Q&A with BLA student Wafa Somji

Wafa Somji, a second year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture student, was recently interviewed for the Ontario Agricultural College Q&A article and discusses her experience in the landscape architecture program and campus life. 

Headshot of Wafa Somji2nd year BLA student, Wafa Somji

SEDRD research team, led by Dr. Silvia Sarapura, receives SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant to look at how gender-based violence impacts temporary foreign workers in Canada's agricultural sector

An exciting new project for Dr. Silvia Sarapura, who is the recipient of a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant 2022 - 2023 to look at how gender-based violence (GBV) impacts temporary foreign workers (TFW) in Canada's agricultural sector. Four SEDRD graduate students will support this project, including Margarita Fontecha, Charlotte Potter, Regan Zink and Nicole Cupolo. This project is one of 31 projects awarded by SSHRC to investigate existing knowledge on gender-based violence.

MLA and BLA students’ “WE[AR]” Winter Stations installation encourages connection and the strength of living in a community using Augmented Reality technology.

Congratulations to the “WE[AR]” University of Guelph team of BLA and MLA of Landscape Architecture students in collaboration with a team of tech professionals, who designed the first interactive Augmented Reality art installation for the 2023 Winter Stations International Design Competition. Eight installations were unveiled on February 20th, 2023, and will remain on view at Woodbine Beach until April 2nd, 2023.

First Young Conservation Professionals Alumni Conference at Albion Hills

The first Young Conservation Professionals Alumni Conference took place on February 10-11, 2023 at the Albion Hills Field Center in Caledon, Ontario. The conference was organized by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and attracted a large number of conservation professionals including planners from across Ontario. Associate Professor, Dr. Nicolas Brunet of SEDRD gave a talk on how they may build youth capacity to lead conservation efforts into the future based on his partnered research in Nunavut. 

W23 Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series

We have an excellent line-up for our Winter 2023 UofG Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series.  Individual lecture details will be forthcoming as each date approaches.  Information on these lectures will also be posted on the Upcoming Events section of the SEDRD website.

Our Winter 2023 LA guest speakers include:

New Publication from Gibson and Dale Examines Realities of Rural Local Governments in Ontario

Local governments are a key partner in the future of rural communities throughout Ontario. Over the past 30 years, the realities of local governments have changed dramatically. As part of a national initiative, University of Guelph Professor Ryan Gibson and John Dale (PhD student in Rural Studies) recently published a new report titled, “Do more, with less: The realities of local government in rural Ontario” in The Canadian Geographer.

Ashleigh Weeden named Muncipal World 2022 Columnist of the Year

Ashleigh Weeden, who recently completed her PhD in Rural Studies in SEDRD, has been named Municipal World's 2022 Members' Choice Columnist of the Year for her bi-monthly column "Connecting the Dots." Ashleigh has been writing the column for Municipal World since 2015. Her writing addresses timely and critical issues facing local government leaders as they manage their current realities and plan for the future. 

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