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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, FASLA, to Receive Inaugural Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, FASLA, will receive the inaugural Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture.

The Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture (GGMLA) is the highest honor bestowed on a landscape architect by the CSLA. The medal is intended to honor exceptional landscape architects whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on Canadian society.

Oberlander is the recipient of numerous important awards and has led the landscape architecture community both nationally and internationally throughout her career. She is a respected teacher and has published many books and articles. She continues to create a body of work rooted in building places and policy that supports an intimate and beautiful connection with the natural world. Many groundbreaking ideas, such as the importance of exposure to nature and the creation of opportunities for social interaction, formed the foundation of her design philosophy decades ago.

Oberlander has played a seminal role in the evolution of modernism in the context of architecture, landscape architecture, and planning. She is a champion and continual advocate for landscape architecture, a teacher, and is considered a leader by several generations of landscape architects in Canada and abroad.

The American Society of Landscape Architects inducted Oberlander into its Council of Fellows in 1992. In 2012, she received the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect.

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