Tribute to Gordon M. Forsyth

It is with deep sadness that SALA announces the recent passing of Life Member, Gordon Forsyth. Gord was 76 years old.

Gord graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute with a Diploma in Architectural Technology in 1968. He went on to study landscape architecture at the University of Guelph, graduating with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) in 1974. Gord is remembered by a former professor as being “mature, quiet and creative.”

In the 1970’s and 80’s, Gord was an itinerant landscape architect travelling the country, working at his craft as he went. His professional experience from Halifax to Vancouver, and places between, was extensive and varied, and included both public service and private practice.

Gord landed in Saskatoon in 1989 and became a SALA member in 1994. After a short stint with the City of Saskatoon, Gord worked for Delcan Western Ltd. Then in 1996 Gord established his own landscape architectural practice, Gordon Forsyth and Associates. It was during his 23 years of private practice in Saskatoon that Gord’s professional skills became fully apparent. His comprehensive and thoughtful approach to his projects resulted in a major shift and advancement in the quality of landscape planning, design and development in Saskatoon and beyond.

Gord was very much an advocate for environmental sustainability. He was a true steward of the land – passionate about nature, and the role of landscape architecture plays in preserving and enhancing natural environments. Not one to “blow his own horn”, Gord’s quiet modesty and measured approach to projects provided his clients and employers with exemplary work over many years.

Gord served in various professional capacities including:

  • President of the Saskatchewan Association of Landscape Architects (SALA), 1998-99;
  • Director of CSLA, 2000-03;
  • Member, SALA Examining Board; and
  • SALA Representative to the Design Council of Saskatchewan.

In recognition of his service in advancing the profession of landscape architecture, Gord was granted Life Membership in SALA.

Gord was a great mentor and friend to many. He will truly be missed.

There will be a Celebration of Gord’s Life on Sunday, November 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Amigos Cantina (back room), 806 Dufferin Ave., Saskatoon.