Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been awarded the inaugural Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).
Oberlander is the recipient of numerous important awards and has led the landscape architecture community both nationally and internationally throughout her career.
She is a respected teacher and has published many books and articles. She continues to create a body of work rooted in building places and policy that supports an intimate and beautiful connection with the natural world.
Many ground-breaking ideas, such as the importance of exposure to nature and the creation of opportunities for social interaction, formed the foundation of her design philosophy decades ago.
She received the Order of Canada in 1990 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009, Canada’s highest civilian honour for outstanding achievement and service to the nation. She is a Fellow of the Canadian and the American Societies of Landscape Architects.
The Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture is the highest honour bestowed on a landscape architect by the CSLA. The medal is intended to honour exceptional landscape architects whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on Canadian society.
Oberlander will receive her award at a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on September 20th, 2016.