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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Receives LAF Medal


Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, O.C., O.B.C., FCSLA, FASLA, BCSLA is the 2017 recipient of the LAF Medal, the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s highest honor. The award is conveyed to a landscape architect for distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes.

On October 20 at LAF’s 32nd Annual Benefit in Los Angeles, longtime friend and colleague Virginia Burt accepted the award on Cornelia’s behalf. The record crowd of over 600 supporters watched in rapt attention as a video acceptance speech from Cornelia was played. That video is posted here.

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction. This award celebrates all that is possible in our profession. Thank you so much for honoring my commitment to the land and to this precious planet.”

The LAF Medal is the latest of the many honors that Cornelia has received over a career that spans seven decades.These include the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the ASLA Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award from the International Federation of Landscape Architects, appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and honorary degrees from a number of Canadian and U.S. universities.

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