A Statement from Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Concerning the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize

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New York, N.Y. (October 1, 2019) – The Cultural Landscape Foundation released the following statement from Cornelia Hahn Oberlander concerning the recently established international landscape architecture prize for which she was today announced as the namesake:

On July 1, 2019, Charles A. Birnbaum, President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, visited me at my home in Vancouver to tell me that I would be the namesake of a new international landscape architecture prize – the first prize of its kind that includes a US$100,000 award.

I told him: “I am overwhelmed and smitten.”

But, more importantly, I told him that I hope the Oberlander Prize will spur landscape architects to innovate, be inventive and generate new ideas, and to be leaders in their community.  Landscape architecture is ideally suited to deal with the environmental, social and ecological challenges we face now and the challenges we must plan for in the future.  Landscape architects are a combination of artists, designers, choreographers, and scientists; they must also be leaders, especially in dealing with the effects of climate change.  Through careful research, innovation, collaboration with allied professionals, and design excellence, landscape architecture can become a global leader in addressing the important issues we all face.

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