This year, with the familiar landscapes of Kitchener/Waterloo transforming themselves before our very eyes, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, North Waterloo Region branch (ACONWR) has chosen to reflect on CITY BUILDING in its annual lecture series. In our first lecture we examined the role played by planning and urban design as we traced the growth and development of our twin cities from small villages to thriving urban communities.

In the second lecture of the series, Cecelia Paine, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design, will discuss the role of the landscape architect in city building.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 8th at the offices of WalterFedy, 675 Queen Street South, Kitchener beginning at 7pm. Additional details and registration are available at Eventbrite.

Landscape architects have played a significant role in the design of Canadian cities, though their work is not as well-recognized as that of other disciplines. Paine’s presentation will trace landscape architects’ contributions to city building, from the restorative landscape movement in the late 1800s to current work that embodies such themes as cultural identity and landscape resiliency. Revealed is a picture of how landscape architects have shaped the character and diversity of Canada’s urban landscapes.

Cecelia Paine teaches community design, urban park and open space planning, and professional practice in her position at the University of Guelph. Her academic interests focus particularly on heritage landscape conservation. Prior to joining her colleagues in Guelph, Paine practiced in Ottawa where her firm specialized in heritage conservation and urban design. She recently completed an assessment of the cultural heritage resources of the Cootes to Niagara Eco-Park. Paine is a board member of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation and the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Real Estate.

Mark Thursday, May 10th on your calendar for the third of ACO’s lecture series when Dr Luna Khirfan of the University of Waterloo explores the relationship between public engagement, place making and place experience in the urban conservation of three Middle Eastern cities on the World Heritage List.