Ontario Association of Landscape Architects selects Robert Allsopp for 2008 Pinnacle Award

Landscape architect Robert Allsopp was chosen by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) Honours and Awards Committee in recognition of his professional work.

Allsopp is a landscape architect, planner and architect (UK) with extensive professional experience in Canada, England, the United States and Spain. The broad range of work undertaken for public, institutional and private sector clients has provided an extensive understanding and skill in working with multi-dimensional planning/urban design projects.

He has worked for 20 years on a series of urban design projects in Canada’s National Capital, several of which have received national and international design award recognition. These include Ottawa Views, an Official Plan study for the City of Ottawa dealing with the controls required to protect the visual integrity of the Parliament Buildings and other national symbols. He recently completed the urban design component of the National Capital Core Area Concept Plan; the urban design structure plan for the LeBreton Flats area of the new War Museum; and is currently completing the update of the Parliamentary Precinct Plan.

Allsopp was responsible for the Heart of Springdale Healthy Village, a plan for an integrated sustainable community; the urban design component of the Highway 7 corridor, a land-use and transit strategy; the new Vaughan Corporate Centre and North York City Centre urban design plans. Robert was involved in the preparation of the development concept for the Toronto Waterfront Task Force, and he recently completed the Fort York and Garrison Common Public Open Space Plan. Recent campus development plans include those for the University of Calgary, the University of Guelph and the RCMP Academy, Regina, as well as the RCMP’s three corporate and training campuses in the National Capital.

He was partner-in-charge of the recent award-winning development strategy for Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s Railway Lands Blocks 32-36 and a member of the winning West 8 + DTAH team for the Toronto Central Waterfront Innovation Design Competition.

Allsopp is a recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Sloane Medallion, a Fulbright Scholarship award and a Canada Council Award. He was a winner (with R. Newbury) in the National Design Competition for the Fountain in Square Jacques Cartier (Le Vieux Port de Montreal) and principal designer of the winning scheme for Sir Winston Churchill Square in Edmonton.

In 1989 he studied and worked in Barcelona. With Adjuntament de Barcelona’s urban projects office he was responsible for the design of a 20 ha. park in the Nou Barris district (CSLA National Merit Award). In 1990, he mounted a Canadian exhibition, Barcelona Works, illustrating that city’s public spaces development program.

Allsopp has formidable credentials as a graduate of Leicester School of Architecture, and the University of Edinburgh in Civic Design. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects; an Honorary member of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects, a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Registered professional Planner, Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Associates Royal Institute of British Architects and a Registered Architect in the United Kingdom.

Allsopp joined the Toronto office of Roger du Toit Architects/du Toit Associates in 1979 and entered into the partnership of du Toit, Allsopp, Hillier in 1985. Until 1997, he was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is a Partner at du Toit, Allsopp,Hillier Urban Design, Planning, Landscape Architecture Associate; du Toit Architects Limited.