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Grant Named for Green Roof Pioneer

If there are any doubters out there, that green roofs operate in a low maintenance way and will save you a tremendous amonth of money in any area.  The Vancouver Public Library’s green roof, designed by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Photo credit: kcxd on Flickr

The first-ever Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Scholarship and Research Grant has been awarded to Sara Bergen, a fourth-year student in Architectural Science. The grant was developed by the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology and industry partners to inspire BCIT students to strive for the same level of achievement that Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has demonstrated in the field of architectural ecology. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been recognized for many years as one of North America’s greenest and most innovative landscape architects and a pioneer of the green roof movement.

The $4,000 grant was awarded in January. Sara is now advancing a research project with the Centre for Architectural Ecology under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Connelly, MAIBC.

The project is a preface to the proposed development of the Vancouver Public Library roof as accessible space. The research investigates the physical and sensory connectivity of the Vancouver Public Library green roof to potential rooftops developments as future habitable urban spaces in the surrounding community.



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