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Heritage-led Planning for Rural Community Resilience and Sustainability: Sampoorna Bhattacharya Shares Research at One Health Coffee House Series

Sampoorna Bhattacharya, a first year M.Sc. Rural Planning and Development candidate in the collaborative specialization with International Development, presented her research on June 23rd, titled “Revitalizing rural heritage for community sustainability and resilience: Terraces in Andean highlands in Peru” at the One Health Coffee House Series

BLA and MLA graduates receive 2020 ASLA Student Honor and Merit Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor and Merit Awards jury was recently held via videoconference on May 29, 2020.  The jury this year consisted of ASLA members:  Virginia Burt, Neno Kovacevic and Linda Irvine.  A select group of University of Guelph BLA and MLA graduating students were chosen to participate in the awards jury.

RPD Student Profile - Patrick Fung

Patrick’s (he/him) hometown is Toronto, Ontario where they completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto in City Studies and is now completing a Master’s degree at the University of Guelph in Rural Planning and Development. 

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Landscape Architecture students named LAF’s 2020 Olmsted Scholars

The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program (named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture) recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.  The premier national award program recognizes outstanding students in accredited landscape architecture programs in the U.S. and Canada.

RPD Student Profile - Angela Asuncion

Angela’s (she/her) home town is Mississauga, Ontario. Angela completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Guelph in Environmental Management and is now completing a Master’s degree at the University of Guelph in Rural Planning and Development in International Development Studies. 

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Landscape Architecture at U of G – The Founding Years

2020 marks the 55th year since the Landscape Architecture program opened it’s doors at Guelph for the first time. After a premature start the previous year, 1965 marked the admission of 13 students (a 14th transferred later) and the school was underway. Faculty included Vic Chanasyk, founding director, Jack Milliken, assistant professor, and Bill Lytle, sessional instructor.

Congratulations to Sarah Parish on RPD Thesis Defence

On May 13, 2020, Sarah Parish successfully defended her Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development thesis! Sarah’s research examined the role of agritourism as a solution to rural revitalization in Regional Municipality of Durham’s three northern townships: Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge.

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