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.
2023 Essay Topic: REPAIR
Students were asked to write about a designed landscape architectural project or space in British Columbia that engages strategies that reflect broad notions of repair. This may include projects or spaces that address topics such as mending through environmental systems and spatial justice, maintenance and materiality in building and landscape systems, and critical and relational practices of community and public engagement. If of interest, students could make use of the UBC or BC Archives to assist their research. Thank you to all of the students who participated. The jury had a difficult time selecting a winner. A special thank you to Sarah Thomas for her dedication and hard work on this initiative. Also, thank you to Kees Lokman for his stellar support and guidance.
Congratulations to Isabella Gigone, who the jury selected as the winner of the 2023 BCSLA Philip Tattersfield Essay Competition for the essay, The Collaborative Approach: Pro-Active Efforts in Overcoming Land-Use Conflict to Repair the Squamish Spit and Estuary. The BCSLA has awarded the cash prize of $1,000 to the author of the winning composition. The strong field of submissions this year made selecting the winner a challenge. Kaitlin Manuelpillai received an honourable mention for the essay, Re-conceptualization & Repair: Camosun bog and the manipulation of natural systems.
Thanks to this year’s volunteer jury who made the program a success: Susan Herrington, Cameron Murray, Nancy Paul, Sarah Thomas, and Tenille Thompson.
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 Samantha Miller who was selected as the recipient of the 2022 Winter Academic Session recipient of the Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and Prize. The award gives promising students access to life-changing education, lessening their financial burden and recognizing students for their dedication and accomplishments.
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.