CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada)

Aerial view of construction progress (Government of Canada)

Clara Kwon lead a landscape architectural team from detailed design, value engineering to contract administration on Canada’s most expensive government headquarters, with a total budget of $1.2 billion. This federal department is equivalent to the US National Security Agency. This 80-acre, LEED Gold, high-security Ottawa campus was a public-private partnership contract (design-build-finance-maintain) on a very tight schedule, requiring close coordination and collaboration with engineers, architects, security experts and contractors. The architecture and landscape were designed to be a enticing lure for top talent in cryptology and modeled after notable tech campuses. The design is nestled into a forest with cross-country ski and hiking trails, frisbee field, basketball and beach volleyball courts. Large naturalized ponds were designed with the civil engineer to function as part of the sustainable stormwater design strategy. With the security consultants, Clara worked through multiple design options to subtly embed security considerations into the landscape. Due to the fixed contract price, she worked through numerous design and costing studies to meet the budget while keeping sight of the larger design vision.

*This work was completed while project manager at DTAH, Toronto, Canada

In the news: CBC News, Oct. 8, 2013


Wilfrid Laurier University - Laziridis School of Business & Economics

Video of Wilfrid Laurier University Laziridis Hall, Nov. 24, 2016

This $90-million business school, named after the co-founder of the BlackBerry, was a LEED Gold project. Clara Kwon managed the design and construction detailing of a new pedestrian-friendly streetscape and 'porch' that serves as a signature entry to the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. As a LEED project, the landscape was designed to manage stormwater on-site with cisterns that would be used to irrigate the drought-tolerant planting. 

*This work was completed while project manager at DTAH, Toronto, Canada

In the news: Canadian Architect Magazine, June 2017


Additional Institutional Projects

Fernbank Museum of Natural History WildWoods**

University of Manitoba Visionary re(Generation) - Master Plan competition - Third Place Finalist*

Laurentian University Campus Modernization*

University of Ontario Institute of Technology*

York University Oxford Green*

*This work was completed while Landscape Architect / Project Manager at DTAH, Toronto, Canada

**This work was completed while Landscape Architect at Sylvatica Studio, Atlanta, USA