It is with profound sadness that we tell you of the passing of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, LMBCSLA - 029, FCSLA, FASLA, CC, on May 22, 2021 at the age of 99. Cornelia was a world-renowned and respected landscape architect who led by example. Her guiding principals were “The 5 P’s”: Patience, Persistence, Politeness, Professionalism and Passion.
The BCSLA was proud to have Cornelia as one of our longtime founding members. Her personable interest in the work of her fellow professionals and the mentoring she provided to younger members will have an ongoing impact on our practice of Landscape Architecture in BC.
Cornelia was predeceased by her siblings, Marianne Hahn and Charlotte Hahn Arner and her husband Peter Oberlander. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her brother in law and sister in law, George and Suzanne Oberlander, her children Judy Oberlander (Mark Wexler), Tim Oberlander (Julie Martz) and Wendy Oberlander, grandchildren Ariel, Talia (Naftoli Jacobs), Malka and Uri, niece Elizabeth Cunningham and cousin Benita Cioppa.
The funeral was held at the Temple Sholom Cemetery, which Cornelia designed, on Monday May 24, 2021. It can be viewed via at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzyxlV0LwtM
The BCSLA, in collaboration with the Oberlander Family and UBC SALA, will hold a Celebration of Life in the Fall 2021.
The fantastic image of Cornelia in the orchard was generously provided by Kiku Hawkes
There have been many articles and tributes written about the late Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Below you will find links to three tributes that you may find interesting.