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2018 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase & AGM


Save the date!

The 2018 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase of Products and Services & AGM will be held from May 10-12, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott parq Vancouver. The Continuing Education Committee that is composed of more than ten fabulous volunteers are busy developing the theme and the program for the premier event for landscape architects and allied professionals in BC.

More than 300 landscape architects, emerging professionals, academics and experts will come together for a diverse range of educational sessions, panel discussions, tours and networking opportunities. Discover new products and services that will be on Showcase by our suppliers. Expect a terrific conference where delegates can share ideas, and projects that go beyond our expectations and, provide fabulous information that will celebrate the profession.

Keep an eye on this space for more details.


Call for Papers

This is an action-based conference. We want to know more, and seek on-the-ground stories and contributions from members and allies that can answer any of these questions:

  • How are we, as a profession, and as individuals, using our energy?
  • What can we do to be more powerful in the public conversation around energy?
  • Where should we be spending our energy? Individually? Collectively?
  • Who should we be connecting our energy with (thinking about synergy and social solidarity?
  • Is energy on your mind?


Through a landscape design lens, invited key speakers will frame the conference theme. Presentations in various formats, including a general poster session, will address what we are doing about energy, on the ground, in our communities.


This Call for Abstracts is open to all BCSLA Members and allies, including university students in studies related to the conference theme of ENERGY. We invite submissions from any area or discipline of landscape architecture, from wide points of view (and especially from interdisciplinary perspectives and practices), responding to the conference theme.

As a ReconciliAction, we especially extend an invitation to members working in collaboration with First Nations, Métis, or Inuit communities on energy issues, and welcome Indigenous perspectives on ENERGY. Proposals must include (or have the permission of in lieu) First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (co-) presenter(s) in the panel, podium, or poster presentations, if the topic is a project or research that direct affects or relates to a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit community (notwithstanding the fact that most of contemporary BC is situated on the unceded overlapping lands and territories of many First Nations).

> Download the Call For Papers outline here


  • The deadline for abstract submissions is 12 Noon PST, Friday, December 31, 2017
  • All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee.
  • Notice of acceptance will be sent to you by January 26, 2018.
  • Please note that presenters must be registered for the conference.


 Conference Accommodation


BCSLA has secured two hotel guest room blocks at reduced rates for conference delegates (subject to availablility).  Please contact the BCSLA office for details.


JW Marriott Parq


Georgian Court Hotel

Project: Telus Atrium Garden
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc in collaboration with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins