Reconciliation in Practice: Decolonizing Landscape Architecture - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/29/2023

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Landscape architects across North America practice on the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples, and their designs seldom reflect this reality. An ongoing process of reconciliation is changing approaches to landscape architecture projects in Canada and holds lessons for practitioners across the continent to not only recognize but learn from Indigenous collaborators.

Learning objectives:

  • Consider how we can implement new methods of practice informed by Indigenous knowledge as a basis for addressing inequities and injustices.
  • Discuss actionable ideas about how to build a better, more equitable future for the profession and Indigenous peoples based on reconciliation, healing, and cooperative relations.
  • Demonstrate how shifting perspectives can change design processes and outcomes through examples and case studies.
  • Understand the challenge of accepting and learning from our mistakes and biases.

Grant Fahlgren

Urban Designer

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Grant Fahlgren is a member of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and a Knox Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2015, he was named National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation which supported the expansion of his research on Indigenous adaptations to climate change that inform his professional work with Indigenous communities and his contributions to the Canadian National Adaptation Strategy as a member of the Advisory Table on Built and Natural Infrastructure. In 2021, Grant received the Emerging Professional Award from the CSLA.

Michelle Delk, ASLA

Partner, Landscape Architect


Michelle Delk is a passionate advocate and designer of the public realm. Her work is evocative of a foundational premise shared with Snøhetta: to create places that enhance the positive relationships between people and their environments. Michelle encourages innovative approaches to collaboration that are non-hierarchical and trans-disciplinary. Both aspirational and pragmatic, she seeks to discover and expand the urban landscape vernacular; striving to express the subtleties of place through the incongruities of memory, environment, and social perceptions. She also enjoys and actively supports a variety of landscape advocacy organizations, curatorial projects, and academic institutions.

Kelty M. McKinnon, ASLA


PFS Studio

Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon CSLA, ASLA is a Partner and Director of Design at PFS Studio, a Canadian Planning and Landscape Architecture firm based in Vancouver, BC. With a diverse background in landscape architecture, urban design, art, writing and teaching, Kelty’s focus is on emergent relational landscapes that are ecologically, culturally and socially rich. Her current work includes Vancouver’s West End Waterfront Parks and Beach Avenue Plan; and ʔəy̓alməxʷ/Iy̓álmexw / Jericho Lands, a 90 acre post military site co-owned by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and Canada Lands Corporation in Vancouver.


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