Major landscape architecture prize named in honour of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Oct 02, 2019

Inaugural prize to be awarded in 2021

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has announced that they will be naming their $100,000 international landscape prize after Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. 

Beginning in 2021, the centennial of Oberlander's birth, the prize will be awarded every other year to an individual, collaborative, or team who have demonstrated "creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture." Also included in the prize will be two years of outreach activities, promoting both the work of the winner(s) and the field of landscape architecture. 

After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1947 (in only the second cohort to include women), Oberlander moved to Vancouver in 1953 and established her own firm. Her award-winning work spans the globe, including many notable projects in Vancouver, such as the UBC Museum of Anthropolgy and Robson Square and Law Courts complex. She holds six honorary degrees, including one from UBC, was the winner of the 2015 Margolese National Design for Living Prize, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is also fellow of both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects, considered a "rare and exceptional honour."