OALA Awards

OALA Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence

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.

Glenn Harrington, OALA, FCSLA

Glenn Harrington is widely known for his innovative approach to environmental landscape design, and for his experience in collaborating with grass-roots citizens groups on local landscape rehabilitation projects. He is the founding Principal of Harrington McAvan Ltd. (formerly Harrington and Hoyle, formerly Englar Harrington Leonard Ltd.), a member of the OALA/CSLA for 37 years, and a recipient of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects’ prestigious Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment.
As part of his ongoing commitment to community service, Mr. Harrington has participated in the review and development of many initiatives, such as:
the Water Efficiency Strategy Advisory Group, the Stormwater Best Management Practices Steering Committee, the State of the Aggregate Resource Steering Committee, the Federal Government’s Great Lakes Strategic Advisory Committee, the Provincial Urban Drainage Advisory Committee, the Minister’s Mining Act Advisory Committee, and MTO’s Drainage Design Manual Review Committee.


OALA Honorary Member Award

The Honorary category of membership is for non-landscape architects for whom Council wishes to recognize for outstanding contributions in their own fields to improving the quality of natural and human environments.

Peter Simon

Peter Simon, an architect who has been working at the City of Toronto for the last ten years in the Urban Forestry Department, is an excellent candidate for this award. Peter has greatly contributed to improve Toronto’s Tree Canopy through many initiatives including his direct overview of the Tree Planting Construction Details produced by the City of Toronto since 2001. He was also involved in the Steering Committee that directed the Report “Every Tree Counts, A portrait of Toronto’s Urban Forest – 2009” which allowed the City to set long term goals to increase the urban canopy. His direct involvement in the majority of streetscape projects throughout the city makes him a true steward of the urban environment.

Peter Simon’s professional practice has a strong affinity with the inherit values of our practice; thus reinforcing his candidacy. We strongly believe that by inviting him into our Association as an honorary member, we will win a great advocate for our cause.


OALA Research and Innovation Award

This award recognizes the outstanding leadership, research and/or academic achievements of a member(s), or non-member(s), who, through scholarly activities, including academic papers, research, publications, books, e-applications or public presentations, contributes to the knowledge base that furthers the advancement of the art, the science and the practice of landscape architecture.

Sam Benvie

Sam is a professor in Environmental Studies at York University and Academic Co-ordinator for the Landscape Design Program at the Raymond G. Chang School of Continuing Education. His research work has focused on the Adaptive Management of Urban Vegetation and he has provided research that is used by landscape architects in Ontario on the adaptive management of urban green space and vegetation, population and community level urban plant ecology, and the ecology of green roof vegetation.
Sam has published various research including: Urban plant community dynamics: A study of community-level changes over eight years in urban plant communities; A case for using adaptive platforms in the development and implementation of urban centered adaptive management plans; and Encyclopedia of Trees of North America.
He has developed a number of online courses in plant science and plant identification for both Ryerson and York Universities.


David Erb Memorial Award

The award is named after David Erb who was an outstanding volunteer in furthering the goals of OALA and his example set a truly high standard. The award is the best way to acknowledge the one outstanding OALA member each year whose volunteer contributions over a number of years have made a real difference.

Le’ann Whitehouse Seely, OALA, CSLA

Le’Ann has made an exemplary voluntary contribution to the work of the Association both here in Ontario and abroad. She is the current OALA representative to CLARB, and member of the OALA Examining Board. Le’ Ann is a former member of OALA Council who served as secretary on the executive committee.
Le’Ann is probably best known for the OALA LARE Study Manuals. Although compensated for the first edition, she continues to volunteer her time to update this valuable resource, now in its 3rd edition. She conceived, developed and delivered the first LARE tutorial sessions at OALA conferences and LaBash 2008 to help candidates, and has visited Guelph and U of T regularly to give presentations on the content of the LARE and how to prepare for it.
Le’ Ann’s voluntary efforts over the last ten years of service to the OALA and CLARB is extensive. Other contributions include: Professional Advisor to young professionals during their Professional Development Period, Professional Development Period Report Reviewer, L.A.R.E. Grader / Exam Marker, Writer of questions for exam Section D.


Public Practice Award

This award recognizes the outstanding leadership of a member of the profession in public practice who promotes and enhances landscape architecture by working for improved understanding and appreciation of the work of landscape architects in both public and private practice.

Lawrence Stasiuk, OALA, CSLA

Lawrence Stasiuk entered public service at the City of Hamilton in May 1990 and at that time, he was the only Landscape Architect in the Parks Division of Public Works. Since then, he has seen the role of Landscape Architects expand from traditional areas of park design and civic beautification to include areas such as streetscape design.
Lawrence has provided leadership in his workplace by developing the scoring mechanism for the City of Hamilton’s consultant roster. The Purchasing Department has indicated that the Landscape Architect Roster evaluations are the most thorough of all roster categories. He was also responsible for developing standard details for the City’s Parks Development Manual as well as developing play equipment criteria.
An important aspect of Lawrence’s contribution to public practice is his strong belief in continuing education and lifelong learning. He was the Chair of the OALA Continuing Education Committee from 2005 to 2011 and led a renewed interest in the development of educational programs for members.


OALA Award for Service to the Environment

This award is given to a non-landscape architectural individual, group, organization, or agency in the Province of Ontario to recognize and encourage a special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. The contribution must emulate the fundamental principles of OALA and the OALA Mission Statement and go beyond the normal levels of community action in preserving, protecting or improving the environment.

The City of Toronto and its content contributors in recognition for its Biodiversity Series of Booklets.

In recognition of their special contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design of the environment for human use, as demonstrated in the successful publication of a series of books celebrating the flora and fauna of the city.
Education and civic engagement are necessary before people embrace an idea. This project, the creation of a series of a minimum of seven books on the wildlife of the city, uses civic engagement through a vast network of volunteers with a high level of knowledge and field observation skills to write and illustrate comprehensive and accessible guides to the natural world.
The series was initiated by the City of Toronto and, although the city does not fund the publication of the books, they provide staff to assist the volunteers and facilitate the writing process. They also design the graphic layout and coordinate the publication and distribution of the books. All text and illustrations are by volunteers.


The OALA Certificate of Merit for Service to the Environment

This certificate is given to a non-landscape architectural individual, group, organization, or agency In Ontario to recognize and encourage a special or unusual contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. Contributions may have had a local, regional, or provincial impact through policy, planning or design, or as an implemented project.

The City of Thunder Bay and the Spirit Garden Design Team in recognition of the Spirit Garden at Prince Arthur’s Landing.

The design of the Spirit Garden features distinct environments, ecological systems and sustainable designs that support both active and passive human use in a public park setting. The Garden includes: a Living Shoreline, the Gathering Circle, Fire Circle, Medicine Garden, and a significant public art component.
The Living Shoreline breathes life into a built environment. The original site – a constructed headland planted with trees and lawn – has been transformed into the kind of ecologically rich wetland typical to the Thunder Bay Region. Bioengineering techniques were used to rehabilitate a derelict, man-made beach into a fish habitat and naturalized shoreline. What were once sterile mineral soils have been replaced with four ecological zones to provide different habitats based on water depth to sustain fish and a diversity of shoreline plant and aquatic species. The Living Shoreline has reshaped the land within the Spirit Garden. Boulders and logs have been added, along with other natural minerals.