Architecture Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, 10 Maple View Road

Join award-winning Landscape Architect, Chris Grosset, of NVision Insight Group, an Indigenous Consulting firm based in Ottawa and Iqaluit, for this free and public lecture. 

Lecture Synopsis:

We are taught that landscape architecture is both an art and a science. Most successful landscape architecture projects represent the fusion of creative vision with a linear, formal process of planning, check listing, implementation and final sign-off. Our professional practice emerges from our education, our experiences, our cultural context, and our world view. Through application we gradually master the skills of the profession, organizing place, resources and people to achieve a well-defined goal.

Achieving "Truth and Reconciliation" will also be a process. But there is no single definition of what "reconciliation" will mean. The term describes a state of being, defined by connections between cultures, communities and individuals in the past, the present and the future. There is no project plan, no checklist. Reconciliation is a destination defined by the journey - a journey without a map to an undefined place, along paths that haven't yet been revealed. Every First Nations, Inuit or Métis person and community has lived their own Truth. Every non-Indigenous Canadian has a responsibility to acknowledge a state of reconciliation which can only be defined through their process of seeking.

Chris Grosset has worked alongside Indigenous communities in the Arctic and across Canada. He has learned in their classrooms, on their land, in their homes, or during their project meetings. Through this lecture he will discuss projects that have provided formal and informal paths that lead towards reconciliation. He'll explore how Indigenous perspectives have changed the process and perspective behind his work as a landscape architect, and share his reflections on the values, principles and practical approaches that may enable landscape architects to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Free and open to the Public.