We are excited to announce Jane Wolff as the recipient of the 2022 Margolese Design for Living Prize. The Toronto-based landscape designer and scholar uses public engagement, writing, and drawing to help disparate communities make sense of the natural and human made environment. One of the highest design accolades in Canada, the annual $50,000 Margolese Prize spotlights a Canadian citizen who uses design to encourage a greater understanding of the built environment. 

A Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, Wolff works on the premise that different people see and experience the same landscape in various ways, and her research goal is to unite these diverse perceptions into a universally comprehensible language. By generating a unique vocabulary for each landscape, she discovers and tells meaningful stories about a site’s past and present circumstances and to address its future.

Jane Wolff enriches places and elevates the lives of people through design. Her innovative methods address the intersections of built and natural environments, in a creatively accessible way.

SALA Director Ron Kellett

Wolff was selected by a trans-national jury comprised of artist Jill Anholt, landscape architect and Member of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Grant Fahlgren, architect Tudor Radulescu, designer and SALA associate professor Blair Satterfield, and architect and professor Brigitte Shim.

Jane Wolff’s work on landscape literacy has had a significant impact on our collective understanding of critical environmental issues. Her design tools of writing, drawing and public engagement reach a wide audience without compromising the complexity of the subject matter.

Jury Citation

The Margolese Prize will be celebrated with a presentation and panel discussion at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on October 3, 2022, at 6 p.m.