Cecelia Paine is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Guelph where she teaches community design, green infrastructure planning and professional practice. Cecelia’s research is in areas that include Canadian design history and practice, heritage landscape conservation theory ...
Cecelia Paine is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Guelph where she teaches community design, green infrastructure planning and professional practice. Cecelia’s research is in areas that include Canadian design history and practice, heritage landscape conservation theory and practice, cross-cultural design, visual preference assessment and community design in support of human health. Since 2006, she has also served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, a role that involves interaction with graduate students, programs and administrators across the University.
This past semester, graduate students in Cecelia’s community design studio developed alternative scenarios for a future community supporting 5000 residents and 2500 jobs on a 93 hectare site in Guelph. Their proposals incorporated the latest practices in energy conservation, water management, green technology and biodiversity with urban design goals of connectivity, compactness and completeness. Earlier in the semester her students submitted models and plans to the Buckhead Park Student Design competition in Atlanta, Georgia, and won two honourable mentions. Undergraduates in Cecelia’s professional practice course have the opportunity each fall to interview professional practitioners in the public, private and academic sectors. From this assignment, many students expand their professional network and identify opportunities for future employment.
Recent graduate students working with Cecelia as an advisor have been engaged in topics that focus on urban design, urban greenways, industrial heritage, cultural heritage landscape conservation, design for human health, tourism planning, community design and landscape as site-specific art. These students applied their research to sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, the Bahamas and Malta and closer by in Guelph, Toronto, Collingwood and rural Quebec.
Cecelia is the recipient of numerous awards for design, planning, research and communication of heritage and contemporary landscapes. She has presented her work and research at universities and conferences, and published in professional and scholarly journals nationally and internationally. Most recently she gave a paper at an international conference on education in landscape architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia and will be participating in a retrospective on Canadian landscape architecture at the CSLA 2009 Congress in Toronto.
A licensed landscape architect in Canada and the United States, Cecelia has served as president of both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and is currently president of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation. She is a Fellow of both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.