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GEORGE W. CURRY, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York. Over the past two decades, he has been involved with a variety of preservation activities. He was a member and chair of the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board for thirteen years. He is a general partner in three multiple-use, tax act rehabilitation projects in downtown Syracuse. Since 1991 he has been project director of a number of cultural landscape reports under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Curry has a bachelor of arts in Economics and a bachelor of science in landscape architecture from Michigan State University, as well as an M.L.A. from the University of Illinois.

JULIUS GYULA FÁBOS, FASLA, is a professor emeritus of landscape planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Horticulture, Budapest, Hungary. He received a bachelor of science in plant sciences from Rutgers University in 1961; an MLA from Harvard University in 1964; and a Ph.D. in resource planning and conservation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1973. He was honored as an ASLA Medalist in 1997. He was the principal developer of the METLAND System for landscape assessment and planning and has been awarded numerous research grants. He is also the author and editor of more than 120 articles and research bulletins, as well as five books, the latest of which are Land Use Planning (Chapman and Hall, 1985) and Greenways: the Beginning of an International Movement, coedited with John F. Ahern, FASLA (Elsevier, 1996).

ROBERT E. GRESE, ASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture and Theodore Roosevelt Chair of Ecosystem Management at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Grese also serves as Director of the University’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. His research work has included the restoration of prairie and savanna habitat, social research into the benefits of volunteer stewardship efforts, and programs that connect children with nature, as well as studies of early landscape architects, such as Ossian Cole Simonds and Jens Jensen, who focused on conservation and used native vegetation in their designs. Bob is the author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Garden (1992) and The Native Landscape Reader (LALH 2011), a compilation of writings about land conservation and stewardship from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Grese has a bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and an M.L.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

KENNETH I. HELPHAND, FASLA  is a professor emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon where he has taught courses in landscape history, theory and design since 1974. He is the author of Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape. (1991), Yard Street Park:  The Design of Suburban Open Space (with Cynthia Girling, 1994), Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture & the Making of Modern Israel. (2002) and Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime  (2006). He is an Honorary Member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects, served as editor of Landscape Journal (1994–2002) and  former Chair of the Senior Fellows at Dumbarton Oaks.

FRANCIS R. KOWSKY is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus. For many years, he taught the history of art at Buffalo State College. He has written numerous articles on 19th-century American architects, including A. J. Davis, Frederick Clarke Withers, and H. H. Richardson. Professor Kowsky has a long-standing interest in the early years of the American park movement and the roles that Andrew Jackson Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Calvert Vaux played in its history. The New York Times called his book Country Park and City: The Life and Architecture of Calvert Vaux “a handsome effort to rescue from comparative oblivion the architect who shared—sometimes more than equally—with Frederick Law Olmsted in the design of Central Park and other New York amenities.” His LALH book The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System examines the celebrated urban park plan the designers of Central Park created for Buffalo in 1868-1870 and the thirty-year association of Olmsted and his firm with that Great Lakes city. He is a former member of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and has prepared numerous nominations for the National Register of Historic Places.

CORNELIA HAHN OBERLANDER, FASLA, FCSLA, is a landscape architect based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her firm, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Landscape Architects, brings internationally acclaimed expertise in environmentally sensitive planning and design. Born in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany, in 1921, Ms. Oberlander studied at Harvard University with Walter Gropius and settled inVancouver in the 1950s, where she continues to practice. Founded in 1953, her firm has developed a highly varied expertise: children’s playgrounds, beginning with the creative playground at Expo 67 in Montréal; roof gardens and hanging planters, as in the award-winning landscape for the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C. (1989); native plant communities like the Taiga Garden at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (1988); and environmental planning and design, such as the C. K. Choi Institute of Asian Research in Vancouver (1995).

WITOLD RYBCZYNSKI, FAIA, studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal, where he also taught; he is currently the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. His architectural experience has included designing and building houses as a registered architect, as well as researching low-cost housing, for which he received a 1991 Progressive Architecture award. In 1993, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and he has received honorary doctorates from McGill University and the University of Western Ontario. In 2007, he received the Vincent Scully Prize, the Seaside Prize, and the Institute Collaborative Honors from the AIA. He serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. He is currently architecture critic for the online magazine Slate. He has written twelve books on subjects as varied as the evolution of comfort, a history of the weekend, American urbanism, and the search for the origins of the screwdriver. His biography of Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance, received the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, a Christopher Award, and a Philadelphia Athenæum literary award. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and the New York Times, and he has written for The New Yorker and The Atlantic.

ROBERT A. M. STERN, FAIA, is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. He received the AIA New York Chapter’s Medal of Honor in 1984 and the Chapter’s President’s Award in 2001. He received the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Board of Directors’ Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America in 2007. As founder and Senior Partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm’s projects.

DAVID STREATFIELD, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, continues to teach in both the B.L. and M.L.A. programs. He is on the faculty of the College Certificate Programs in Urban Design and Preservation Planning and Design. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from the Brighton College of Arts and Crafts in England, and he has a post-graduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of London and  a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Streatfield is a registered architect in the United Kingdom. He has been a Farrand Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and received an individual NEA fellowship. He practices as a consultant historian and has served in this capacity for several years on the preservation of the gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach, California. His scholarship has focused on modern landscape architecture from the eighteenth century forward. He is the author of California Gardens: Creating A New Eden (1994), numerous essays in books, and the introduction to the ASLA Centennial Reprint edition of Garret Eckbo’s Landscape for Living (UMass Press/LALH). He also is working on a biography of landscape architect Lockwood de Forest, Jr., whose practice in Santa Barbara from 1920 until 1949 anticipated many aspects of modernism and regionally appropriate plantsmanship.

WILLIAM H. TISHLER, FASLA, is a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There his teaching, research, and service have focused on historic preservation, landscape architectural history, vernacular architecture, and preservation issues relating to cultural landscapes of the upper Midwest. He was elected to the UW Teaching Academy, a group of one hundred of the university’s best teachers, and in 1998 he received an Award for Teaching Excellence from the National Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. A graduate of UW-Madison and Harvard University, he has been a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, an Attingham Fellow in England, and Horace Cleveland Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has lectured widely in America, Europe, and Asia, and written more than 165 publications, including the award-winning book American Landscape Architecture: Designers and Places, Midwestern Landscape Architecture, and Wisconsin’s Emerald Treasure: A History of Peninsula State Park. His documentary film Jens Jensen: A Natural History, has won Telly and ASLA awards, and a Crystal Award of Excellence from the National Communicator Awards Program. He also has served as chair of Wisconsin’s Historic Preservation Review Board and is an advisor emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

SUZANNE L. TURNER, FASLA, is a professor emerita of the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University and principal of Suzanne Turner Associates, a firm specializing in cultural resource history and management, community preservation planning, and landscape design. Turner has a long-standing interest in the preservation and interpretation of historic and cultural landscapes. Among her projects are Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia, the Hermann-Grima House in New Orleans, Bayou Bend Gardens, Rienzi in Houston, and Drayton Hall near Charleston (with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates). She has consulted on historic landscape projects in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Illinois and contributed to many books. She is the coauthor of The Gardens of Louisiana: Places of Work and Wonder and editor of The Garden Diary of Martha Turnbull, Mistress of Rosedown Plantation.