On Sept. 30, 2019, the Cultural Landscape Foundation announced that our friend, Cornelia Oberlander, is the namesake of a recently established international landscape architecture prize. The “Oberlander Prize” will be conferred biennially beginning in 2021, and is the first and only such prize that includes a US$100,000 award, along with two years of public engagement activities.
Based in Vancouver, B.C., the 98-year-old Oberlander has been in practice for more that 70 years. She has many notable projects, which include the New York Times building courtyard (with HMWhite), the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Robson Square and the Public Library, both in Vancouver. Oberlander was an early champion of green roofs, and for decades has advocated for landscape architecture’s leading role in addressing environmental, ecological, and social issues and the impact of climate change.
Oberlander is held in high regard both within and beyond her profession, as is reflected in the early results of a campaign to raise $1 million to help endow the Oberlander Prize, with commitments of $10,000 each from and/or on behalf of 100 women, part of a broader campaign to raise $4.5 million. The 100 Women Campaign launched in July 2019 and to date more than $700,000 has been raised. The 100 Women Campaign website includes information about each of the contributing women.
Cornelia is a long-standing friend to the Centre for Architectural Ecology, and to the green roof community. Bravo, Cornelia, we love you!!