Resources for Landscape Architects

Opportunities for Landscape Architects:

2018 Architecture Lecture Series – October 10, 2018

Meet & Greet @ 7:30pm

Lecture Starts @ 8:00pm

Join award-winning Landscape Architect, Chris Grosset, of NVision Insight Group, an Indigenous Consulting firm based in Ottawa and Iqaluit, for this free and public lecture.  Lecture Series Poster.

Lecture Synopsis:

We are taught that landscape architecture is both an art and a science.  Most successful landscape architecture projects represent the fusion of creative vision with a linear, formal process of planning, check listing, implementation and final sign-off.  Our professional practice emerges from our education, our experiences, our cultural context, and our world view.  Through application we gradually master the skills of the profession, organizing place, resources and people to achieve a well-defined goal. 

Achieving “Truth and Reconciliation” will also be a process.  But there is no single definition of what “reconciliation” will mean. The term describes a state of being, defined by connections between cultures, communities and individuals in the past, the present and the future. There is no project plan, no checklist.

Reconciliation is a destination defined by the journey – a journey without a map to an undefined place, along paths that haven’t yet been revealed.  Every First Nations, Inuit or Métis person and community has lived their own Truth. Every non-Indigenous Canadian has a responsibility to acknowledge a state of reconciliation which can only be defined through their process of seeking. 

Chris Grosset has worked alongside Indigenous communities in the Arctic and across Canada. He has learned in their classrooms, on their land, in their homes, or during their project meetings. Through this lecture he will discuss projects that have provided formal and informal paths that lead towards reconciliation. He’ll explore how Indigenous perspectives have changed the process and perspective behind his work as a landscape architect, and share his reflections on the values, principles and practical approaches that may enable landscape architects to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

The event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring a friend or invite your colleagues.


LACF Annual Grants Program 2019

Call for Proposals

Deadline: November 9, 2018

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Ron Williams to Speak at the Faculty of Agriculture

The Dalhousie B. Tech Landscape Architecture program and the Faculty of Agriculture are pleased to announce that Ron Williams will be speaking in Truro. Ron will lecture from his book, Landscape Architecture in Canada. The talk will take place in the new Student Learning Common, above the MacRae Library (135 College Rd, Truro, NS B2N 4J5) on Tuesday September 11th, at 4:15pm. Ron generously offered to bring and sign copies of his book. An order form can also be found here.

BC Land Summit – Call for Program Proposals

Submission Deadline: September 24, 2018 / 4:00 PM PDT

The BC Land Summit Society is proud to present the 2019 BC Land Summit – Collaborations & Connections – being held May 8 – 10, 2019 at the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver, BC. Held every five years, the BC Land Summit is the premier collaborative conference providing interdisciplinary education, professional development, and training opportunities for professional practitioners in fields related to land and land-use in British Columbia.

In anticipation of this great event, we are pleased to invite you to submit your proposal for inclusion in the program for the 2019 BC Land Summit – Collaborations & Connections.

Appraisal. Agrology. Landscape Architecture. Planning. Real Estate.

These are the five core land-use professions that comprise the BC Land Summit. Land and land-use also intersect many other professional areas of practice, such as architecture, forestry, law, engineering, development, resource management, social services, and many more. The 2019 BC Land Summit provides a unique opportunity for professionals from different disciplines to come together to learn, network, share knowledge, build connections and collaborate around issues of land and land-use.

Read more here!



Bigger and better than ever! There are over 30 educational sessions, 300+ booths, and new elements added to the show to keep you entertained all day.


Global heavy hitters, Ball Horticulture and Proven Winners, have their experts sharing advice with retailers. The Buglady, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans makes her debut at CanWest this year. Well known writer for Green Profit Magazine, Ellen Wells, makes the starting line up with a must-see session on ‘Trends’. Award winning landscape designers including Sean James, Karen Chapman, Susan Morrison and Mark van Der Zalm will provide inspiring designs and approaches for all landscapers.

Check out all the sessions offered at CanWest this year:



GET CONNECTED! 300 BOOTHS, 3,000 HORTICULTURISTS AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN!There are over 300 booths filled with suppliers ready to provide you with product and services for your business. This is the most efficient way to discover new products, source new suppliers and connect with industry – all under one roof for two days.Ceramica Pottery’s booth at CanWest 2017

This year’s education program is like no other! Dr. Julian Dunster and Dr. Drew Zwart are headlining the Urban Foresters Symposium; Dr. Youbin Zheng is sharing his latest research on Container Fertilization while Sean Hogan is revealing his latest research on new climate appropriate plants for the WestCoast.

Earn CEU’s! CEU’s will be available for Landscape Industry Certification, International Society of Arboriculture and the Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Program. These will be posted on the website shortly.

Got Questions?
Karen De Jong (Contractor to BCLNA) I  |  604.575.3504  
Michelle Linford, Exhibitor Relations  |  |  604.575.3511
Alishba Bilal, Registration I I 604.575.3500, ext. 108


Deadline Extension for Career Opportunity: Intermediate Landscape Architect

Upland Design + Planning Studio is currently seeking an Intermediate Landscape Architect.  Click here for the details.  The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, July 25th.  

2018 CanWest Hort Expo Update

The BC Landscape & Nursery Association is very excited to launch the program for the 2018 CanWest Hort Expo. We have our largest offering of seminar sessions ever. To complement our show theme, ‘Roots & Blues’, we are also very excited to feature live Blues Music at the Show Lounge on both days of the show. A Green Careers Student Youth Tour and Mini-Career Fair is also added to this year’s program. And of course, all our perennial favourites will be featured including the New Product Showcase, Greenhouse Demo Zone, Container Competition and Plant ID Contest.

For all the show details, please click here. Pictures can be provided upon your request.

Please let me know if you are interested in an All Access Media Pass.  

Karen De Jong – Ellery

Contractor for BCLNA – CanWest Hort Expo

604.575.3504  I

Career Opportunity – HRM

Interested candidates may apply at 

Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the permanent, full time position of Urban Design Technician with Planning and Development. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

The Urban Design Technician provides a variety of graphic, drafting, research and technical support services. They are responsible for carrying out the technical functions of the divisional streetscape, heritage, and urban design programs which call for highly-developed graphic skills to convey complex concepts regarding architectural and streetscape design through the use of tools and technologies in areas such as computer three dimensional modeling, photo visualizations, architectural renderings and computer-aided landscape architectural and urban design plans. They provide support services such as AutoCAD, computer modeling, GIS mapping, research, and other technical services to HRM staff, senior management and to the public. They also perform field and technical support to the implementation of streetscape and heritage related projects including the review of design specifications, cost estimates, site analysis and assistance with projects approvals and other requirements.

Program Support:

  • Technical support to landscape architect(s), heritage, planning staff.
  • Conduct field work and related site assessments for streetscape and other capital projects, collect data and take photos including documentation required for construction projects.
  • Under the guidance of design staff, support and assist in the preparations of design specifications.
  • Create, review, and update tools used by professional staff for project coordination, project status reports, cost estimating, budget tracking and reporting.
  • Update policy and related plans through site surveys, field checks, database queries, and air photo interpretation.
  • Integrate key spatial information gained through various studies into our corporate databases and GIS mapping systems.
  • Develop and maintain three-dimensional computer models for various initiatives.
  • Generate plan, section, elevation and 3D renderings for urban design and streetscape projects for purposes of concept analysis and final presentations.
  • Responsible for digital photography including manipulation of digital photos.
  • Respond to and follow up on inquiries from members of the general public, Councillors, and internal departments regarding the status of projects, research and graphics for urban design, heritage, and streetscape-related matters.


  • Act as primary technical contact for research related to the work of the section.
  • Under the guidance of professional staff, develops strategy for divisional research needs including priorities for benchmarking and research indicators.
  • Compile information from other municipalities with regards to processes and procedures.
  • Assisting in the maintaining of map and data libraries and photo inventories
  • Research software possibilities to improve efficiencies within the department and for external clients.
  • Collect, prepare and present data and statistics for staff, Council and the public as needed.

Admin & Public Consultation Support:

  • Event and logistics support to public and other stakeholder meetings including attend meetings to assist in set up equipment and/or displays, etc. include confirmations with area Councillor(s) and staff where required.
  • Assists in the assembly and execution of legal contracts and heritage property designations and forwards to Registry of Deeds for registration.
  • Is primary point of contact with newspaper and is accountable for ensuring the legislative requirements and timeframes of the HRM Charter and Heritage Property Act are met.
  • Schedules and arranges public meetings, including the booking of meeting space and confirming acceptable date with area Councillor(s), applicant, and staff.
  • Assists in effective records management system to provide accurate, legal sources of these documents for the public, staff and other HRM business units.

Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Architectural or Civil Technology or related diploma from a recognized institution
  • Minimum two years technical experience working in a related multi-disciplinary work environment
  • Must have experience with construction related field work, site survey and analysis techniques.
  • Experience building physical or electronic models and prototypes would be considered an asset.
  • Experience interpreting and working with Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws would be considered an asset.

Technical/Job Specific Knowledge:

  • Must be proficient in relevant applications and design tools including ArcGIS, Sketch-Up, Adobe Creative, AutoCAD
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products.
  • Must be proficient in drafting and map compilation, graphic design/layout, research, visualization of data, and graphic communication.
  • Must have strong database analysis/development skills and data maintenance skills and strong attention to detail with a high level of accuracy.
  • Aptitude for three dimensional conceptualization and the ability to transfer skills between 3D programs.
  • Demonstrated initiative and independent problem solving methods/capabilities.
  • Proven ability to successfully meet deadlines and manage a number of projects at once. Participating in the planning and coordination of projects ensuring that project requirements are being fulfilled through ongoing communication with the project team.

If invited to the interview phase, candidates will be asked to bring a portfolio of work to present to the hiring panel.

Security Clearance Requirements:  Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

COMPETENCIES:  Analytical Thinking, Communication, Customer Service, Teamwork and Cooperation, Valuing Diversity
WORK STATUS:  Permanent Full-Time
HOURS OF WORK:  35 Hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
SALARY:  In accordance with the NSUPE Local 13 collective agreement:  Level 7, $30.92/hour
WORK LOCATION:  40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS
CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be received up to midnight on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

This is a bargaining unit position.  External applicants will only be considered if there are no qualified bargaining unit candidates.

Please note:  Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge.  Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.

Please note:  We thank all applicants for their interest in this position.  Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation.  Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

(Position # 78603204) 

Call for Applications – Design Review Committee, Halifax Regional Municipality

The Design Review Committee of Halifax Regional Municipality is looking for one Landscape Architect to serve on the Committee.

About the Design Review Committee

The Design Review Committee serves the Downtown Halifax Land Use By-law area. The principal roles of the Design Review Committee are to review site plan approval applications for substantive site plan approval, and consider whether to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application based on the requirements and consistency with the Design Manual. In addition, the Design Review Committee may provide advice to Regional Council on potential amendments to regulation and policy relating to the Downtown Halifax Land Use By-law Area.

Landscape Architect Positions (2)

Rob LeBlanc

One Vacant Position

Why you should Apply

Applying to serve on the Design Review Committee will assist the Municipality to ensure that applications for development in the HRM downtown, are executed with care and is thoroughly vetted by professionals. It is a way that one could lend its professional expertise to aid in municipal decision making.

Frequency of Meetings

The Committee usually meets once a month, approximately two hours, on the second Thursday at City Hall. The Committee meets on average about eight times per year, as most of the work is application driven.

 Applying is Easy – Infographic on the process appointment process.

Online application

The deadline for the appointments is Friday May 18, 2018

Questions? Email



Workshop Opportunity in HRM

Centre Plan Package A was released to the public on February 23, and since then we have talked to a lot of people about the Plan and Land Use-By-law:

  • 50+ roadshow presentations
  • 9 public open houses
  • 5 industry sessions
  • 8 weeks of Centre Plan Storefront, and
  • individual meetings.


The engagement of the development and design industry is a key component of review of Package A of the Centre Plan and we hope that you will join us for Industry Workshop #3.


Workshop #3 – Plan & By-law Flexibilities & Density Bonusing Public Benefits

Workshop #3 will take place on Thursday, April 26 in the Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council (HEMDCC) Room, Alderney Gate:

  • 9:00  a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Design Industry
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Development Industry


This workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Plan and Land Use By-law Amendments
  • Density Bonusing Public Benefits
  • Design Manual and Variances


To register please e-mail


Additional Presentation on Landscaping Requirements

We would like to offer an additional session on proposed landscaping requirements. If you, or someone you know, is interested in this session, please e-mail  The date of this presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, HEMDCC room, Alderney Gate.  


Consultation Closes May 4th, 2018


The Centre Plan Storefront, at 5161 George St.,  will remain open until May 4th. The public comments period on Package A will close that day, after which time our focus will be on preparing consultation summaries for the Community Design Advisory Committee.


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