Philip Tattersfield ESSAY COMPETITION Scholarship
The BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) Philip Tattersfield Essay Competition promotes design writing, diversifies student skillsets, and elevates the level of writing within the profession, early in the careers of future landscape architects.
Philip Tattersfield, LMBCSLA #001, FCSLA, had a distinguished career as the first landscape architect registered in British Columbia. Over his career, Tattersfield authored more than 150 publications, briefs, lectures, and television series in North America and overseas covering philosophical and technical aspects of practice. He was integral in shaping the BCSLA and contributed extensively to the BCSLA publication, SITELINES MAGAZINE. This scholarship was established to honour his memory.
Scholarship participants must be a current student of landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and must not have previously won the award.
The essay is to be original and 1,000 words, submitted in PDF format. Images are to be included to support the written argument. Images and quotations must include credits.
2022 Topic and Winner
Landscapes in Time. Students were encouraged to use the UBC or BC Archives to document a local (BC) landscape over time and discuss how the design of that landscape took into account change.
Congratulations to Hannah Baird! The jury selected Hannah as the winner of the 2022 BCSLA Philip Tattersfield Essay Competition for their essay entitled, Ecology and Espionage: Remembering in the Landscape of the Vancouver Wireless Station. In recognition of Hannah’s hard work, the BCSLA will be sending them the prize amount of $1,000.
There was a strong field of submissions this year which made the selection of the winner a challenge. The jury pronounced that Isla Francis should receive an honourable mention for their essay entitled, Sen̓áḵw: Stasis and Opportunity. Both essays have been published to the BCSLA website.
To the volunteers who served on the jury this year and without whom the program could not be a success, we give our sincere thanks to Adrienne Brown, Sara Jacobs, Sarah Thomas, Scott Watson and Pearl Yip.
The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize paid by the BCSLA.
The winning submission will be announced in the BCSLA Friday File, posted on the BCSLA website and published in the fall issue of Sitelines Magazine. Images and excerpts from the essays of any of the competition entrants may be published in Sitelines Magazine.
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and Prize
The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects provides the Dr. John Wesley Neill Prize to the outstanding graduating student in Landscape Architecture. The award recognizes that student who has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to ideals of the profession and includes a $1,000 stipend. While the travel stipend can be used for any travel project it is suggested for attendance at the annual meeting of the International Society of Arboriculture ISA (held in North American city in August of each year). The award honours the founder of the program in Landscape Architecture at UBC and is made on the recommendation of the School or Architecture and Landscape Architecture in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Those who won the Prize from 2003 – 2021, received the financial award however, the medal portion of the Prize was unavailable during that time period. Paul Sangha, MBCSLA 174, worked with the University of BC and the BCSLA to re-establish the medal. In November 2022 the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), with the BCSLA, re-established the medal that previously accompanied the Dr. John Wesley Neill Prize in Landscape Architecture. Award winners who did not receive the medal at the time of their award were contacted and arrangements were made to retroactively present the medal to the recipients. UBC SALA has generously supported the costs of the medal. Thank you!
Congratulations to all the winners
The Robillard Scholarship was originally established by the BCSLA in 1982 to honor the memory of BC Landscape Architect, Raoul Robillard. In January 2018, this endowment fund was transferred to Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF.) The Foundation and BCSLA will administer this scholarship into the future. In 2021 the award increased from $1,000 to $1,500 as a result of the wise financial management of the LACF investments by volunteers.
The BCSLA ROBILLARD | LACF Scholarship awards $1,500 and a BCSLA Student to a deserving candidate. It is awarded to a student entering second year in the UBC Landscape Architecture program who, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrates excellence in small-scale landscape design. Learn more here. The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects provides an $1,500 award and a BCSLA Student Membership in the memory of Raoul Robillard, to a student entering second year in the UBC Landscape Architecture program who, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrates excellence in small scale landscape design. Raoul Robillard had a distinguished career as an early landscape architect in British Columbia and was a member of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The award is made on the recommendation of the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
TCLF - Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize Interview
This video presentation introduces the life and work of pioneering landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the namesake of the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize.