Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has done it all. At age 99 and still going, she’s left an indelible mark on public space with projects ranging from the iconic playgrounds at Expo 67 in Montreal to sensitive interventions stitching together landscapes in Northern Canada; all of this while continuing to advise on many contemporary projects.
A new retrospective at the West Vancouver Art Museum this January titled “Genius Loci” delves into Oberlander’s seven-decade career through the significant archive of her work held by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.
This bilingual French and English exhibition introduces projects by Oberlander, which are presented in four sections devoted to playgrounds, social housing, public projects, and residential projects, showing photography of the places alongside her sketches, plans, and research proposals. A publication of the same name has been produced, with contributions by Oberlander and the exhibition curators, Susan Herrington and Eva Matsuzaki.
Don’t miss the virtual panel with curators Amery Calvelli and Hilary Letwin in conversation with Oberlander herself on January 24.