Virginia Burt Speaks at Inaugural LAAA Event

Virginia Burt

On April 5th 2018 at 7pm, the inaugural meeting of the University of Guelph’s Landscape Architecture Alumni Association (LAAA) was held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario. This event was held in conjunction with the 2018 CSLA and OALA Conference. The newly formed LAAA invites alumni and conference delegates to catch up on the latest news from the landscape architecture program at the University of Guelph.

Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, is the current President and introduced the LAAA gathering that was well attended by Landscape Architecture professionals and graduates of the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) program.

In her first President’s message, Virginia commented:

“It is a great pleasure to announce formation of the Landscape Architecture Alumni Association (LAAA) to serve graduates from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph. Much has evolved in the five plus decades since the first 10 eager graduates hit the employment market and it is our objective to support the school, connect with students, and ultimately, raise the profile of our fine profession.”

The event was also attended by the Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph; Rene Van Acker. Rene commented in his OAC Dean’s Message of the LAAA:

Rene Van Acker, P.Ag, Dean of OAC

“First of all, congratulations to our Landscape Architecture (LA) alumni for forming an alumni association. I have been so impressed and encouraged by the founding group. Their dedication to LA at the University of Guelph is fantastic and I feel lucky to work with such engaged alumni who are committed to the success of their peers, our students, and the profession.”

Sean Kelly, OALA, Director of SEDRD, welcomed the alumni at the event and updated the attendees on the schools recent activities.

The inaugural newsletter of the LAAA can be found at the following link: LA Alumni Newsletter – Inaugural Issue.

Details on the 2017-18 Landscape Architecture Alumni Association Board of Directors can be found on the University of Guelph’s SEDRD website.

Housed within the Ontario Agriculture College (OAC) the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) brings together major academic fields concerned with creating strong communities, in Canada and around the world. The four highly respected units that have come together to form SEDRD share many common goals but approach them in different and complementary ways. This model reflects the imperatives in building authentic communities where planners, leaders, communicators, landscape architects, the citizens and politicians all play important interdependent roles in community strength.

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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