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Living Wage Employers

The BCSLA has been a Certified Living Wage Employer since 2017.   Living Wage Employers are responsible employers who care about their employees and community. Support the Living Wage for Families Campaign by giving certified Living Wage Employers your business.   

The living wage is a bare-bones calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four needs to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage includes costs like rent and groceries as well as items like extended health care and two weeks savings for each adult. It does not include debt repayment or savings for future plans.  To calculate the living wage rate, employers take into account their employees’ total wage plus benefits. If employees receive non-mandatory benefits, the living wage rate is reduced.  BCSLA Members who are employers are encouraged to become a Living Wage Employer.  Please visit here for details on how you can become a Living Wage Employer

Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation UBC Scholarship in Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) was established in 1988 by senior members of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects as a charitable organization. Since its creation, LACF has raised funds to support research, communication and scholarship activities and has awarded over 100 grants and scholarships to projects and people that reflect the core values of the profession of landscape architecture. We welcome this opportunity to report that through the generosity of the BCSLA members and firms a yearly award of a minimum $1,000.00 was created and endowed in 2016.  This endowment is unique to BC! For all those who contributed, thank you.  For those who wish to add to the endowment and thus the size and /or number of awards, please give generously to the LACF.  Thank you to Peter Kreuk, LMBCSLA, FCSLA, and Randy Sharp, MBCSLA and FCSLA, for their dedication to this project.  


• http://lacf.ca/membership-support/donate-online

• Please send a separate email to [email protected] indicating that your contribution is to be directed to the ‘LACF UBC Scholarship’ rather than LACF General Funds.


• Please make cheque payable to LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE CANADA FOUNDATION and indicate that your contribution is to be directed to the ‘LACF UBC Scholarship’.


Kari MacKinnon, Administrator 
321 Stuart Avenue 
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2G 0Y7

IFLA Global Accord

On June 12, 2018 the BCSLA Board of Directors passed a Motion to ratify the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Global Accord - adaptation for a changing world.  

Professional Leadership in a Changing Climate: Joint Statement

Professionals are required to use the best available science in making our decisions, and so we, the resource and planning professional associations of British Columbia, recognize that climate change is occurring and it has fundamental impacts on British Columbia’s communities and ecosystems. We know the importance of both reducing the presence of greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere (climate change mitigation) and in adapting our society and ecosystems to prepare for climatic changes (climate change adaptation). 

> Download the Joint Statement

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

Climate Change

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is the voice of the profession in Canada and an advocate for its members on issues such as urban renewal, sustainable development and cultural heritage. Since the work of landscape architects embraces change, the profession is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in planning for and adapting to the stresses of a changing climate.  

The CSLA is committed to providing assistance to its members, and to other professions, levels of government and Canadian business and communities, to enhance their understanding of the contributing factors that have created planetary climate change, to promote opportunities to mitigate ongoing contributions that will accelerate deterioration in global climates, and to advance instruments and tools that will assist in preparatory and adaptive planning for environmental change. > More

> Download the CSLA Position Paper on Climate Change

Canadian Landscape Charter

The Canadian Landscape Charter seeks to uphold the following core principles:

  • Recognize landscapes as vital
  • Consider all people
  • Inspire stewardship
  • Expand knowledge
  • Show leadership

CLICK HERE to read the Canadian Landscape Charter

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Canadian Landscape Charter Initiative: Explore the Canadian Landscape Charter


Saba Farmand, BCSLA Inactive Member and Co-Producer Paul Albi have created a video series on Landscape Architecture in Metro Vancouver.

Surroundings is a 4 part video series that tells the stories behind some of Metro Vancouver’s well-known public and green spaces from the perspectives of the landscape architects who designed them. In each 20 minute episode,  high-profile landscape architects are interviewed on-site, where they share the stories behind the design and creation of these places.

> Episode Summary

View entire episodes:

> Episode 1 - Don Vaughan focuses on bringing meaning to place through the use of public art

> Episode 2 - Jeff Cutler and Mark van der Zalm focuses on park design and creating play spaces for everyone to enjoy

> Episode 3 - Margot Long focuses on the role landscape architects play in planning and urban design

> Episode 4 - Cornelia Oberlander, Ken Larsson, Bryce Gauthier, and Bruce Hemstock focuses on green roofs and making cities sustainable

Landscape Architecture Project V

At the 2019 AGM the BCSLA Membership passed a Special Resolution to allocate a maximum of $28,000 from the Special Levy fund for the period 2019 to 2021 in support of the Landscape Architecture Project V.  The funds will be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors to conduct a review of Bill 49: Professional Governance Act 2018 and the issues related to:   Architects (Landscape) ActBylaws and Standards of the Profession, labour mobility and governance.  Funds may also be expended for contractors to provide legal and government relations advice as required.

Northern Gateway Pipeline

The BCSLA followed the Joint Review Process for the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. Although this letter missed the cut-off date for submissions, it was circulated to government officials and other stakeholders. 

Download a copy of the letter sent to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on behalf of BCSLA Members and Associates


2017 BCSLA Strategic Plan

> Download the BCSLA Strategic Plan 2017 (October 10, 2017)

2015 CSLA Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation and Benefits Study

Download a copy of the Study

2017 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report
Since 1989, the BCSLA has evaluated the broader state of the profession on three occasions. In 1990, RK House & Associates published the first BCSLA practice survey. In 2007, the BCSLA Workplace Survey was first conducted and in 2012, the Professional Practice Survey was conducted. The results of these studies provide tremendous insight into the current state of our profession and workplace dynamics. The 2017 Professional Practice Survey stems from the questions developed in the 2012 and 2007 surveys. The purpose of the survey is to collect comparative results over time, with a survey of comparable questions asked every five years.
Download the 2017 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report

2012 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report 
Download the 2012 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report

2012 BCSLA Strategic Initiatives

> Download the 2012 BCSLA Strategic Initiatives

2007 BCSLA Workplace Survey

> Download the 2007 BCSLA Workplace Survey

 Out of respect for the environment, please do not print these documents unless it is essential for your use. Please store and refer to the contents on screen whenever possible.

2nd Edition Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Exhibition

The BCSLA Drawing on the Land 2018 team would like to thank the membership for their participation in this year’s very successful drawing exhibition. We received over 100 individual submissions to review and select from. The submissions were reviewed by our stellar selection jury which included: BCSLA President Stephen Vincent, Lindsey Fryett, Daniel Roehr, Jordan McAuley and Alexandre Man-Bourdon.  Of the 100+ submissions the jury selected seven entries that best represented this year’s theme. The BCSLA and the Drawing on the Land 2018 Selection Committee would like to congratulate the following Members and Associates for their exceptional entries: Kim Perry, FCSLA, MBCSLA,  Janet Rosenberg, FCSLA,  MBCSLA, Eddie Wu, MBCSLA,  Daniel Roehr, MBCSLA, Jaclyn Kaloczi, BCSLA Intern and Neda Roohnia, BCSLA Intern.

The selected entries were on display at this year’s BCSLA Annual Conference at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel Vancouver.  The exhibition is currently in transit will be on display throughout the Lower Mainland over the coming months at locations which include: Vancouver City Hall, the AIBC Gallery and more.   The exhibition will also be on display at the BCSLA Interior Regional Meeting in the Fall 2018.  In case you missed the exhibition at the BCSLA Annual Conference, a PDF of the selected entries is available by following the link below.  Thanks to all those that submitted entries. 

Special thanks also to Tory Michak for doing the poster layout, to TR Trades for their generous contribution towards board printing, and to Landscape Forms for their support in this year’s exhibition. 


> View the 2nd Edition Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Exhibition Submissions


1st Edition Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Exhibition

This exhibition featured thought provoking and intriguing drawings by BCSLA Members. This exhibition included panels from the 2009 By Hand exhibition, which showcased hand-drawn works by BCSLA Members. Showcasing a range of scales, from small gardens to large civic sites to entire mountain regions, this exhibit exemplifies the breadth and aptitude of the profession and its ability to communicate ideas for exciting landscape architectural spaces.  

Download the 2010 Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Exhibition Slideshow [47MB PDF]

Download the 2009 By Hand Exhibition Slideshow [9.4MB PDF]

Sitelines Web Atlas

The SITELINES website contains the Web Atlas, an interactive map which presents samples of landscape architecture projects in British Columbia including parks, public gardens, as well as commercial and multi-family developments. This resource has been created to support the mandate and goals of the BC Society of Landscape Architects. 

Sustainability Declaration 2002

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects is committed to actively promoting sustainability principles, goals and strategies.

> Download the Sustainability Declaration 2002 Report

Out of respect for the environment, please do not print these documents unless it is essential for your use. Please store and refer to the contents on screen whenever possible.

Project: Richmond Gate
Landscape Architect / Firm: LADR Landscape Architects
Location: Saanich, British Columbia
Photo Credit: LADR