National Landscape Awards winners announced

Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, by PFS Studio, won the Jury's Award of Excellence, the top prize in the CSLA recognition program.
Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, by PFS Studio, won the Jury’s Award of Excellence, the top prize in the CSLA recognition program.

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has announced the recipients of the National Awards of Excellence. This year, 11 projects received a national award and one project, Lansdowne Park, was selected for the Jury’s Award of Excellence, given to one project per year which best demonstrates the CSLA’s vision (advancing the art, science and practice of landscape architecture). In addition, 7 projects were attributed an honourary mention on behalf of the jury.

These award-winning projects are preeminent examples of Canadian landscape architecture. They illustrate the range of what landscape architects do and how landscape architects are helping to reshape our communities – defining the places we want to live, work and play. Winners were selected by a national jury of landscape architects.

The recipient of the 2016 Jury’s Award of Excellence and a National Award is Lansdowne Park, by PFS Studio. The newly reimagined and recreated Lansdowne Park, resulting from the winning vision of an international design competition, has restored a long neglected site at the heart of the national capital in Ottawa to vibrant use as a coordinated set of culturally significant and diversely programmed public spaces. PFS Studio created the winning scheme, entitled Win, Place, Show, for an international design competition to restore and transform the beloved site of the former Central Canadian Exhibition into a new waterfront park and civic heart for Ottawa, with a seamless integration envisioned between the re-imagined park with federal lands along the parliamentary Queen Elizabeth Drive and the adjacent UNESCO World Heritage designated Rideau Canal. Lansdowne Park has remained true to this vision in restoring the site through contemporary design language and careful preparation for its future, while honouring its enduring legacy of place through exhibition, display, and recreation.

The 2016 National Award recipients are:

Public Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect

  • Peace Garden at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall (PLANT Architect Inc.|Perkins + Will Canada in Joint Venture with Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture and Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects)
  • The West Don Lands (The Planning Partnership and PFS Studio)

Planning & Analysis | Large-Scale Design

  • University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan (Urban Strategies Inc.)
  • Technopôle Angus (NIPPAYSAGE)
  • Masterplan for La Cité administrative de Montréal (Lemay – Les services intégrés Lemay et associés)


Residential Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect

  • 230 Sackville (Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc.)

Research | Communication

  • City of Toronto: The Grow More Manual (Forest and Field Landscape Architecture)
  • City of Kitchener: Cultural Heritage Landscapes (The Landplan Collaborative Ltd.)
  • YUL/MTL: Paysages en mouvement (Chaire en paysage et environnement et Chaire UNESCO en paysage et environnement de l’Université de Montréal)

New Directions | Conceptual Work

  • Bayview Glen Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) (Schollen & Company Inc.)

In addition to the National Awards, the jury attributed honourary mentions to the following projects:

  • Surrey City Hall Playscape (space2place design inc.)
  • Downtown Fenwick Revitalization (The Planning Partnership)
  • Queens Quay Central Waterfront Revitalization (West8 + DTAH in joint venture)
  • Federal Building Centennial Plaza (DIALOG (Carlyle & Associates) and Moriyama & Teshima)
  • Millennium Library Park (HTFC Planning & Design)
  • Place Joseph-Venne (NIPPAYSAGE)
  • Les jardins d’accueil du Jardin botanique de Montréal (Lemay  – Les services intégrés Lemay et associés)

The national awards will be presented at a gala during the CSLA Congress to be held at the Fort Garry Hotel and Conference Centre in Winnipeg on Saturday, June 25th, 2016.