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Virginia Burt Designs Wins Two CSLA National Awards of Excellence

Virginia Burt Designs is thrilled to announce that we are the 2017 recipient of two  CSLA (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects) National Awards of Excellence in the category of Residential Landscapes by a Landscape Architect. The CSLA Awards of Excellence celebrate work that is inspiring, exhilarating, and remarkably diverse. It was announced in a press release by the CSLA yesterday acknowledging that the designs for the The Fowler Rooftop garden and The N. Residence were the two properties that would receive the prestigious awards. Winners were selected by a national jury of landscape architects.

The principal criteria applied by the jurors were:

  • Demonstration of a deep understanding of the craft of landscape architecture and attention to composition and detail.
  • Demonstration of excellence in leadership, project management, breadth of work, new directions or new technology.
  • Innovation in concept, process, materials or implementation.
  • Promotion of the discipline amongst related professions, clients and the general public.
  • Demonstration of exemplary environmental and / or social awareness.

The following are summary details of the award winning properties and CSLA jury comments:

Fowler Rooftop

The rooftop garden combines aesthetic, sustainable and historic design principles reflecting outdoor living needs of a retired couple. Detailing expresses local industry of this rust belt city including green roof, portable urban “farm”, food preparation and gathering space oriented to capture sunsets and views exemplifying urban living in the 21st-century.
Virginia Burt Designs, Inc.
Category: Residential Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect

CSLA Jury Comments:

Magnificently simple: a composition of green space and living space, phenomenally executed. The design vocabulary is beautifully coherent and controlled. The rooftop, with its infinity edge, is a brilliantly composed space, with just enough variety to create multiple rooms. This is an exercise in simplicity where materials are tied to the genius loci, and details connect to the history of the place and the owners. “It’s a symphony,” said one juror. “Everything works, and you want to be there.”

N. Residence

With bones made of salvaged historic stone foundations, woodwork, and windows from an adjacent home too far gone to save, this garden is a modern answer to our societal need to reuse and recycle.

Salvaged materials, patina intact, became walls, terraces, arbour and sheds giving structure to both home and neighbourhood.
Virginia Burt Designs, Inc.
Category: Residential Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect

CSLA Jury Comments:

A new and elegantly beautiful classic rendition of a timeless garden. The jury applauded the garden’s character: it was almost entirely composed through the repurposing of elements of an old building that once stood on the site. The space appears larger than it is, with lush plantings, lovely stone detailing and an incredible walkway. “It invites you to enter,” said one juror. “It is like an allée des capucins (monk’s walk), promising moments of reflection.” The garden appears to have been there forever. “It’s like a dream.”

The Awards of Excellence winners will be recognized during the gala at the World Design Congress and Summit being held in Montreal on October 19th, 2017.

CLICK HERE to read the press release

CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of the awards recipients

About the Awards of Excellence
The CSLA Awards of Excellence celebrate work that is inspiring, exhilarating, and remarkably diverse. View our previous award recipients to experience the ever-expanding range of landscape architecture in Canada today. The Awards of Excellence honour distinctive design, ground-breaking research, sustainable landscape management and much more. Our CSLA landscape architects revitalize derelict inner-city shorelines and fashion pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. They build avant-garde residential gardens and turn brownfields into sustainable parks. They shape our urban landscapes, spearheading city-wide planning and design. Each year, jurors select exceptional projects across many areas of expertise.

About the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) is a professional organization with over 1,980 landscape architects as members. As the voice of the profession in Canada, the CSLA is an advocate for its members on issues such as urban design, urban renewal, sustainable development and cultural heritage.

About Virginia Burt
Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and academic and governmental organizations. Virginia graduated with honours from University of Guelph in 1985 and worked in offices in Aspen, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario before founding Virginia Burt Designs in 1996.  Virginia’s love of the land, the inspiration for her work, began early in her life.  Growing up on an apple farm Virginia developed a passion for being outside and understanding the rhythms of nature.   For more than 30 years, Virginia’s design philosophy has reflected these roots, enabling her to create gardens and landscapes that reveal their natural context and sensitively reflect and support those who use them. 
Virginia is one of 7 women in the world designated as a fellow in both ASLA and CSLA.

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