Research Grants Portfolio 2021

LACF Awards $47,500 in Grants in 2021

Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) is pleased to announce the recipients of funding in the 2021 Research Grants Program in support of research, communication and scholarship. This year, 7 professional awards were approved by the jury.

The grants awarded for 2021 cover a broad range of topics and tackle issues important to the profession. According to Vincent Asselin, LACF President:

"Each research project funded by the grants program demonstrates the impact of the profession in making important contributions to the society at large. The research proposals range from investigating the future of clean energy and exploring ways to increase the speed of urban canopy growth to creating tools which will further integrate the principles of social justice, sustainability, and placemaking in the profession, demonstrating that landscape architecture can indeed contribute to transforming our common future."

The proposals were adjudicated and awarded by a National Jury composed of six individuals from public, private and academic practices areas, representing the different regions of Canada.

View the Presentation of the 2021 Annual Grants Recipients Recognition Event

Click on the grant number to learn more about these projects.

2021 Grant Recipients

#163: Debating Canadian Energy Futures

Douglas Robb, Vanier Doctoral Scholar

Grant of $7825 and recipient of the Northern Research Bursary

Product:  Introductory chapter for PhD thesis; Debating Canadian Energy Futures website; an undergraduate seminar; a peer reviewed journal article; and a conference presentation.


#164: Common Space Coalition Directory 

Common Space Coalition

Grant of $6,000

Product:  Website Directory 





#165: landED, an environmental education program 

Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture 

Grant of $3,675

Product: landED will build on their current involvement to offer customized workshops for educators at the University of Manitoba and Manitoba Teachers’ Society Professional Development Day and Nature Summit.  An article for publication plus the results will be disseminated via social media campaigns. LACF will be acknowledged on the landED website (


#166: Reford Gardens Case Study  / Jardins de Métis

Vlan, Atelier insitu et Uniform (Principal) in collaboration with Jardins de Métis

Grant of $6,750 and recipient of the Gunter Schoch Bursary

Product:  Exhibition in summer of 2021 at Jardin de Metis, Exhibition Catalog


#167: GROWING FORESTS FAST: Developing Miyawaki Forest planting, palettes and partnerships for Canada’s urban spaces.

Can Plant with Dougan & Associates, Ecological Consulting & Design

Grant: $8,000

Product:  Brochure to be distributed to urban areas in Southern Ontario, technical paper, and virtual knowledge hub on CanPlant website.


#168: A Landscape Approach: From Local Communities to Territorial Systems

Shelagh McCartney, Samantha Solano, Sonja Vangjeli, Hannes Zander, co-editors 

International Landscape Collaborative (ILC)

Grant of $7,000

Product:  Print publication, edited volume of essays and conversations by summit participants and invited international authors


#169: Policy by Design

Aaron Hernandez

Grant of $8,250 and recipient of the Don Graham Bursary. 

Product: an illustrated article targeted to planning and design audiences and a publicly-accessible web resource



#170: Frances McLeod Blue Collection / Fund 

University of Guelph Archives

Annual recipient of $2,500 to maintain an archive on the profession.