The OALA exists to be of service to its members and to students aspiring to become professional landscape architects. Once you receive your degree, we encourage you to pursue a career in landscape architecture to become a full member of the OALA – a certified, professional landscape architect.
OALA’s links to students:
- A student with voting privileges sits on the OALA governing Council. The other Ontario school has a student representative on Council. These positions alternate annually between the two schools of Landscape Architecture.
- A faculty member from each school is appointed to the OALA governing Council.
- Student affiliate members receive the Ground Landscape Architect Quarterly and general OALA announcements sent by e-mail.
- OALA makes regular annual visits to the professional practice class at each school.
- $3,000 is given annually to the two schools for scholarships and $3,000 in lecture sponsorships.
- $10,000 is raised each year from OALA Ski and Golf events and donated to OALA endowments at both schools.
- OALA Associate application fee is waived in the year of graduation.
Other ways the OALA can be helpful to students:
- The OALA office has three full-time staff members who are available for advice and direction.
- The OALA website (www.oala.ca) lists Coming Events of interest to the landscape architecture profession, including conferences and calls for papers.
- There is a designated Student Section on the OALA website, where students can register for Student Affiliate membership on-line, by completing the student Log-in information.
- The website also lists job openings, summer jobs, and requests for proposals.
- OALA periodically sponsors a Student Design Competition.
- Students can work with OALA members and Associates as volunteers on OALA activities and programs.
- Student Affiliates are invited to attend the OALA’s Annual General Meeting, and to participate in seminars, workshops and social events.
- Students are welcome to use the OALA’s Library and resource material.
- OALA Annual Meetings are sometimes held at the Landscape Architecture schools, and the OALA financially supports and participates in other school activities.
- OALA representatives present scholarships at the school’s award ceremonies.
- OALA’s website is valuable for researching prospective employers.
The profession of landscape architecture is building on a solid foundation and a proud history of over half a century, and it is looking toward a bright future. As a student you can play an active role in the future prosperity of the profession and we wish you every success in your endeavours. Your successes reflect on the profession as a whole.
OALA strives to support its members and students, and to provide benefits and services that go beyond the basic mandate of a self-regulatory body that protects public health, safety and welfare.
OALA relies on the volunteer spirit of its members and students alike, so we hope you will become involved in whatever way you can, when you are able.