Monica Giesbrecht



Monica is an award-winning landscape architect who brings a passionate belief that nature has a limitless power to teach, inspire and heal to all her work.

Her ongoing investigation of the social, physical and psychological impacts of human environments on children and youth, immigrants and marginalized groups, aging and physically impaired, serves as a foundation for her progressive work on healthy communities, urban revitalization, integrated recreation networks, sustainable campus developments, public and private parks, culturally sensitive lands, educational grounds, and healthcare facilities.

Monica combines this people-driven approach with a dedication to enhancing and protecting natural landscapes through sustainable design. She sits on LEED for Neighbourhood Development Canada and CSA Nature Playground standards task forces. Beyond being one of the first LEED-accredited landscape architects in Manitoba, she actively contributes to a national movement working to ensure our human environments are interlaced with broader natural processes that improve the health and well-being of people and the land.

Monica has been an advocate for inclusive design throughout her career, developing landscapes that energize and welcome users of all ages and abilities. She has been recognized for her ability to create seamlessly inclusive environments with four City of Winnipeg accessibility awards in the last decade.

Monica works hard to enrich her local community. She is the current chair of the Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Committee and a past member of the Downtown Winnipeg Urban Design Advisory Committee. In addition to mentoring young professionals as a MALA advisor, Monica supports the growth of her profession by regularly lecturing at the University of Manitoba and organizing public design awareness events for Storefront Manitoba.

Monica was inducted in the CSLA College of Fellows in 2019 for her executed works and direct service to the Society.

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