This award recognizes an OALA member and his or her professional work. It singles out specific projects to draw attention to a body of work which demonstrates outstanding professional accomplishment.
George Stockton, OALA, FCSLA
George Stockton is a landscape architect and planner who has been working with Moriyama & Teshima Planners Limited since 1969. Now President of the firm, he has been Project Director of several longterm environmentally sensitive plans which have won significant international awards. George’s landscaping projects include university and corporate campuses and a major green roof for the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. In recent years, George has built up a significant body of work in the Middle East. Over the past ten years, he has led the visionary master plan and implementation for the restoration and bio-remediation of a 120-kilometre stretch of the Wadi Hanifah in Riyadh, literally bringing a significant river back from the dead. In 2010, George guided his firm to win the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The Honorary category of membership is to recognize non-landscape architects for outstanding contributions in their own fields to improving the quality of natural and human environments.
Jim Dougan is Senior Ecologist and Principal of Dougan & Associates. Jim was nominated based on his long experience in applying ecology, planning, and design to achieve tangible environmental benefits, and for his almost twenty years of teaching experience in landscape architecture programs. Jim is a knowledgeable and respected expert on the ecology and natural history of Southern Ontario and consults widely within the landscape architectural and engineering communities. Jim has participated in many notable projects that have achieved recognition for their sensitive and innovative ecological design approaches, including the Red Hill Expressway Project in the City of Hamilton; the Ashbridges Bay Masterplan in the City of Toronto; the Evergreen Brick Works and Parc Downsview Park, both in Toronto.
Emeritus members are full members of the OALA who have ceased full-time practice and who are nominated in recognition of their years of service to the profession.
Ann Milovsoroff is one of the OALA’s most distinguished members, having given unselfishly to the Association and to the profession over the past thirty years. Ann has previously received the David Erb Memorial Award and a Public Practice Award for her involvement in the OALA and with the Royal Botanical Gardens. Ann served on OALA Council from 1989 through 1995, including a term as President. In her work at RBG, Ann had the opportunity to create gardens, displays, educational outreach, and public amenity that had local, provincial, and national impact. Ann now resides in Vermont, but her career and life’s work were largely in Ontario; her work, her scholarship, and contributions are a lasting legacy here in Ontario.
This award is given to individual landscape architects or a landscape architectural group to recognize unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment.
Scott Torrance endeavours to incorporate environmental sensitivity into the projects he undertakes. He advocates strongly for planting native and non-invasive species, managing storm water on-site, and increasing the biodiversity of both plants and animals in the urban environment through the creation and improvement of natural habitats. One of Scott’s most notable contributions to the field of landscape architecture has been his work with green roofs. For Scott, green roofs present unique opportunities to reduce urban heat-island effects, to reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling of buildings, to assist in storm-water management, and to provide habitat for native plants and pollinators alike. Green roofs also offer urban dwellers a valued connection to nature by increasing useable green space on constrained sites.
This award is given to a non-landscape architectural individual, group, organization, or agency in the Province of Ontario to recognize sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment.
The Town of Richmond Hill in partnership with Ontario Streams
This year’s award recipient is being recognized for their success in planning, designing, and constructing the Newberry Wetland Restoration Project.
The Newberry Park Wetland is situated at the toe of the Oak Ridges Moraine and was originally developed as a sports field, but over the years proved difficult to maintain. The emphasis in the Newberry Park Wetland is on natural systems in planning and design and has resulted in the restoration of this local, regional, and even provincially significant wetland resource. The local community was involved throughout this significant shift from parkland to natural site for interpretive and passive recreation.
This award recognizes the outstanding leadership of a member of the profession in public practice who promotes and enhances landscape architecture.
Maurice Nelischer, OALA
Maurice Nelischer is an accomplished landscape architect who has turned his talents to research and teaching. He currently serves as Director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. He has also served as Director of the University’s School of Landscape Architecture. Under Maurice’s leadership, SEDRD’s reputation has grown within the university and beyond. Recognized for his passionate teaching, Maurice received two teaching awards in 2004 and was named as a finalist in the TV Ontario Best Lecturer competition in 2010.
Maurice has been instrumental in creating and mounting a one-year Masters Program for landscape architecture, and in increasing the size of the BLA program at University of Guelph. He is a strong promoter of the OALA and the profession of landscape architecture both on campus and off.
Named after David Erb, who was an outstanding volunteer in furthering the goals of OALA, this award acknowledges one outstanding OALA member each year whose
volunteer contributions over a number of years have made a real difference
Victor Ford, OALA
Victor Ford has made an exemplary voluntary contribution to the OALA over the past twenty years. He has served as a member of Council, the Promotion Committee, the Continuing Education Committee (where he has been Co-Chair since 2009), examiner for the Oral Senior Examinations, advisor to a number of Landscape Architectural Interns, and as a guest critic at the schools of landscape architecture at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. Victor’s volunteer efforts consistently elevate the profile of landscape architects and the OALA.