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Remembering Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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:

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.

 May 29, 2021 Globe and Mail 

June 4, 2021 CBC Podcast

June 9, 2021 New York Times 

June 25, 2021  Topos: Daniel Roehr 

January 22, 2020 Take Me Home: Knowledge Network

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