Virginia Burt Designs Honoured with an Award from APALA

Virginia Burt Designs (VBD) has been honoured with an Award of Excellence from the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architect (APALA). The award, in the category of Residential Landscape Designed by a Landscape Architect, was for Acadia Point: Raw Beauty Restored.

Located an hour south of Halifax on the Aspotogan Peninsula, this 20-acre headland was formerly home to Canada’s last whaling station—spectacular in its setting, gruesome in its purpose. Completely re-imagined and restored, Acadia Point is now the summer retreat of an urban couple.

Acadia Point received a 2015 Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Images and details of this magnificent coastal home can be seen on the VBD website: Acadia Point.

This award was part of the inaugural APALA Awards of Excellence highlighting the tremendous work that landscape architects are doing throughout Atlantic Canada. Below you will find the jury’s comments on your submission:

“The Acadia Point residential project returns the landscape to a pre-industrial state, emphasizing the important role of landscape architects in ecological restoration. The strength of the design lies in how the site blends with the broader landscape, as the composition and materials draw on the rugged, raw beauty of Nova Scotia’s unique coastal landscape. The planning and planting techniques clearly demonstrate the ability of Virginia Burt Designs to work at an intimate scale in a sensitive environment.”

Virginia Burt Designs is thrilled and honoured with this award from the APALA and we look forward to continuing to create designs that inspire in Atlantic Canada.

APALA (Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects) is the professional association of landscape architects in Atlantic Canada and a component association of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

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 the 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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