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Remembering Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Monday, September 13, 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 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 fantastic image of Cornelia in the orchard was generously provided by Kiku Hawke

The funeral was held at the Temple Sholom Cemetery, which Cornelia designed, on Monday May 24, 2021.  It can be viewed via at:

On behalf fo the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the BCSLA we invite friends, colleagues, allied professionals, and clients to join us in A Tribute to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC.  The event is free. Please register online via Eventbrite to attend in person or receive the link to the livestream. Seating is limited so please register early. The session will be recorded. 

Please note that provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Proof of at least one vaccination dose will be required at this event. Current guidelines will also require a mask to be worn indoors.

There have been many articles and tributes written about the late Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Below you will find links to  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