Emeritus members are full members of OALA who have ceased full time practice and who are nominated by another full member in recognition of their years of service to the profession.
Gary began his landscape architecture career in 1964 at Project Planning Associates Ltd. He joined JSW+ in 1967 and retired last September after 50 years(!) of service. He has led the design of some truly iconic and innovative projects.
Gary was involved in programming, planning and detailed design development of the Toronto Zoo. This project represented the ‘next generation’ of zoo design by designing zoo habitat surroundings that closely represent the resident animal’s native environment, resulting in the animal and its wildlife habitats becoming the primary focus. In 2002 he was more recently involved in the design of the Children’s Wildlife Discovery Area.
Gary worked on the planning and design of the Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island, Toronto, throughout the years he has continued to consult on the site and in 2016 he updated the masterplan and design of the Park.
Gary was the senior landscape architect on the creation of a gateway to the Main Block on Parliament Hill, commissioned by the National Capital Commission in 1989. In order to achieve the design goals, extensive research of the historic periods was performed, including the original precinct design developed by Calvert Vaux.
Gary’s extensive and continuous professional practice spans decades. His mentorship of landscape architects and related design professionals over the years and his ability to create functional and people oriented design solutions which are enjoyed by generations have made him deserving of the honour of Emeritus member in the OALA.
Robert Norman has made major contributions to the profession of landscape architecture in Ontario and beyond. Rob Norman worked for the majority of his career in municipal practice and he is immensely proud to be a landscape architect, continuously advocating for the profession. He retired in 2017.
In particular, Rob has made an outstanding contribution to the profession in Ontario, as well as Canada, through his work with the OALA and the CSLA, serving as President of the OALA in 1991-1992, and the President of the CSLA in 2015-2016. He continues his volunteer efforts with the OALA through various committees and task forces.
It is also timely to note that Rob was formally inducted into the CSLA College of Fellows on April 7, 2018. Induction to the College of Fellows is one of the highest honours the Society bestows on its members.
A sampling of awards which Rob has received over his career include the inaugural CSLA Legacy Award for Gage Park-Hamilton, ON, multiple CSLA regional awards, the Ontario Premier’s Award for Accessibility, Urban Design Awards, OALA Public Practice Award and the David Erb Memorial Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service to the OALA.
Throughout his career, Rob has prioritized time for volunteering for the betterment of the profession of landscape architecture. This commitment demonstrates Rob’s belief in advocacy, teamwork, and the power of the individual and our shared profession to affect change.
Rob has also utilized his training in Strategic Planning at York University, in volunteering to assist the OALA, CSLA and the University of Guelph’s Alumni Committee with their Strategic Planning initiatives.
The OALA recognizes Rob’s notable contributions over an extended period of time with Emeritus membership.
Accepting the award on Richard’s behalf are left to right: Colin Baddeley and Scott Torrance
Rick started his career in 1973 with Strong Moorhead Sigsby Ltd., one of the early Landscape Architectural design offices in Toronto. In 1985 this firm evolved into FORREC what is now a Multidisciplinary Entertainment Design Company where he continued his 43 year long career until retirement in 2016.
Rick has participated in award-winning and innovative landscape design projects throughout Canada and internationally, most memorable are, Canada’s Wonderland, Muskoka Wharf, West Edmonton Mall, Universal Studios Florida and Sumter Landing The Villages to name a few. He has also made a stamp on global design, continuously communicating the importance of landscape architecture and the need to design people-centric places around the world.
Perhaps Rick’s most significant contribution to landscape architecture is his undeniable dedication to mentoring emerging landscape architects. Many have benefited from working alongside Rick as he willingly shared his knowledge and experience.
We honour Rick’s dedication and contribution to our profession with an Emeritus membership in the OALA.