Master of Landscape Architecture Program 50th Anniversary
Keynote Speaker: Robert Allsopp
Robert (Bob) first came to the University of Manitoba in 1968 as Director of Campus Planning, moving from London, UK where he had practiced as an urban designer (architect/planner). In his first couple of years at U of M, he was also studio instructor in both the Environmental Studies and Architecture Programs.
He quickly bonded with Alex Rattray who had been appointed to establish a Program in Landscape Architecture as well as landscape architect in the Campus Planning Office. With many shared values about the design and environmental issues, Bob often acted as sounding board for Alex as he steered the new graduate program along the convoluted path to approval. Bob ran the first design studio of the new LA Program and remained with the Department until 1978.
Moving to Toronto, Bob began teaching in Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto and joined du Toit Associates in 1979. He formed the partnership, du Toit Allsopp Hillier (now DTAH) in 1985, and has helped to build a nationally recognized multi-faceted design practice that “has worked to respect, preserve and enhance the public realm while celebrating the intersection of built and natural form” (from DTAH web site). He is now Partner Emeritus in DTAH and continues to be actively involved in urban design projects.
Bob is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
He is recipient of the RIBA’s Soane Medallion, a Fulbright Scholarship, a Canada Council ‘Residency in Barcelona’ Award, the OALA’s Pinnacle Award and the CSLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.