Summit Panelist: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
June 11, 2016
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, FASLA, FCSLA
Over the past 60 years Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has collaborated as Landscape Architect in a wide range of projects with noted internationally acclaimed architects such as Renzo Piano on the New York Times Building, Moshe Safdie on the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Public Library and of course the late Arthur Erickson on Robson Square and the Museum of Anthropology. All projects are based on design concepts and studies of social cultural and physical features of a given site. To each project Cornelia attempts to bring the mastery of the art and the science of the profession. Cornelia has always been mindful of the environment and is a leader in researching green solutions.
In 2011 IFLA, the International Federation of Landscape Architects, bestowed on Cornelia its highest honour, the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, for her endeavors in building a greener future over the many years of her professional practice. In 2012 the American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed on Cornelia the ASLA Medal, the Highest Honor of the American Society of Landscape Architects “in recognition of her unfaltering leadership and award-winning work in postwar landscape architecture in Canada and the United States. She is the embodiment of the multidisciplinary landscape architect who perpetually pursues aesthetic, ecological and technical possibilities to achieve worldwide community well-being.” In 2016 Cornelia received the Margolese National Design for Living Prize, celebrating her contribution to living environments for all Canadians of all economic classes.