Resources for Landscape Architects

Opportunities for Landscape Architects:

05/19/2018
Career Opportunity – HRM

Interested candidates may apply at https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/employment 

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.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
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.

Research:

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS
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) 

04/25/2018
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.  https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/VolunteerInfoGraphic.pdf

Online application https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/volunteer-boards-committees/boards-committees-volunteer

The deadline for the appointments is Friday May 18, 2018

Questions? Email  clerks@halifax.ca

 

 

04/24/2018
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 planhrm@halifax.ca

 

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 planhrm@halifax.ca.  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.

 

Please visit us at http://centreplan.ca/

 

04/12/2018
Call for Nominations – Governor General’s Medal

The CSLA is calling for nominations for the Governor General’s Medal.  If you would like to consider recognizing colleagues, the deadline for nominations is April 15th.   Click here for further information.

04/12/2018
International Call for Projects

The Gardens of Peace project consists in creating around fifteen perennial gardens in 2018 on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region, in France, a hundred years after the end of the First World War. This new memorial trail will pay tribute to the countless deaths on French soil between 1914 and 1918, and bear witness to the number and diversity of the countries involved in this conflict. The project is initiated by the Association Art & gardens – Hauts-de-France and by the French Centennial First World War Partnership Program (Mission du Centenaire).

Created by landscapers from countries who fought in Northern France, these artistic gardens will be grouped in clusters of three to four gardens, each located near Great War memorial sites and memorial tourism routes. These gardens will be created in the Spring of 2018 to be presented to the public in Summer and inaugurated in Autumn 2018, one century after the fighting of the Great War. More gardens will be created over the next couple of years.

The Gardens of Peace project aims to fit seamlessly into the wider project for the economic renewal of the Hauts-de-France region. Tourism, art, culture, environment, architecture, ecosystems will all come together to ensure that, a century later, History helps the region to achieve a fully resilient posture. A posture that helps healing the horrors and pain of the past, while opening the way to a vibrant future.

Memory at work in the creations of international artists

Landscapers and architects from countries who fought on the soil of the Hauts-de-France region during World War One will be tasked with creating gardens with a strong art value. An international jury of experts, consisting of professionals in the visual arts, architecture, and garden art, will select the candidates on the basis of projects specially submitted for the Gardens of Peace project.

Many of these countries already have places of remembrance, small enclaves on French soil with mausoleums built to pay tribute to their fallen. Selected landscapers will create gardens of peace next to or near the memorial sites of their respective countries. These art places will connect the former battlefields, from Flanders to the Artois, from the Aisne to the Somme…

Where will these gardens be located?

The production budget allocation is around 30.000 euros per garden + 8000 euros fees. All informations & call for projects here (Click on the countries to download the PDF version of each Call for proposal)    http://centenaire.org/fr/node/9901

 

04/12/2018
Career Opportunity – Ontario Agricultural College

The Ontario Agricultural College is currently seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture. Click here for further details.

03/14/2018
Call for Expressions of Interest: Built Heritage Experts Panel

Expressions of Interest are being accepted to fill three vacancies on the Built Heritage Experts Panel:

• Historian/Archival Expert
• Planner, MCIP
• Landscape Architect

Review the Terms of Reference before completing the application.

Interested individuals should submit the application by 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21st by email to cityclerk@stjohns.ca.

02/23/2018
Architecture lecture by Ron Wickman – February 28, 2018

Students, staff, faculty, and architectural friends, you are invited to a lecture:

Ron Wickman
Ron Wickman Architect
Edmonton

Beyond the Ramp
A total environment for universal design

Wednesday, February 28, 12:45-1:45 pm

Room HB4

Main floor, Medjuck Architecture Building
5410 Spring Garden Road

View the poster

02/23/2018
APALA Essay Competition

REMINDER:  APALA is offering the inaugural Essay Competition for 2018.  Attached is a poster, and further information is also available via a new link on our website.

02/23/2018
CSLA-OALA Conference – April 5-7, 2018

 

The OALA and CSLA are excited to invite you to attend this year’s joint Conference taking place at the Westin Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto.

This year’s Conference theme is:
Moving Forward: Addressing society’s challenges through new paradigms in landscape architecture

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Keynote Speakers Anne Whiston Spirn and Diana Beresford-Kroeger
  • Concurrent educational sessions
  • OALA 50th Anniversary Celebration & Awards and CSLA Awards Gala
  • Guided tours that highlight LA achievements in Toronto
  • Roundtable on climate adaptation for municipally employed landscape architects
  • CSLA and OALA Annual General Meetings
  • 48-booth trade-show
  • Student travel bursaries
  • Custom APP for delegate engagement

Click the link below to visit the Conference website for complete information and to register.

Thank you for interest and we look forward to seeing you at the event!

 

 

Click Here to Register!

 

Book your hotel now!

Group rate available until March 2, 2018 and is subject to availability.

Reservations at the Westin Harbour Castle can be made by calling 1 888 627 8559 and quoting the following group name “CSLA-OALA Conference 2018“.
You can also make your reservation online by CLICKING HERE.

The standard room rate is $229, plus a 2.66% destination marketing fee.

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