Nina-Marie Lister Awarded the 2021 Margolese National Design for Living Prize

Sep 27, 2021

Ecological designer, urban planner and educator selected to receive $50,000 prize for her commitment to ecological design for biodiversity and climate resilience

Nina-Marie Lister stands in a meadow at dusk

Photo by Johnny C Y Lam

UBC SALA is thrilled to announce Nina-Marie Lister as the recipient of the 2021 Margolese National Design for Living Prize.

Established through an estate gift to UBC by the late Leonard Herbert Margolese, the annual prize recognizes an inspirational Canadian citizen who engages in design aimed at improving the built environment. Relaunched in 2021 after a three-year hiatus, the prize was reprogrammed by the school to emphasize that in addition to aesthetics, design needs to enhance social, cultural, and ecological well-being.

Lister was selected from over 50 nominations as a remarkable inspiration to the next generation of design practitioners. Her transdisciplinary research and practice involves integrated designs that connect landscapes, people and wildlife. In collaboration with others in a diversity of fields and through a variety of activities, her work is changing the way we think about and address the coexistence of wildlife and people in healthy, connected landscapes. From exploring new structures that facilitate safe passage for wildlife and humans over busy highways, to advocating for natural gardens and native plants in our cities, Lister is influencing the way that landscape architects engage the complexities of ecology in design; her work is shaping new perspectives, strategies and solutions that connect people to nature in cities.

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The Margolese Prize will be celebrated with a presentation of Lister’s work and a panel discussion between Lister, design professionals and scholars at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the in person event can be reserved here. For the link to the live stream, subscribe to the Margolese Prize newsletter.