Thomas Mawson was an internationally famous town planner and landscape architect. In 1910, he came to North America on a lecture tour of several universities, including Harvard, Cornell, and Yale.
While Mawson was on tour, the Canadian Governor General, Earl Grey, invited him to Ottawa to create interest in civic improvement. With Grey’s support, Mawson created a development plan for the capital.
Although a less expensive plan by a Chicago designer was eventually chosen, Mawson went on to be consulted on or directly involved with a significant number of Canadian projects.
These include the gardens at Government House and Saskatchewan’s Parliament Buildings, Niagara Falls Victoria Park, the University of Saskatchewan’s campus, a fifty year development plan for Banff and Banff National Park, and Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and Stanley Park.
Although many of these designs were not carried out, including those for Banff and Vancouver, others were highly successful in guiding future development.