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Kendra Scanlon


Kendra Scanlon is embarking upon her final year of graduate studies in landscape architecture at the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture where she is currently conducting research for the PICS Living With Water project. This work involves reviewing and developing recommendations for local values-based coastal flood adaptation strategies that aim for a two-eyed seeing and community-based approach to eliciting and prioritizing values. As a new resident on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations, this research is bolstered by her thesis project which begins with a personal exploration of ancestral settler-colonial water relationships and hopes to imagine a more just approach to coastal flood adaptation. 

She was born and raised in Calgary on Treaty 7 Territory where she was deeply involved with the campus and community radio station, CJSW 90.9 FM. This tight-knit community led her in seemingly disparate directions - working seasonally as a graphic designer and communications consultant, while breaking ground on an organic flower farm in Southern Alberta. Her landscape architecture studies synthesize these worlds. She primarily focuses on feminist and relational approaches and the decolonization of the practice by identifying connectivities and critiques of Canadian cultural assumptions about land and water.

LACF Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship
Recognizes a student who demonstrates exceptional knowledge, skill and commitment directed to the advancement of Canadian landscapes through the practice of landscape architecture.

Honourable Mention: Fortress North America
CBDX International Design Ideas Competition

PWL Partnership Award
Faculty recommended

Henry ‘Syd’ Skinner Scholarship
Entrance scholarship for academic excellence, community involvement, and focus on environmental issues.

Ad Rodeo Association Anvil Award for ‘best book’
“We Make Radio: 30-Something Years of  CJSW 90.9 FM”

Jason Lang Scholarship
Academic Excellence
2014, 2013, and 2012

Exploring regenerative planting strategies for green rainwater infrastructure: Increasing connectivity through designed plant communities in the right-of-way
UBC Sustainability.

The Ten Percent
Photo essay that documents female-identifying DJs in Calgary. In partnership with Leigh-Anne Hazard.
Self Published

We Make Radio: 30-Something Years of CJSW 90.9 FM
CJSW 90.9 FM.