This year’s recipient of the ASLA Medal is Cornelia Hahn Oberlander a woman whose work in Canada and the United States has inspired many by incorporate nature and natural systems in to the built environment.
Cornelia Oberlander, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Oberlander has been and continues to be among the most important practitioners emphasizing sustainable design in all her built work, frequent lectures, influential publications, and numerous awards, such as the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe award from the International Federation of Landscape Architects in 2011. She was one of the first women in the post-World War II era to establish her own practice. Her more than 35-year collaboration with Arthur Erickson, Canada’s leading architect, included several noteworthy projects in Canada and the United States: the Robson Square Provincial Government complex and Courthouse in Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C, as well as the Vancouver Public Library with a green roof (Safdie Architects).
by Kristina Snyder, PLA, ASLA, is the WILA PPN co-chair. Kristina is the owner of Giraffa Studio Design and works for Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.