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BY KAREN LANDMAN + SEAN KELLY
LA AT GUELPH TURNS 50!
EN_THIS YEAR, the Landscape Architecture community is
celebrating 50 years of LA at the University of Guelph. Five decades
of design training is rooted within the rich traditions of the Ontario
Agriculture College (OAC), where ornamental horticulture has been
taught since OAC's founding in 1874. Landscape design, however,
was not an important part of this training. Over time, increasing
numbers of OAC graduates completed post-graduate landscape
architecture degrees in the U.S. and brought their skills and
knowledge back to Canada. Eventually, in pursuit of homegrown
LA training and education, the Canadian Society of Landscape
Architects lobbied Canadian academic institutions to establish
landscape architecture programs. In 1960, the Ontario Landscape
Contractors Association invited the CSLA to join them in meeting
with several institutions to discuss the establishment of a program.
At the meeting, Dr. R. J. Hilton, Guelph's Chair of Horticultural
Science, indicated support for the appointment of a landscape
architect as a first step. Victor Chanasyk was subsequently
appointed in 1962 - the first university appointment of a landscape
architect in Canada - to develop and launch a Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture program that would be both a liberal and professional
education. The University Senate approved the BLA in 1964. In
1974, the University launched the Master of Landscape Architecture
program, the second in Canada and the first in Ontario.
continues to receive many requests for help with design projects.
Decades of students have left their design mark in the surrounding
landscape and beyond. LA students have also been very active
in international academic exchanges, participating in other LA
programs around the world. Guelph graduates, too, reach out to new
generations of students, building a connection with the profession
via studio critiques, internships and employment upon graduation.
In preparing for the LA50 event, we put out a call to alumni for a
logo that would represent our history, where we are now and where
we hope to go. From the 25 submissions, the planning committee
selected one by Landscape Architect David Duhan and adopted
Dave's logo theme of "evolution" for the LA50 event. Please check
out the homecoming weekend we have planned for University of
Guelph LA alumni. We look forward to seeing you!
Karen Landman and Sean Kelly are professors of Landscape
Architecture at the School of Environmental Design &
Since 1964, the University of Guelph has graduated approximately
1500 landscape architecture students, who make up a large
percentage of practicing and academic landscape architects in
Canada. Among them are many notables, as nominated by alumni.
Since the Guelph program was founded, the school has recognized
the importance of outreach, and the Community Outreach Centre
Rural Development at the University of Guelph, as well as
BLA (89) Alumni.
1. L A STUDIO BANNER: KU WING (BRIAN) CHAO
LOGO DAVID DUHAN
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TO BEGIN WITH
AAPQ: 50 ANS DE CREATION
LACF FUNDED RESEARCH: A CRITIQUE
THE LAST WORD
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