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This Week’s Headlines:
The Summer Excellence issue of LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES is now available online! 
Updated Reciprocity Agreement Signed by 9 Landscape Architecture Associations 
Equity and Diversity Resources Page 
Nastaran Moradinejad, BCSLA, AALA, CSLA, Appointed Chair of the Canadian Landscape Standard Steering Committee 
CSLA Board of Directors meeting decisions 
Approval of the 2021-2023 CSLA Strategic Plan


In this month’s bulletin:
Highlights of the Annual General Meeting

Highlights of the Board of Directors Meeting 

LACF Statement on Racial Inequality and Injustice

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Updated Reciprocity Agreement Signed by All Canadian Provincial, Regional and Territorial Landscape Architecture Associations

The updated agreement allows landscape architects to have their credentials recognized and work in other jurisdictions.
Click here to read the agreement and a guide about reciprocity:
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APALA Statement regarding Black Lives Matter

As an important part of our society, APALA and its members condemn discrimination and ALL ACTS OF RACISM. 

Our eyes have been opened to the senseless and horrendous acts of violence and continued oppression of black people and other minority groups. Our silence is not to be construed as inaction against racism, we are taking the time to listen, learn and discuss meaningful ways to offer change, which starts within our own organization.

We acknowledge that we, as a profession, have been part of the problem and we acknowledge that we, as a profession, should be part of a solution. We recognize that we, as professionals and citizens, have the responsibility to do the work that contributes to the transformation of our society into a safe and diverse environment for all. 

We are actively working on further actions and will share a plan over the coming months. We are open to learn more about the needs of marginalized and oppressed groups in Atlantic Canada and invite any interested person to get in contact with us at in order to create a meaningful path forward, together as one.

Help LACF Support the Profession during this Unprecedented Time

Dear Colleague,
2020 is a year like no other. While these are uncertain and challenging times, the profession of landscape architecture stands to become more relevant than ever as our values and skills become even more essential in adapting to this changing world.
On behalf of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) and all past and prospective recipients of LACF scholarships, grants, and bursaries, I am writing to encourage your support of LACF programs in research, communication and scholarship. 
Your donation enables LACF to provide core activities and programs such as the LACF annual Grants and Bursary Program, Special Project Grants and our 17 Scholarships for students enrolled in accredited landscape architecture programs in Canada. Your support contributes to the advancement of the values that landscape architects and our corporate, professional and individual partners believe will improve the quality of our natural and built environment. Our university programs depend on it, their students depend on it, researchers depend on it and the landscape industry in Canada benefits from it. 
As a result of the cancellation of the 2020 Congress in Calgary due to the Covid-19 pandemic, LACF is facing a significant budgetary shortfall. Our yearly financial commitment to current scholarship, grant, and research programs is $97,000.00. Last year landscape architects and landscape architectural firms contributed over $50,000.00 at the CSLA Congress Gala reverse auction. Losing this significant fundraising opportunity puts many of our programs in jeopardy.
If you were planning on attending the Congress, you might consider donating some of the savings from travel, registration, and accommodation towards maintaining our programs for the upcoming year. We are reaching out to you for your support. Please give and give as generously as you are able.
Your support will make an enormous difference, ensuring that our scholarship programs research grants and communication initiatives continue, and that new grants and scholarships can be funded. 
Please visit our website at for details about our ongoing programs and for the convenient Donation Form. Just follow the Donate Now tab.
On behalf of LACF and those who we support, Thank You.
Donate Today  

LAF News

I’ve learned so much this past month, and over 1,000 of you from the landscape architecture community joined us online at the annual LAF Symposium for Innovation + Leadership to learn too. Read on to access the Fellows’ shared opening message that recognizes that the struggle for civil rights and human rights is fought in our public spaces every day. We also recognize the new Olmsted Scholars in this newsletter who amaze and inspire us as well with their perspectives and optimism for a new and better future for all. These new Scholars join a growing network of over 800 Olmsted Scholars since the program started in 2008, and LAF, with your support, is proud to have invested in cultivating this next generation of leaders. It has been powerful to witness the strength of the network as their voices and influence grow.

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA

That’s a Wrap! 2020 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium
Held on June 16 and 18, this two-part virtual event showcased the work of the 2019-2020 LAF Fellows on design activism, heterogeneous futures, working landscapes, indigenous knowledge, resiliency, and landscape as foundation for revolution and resistance. Recordings will be available to the public in July. Beyond their presentations, the fellows were compelled to address the unique challenges of this moment through an opening statement, which you can watch now. MORE
Perspectives: Kene Okigbo
Kene Okigbo, ASLA is an emerging professional currently working as a Landscape Architectural Intern at RDG Planning & Design. He considers designing for the public realm an awesome responsibility. “What we bring to the table is hearing the voices of our clients and collaborators so that the final product provides value to the community. At its heart, landscape architecture is service-based leadership.” MORE
2020 LAF OLMSTED SCHOLARS LAF is delighted to announce the 85 exceptional student leaders honored in our 2020 Olmsted Scholars Program, including the two national winners and six finalists shown here. Click to see all of the nominees and learn more about the winners and how they plan to use the award to further their work in daylighting African cultural landscapes and exploring ecological gardening as therapy for veterans.
Anti-Racist Reading List
The long work of dismantling racism requires learning followed by action. Because the landscape architecture discipline is primarily White and exerts a large influence on how people experience and are impacted by the built environment, it is imperative that we as landscape architects and members of the landscape architecture community learn to be anti-racist not only in our personal lives and communities, but in the profession at-large and in how we shape the physical environment. This read/watch list is a starting point for learning about racism and anti-racism generally and about the Black American experience in particular. MORE
2021-2022 LAF Fellowship Applications Open Have a big idea? This $25,000 fellowship is an opportunity for landscape architecture professionals to dedicate the equivalent of 3 months’ time over the course of one year to a proposed project that brings about positive change and expands the discipline’s impact. LAF is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 fellowship cohort. Applications are due Sept 15. MORE
Barangaroo Reserve
Barangaroo, New South Wales
Barangaroo Reserve recreated the historic former headland on Sydney Harbor’s foreshore, installing 76,000 plants with a 99% success rate. The site recognizes the Aboriginal history of the site and attracts significant visitor numbers.

Fast Fact Library
The monetary benefits of urban trees outweigh their maintenance and other associated costs. In a study of five U.S. cities, each dollar invested in urban trees returned between $1.37 and $3.09 in benefits.

Symposium Follow-Up Q+A
Keep an eye on our Instagram for forthcoming Live Stories featuring members of the 2019-2020 Fellowship Cohort. They’ll sit in to respond to questions about their presentations for the virtual Innovation + Leadership Symposium and address additional comments from viewers!
The Green New Deal Superstudio
LAF in association with the McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) invites you to participate in a national conversation and advance design thinking on the intersection of equity, environment and economy through the development of projects for a Green New Deal. Additional information coming in July.
BrightView is the nation’s leading commercial landscape company, and has provided over two decades of support to LAF. BrightView consistently sponsors major LAF events, including the recent 2020 Innovation + Leadership Symposium, and contributes thought leadership through Vice President of Brightview Landscape Development Po Chen’s service on our Board of Directors. We sincerely thank BrightView for its commitment to the discipline and to our organization.

News from the CSLA

Recent Headlines: The CSLA’s Response to Black Lives Matter COVID-19 Survey – Round 2   CSLA President’s Message to 2020 Grads  CSLA Signs Letter to Prime Minister on Benefits of Natural Infrastructure Along with over 35 Other Organizations   CSLA 2020 Annual General Meeting: June 18

Learn More Here.

Recognition Awards Recipients: Eha Naylor and Chris Phillips 

Ottawa – June 17, 2020 – The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is pleased to announce that Eha Naylor will receive the CSLA President’s Award and Chris Phillips will receive the CSLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The CSLA Recognition Awards honour the work and commitment of Canadians to the profession of landscape architecture. The awards will be given at the CSLA Gala to be held during the 2021 CSLA Congress in Ottawa, Ontario.

Read the Press Release

ASLA Conference – Miami – October 2020

During these challenging, unprecedented times the 2020 ASLA Conference can be the perfect first step for reconnecting and preparing for a changed post-COVID-19 world.     The 2020 ASLA conference is a place where you can build relationships and create networks that sustain you throughout your career.

The 2020 conference education program is organized across 14 dynamic conference tracks designed to help you focus on the challenges that are most important to you:

Business of the Business (13) 

Climate Change & Resilience (27)
Design (17)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (11)
Historic Preservation (4)
Leadership & Career Development (7)
Materials, Specification & Maintenance (8)
  Parks & Recreation (8)
Planning (6)
Residential (3)
Sustainability (7)
Technology (6)
Transportation (4)
Urban Design (10) Photo Credit: Monica Grigorescu Field sessions and Deep Dives are very popular with attendees. We encourage you to make your selection quickly before they are sold out.   Save $225 with the Early Bird Registration and let’s gather in Miami Beach in October!  

Register Today Connect | Educate | Advocate ASLA is fully committed to holding the 2020 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami Beach, with your health and safety in mind. We will provide members and attendees with continuous updates and developments as we move forward.

Should ASLA be forced to cancel the conference for any reason, we will fully refund registration, processing fees, and the cost of any special-event ticket purchases.

If you need to cancel your registration, refund requests must be submitted in writing to on or before Monday, August 10, 2020. Registration is non-refundable after 11:59 pm PST on August 10, 2020. Eligible refunds include basic fee registration only, minus a $100 processing fee. Allow 4–8 weeks for all refunds. Tickets for workshops, field sessions, and special events are final and non-refundable from the date and time of purchase. No exceptions. Cancelled registration fees cannot be applied to membership fees, future conferences, or online learning.

LACF Nominations to the Board of Directors

The 2020 LACF Nominating Committee was composed of Bob Somers (Chair) and Cecelia Paine, LACF Board Members.
Three current Board members have agreed to stand for re-election for another three year term: 2020-2023.  Bob Somers, MALA, FCSLA Wendy Graham, AAPQ, FCSLA Eha Naylor, OALA, FCSLA  
Motion: That Bob Somers, Wendy Graham, and Eha Naylor, current LACF Board members, be re-elected for a three-year term, starting in 2020. 
Action: That the President thank Arnis Budrevics for his service on the Board.
The Chair of the committee surveyed board members for suggestions on potential nominees. In consultation with EXCO, it was determined the board currently has good regional representation. 
Respectfully submitted,
Bob Somers, MALA, FCSLA, Chair, LACF Nominating Committee  

APALA’s Ed Versteeg Inducted into 2020 CSLA College of Fellows

We would like to extend our congratulations to APALA member Ed Versteeg, who is being inducted into the 2020 College of Fellows. Very well deserved, Ed!

Ottawa – The CSLA College of Fellows will welcome six new members during the CSLA Congress to be held May 27-29, 2021, in Ottawa, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession over an extended period of time.

Read the Press Release.

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