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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci
Online Panel Discussion
Presented by the West Coast Modern League in Partnership with the West Vancouver Art Museum

DATE: Sunday, January 24, 2021 ­
TIME: 3:00pm PST
ADMISSION: Free with required registration. Suggested $5-10 Donation. Register at

NOTE: This is a live Online Panel Discussion and will be recorded through Zoom.

Please join us as we celebrate the work, achievements, and legacy of Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.

On January 24th, the West Coast Modern League with the West Vancouver Art Museum celebrates the visionary Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and the opening of the museum’s new exhibition, and the launch of the accompanying publication, entitled Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci. This event will feature a live online panel discussion with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and panelists Charles Birnbaum, Amery Calvelli, Susan Herrington, and Eva Matsuzaki, moderated by Dr. Hilary Letwin.

Since establishing her Vancouver-based practice in 1953, Cornelia has practiced landscape architecture with one goal in mind: “to design outdoor spaces for the enjoyment of all in our urban environment.”[1] With this, her work has since explored a broad range of programs including urban parks, playgrounds, cultural spaces, social housing, and private residences. A key figure in the development of West Coast Modernism, some of her most notable local landscapes include the Provincial Law Courts and Robson Square (1982), the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (1976), Eppich House II (1979), Library Square (1995), and the Visitor’s Centre Rooftop, VanDusen Botanical Garden (2011). Further afield, she was responsible for landscape designs at the Children’s Creative Centre Playground, Canadian Federal Pavilion, Expo 67 (1967), Canadian Chancery in Washington, DC (1989), National Gallery of Canada (1990), and the Northwest Territories Legislative Building (1994).

Cornelia has received international acclaim in the field of landscape architecture. Among numerous other awards and honours, she is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of British Columbia, and a Fellow of both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. With a design process regarded for intensive research, innovation, and stewardship for the natural environment, Cornelia’s impact in the realms of landscape architecture is far-reaching and unparalleled.

The Panelists:

  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander – Landscape Architect
  • Charles Birnbaum – President, CEO, and Founder, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
  • Amery Calvelli – Adjunct Curator, Poole Centre of Design at the Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Susan Herrington – Professor and Chair, Landscape Program at UBC SALA
  • Hilary Letwin – Curator, West Vancouver Art Museum
  • Eva Matsuzaki – Architect

Registration will be required to receive a link to join the event. The event is free, but we ask that you please consider a donation. All funds raised will be allocated to this event and to funding the League’s future public programming.

Register at the link below that also included Event Information & Updates:


[1] Oberlander, C.H. (2021). Forging the Way. In Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci (pp. 14-18). West Vancouver, BC: West Vancouver Art Museum. Edmonton, AB: The Art Gallery of Alberta.


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The West Coast Modern League gratefully acknowledges the partnership of the West Vancouver Art Museum and the generous support of the Audain Art Museum.

West Coast Modern League

The West Coast Modern League is a Vancouver-based, independent, non-profit society dedicated to celebrating, and advancing understanding and appreciation of, architecture and design of the North American west coast, with a special focus on the Greater Vancouver region. We are a volunteer-based organization with a passion for west coast architecture and the allied arts.