Resources for Landscape Architects

Opportunities for Landscape Architects:

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 504: Invasive Species and Novel Ecosystems
Dates: January 4 to April 10 2021; tuition $750; online delivery

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

You might also be interested in our other programs:

This dynamic, interdisciplinary non-credit program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to those interested in the rapidly emerging field of ecological restoration. By the end of this program you will be able to design and evaluate restoration projects in a broad range of subject areas, interpret technical reports, apply research methodologies, use current mapping and sampling technologies, identify and understand decisions and policies governing restoration work. To find out more about our programs and courses contact the program office at or visit our webpages:

Tusa Shea, PhD
Program Coordinator
Arts & Science Programs
Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria
Tel 250-721-8463

Call for Content – Atlantic Canadian LA Projects

APALA is always looking for photos and stories of Atlantic Canada landscape architect projects.

We are asking for submissions of images of landscape architecture projects from our APALA members.  Please e-mail images to with locations and credit to the photographer.  These images will be posted to APALA social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram) over time to highlight the contributions that our landscape architects have made through creation of vibrant communities, protecting natural environments, and the promotion of green infrastructure.

Career Opportunity

Position:              Landscape Architect – Intermediate and Senior (2 positions) 

Company:           CSW Landscape Architects

Job Type:             Full time

Posting Date:     June 11, 2020

Expiry:                  July 11, 2020

Start Date:          –

City:                       Ottawa

Province:             Ontario

Company information:

Founded in 1975, CSW is a nationally recognized firm specializing in landscape architecture and urban design. Our portfolio includes international experience and the highest level of design and technical ability in the industry. We regularly work on broad range of projects including transportation and streetscape design, community and mixed-use design, parks and recreation, environmental design and reforestation, urban plazas, health care and institutional design, and master planning. We maintain strong working relationships with our public and private sector clients, and we have significant experience working with a variety of key stakeholder groups, First Nations, and multi-disciplinary professionals to provide comprehensive service and deliver successful projects. Attention to detail and a hands-on-approach from design through to construction allow us to examine life cycle costing and to provide sound environmental applications and built solutions. We approach all projects with the desire to enhance people’s experience of the space, encouraging interaction and social, cultural and ecological connections. A successful design solution establishes a clear language that contributes to sense of place while also ensuring more practical concerns including public safety, sustainability, and robust design that reduces life-cycle costs.

CSW is centrally located in Canada’s scenic National Capital region, and current projects extend from Montreal to Toronto. We offer:

  • Supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Flexible work schedule including summer hours
  • Annual office trip
  • Support for professional development and continuing education
  • Group insurance plan
  • Competitive compensation

Job details


  • Minimum 5 years of experience
  • Undergraduate degree in landscape architecture or demonstrated experience
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • OALA, AAPQ, or CSLA membership
  • Work experience in Canada
  • Work experience in the National Capital Region an asset
  • Bilingual English/French an asset

Skills and experience:

  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience working on complex, multi-disciplinary projects
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with overlapping schedules
  • Ability to manage and direct preparation of material for presentations, reports, graphics
  • Experience with detail design, preparation of tender documents, and contract administration
  • Experience with construction and contract administration
  • Experience conducting site inspections and field work
  • Proficiency with CAD, Adobe CS, MSOffice required   
  • Experience with 3D modelling an asset
  • Strong communication skills

How to apply

Please email

Subject line: “Landscape Architect Application”

Please include the following in PDF format:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio incl. technical and graphic work samples
  • References  

One More Week for 2020 Essay Competition Submissions!

APALA is once again welcoming applications for the 2020 Essay Competition.   The purpose of the APALA Essay Competition is to promote design writing, increase public understanding of the relevance of landscape architecture in the Atlantic region, and to communicate to the general public what it is that landscape architects do.

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. 

More information can be found hereContact us if you have any questions. 

LEED Training Workshops

APALA received the following email regarding LEED training workshops.

I hope this email finds you safe and healthy! Around this time of year, I usually host in-person LEED training workshops in Halifax to prepare students for the sustainability demands of the current industry.

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I have transitioned all in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars! Your members will still be able to participate in the identical training, while remaining safe and isolated.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training
Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I will be transitioning upcoming in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars, or you can take the on-demand self-paced online workshop any time accessible for an entire year. 

Webinar and Online self-paced options:

April 29 2020 – 6:00PM – 10:00PM EDT
May 9 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT
June 6 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT
June 25 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT
July 11 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT
July 29 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT
August 23 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT   –   OR   –
September 12 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT

The above options are identical to the in-person workshops.
You can register here for a webinar –

Online – Start today – Self-paced recorded workshop
Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here –

Make your personal or corporate CV stand out with the LEED Green Associate. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings, but people can also become LEED Accredited to show the industry their knowledge in the field.

This course is taught by USGBC faculty and to date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 9000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition.

Cost: $200
Use the coupon code ‘sust’ for $50 if you are paying out of your own pocket.

To register for a live webinar please visit:
Or online on-demand here –

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at
Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M
President, LeadingGreen
B740 Sandford Fleming Building
10 King’s College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G4

Green Shores Program – Invitation to Complete Survey

The Green Shores program
encourages shore-friendly solutions for both marine and lake environments.

Plans are underway to customize the program to Atlantic Canada so waterfront
owners and organizations working on shorelines can make better decisions.

Share your views if you’re a waterfront property owner (
or an organization working on shorelines (

National Capital Commission – Job Opportunity for Student

The Landscape Architecture & Industrial Design Division of the Capital
Planning Branch is looking for a Landscape Architect Student for a 4 month
contract starting May 4th, 2020 until August 28th, 2020. The salary scale for
the position is $16.49 to $24.77 per hour. The closing date is February 28th

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is the federal Crown Corporation
dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source
of pride for all Canadians and a legacy for generations to come. Building on
more than a century of experience, the NCC provides unique value in the Capital
Region by fulfilling three specific roles: long-term planner of federal lands,
principal steward of nationally significant public places, and creative partner
committed to excellence in development and conservation.

· Completion of a first (1st) year in an
accredited baccalaureate level in a Landscape Architecture program or
completion of a first (1st) year in the Masters’ of Landscape Architecture
· Must possess a valid drivers’ license
(Ontario: Class G, Québec: Class 5) and provide a satisfactory driver’s
· Must be returning to full-time studies in the
fall of 2020; and
· Experience with AutoCAD is essential.


· Experience with Adobe Design Creative Suite 6
(Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop);
· Knowledge of landscape architectural design
principles, methods and practices;
· Ability to work individually and in a team
· Ability to meet tight deadlines; and
· Ability to be creative and innovative.


· Must be willing to work outdoors.
· Must possess a pair of protective footwear
approved by the Canadian Standards Association;  and
· Must obtain a reliability clearance.

· Fluently bilingual in both official languages.

Reporting to the Project Manager, Landscape Architect, the Landscape Architect
Student’s duties will include:
· Site investigation and analysis;
· Preparation of conceptual and presentation
· Preparation of contract documents for various
design and construction projects;
· Product and design research;
· Updating NCC standard details; and
· Construction supervision.


The NCC is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of
Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages
candidates to indicate voluntarily in their application if they are a woman, an
Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority

The NCC is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection
processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition,
please advise the Human Resources representative of the accommodation measures
which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.
If you require additional information on the position or if you are
experiencing technical difficulties, please contact us at

Hearing impaired and speech impaired persons can contact us through a Teletype
Device (TTY) at (613) 239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530 (toll free).

We thank all those who apply. Please note that only candidates who are selected
for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

Heather Martin
MLA, BSc (Env.), ERPD
Senior Landscape Architect
Architecte paysagiste principale

Competition: National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

The Department of Canadian Heritage, in cooperation with Veterans Affairs Canada and the National Capital Commission, invites teams of architects, landscape architects, professional artists, and other urban design professionals to submit their credentials and examples of prior work for the first part of a two-phase competition to design a national monument to commemorate Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. The deadline for the Request for Qualification phase is February 27, 2020.

The National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan will recognize an important chapter in Canada’s history and pay tribute to the commitment and sacrifice of Canadians in helping to rebuild Afghanistan.

For more information on this design competition, please visit the Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

Contact information:
Name: Theriault, Joelle

Cool Gardens Competition Deadline Extended

The Cool Gardens 2020
Registration Deadline has been extended to January 7, 2020, 6:00pm CST.  Click here for full competition details. 

For further Information contact:

Invitation to Exhibition – Dalhousie University

Giving Voice
An exhibition created by eleven Master of Architecture students and curated by Dr. Sarah Bonnemaison from Dalhousie University School of Architecture

This exhibition for all ages is about the energy of museum artifacts. It includes mock archaeological grids, banners exploring the poetics and politics of museum displays, a video of the spaces where artifacts live, and recorded discussions with an archaeologist and ethnographer.

Exhibition opening: Friday, December 6, 6:00-9:00 pm
Exhibition: Friday, December 6, 2019 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday until 8:00 pm 
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street, Halifax
For the opening on December 6, admission is free.
From December 7 to January 26, see the Museum of Natural History admission fees.
View the poster

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