Dean Emeritus (1997 – 2005)

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Moura Quayle was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in 1997.

Born in Ladysmith, BC, she holds the degrees of BLA (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), University of Guelph (1974) and MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture), University of California, Berkeley (1983). Prior to taking up the appointment of Dean she was Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and was formerly Director of the UBC Landscape Architecture Program. Between 1983 and 1996, Professor Quayle held a joint appointment with the Landscape Architecture Program and the School of Architecture. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Her career has been focused on urban landscape, including: the public realm; urban ecology; greenways; public ways; and streets. As Dean, her interests have focused on sustainable agriculture, especially in relation to planning and design concerns where urban and rural areas come together. She continues to steward significant changes within the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, including the launch of new degrees and programs and an increase in undergraduate enrolment. She continues to have active teaching and research programs.

A professional landscape architect for seven years before returning to university for graduate work, and subsequently to UBC for employment, she considers “practice” essential to teaching design or any professional disciplines. With the evolution of the undergraduate curriculum in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences towards problem-based learning, Dean Quayle considers that it has been a privilege to be part of a new learning process. She believes that it is critical for the Dean to be in contact with students, and that the communication that occurs in any learning setting is important information for an administrator of a teaching and research institution. Currently, she participates in AGSC 250 (Land, Food and Community I) and also “monitors” activities in LARC 421(Creativity, Design and Landscape Architecture), a fully web-based course.

Her main research continues to be on the implementation and impact of urban greenways in the City of Vancouver; on the issues of integrated processes for making urban-rural land use decisions and on how to promote planning at the agricultural-urban interface; and on web-based instruction and general curriculum development, with particular regard to the challenges relating to evaluating the success of new curricular initiatives in the Faculty as a whole. These research projects include: the UBC Farm, the Stewardship Education Network, CISA (Community Institute for Sustainable Agriculture), and agriculture policy development and involve several graduate students that she supervises. She has published an impressive list of technical and professional reports and has presented invited papers at several national and international conferences.

Dean Quayle chaired the City of Vancouver’s Urban Landscape Task Force from January to December 1992 and was named YWCA Woman of Distinction in the category of communication and public affairs in 1993. In 1998 she was invited by the Government of BC to prepare a report on the “provincial interest” in the Agricultural Land Commission Act, which presented an opportunity for the Faculty to understand and participate in discussions on urban-rural tensions around agriculture and planning for sustainable landscapes (BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries; Stakes in the Ground: A Report on Provincial Interest in the Agricultural Land Commission Act, September 1998, 27 pp).

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