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2022 BCSLA Call for Proposals and Conference & Showcase of Products

Friday, August 5, 2022

The 2022 Annual Conference & Showcase of Products

After a two-year absence due to COVID the BCSLA Annual Conference and Showcase will be held from October 13-15,  2022 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, BC.  The 2022 program theme is "Back to the Garden". The two-year pause triggered by the COVID-19 global pandemic has severely disrupted personal and collective notions of normal social life. Lockdowns and “stay home” orders were mandated in the spring of 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with precious minutes a day permitted us to go outside for essential shopping and a breath of fresh air close to home. Local parks and open spaces previously unnoticed were suddenly “discovered” and helped ground people in urban nature.

As landscape architects vested with upholding human health and well-being, what can we glean and learn from the past few years? Why has gardening become a “thing” that reached far beyond those that have always been gardeners? How does gardening play into the parallel realms of public/private and personal/community? Where do gardens and gardening belong in this new post-pandemic world? Who decides?


This Call is open to all BCSLA Members and allies. University students and recent graduates in landscape architecture are especially invited. We invite abstract submissions from any area or discipline of landscape architecture, from wide points of view (and especially from Indigenous, interdisciplinary, or collaborative perspectives and practices), in response to any of the conference framing, and thought-provoking questions. We are interested in hearing about your pandemic experiences and post-pandemic responses. Learn more here.


Presentations must focus on thoughts, actions, results, measures of success, and their broader significance to the profession and society. Podium presentations will be restricted to 10-minutes in length. 


  •  The deadline for abstract submissions is 12 Noon PDT, Friday, 26 August 2022.  
  • All submissions will be peer reviewed by the BCSLA CE Committee. 
  • Notice of acceptance will be sent to you by Friday, 16 September 2022. 
  • Please note that presenters must be registered for the conference.
  • Notwithstanding, and recognizing the fact that most of contemporary BC is situated on the unceded overlapping lands and territories of many Indigenous Peoples we request that any proposals for presentations about garden projects located on Indigenous lands must include an Indigenous co-presenter involved in the project or have the written permission of the First Nation, Métis, or Inuit community in lieu.


The Conference is the premier networking and educational event for the landscape architecture profession in BC. The event brings together decision-makers from the landscape architecture profession, including landscape architects from private practices, educational facilities, municipalities, government ministries and agencies. The Conference provides a rare opportunity to engage with a cross-section of industry leaders. 

We invite you to join us for the 2022 Showcase or to participate as a Program Sponsor to increase your company profile and remind our design professionals about quality services, new and innovative products, and leading-edge technology that can be used by landscape architects in their offices and projects.  The information package will be available in late August.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (subject to change)

October 13, 2022         10:00 am to 4:00 pm     Exhibitor Move-in 

October 13, 2022          5:00 pm to 6:00 pm     Clive Justice New Member Book Awards (2019-2021)

October 13, 2022          6:00 pm to 7:00 pm     Special Presentation

October 13, 2022         7:00 pm to 8:30 pm      Meet and Greet Social

October 14, 2022         8:00 am to 8:00 pm       Conference Program & Showcase

October 15, 2022         8:30 am to 1:00 pm     Conference Program & Showcase

October 15, 2022        1:00 pm to 2:30 pm    Exhibitor Move-Out 

Note that the Conference / Continuing Education Committee is well-prepared to shift the conference to an online virtual platform if required by public health orders.  

More details soon.



Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 BCSLA Annual General Meeting on June 25, 2022.   Your participation is important! Please click here to see the 2022/2023 Board of Directors. Thank you to everyone who allowed their name to stand for the Board of Directors.  Thank you to the departing Directors who served an extended term due to COVID.  They are to be commended for their dedication and service to the Society and its Members and Associates.  Katherine Dunster, Jacqueline Lowe, Wai-Sue Louie, Liane McKenna and Donna Rodman.

Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Hanley Residence
Landscape Architect / Firm: LeFrank & Associates Ltd.
Location: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Photo Credit: David Hollebone