It is my honour to rise and pay tribute to one of Canada’s pre-eminent landscape architects, Ms. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander of Vancouver-Quadra.
A fearless innovator, a remarkable artist, a visionary, and yes, a rebel, Cornelia has been a pioneer, creating her field for more than 60 years.
Last Tuesday, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston presented Cornelia with the first ever Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture, awarded to those whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on Canadian society.
Canadians can experience her signature landscapes that enfold people in nature’s beauty and resonance, and pay tribute by visiting places she designed, among them:
- The National Gallery in Ottawa
- Robson Square steps and the Law Courts in Vancouver
- The Northwest Territories Legislative Building
- The Museaum of Anthropology at UBC
She’s a personal inspiration to me, and it’s fitting that someone so inspiring, would gift us with a built-legacy that is equally so.
Congratulations, Cornelia! Félicitations, Cornelia!