SEDRD Research at the Micro-Climate Pollinator Research Gardens

The Micro-Climate Pollinator Research Gardens at the University of Guelph's Arboretum are the basis for a collaborative research project for the School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, the NSERC-Canadian Pollination Initiative (CANPOLIN), and Rodger Tschanz, Manager of the University's Trial Gardens. For more information please visit the Arboretum's Collections and Research Microclimate and Pollinator Research Gardens.

RPD Student Wins Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Adam Wright, MSc student in Rural Planning and Development and the Student Delegate for the Ontario Professional Planning Institute, on winning the prestigious Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship.    The Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognizes a student OPPI member who is making a contribution to the community. Applicants must be members of OPPI at the time of application and the recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate planning program. The winner is selected based upon:

SEDRD Contributes to Rural Resilience Discussion

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in partnership with the Ontario Farmland Trust recently hosted a symposium entitled Rural Resilience: Coping with Climate Change and Rising Energy Prices.  The  proceedings are now available at:




MLA Students Showcase Research Findings

Each year, for the last 21 years, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) students organize and execute an event to communicate their research findings to the public. This year the MLA Conference was held on March 25th in Guelph, Ontario at the Guelph Civic Museum.

This daylong event featured presentations by 16 advanced graduate students. Ranging in topics from participatory design to typography, and cross-cultural professional values to the ecological value of cemeteries, the presentations focused on communicating the student’s research work and findings from the last year.

MLA Students' Designs Give Branion Plaza a Makeover

When the University of Guelph's Branion Plaza needed a new look in time for U of G’s 50th anniversary in 2014, the University sought design expertise from the people who know Branion best: master’s students in landscape architecture. Ben Vander Veen won first prize for the best design, selected by a jury of professional landscape architects and University staff.


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