Professional Practice

BCSLA 2013 Conference - Call for Papers

Date: 12/7/2012 - 1/31/2013

Type: Call for papers

Location(s): US
British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island


The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) is pleased to request a call for papers for the 2013 Annual Conference, Showcase and Annual General Meeting, “Depth of Field- Exploring Our Culture Through the Creative Lens,” to be held April 26 and 27 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.

The BCSLA 2013 conference will test our willingness to leverage our collective creativity in ways that are good for us, good for business, and good for society. By stimulating dialog with our membership and the broader creative cultural community, the conference will act as a catalyst to bring together a range of creative voices focused on a common quest – that of understanding our creative intelligence and its inherent value to society.

Our central premise is that we are an integral part of the broader cultural community that surrounds us. As creative practitioners we share in the opportunities to explore and create in new and influential ways. We encourage speakers to test the limits of our daily focus and challenge us to be alert and ready to step beyond cultural norms - beyond the obvious boundaries of Landscape Architecture. Our focus is on providing attendees with exposure to a wide variety of speakers not only from our community but the greater cultural community to which we belong. We will provide messages that are engaging, challenging, and innovative and inspiring to us in our daily practices.

The BCSLA Annual Conference is an opportunity for design professionals, practitioners, and key stakeholders, from the public and private sector, academia, and the community to come together to share ideas and projects. The goal of this year’s conference is to explore the common creative ground that we are a part of so that we may further develop the techniques and tools of our profession. To ensure the program succeeds at showcasing the depth of our profession and the creative sparks that ignite, inspire and influence us, we invite all BCSLA members, allied professionals, and interested practitioners to submit abstracts for papers, presentations, panels, and/or designs for the conference taking place April 26 and 27. Priority will be given to those proposals that address the conference theme. Please refer to the Submission Schedule for key dates.


Abstract Submittal
Abstracts for all papers are due no later than 12:00 Noon PST, January 31, 2013. Abstracts must be limited to 400 words. All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Participants may submit an unlimited number of abstracts if they wish. Send abstracts as an attachment to Jessica Tan, BCSLA administrative assistant, (RE: BCSLA Conference Abstract – ).

Please include the following:
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  • 1.Abstract title, author’s name, institution/firm (if applicable), phone number, full mailing address and e-mail address.
  • 2. A 50-word biography and headshot in hi-res. jpeg or tiff format.
  • 3. Indicate if you would be willing to act as a moderator.

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  • 4. 50-75-word summary of your presentation.
  • 5. Body of the abstract with the paper title (no more than 400 words).
  • 6. Preference for your presentation format.

Panels and Presentations
Please submit a topic of discussion and the names of at least two panellists that have agreed to sit on the panel. A one-page rationale for the panel discussion and a brief description of the background of each of the panellists is to be submitted. Panel discussions must be related to the conference themes. A presentation of a paper prepared for the panel discussion is also possible provided the paper addresses the conference theme and can stimulate discussion. Each panel will consist of a 50-70 minute panel discussion followed by a 12-20 minute discussion with the audience. We ask that a moderator be identified for each panel discussion.

Design Submissions
The 2013 BCSLA Conference will provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals to submit design propositions pertaining to the conference theme. The intention is to invite illustrations of innovative design that showcases the creative potential of the field of landscape architecture. In addition to the above, each abstract should include no more than four drawings, images, and etcetera that begin to define the design proposition. There is no restriction on the final format (technology permitting) – the proposal and presentation can use illustration and/or any form of multi-media.

The 2013 BCSLA Conference will provide an opportunity for hands-on, interactive skill development and training workshops of about tow-and-one-half hours; the intention is to provide the opportunity to explore and share in the wealth of experience and creativity that is the mainstay of our profession.

2013 Submission Schedule

  • December 7, 2012: Call for abstracts, papers, presentations, or designs and biographies
  • January 31, 2013: Final date for the submissions of abstracts
  • February 8, 2013: Notification of paper/proposal review results
  • February 28, 2013: Bibliography, images with credits, and a/v equipment requirements deadline
  • April 26-27, 2013: Conference presentations.

Should you have further questions about the submittal process or on the conference and participation from the landscape architecture community, please do not hesitate to contact Tara Culham, executive director, by email at or Jessica Tan, administrative assistant, at or by phone at 604.682.5610 or toll free (Canada and U.S.) at 855.682.5610.


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