Plenary
National Trust Annual General Meeting

Special Events
Product Demonstration Pavilion
APT Chapters/New Members Breakfast*
SE8: Student Masonry Arch Competition
Joint Closing Celebration at the Sir John A Macdonald Building*

Sunday, October 15
NT-APT Conference Legacy Event Barn Raising at Moore Farm (Moore Farm)

*Additional fee to attend.

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