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Marta Farevaag, a founding member of PFS Studio, has been awarded Honorary Membership to the BCSLA. Honorary membership is awarded to those who make significant contributions to the planning and design of communities, public open space, and the public realm. She will be recognized at the BCSLA’s 50th Anniversary Gala on April 25th.
Congratulations Marta on a well deserved award!
Marta has been a key player in PFS Studio’s success due to her exceptional skills as a strategist, facilitator, visionary and professional planning expert. Marta works at the interface of urban planning, landscape architecture and urban design. As the lead planner at PFS Studio, she has worked closely and collaboratively with her partners and staff on the integration of innovative planning principles, and has an extraordinary understanding of the relationship between planning and design. Marta has argued passionately throughout her career for the value of integrated landscape architectural design at all levels of the planning process. She has also been a tireless advocate of an interdisciplinary approach to landscape architecture. For her, a collaborative, iterative approach to design process not only results in a visually engaging design, but also results in a multiscalar approach to program analysis and political engagement.
Marta is also known and respected for her expertise in heritage and cultural landscapes. She played a central role in several high profile heritage and cultural projects including Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Lansdowne Park, Brittania Shipyards, Hastings Park Master Plan, UBC and UBCO Master plans, and Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen Master plan. Marta is the current Chair of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.
Marta is an active member of the greater design community. As well as chairing the Heritage Foundation, she has been a Juror with the Canadian Institute of Planners Awards Jury, a Member of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Board, and a Member of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council. Her previous positions include Director of the Vancouver League for Studies in Architecture and the Environment, Chair/Commissioner for the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and Member of the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, the Vancouver City Perspectives Panel, the Vancouver Aquatic Service Review Group, and the Vancouver Chinatown Heritage Area Planning Committee. She has been a Sessional Lecturer / Guest Critic for the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, a Sessional Lecturer with the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia and a Lecturer with the Urban Design Certificate Program, Simon Fraser University.
Marta is a Fellow with the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner with the Planning Institute of British Columbia. Her work at PFS Studio has been recognized by the Planning Institute of British Columbia, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, the Real Property Institute of Canada, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.