Excerpt of press release :
« Claude Cormier, celebrated Canadian landscape architect and designer and founding principal of Claude Cormier et Associés has made a $500,000 commitment to his alma mater, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto to support remarkable Masters in Landscape Architecture
(MLA) students, and to bolster recognition for the importance of the landscape architecture profession.
The Claude Cormier Award in Landscape Architecture will annually cover the domestic tuition fees of a talented MLA student, in their third and final year, who shows promise to pursue creative and pioneering forms or approaches to practice.
The scholarship builds on gifts that Cormier has made to the school since 2000, and is the largest private gift designated to U of T’s landscape architecture program to date.
“This is an important moment for landscape architecture,” says Cormier. “There is growing recognition that landscape architecture is not about selecting plants to adorn a building, but rather that landscape is integral to making meaningful places. Landscape architecture is about drawing connections between people and buildings, connecting natural ecosystems with urban environments, and positively steering the health of ourselves and our planet. We need to support the next generation of landscape architects to discover new ways of designing for our built environment.”
Cormier first studied agronomy at the University of Guelph before graduating from the University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture professional program in 1986. He went on to complete his Masters in History and Theory of Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. After working for several esteemed Québec design practices, he formed his eponymous studio in 1995. »