Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Over the past 60 years Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has collaborated as Landscape 

Architect in a wide range of projects with noted internationally acclaimed architects 

such as Renzo Piano on the New York Times Building, Moshe Safdie on the National 

Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Public Library and, of course, the late Arthur 

Erickson on Robson Square and the Museum of Anthropology. All projects are based 

on design concepts and studies of social cultural and physical features of a given 

site.  To each project Cornelia attempts to bring the mastery of the art and the 

science of the profession. Cornelia has always been mindful of the environment and 

is a leader in researching green solutions.

In the words of the Governor General in presenting the Order of Canada:

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. “Canada’s premier landscape architect, she is 

known for integrating her designs in the overall architectural project with the 

natural environment, yet always adding a unique new vision and dimension. 

Her expert technical knowledge is coupled with her concern for expressing 

cultural, social and environmental concepts in her work and is reflected in her 

many projects for the young, the old, and for the public at large.”

 

Cornelia is photographed with co-chairs Victoria Mendes and Kyra Williams Smiljanic against the future site of the outdoor classroom, performance amphitheatre and bird sanctuary at Pauline Johnson school in West Vancouver, BC.  Cornelia and her team, Atelier Anonymous,  have put in over two years of pro bono work to develop this innovative educational space.