We are very sad to hear of the passing of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the pioneering landscape architect who passed away in Vancouver on May 22, just one month shy of her 100th birthday.
Oberlander was a German Jew who grew up in Germany and fled from the Nazi Regime with her family in 1939. In 1953 she moved to Vancouver where she started a small landscape architecture firm. Oberlander built a long and award-winning career with some of her highlights being the design of the Vancouver Robson Square, the Ottawa National Gallery of Art and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
Oberlander was known for integrating the natural environment in her designs. She once said: “I dream of Green Cities with Green Buildings where rural and urban activities live in harmony.”