Major International Landscape Architecture Prize Named After Vancouver's Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Sourced from the Vancouver Sun

Vancouverite Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is being recognized as one of the world’s great landscape architects by having a major international award named after her.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is naming its new international landscape architecture award the Oberlander Prize.

The award will be conferred biennially starting in 2021, and is described as the first and only international landscape architectural prize that includes a $100,000 US award.

Oberlander, 98, said Charles A. Birnbaum, president and CEO of the foundation, visited her at home in Vancouver on July 1 to tell her that the award would be named after her.

“I told him: ‘I am overwhelmed and smitten,’” she said.

Oberlander went on to say that she hoped the award would spur landscape architects to be inventive and generate new ideas to deal with environmental, social and ecological challenges.

“Landscape architects are a combination of artists, designers, choreographers, and scientists; they must also be leaders, especially in dealing with the effects of climate change.”

Oberlander has been a landscape architect for more than 70 years. Some of her major international projects have included the Canadian Chancery in Washington, DC; the New York Times building courtyard (with HMWhite); and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.

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