The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that the University of Guelph’s Master Plan and Implementation has won the CSLA Legacy Project Award (2017). The CSLA Legacy Project Award is intended to recognize distinguished landscape architecture projects which were forward-thinking for their time, contribute significantly to their communities, showed leadership and innovation, and are still relevant examples of excellence in the profession of landscape architecture. The Legacy Project Award honours projects which have left and continue to leave a lasting impact on Canada’s landscape.
The landscape architecture firm of Project Planning Associates Limited (Macklin Hancock, Walter Kehm, Owen Scott, Ken McFarland, Gary Heine, Garry Hilderman, John Consolati) developed the University of Guelph Master Plan and executed its implementation.
The University of Guelph’s Master Plan and Implementation emphasized context, history, the natural environment, pedestrianization and creation of social spaces, construction innovation, sustainability and reinforced the University as an important place in the City of Guelph. Of the eight new universities started in the mid 1960s in Ontario, the University of Guelph remains singularly unique and significant. The fundamental reason for this is the core principle the designers gave to pedestrian primacy and the notion that a university should be an urban complex with streets, open spaces and buildings intertwined into a unified conception. The 1965 campus plan is now 51 years old and remains a vital document that will guide the university for many years to come.
The award will be presented at the CLSA Awards Ceremony at the World Design Summit on October 19th.