Resources for Landscape Architects

Opportunities for Landscape Architects:

Landscape Architecture Foundation Webinar: Speaking the language of real estate developers

Join LAF and three expert panelists at 4PM ET on Friday, June 28 for a deep dive into the perspectives of real estate developers.

Landscape architects can serve as powerful partners in creating places that generate a high return on investment but often don’t know how to express the value of their work in language compelling to developers. In this webinar, three experts will offer insights on how landscape architects can translate their work and reach their greatest potential.

This course is worth 1.0 LA CES CEU, which may be earned upon completion of a short quiz following the webinar.



Connie Chung
Principal, HR&A Advisors
Connie is a leader in HR&A’s nationwide planning and open space practice with expertise in implementation strategies for public-private partnerships. Core to her work is the pursuit of inclusive economic development.

Steven Spears
Principal, GroundWork Development Company
As an independent design consultant, Steven integrates local values of economy, sustainability, culture, and human sensory into his work. Prior to his work as a consultant, he was a firm leader at Design Workshop.

Patrick Phillips
President, Phillips Development Strategies; former CEO, Urban Land Institute
From 2009 to 2018, Patrick served as Global Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute. Prior to this role, his career focused on economic analysis of real estate and land use, including serving as CEO of ERA AECOM.

Invitation for Feedback on New Draft Edition of CSA Z614 Children’s Playgrounds and Equipment

There is a new draft edition of CSA Z614 Children’s playgrounds and equipment, developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Children’s Playspaces. The draft is now available for a 60-day Public Review ending on AUGUST 18, 2019. It is very important that key playground stakeholders review the document and submit comments and suggested corrections before publication. Interested parties can access the draft at the following link: You can comment directly online.

In this new edition, the Technical Committee has made changes or additions in a number of areas. The Committee added a clause and supporting Annex J to allow for new play components that may not specifically fit into the prescriptive play component types listed in this Standard. The Committee also made changes to user age groups to account for children of different abilities and expanded upon the developmental needs of children.

Additional changes were made to climbing net structures to harmonize with the ASTM F1487. A new test procedure was added to determine elevated surface compliance. Annex H was updated to improve clarity and changes were made to the elevated component counts. Annex G’s chart on plants to avoid was updated as well. Furthermore, the Committee has also added a new Annex on Thermal Comfort.

A one-time registration is required if you have not been to the site before.

For additional information or questions on the CSA Public Review, please feel free to contact Cathryn Cortissoz @ 416-747-2594 or

Opportunities to Instruct at Dalhousie University – Landscape Architecture (LARC) & Environmental Sciences Courses

Please find below a number of Landscape Architecture (LARC) and Environmental Science courses at Dalhousie University in need of instructors next year.

AGRI1000 – Agricultural Ecosystems
AGRI2000 – Transition to Organic Agriculture Distance
AGRN2001 – Cereal Based Cropping Systems 
APSC4005- Watershed Management
BIOA2000 – Cell Biology
ENVA2000 – Environmental Studies I
ENVA2000 – Environmental Studies I-FAFU
ENVA2001 – Environmental Studies II
ENVA2001 – Environmental Studies II-FAFU
ENVA3000 – Environmental Impacts
ENVA4005 – Geographical Information System-FAFU
HORT 2008 – Residential Landscape Design
HORT 2008 – Residential Landscape Design.FAFU
LARC2001 – History of Landscape Architecture
LARC2001 – History of Landscape Architecture – FAFU
LARC3001 – Landscape Presentation Techniques 
LARC4001 – Landscape Architect Studio I 

School of Planning, Dalhousie University – Survey

A Master of Planning
student at the Dalhousie School of Planning is assisting Dr. Patricia Manuel
and Dr. Eric Rapaport on a project that is detailed below. They are currently
conducting a survey and invite APALA members to participate. 
We are researchers at the School of Planning, Dalhousie University. We are
inviting you to participate in a survey called “Barriers and drivers in policy, planning, and governance
for using nature-based adaptation strategies in Nova Scotia’s coastal zone.”
study has been approved by the Dalhousie University Research Ethics
The purpose of this survey is to build foundational knowledge about the views
of coastal practitioners, decision-makers, and non-governmental
organizations regarding barriers to and drivers for using nature-based
approaches to coastal adaptation.
Completing the survey should not require more than 20 minutes of your
time. The survey will be available from May
30 to June 19, 2019
. If you complete and submit the survey, you are eligible to enter a draw for an
iPad mini. 
The winner will receive the prize at the end of
To read more about our project and to participate in our survey, please select
this secure link:  
The first page describes the project and includes the participant consent form.
After that, you can proceed to the survey questions.
You are eligible to participate in our survey if you
1. Work, or have worked, in a coastal region in Nova Scotia; AND
2. Have been, are, or would be involved in making decisions that impact the
coast; AND
3. Identify with one of the following groups

  • You are a decision-maker (such
    as an elected official/municipal councillor or a community-member
    appointed to a committee of council that would be involved in considering
    issues of relevance to the coast), OR
  • You provide input on decisions
    about coastal planning and management (such as planners, sustainability officers, development
    officers, engineers, CAOs, or others as relevant
    ) – in
    public service or consulting to public agencies, OR
  • You are a member of an NGO or community
    active in coastal work and providing input to
    coastal policy and planning.

This survey is part of
a larger project called Making
Room for Movement: A Framework for Implementing Nature-Based Adaptation
Strategies in Nova Scotia’s Coastal Zone
. It is funded by Natural
Resources Canada. The project involves researchers from Dalhousie University
and Saint Mary’s University, as well as industry and non-governmental agency

Making Room for
to support practitioners working with community residents, landowners,
resource-users and governments on the implementation of innovative,
nature-based alternatives to hard infrastructure.

Making Room for Movement is
also part of a research collaborative called TransCoastal Adaptations Centre
for Nature-Based Solutions, located on the Saint Mary’s University campus.
TransCoastal facilitates research between Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie
University, industry and ENGO partners, and provincial government departments
working in coastal management.

 Results of our survey will be available early in 2021. You can obtain a
copy of the summary or full report by contacting us at the e-mail addresses
below or by visiting the TransCoastal Adaptations website at

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Dalhousie University Research
Ethics Board, REB File # 2019-4766. If you have any ethical concerns about your
participation in this research, you can contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie
University at 902-494-1462, or e-mail: (and reference the REB file
# 2019-4766).

To start the survey, go to 

Thank you for considering our request. We hope that you will participate in our
survey. If you have questions or comments about the survey, please contact us.

Laura McCardle
Master of Planning Candidate, 2020
Dalhousie University
Phone: 902-439-2747

On behalf of Drs. Patricia Manuel, MCIP, LPP /
902 494-6597, and Eric Rapaport, MCIP LPP, /
902 494-7801, School of Planning

Call for Volunteer: Secretary-Treasurer Position

The APALA Board is looking for a volunteer to fill the position of Secretary-Treasurer
The position of Secretary-Treasurer is a three (3) year commitment to the APALA Board. The Secretary-Treasurer is the custodian of the seal of the Association and of all books, papers, records, correspondence, contracts, and other documents belonging to the Association, with the assistance of the Association’s Executive Assistant. The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for keeping full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements of the Association in proper books of account and shall deposit all monies or other effects in the name and to the credit of the Association. They shall disburse the funds of the Association under the direction of the Board and shall render to the Board an account of all transactions and the financial position of the Association. The Secretary-Treasurer is also responsible for presenting the Association’s annual budget to members at the AGM.

Our current Secretary-Treasurer, Angela Morin, is happy to answer any questions about the position (

A To B Event – June 18, 2019 – Halifax, NS

Join us on Tuesday June 18, 2019 for A to B, an idea-sharing event
you’ll hear about innovation and sustainable transportation solutions for
Nova Scotia. Together, we can make it happen!

The one-day event, will be hosted in Halifax on
June 18, 2019. This year’s theme is Low Carbon Transportation.

Click here for more information and to

University of Victoria Professional Specialization Certificate in Ecological Restoration

This four course professional certificate provides advanced training for those working in landscape architecture, landscape design and management, forestry, agrology, biology, mining, ecological restoration, and environmental practice.

The ER program is offered online so you can meet your annual professional development requirements on your own schedule. Sign up for one course or the entire certificate!

Upcoming ER Program courses:
ER 501: Design Principles for Natural Processes
Dates: September 4 to December 4, 2018; tuition $750; online delivery

In this course we’ll identify natural processes involved in maintaining ecosystems and how they are recreated in restoration projects.

To register for a course or apply for the program, use the online application form which can be found at:

Or, contact the program office at or 250-721-8458.

Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure Capacity Building – Developing a Community of Practice (i.e. Engineers, Planners, Environmental Organizations, and others in NB)

Project Description: The Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program is supported and funded until 2021-22 by both the Provincial Government (NB Department of Environment and Local Government) and the Federal Government (Natural Resources Canada).

Building on existing initiatives and work, the “Natural and Nature-Based infrastructure Capacity Building – Developing a Community of Practice for Engineers, Planners, Environmental Organizations, and others in NB” is a BRACE project that looks to build capacity among land-use planning professionals, engineers, environmental non-government organizations, governments, and other professionals over the next 4 years to better incorporate, understand, value, design and apply natural and nature-based infrastructure principles, processes and projects into climate change adaptation work in New Brunswick. The project will implement a community of practice, link various initiatives, learnings, pilot projects, and expand and advance action in the province that incorporates natural and nature-based infrastructure.

Committee Member Role: An advisory committee will meet at least 4 times per year to oversee the project. The role of the advisory committee is to oversee and approve a workplan and overall project objectives, provide logistical support as needed, provide the networking into the different sectors, and identify possible funding sources. As one of the goals is to develop a province-wide Community of Practice for this project, the advisory committee members are crucial in helping to grow and sustain this community and provide guidance and insight from their respective professional fields.

Please contact Brandon Love if you are interested:

Brandon Love, B. Sc. Eng., M.E.M.
Infrastructure Specialist / spécialiste des infrastructures
Climate Change Adaptation / Adaptation aux Changements Climatiques
Environment and Local Government/
Environnement et Gouvernements locaux
Tel./Tél. : (506) 453-2123

Building Equality in Architecture (Atlantic) – NS Chapter: Film Series

There is a film series being presented by the group, Building Equality in Architecture (Atlantic) – NS Chapter. The first film event in this series is coming up on May 30th at 5:00pm, at the Nova Centre, and coincides with the NSAA Spring Forum. All are welcome. 

Click here to register for the event.


Register for the CSLA Congress

May 7-8, 2019
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Acknowledgement, Awareness and Engagement – Landscape Architecture and Reconciliation

Register Here

NOTE: Register soon for tours – limited space is available. (If you have already registered for the Congress, but wish to add a tour, please email

• Earn CE credits
• Attend the CSLA Awards Gala to celebrate the recipients of the Awards of Excellence
• Visit the trade show
• Attend the College of Fellows Investiture ceremony
• Hear the keynote speakers

Julian Napoleon:
Julian Napoleon is Dane-zaa and Cree from the Peace River region. Napoleon grew up immersed in the subsistence practices of his family and community, hunting, fishing, foraging, and learning cultural protocols. Napoleon studied applied biology in Food & Environment at the University of British Columbia. He has also spent many years studying and practicing small-scale organic agriculture. As a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Napoleon is dedicated to raising awareness around Indigenous issues related to land, water, food, and community as well as, challenging the misconceptions surrounding the dominant western capitalist ideology.

Grand Chief Philip Stewart:
In October 2008, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip concluded his fourth consecutive term as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) after having served the Band as Chief for a total of 14 years. In addition, he served as an elected Band Councilor for a 10 year period and continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. In October 2006, the Okanagan Nation, led by the Elders of the Penticton Indian Band, acknowledged his lifetime commitment to the defense of Indigenous Peoples’ Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.

Wanda Dalla Costa:
Ms. Dalla Costa holds a joint position at The Design School and the School of Construction (Institute Professor and Associate Professor) at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts of the University of Arizona. She is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation and has spent nearly 20 years working with Indigenous communities in North America. Dalla Costa teaches an interdisciplinary service learning studio at ASU, where students engage directly with local tribal communities. Her interests include community-driven design, Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous placemaking/placekeeping and the vernacular intelligence of regional architectures. She recently exhibited at 2018 Venice Biennale as part of a group of 18 Indigenous architects.

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