Shining Stars...On November 9, 2015, faculty and students gathered at a reception at the University of Guelph to present this year’s LACF Andre Schwabenbauer Scholarship Awards.   Congratulations to landscape architecture students Michelle Peeters from the BLA program and Emily French from the Masters program. 

About Michelle Peeters 

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Prof. Sean Kelly, BLA student Michelle Peeters and Prof. Cecelia Paine 
While a very strong student, Michelle is also a tremendous mentor for her class and champion for the profession.  As a second year BLA student she took on the role of student representative to the OALA where her input has been greatly appreciated and contributions have heightened student profile to the benefit of all programs within the association.  Now in her final year, Michelle maintains part time employment with a professional office and although a student, Michelle has been facilitating a resurgence of a southwestern chapter of the OALA.
Michelle’s Quotes:
Thoughts on receiving this honour:  I’m blown away.  My achievements in school are a result of this amazing program and my fellow classmates with whom I collaborate every day.  Everything we do is a team effort. Plans for the future:  My roots are in London Ontario. I hope to stay in that growing city and use my skills in this profession to contribute to its success. My passion:  Finding solutions through collaboration, and preserving natural and heritage elements.

About Emily French

Prof. Cecelia Paine, MLA Student Emily French and Prof. Larry Harder
Emily is well known amongst faculty and students for her strong design skills, particularly with sensitivity to cultural context and place. She has made good use of research opportunities to broaden her design skills, and her thesis research on climate change and disaster management places her at the cutting edge of the discipline. Finally, Emily is known for her willingness to help her peers and for her quiet leadership in motivating others. 
Emily’s Quotes:
Thoughts on receiving this award: Receiving the Andre Schwabenbauer scholarship is such an honour and particularly meaningful given that Mr. Schwabenbauer lived and worked in Edmonton, the city I’ll be moving to shortly to start my career as a landscape architect. This award will help make the transition out West.
Plans for the future: The diversity in scale and scope of work that landscape architects are currently involved in is impressive. I could see pursuing a number of different avenues, but would like to begin to specialize in landscape architecture-based adaptation strategies that address our increasingly extreme and unpredictable climate.


About the Andre Schwabenbauer Scholarship award

The LACF André Schwabenbauer Scholarship was created under the auspices of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) in memory of the late André Schwabenbauer, a past president of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. This annual scholarship award is aimed at recognizing and promoting excellence in design by a student who has done distinguished work in the final year of a recognized undergraduate landscape architecture program at a Canadian university. Award winners receive $ 1,000. 

LACF is able to make this award as a result of the generous donations of CSLA members, component associations and the family and friends of Andre Schwabenbauer.  You can Donate online to contribute to this endowment fund or contact for more information. 


The LACF-APALA Peter Klynstra Memorial Award was presented to MLA student Aislin at the same reception.  > Learn more ...