David Oleson wins Landmark Award for Yorkville Park from the American Society of Landscape Architects

Toronto Architect David Oleson has been honoured for his work on an iconic mid-town park.

The American Society of Landscape Architects has given the Landmark Award to The Village of Yorkville Park, the beloved mid-town park located between Cumberland and Bloor Street. The park is famous for its 650-tonne fragment of the Canadian Shield affectionately known as “the rock.”

The Landmark Award recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located.

“Receiving the Landmark Award is a tremendous honour,” says Oleson. “It’s always been a privilege to be part of the design team that brought Toronto such a unique and engaging public space. So to be recognized for the lasting impact of the Village of Yorkville Park is a bonus.”

The Village of Yorkville Park was a collaboration between Oleson’s firm, Oleson Worland Architects, and landscape architecture firm Schwartz/Smith/Meyer, which was based in San Francisco at the time of the park’s design. The park features a series of gardens designed to encapsulate the varied Ontario landscape, including a marsh area with boardwalk, prairie grass, flower gardens and, of course, the iconic “rock.”

Oleson is the architect behind ART Condos, the 11-storey mid-rise residence at the corner of Dovercourt and Sudbury Streets. Already nearing completion, Oleson designed ART Condos to embody the creative spirit and the Queen West arts community.

He has also designed several other iconic and award-winning Toronto projects, including the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, which won the prestigious Governor General’s Medal for Architecture, the beloved Don Valley Brick Works and Sherbourne Lanes, Toronto’s first mid-rise, infill housing project.

The Landmark Awards program is part of the American Society of Landscape Architects annual conference, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona. The award was officially presented on October 1, 2012.

Oleson Worland Architects is a well-established, award-winning firm founded in 1984 by partners David Oleson and Wilfrid Worland. Since its inception, the firm has produced designs of exceptional quality, founded on core principles of sustainability – resulting from thoughtful consideration of a project site and context, materiality and solid construction detailing. Pragmatics aside, OWA pushes the boundaries in order to produce the most stimulating, visually engaging projects possible. In addition to building design, a strong interest in landscape and urban design drives the practice, as exemplified by the planning and design of significant Toronto landmarks such as the Don Valley Brick Works and the Village of Yorkville Park.