In 2014 the Landscape Architecture programs at the University of Guelph established the first chapter of the Honor Society of Landscape Architects, Sigma Lambda Alpha, outside of the United States. The society, like other professional honour societies, recognizes leadership and scholarship among the student body. Sigma Lambda Alpha is the only honour society for landscape architecture and it has more than fifty chapters and 8,000 members - it’s name figuratively represents the the society: Scholar, Landscape Architect.
Mike Salisbury has been re-elected Councillor for City of Guelph’s Ward 4. Mike is a specialist in the design and development of natural playgrounds and outdoor learning environments for schools, daycare centres and municipalities across North America. He served as a Councillor for Ward 4 between 2006 and 2010 and will now serve a second term. He entered the Master of Planning program in the fall of 2013. Mike also has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph.
During the New Realities, New Relationships Conference the 2014 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on September 26, 2014. The meeting reviewed the achievements of the Foundation over the past year, discussed our financial audit, reviewed proposed bylaw revisions, and elected new board members.
Students from the Rural Planning and Development program visited the Town of Goderich to meet with local officials and study the rebuilding efforts that have been on-going over the last 3 years. This field visit continues the Schools interest in contributing to and learning from these initiatives. The town has undergone major rebuilding and landscaping efforts following an important planning process that involved students in Planning, Landscape Architecture and Capacity Development and Extension.
During the 2014 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) conference held on September 28, 2014 in Prince George, British Columbia retired Rural Planning and Development Professors, David Douglas and Tony Fuller were awarded Lifetime Memberships to recognize their outstanding contributions to the betterment of rural Canada and the Foundation.
Find full article of CRRF website here.
The BLA Class of '89 recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Those who could attend visited the Landscape Architecture building, did their best to re-enact the photo from 1989, and then headed to the Albion for catching up with each other.
BLA Class of '89
The Glocal Classroom project held its third conference this weekend entitled “Voice & Matter – Glocal Conference on Communication for Development”. The conference took place at Roskilde University and Malmö University.
The University of Guelph is a partner in the $2.5 million Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) a 7-year project to identify and analyze policy options relevant to rural and northern places; evaluate these options in the context of national and international policy innovations, and build leadership capacity among rural and northern researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners.
Tenacity and courage... two words that Dr. Helen Hambly Odame of (SEDRD-CDE) uses to describe Nikki Whaites (Alumnus 2005). Her work with organizations such as Journalists for Human Rights and War Child Canada demonstrate how graduates of SEDRD's Capacity Development and Extension program have become leading facilitators of communication for development and social justice in Canada and around the world. Please read the story about Nikki in the at Guelph.
The NXT CITY PRIZE is all about vision – the vision to reimagine Toronto’s public spaces and to inject a sense of energy, dynamism and reflexivity. How do our public spaces respond to the speed of today’s world, for the generation of tomorrow?