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. 

Head shots of Elizabeth and Kevin.

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. 

Group photo of Landscape Architecture Society

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.

PhD Rural Studies student awarded Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral

Rural Studies student Brady Reid was awarded the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral. Brady began his studies in September 2019 with the Global Minerals Local Communities project where he intends to undertake research with Indigenous partners being impacted by mining activities associated with Ring of Fire developments in northern Ontario under the supervision of Drs. Sheri Longboat and Nicolas Brunet.

New Research Project: Municipal Capacity Related to Rural and Agri-food Issues

This spring Dr. Wayne Caldwell and MSc students Elise Geschiere and Regan Zink are undertaking research examining municipal capacity as it relates to rural and agri-food issues; the project is funded by the Greenbelt Foundation. A thriving agricultural sector in Ontario is dependent upon a knowledgeable and supportive municipal sector.

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