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Dennis A Winters, OALA ASLA



A landscape architect with professional degrees in landscape architecture (M.L.A., Cornell) and architecture (B.Arch., Florida), and a background in environmental analysis and regional land use planning, he works through his Toronto studio, Tales of the Earth to design, build and write about gardens for meditation and sacred landscape, investigating ways of making landscape design integral to spiritual inquiry.

Education Master of Landscape Architecture with Highest Honors, 1984
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Environmental Studies, 1974-81
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Urban Design Studies, 1970-71
Teknillinen Korkeakoulu, Otaniemi, Finland

Bachelor of Architecture, 1969
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Professional
Registration
Full Member (on-leave), Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

Full Member (on-leave), American Society of Landscape Architects

Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of New York

Awards Moving Landscapes International Competition, Honorable Mention, 2011

Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Travel Grant, 1998

Design Arts Grant Award, Ontario Arts Council, 1995

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant, 1993

CMHC Healthy Home Competition, Winning Team, 1992

International Cities Design Competition, Honorable Mention, 1989

Community Instructor, Ryerson University Life Institute, 2015

Co-organizer, The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting
6th Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, Toronto, 2014

Member, Canadian National Team, Canadian Senior Dragon Boat Club
(World Champion 2006), Mt. Sinai Hospital Dragon Team, 1995 – 2010

Instructor, Ryerson University Landscape Design Program, 2006

Writer, Dragon Boat World Magazine, Toronto, Ontario, 2003 - 2006

Director, Prayers and Chants for World Peace Interfaith Service
with H.H. The Dalai Lama, University of Toronto, 1990

President, Gaden Choling Buddhist Meditation Centre, Toronto, 1987-91

Chair, City of Ithaca, New York Design Review Committee, 1984-85

Teaching Assistant, Cornell University Landscape Architecture Program, 1982-84

Director, Tompkins County Environmental Management Council
Planner Tompkins County Department of Planning, 1972-82

Environmental Consultant, U.S. Agency for International Development
Kathmandu, Nepal, 1979

Urban Design Consultant, Liikenetekniikka OY
Helsinki, Finland, 1970-71

Projects Parkway of Least Resistance, Don Valley, Toronto, Ontario, 2011 - current

Mount Lawn Cemetery, Whitby, Ontario, 2012

YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes International Ideas Competition, 2011

Sravasti Abbey Buddhist Monastery, Newport, Washington, 2006

Toronto East General Hospital Terrace Garden, Toronto, Ontario, 2001 - 2003

Mt. Sinai Hospital Meditation Garden Study, Toronto, Ontario, 1996

Greywater Treatment Garden, Royal Winter Garden Show, Toronto, 1996

Zen Garden, Today's Japan Exposition, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 1995

Scarborough College Landscape Site Plan, Scarborough, Ontario, 1992

CMHC Codicile Healthy Home, Toronto, Ontario, 1992

Meditation Gardens for Residences and Offices, Toronto, Ontario, 1990 - current

City of Milwaukee, International Cities Design Competition, 1989

St. Jamestown Community Landscape Analysis, Toronto, Ontario, 1989

St. Catherines Downtown Streetscape Revitalization, Ontario, 1987

Crescent Town Community Landscape Analysis, Toronto, Ontario, 1987

Milarepa Buddhist Meditation Center, Barnet, Vermont, 1982 – 1984

Freshwater Wetlands Inventory, Tompkins County, New York, 1980-1981

Environmental Management Plan, Rapati Zone, Nepal, 1979

Natural Resources Inventories, Tompkins County, New York, 1974 - 1982

Lehigh Valley Railroad Right-of-Way Inventories, 1977 - 1978

Fall Creek Management Plan, Tompkins County, New York, 1976

NYS Environmental Quality Review Administrative Handbook, 1976

Presentations Georgia O’Keeffe and Spirituality of Sexually Charged Landscape
Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, Oxford University, UK, 2016
Exploring Sexuality and Spirituality Conference, Oxford University, UK, 2016
7th Symposium of The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM, 2015

Utopia as Heaven from the Twilight Zone to the Buddha Fields
8th Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, New Harmony, IN, 2016

Reinventing Cities as Sacred Landscape: the Case for an Eco-Centric View of Infrastructure,
with Roberto Chiotti, 5th Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum,
Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, 2013

Creating Centres of Cosmology with Stone and Sand
4th Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, Isla Mujeres, Mexico, 2012

Journey to Bodhgaya: Garden of the Enlightenment
3rd Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, Serenbe, GA, 2011

Pretapuri: Sacred Landscape of Western Tibet and Expression of Spiritual Practice
2nd Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, St. John’s Abbey, MN, 2010

Regarding Sacred Landscapes and the Everyday Corollary
1st Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, Mt. Angel, OR, 2009

Tales of the Earth – Landscape Architecture
Prince Edward County Horticultural Society, Picton, ON, 2009

Lessons from the Japanese Garden
Rockcliffe Park Garden Club, Ottawa, 2002

Teachings from Sacred Landscapes: Designing Contemplative and Healing Gardens
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, Ottawa, 2000

Lessons from the Japanese Garden
Civic Garden Centre Seminars, Toronto, 2000

Discovering Sacred Landscapes Sea Kayaking through Georgian Bay.
Killarney Provincial Park, Georgian Bay, 2000

India, the Land of Origins, Journeys to Sacred Buddhist Landscapes
Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1999

Sacred Landscapes, Contemplative Gardens
Ikebana International Toronto Chapter, 1999

Sacred Landscapes and Evolution of Gardens in Buddhist Traditions
Japan Society of New York with The New York Botanical Garden, 1999
Japan Society of Boston with Arnold Arboretum and WGBH, Boston, 1999

Designed Sacred Landscapes – A Study of Pretapuri in Western Tibet
UNESCO Natural Sacred Sites International Symposium,
Paris, France 1998
Making Sacred Places Conference, University of Cincinnati, 1997
American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference, 1996

Designing Sacred Landscapes, Buddhism in America Conference, San Diego, 1998

Journeys to Sacred Buddhist Landscapes of India and Tibet, with Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Three lectures, George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1998

Temple Gardens of Kyoto. Today's Japan Exposition of Contemporary Culture
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 1995

Designed Sacred Landscapes – Foundations in the Buddhist Traditions
Four lectures, Design Exchange, Toronto, 1995

Gardens of the Enlightenment
Spirit of Sustainability
Symposium, San Rafael, California, 1993

Publications “Regarding Sacred Landscapes and the Everyday Corollary” in Architecture, Culture and Spirituality
Thomas Barrie, J. Bermudez and P. Tabb, ed. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015)

Georgia O’Keeffe and Spirituality of Sexually Charged Landscape
www.acsforum.org 2015

Searching for the Heart of Sacred Space.
(Toronto: The Sumeru Press, 2104)

Reinventing Cities as Sacred Landscape: the Case for an Eco-Centric View of Infrastructure,
with Roberto Chiotti. www.acsforum.org 2013

Creating Centres of Cosmology with Stone and Sand.
www.acsforum.org 2012

Pretapuri: Sacred Landscape of Western Tibet and Expression of Spiritual Practice
(Dubai: 2A Architecture & Art, Spring 2011)

Journey to Bodhgaya: Garden of the Enlightenment.
www.acsforum.org 2011

Pretapuri: Sacred Landscape of Western Tibet and Expression of Spiritual Practice
www.acsforum.org 2010

Regarding Sacred Landscapes and the Everyday Corollary
www.acsforum.org 2009

New Garden Helps Complex Continuing Care Unit at TEGH to Become a Home
(Toronto: Hospital News, Feb 2004)

The Extended Sadhana of Cittamani Tara with Zasep Rinpoche
(Toronto: Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre, 2003)

“Lessons from the Japanese Garden” in Landscape Trades
(Milton, Ontario: Landscape Ontario, Vol. 20, No 1, January 1998)

Designed Sacred Landscapes: Study of Pretapuri in Western Tibet
ASLA Annual Meeting Proceedings
. (Washington: ASLA, 1996)

“The First Buddhist Monasteries.” Tibet Journal.
(Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Vol. XIII, 1988)

“Buddhist Meditation Gardens." Tibet Journal.
(Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Vol. XII, 1987)

Milarepa Buddhist Meditation Center, Barnet, Vermont.
(Ithaca: Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis, Cornell University, 1984)

Freshwater Wetlands Inventory Maps for Tompkins County, New York.
(Ithaca: Tompkins County Department of Planning and Environmental Management
Council for NYSDEC, 1982)

Administrative Handbook: State Environmental Quality Review
(Ithaca: Tompkins County Department of Planning, 1980)

Environmental Management: Framework for Analysis and Recommendations for
Rapati Zone Rural Area Development
.
(Kathmandu: U.S. Agency for International Development, 1979)

Six Mile Creek, Tompkins County Study
(Ithaca: Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, 1978)

Lehigh Valley Railroad Rights-of-Way, Inventory and Proposed Uses
(Ithaca: TCDP and TCEMC, 1977-78)

Fall Creek Corridor Management Plan.
(Ithaca: Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, 1977)

Unique Natural Areas Inventory with Craig Tufts.
(Ithaca: Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, 1976)

Environmental Image: Framework for Environmental Analysis with Garrison Evans.
(Ithaca: TCDP and TCEMC, 1975)

Teaching Making and Meaning of Sacred Landscape, Ryerson University Life Institute, 2015

Sketching the Landscape, Tales of the Earth Seminar, 2008

Creating the Art of the Japanese Garden, Tales of the Earth Seminar, 2008

Experiences of Naturalistic Space, Tales of the Earth Seminar, 2007

Experiences of Classical Space, Tales of the Earth Seminar, 2007

Making and Meaning of Landscape, Ryerson University, 2006