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Oberlander Earns Top IFLA Honor

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander will receive the International Federation of Landscape Architect's premier award during the association's World Congress 2011 in Switzerland.
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The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which represents the worldwide profession of landscape architecture, has announced that Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award - the International Federation of Landscape Architects' premier award - for 2011.

According to the IFLA, Oberlander has made an outstanding contribution to landscape architecture through her life-long commitment to her chosen profession. Her achievement in all aspects of landscape architecture - landscape planning, landscape research, landscape design and landscape management has been quite phenomenal.

Despite the breadth of her endeavors, one common thread stands out: her concern for environment and people. She has continued to develop and expand her skills over a lifetime as needs and opportunities have evolved - starting at the local community level and expanding her horizons as her focus has gone first nationally in Canada, continentally to North America, to a global perspective with her focus on sustainability and matters relating to climate change.

Oberlander has been producing designs for a greener future for six decades. Working initially with low-income communities, her attention has broadened to include playgrounds and parks, as well as more global perspectives. She has shown a deep commitment to environmental sustainability not only through her designs and the quality of her work, but also through sharing her knowledge and ideas by writing books, preparing exhibitions and presenting lectures.

Oberlander continues to make significant contributions featuring collaboration with architects and engineers on projects of international recognition. Her ability to work creatively as a member of an interdisciplinary team with architects and engineers, basing all projects on design concepts and finding technical solutions through research, is demonstrated in her long list of built projects. She has achieved an uncommonly high level of respect and recognition from members of landscape architecture's related professions of architecture, planning and engineering.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

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November 18, 2019, 12:00 pm PDT

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