Jul 15, 2020

Chris Phillips Awarded CSLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award


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Chris Phillips, a founding partner of PFS Studio, has been awarded CSLA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and commitment to the profession of landscape architecture.

“Throughout his career, he has exemplified a consistently high level of professional competence, an ability to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems in ways that appear natural and even self-evident, to engage those most directly impacted by his projects in an inclusive and respectful manner, and to do so with grace and a fair measure of modesty.” 
– Peter Jacobs, RCA, AAPQ, FCSLA, FASLA

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded annually to a member of the CSLA whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and on the environment.

Chris Phillips is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a founding partner of PFS Studio, a Vancouver-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm. PFS Studio has received more CSLA design awards than any other firm in Canada, many for projects that Chris has led. Chris has directed a diverse range of acclaimed projects ranging from broad-scale community and campus master plans to the design of parks, open spaces, and the public realm of major urban developments.

Central to Chris’s design philosophy is the importance of public open space in place-making, as a locus of urban public life and culture, and as an opportunity for ecological diversity. Chris’ design approach seeks to reflect regional and site context, collaborate with affected communities and civic decision-makers, demonstrate sustainable innovation, and create inclusive public spaces that enhance and animate city life. Chris encourages the inclusion of public art in his work and is a past Chair of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee. Chris has shared his extensive professional expertise and innovative thinking on advisory urban design panels, as a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and on numerous art and design juries.

The awards will be given at the CSLA Gala to be held during the 2021 CSLA Congress in Ottawa, Ontario.

See the CSLA Website for the full announcement and article.