LAAA Graduate Profiel: Allan Ross

Posted: Nov 18, 2019


Allan Ross, BLA ‘69

1969 represented a milestone as the University of Guelph graduated the first Landscape Architects in Canadian history. Allan, along with Bill Dempsey and Larry Paterson represent the only practicing members of the original class of 10.

Allan is probably best known as the cartoonist for the Ontarion and after lampooning the Libranni for their editorial content in the ’68 edition, one of his cartoons was featured in the U of G ’69 yearbook.

Recently, he, Virginia Burt and James McGregor founded the Landscape Architecture Alumni Association (LAAA). After completing his undergrad degree in Landscape Architecture, he went on to Harvard for graduate degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. Returning to Toronto, he built a successful multi-disciplinary design firm and joined the Architecture faculty at Ryerson as a tenured Professor. Suffering burnout and developing a dislike for winters he moved to Dallas in ’89. He is a partner in WaaL.architecture a Dallas based firm which works throughout North America and the Caribbean. He presently has a lakehouse for a client under construction on Lake Joseph in the Muskokas, still putting in long hours and loving it!

He has 4 amazing kids spread out from Toronto to Brooklyn and Atlanta, and has recently become a grandfather for the 5th time. He spends his time between Dallas and Newport Beach while burning the midnight oil and hatching the next European adventure.

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