about

LALH Staff

ROBIN KARSON is the founder and executive director of LALH and the author of more than one hundred articles about American landscape history. Her books include A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era (University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH, 2007); Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (Sagapress,1989; University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH, 2005); The Muses of Gwinn (Sagapress, 1985), and the new introduction of the LALH revised edition of Fletcher Steele’s Design in the Little Garden (The Atlantic Monthly Press,1924; University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH, 2011). Her work has been recognized with awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the American Horticultural Society, and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art. Karson has organized several touring exhibitions for LALH on topics relating to American landscape history. In 2004 she was named a distinguished member of the Honor Society of Sigma Lambda Alpha for her “continued high-quality contribution to the scholarship of landscape architecture and the literature of landscape architecture history.” She serves on several local and national boards. In 2017, she was made an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

JONATHAN LIPPINCOTT, LALH assistant director, studied studio art and art history at Swarthmore College, and after graduating in 1989,  worked at Yale University Art Gallery as an art handler. In 1993, he moved to New York City to begin work in publishing, and a year later joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he is now design manager. Since 2000, he has also worked independently as art director and designer on a range of illustrated books about architecture, landscape, and fine art, including LALH publications. He is the author of Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970 and the forthcoming monograph Robert Murray: Sculpture.

SARAH ALLABACK, senior manuscript editor, previously worked for the Historic American Buildings Survey, as a consultant for the National Park Service, and as the publications manager at Monticello. She is the author of The First American Women Architects (University of Illinois Press, 2008), Mission 66 Visitor Centers: The History of a Building Type (Government Printing Office, 2000), and several articles on early nineteenth-century American design education and architectural history writing. Allaback holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from M.I.T.

CAROL BETSCH, LALH managing editor, graduated from Barnard College with a degree in art history, specializing in nineteenth-century American painting and photography. After working as a researcher at Art in America, she began her career as a copyeditor at Viking Press and two decades of freelance editing for Harry N. Abrams in 1974. In 1980, she moved into scholarly publishing at Cornell University Press, which she left as senior manuscript editor in 1999 to join the University of Massachusetts Press as managing editor. Her parallel career as a landscape and garden photographer led to her collaborations with Robin Karson and LALH. She retired from UMass Press and joined the LALH staff in 2017.

NEIL BRIGHAM joined the LALH staff as the administrative and research assistant in 2005 and is now office manager. Prior to his work for LALH, Brigham gained more than ten years of administrative and managerial experience while working as the assistant director of the University of Massachusetts Child Care Program. In 1983 Brigham earned a B. S. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and more recently earned an M. A. in illustration from Syracuse University. In addition to his work at LALH, he pursues his interest in art and illustration. Brigham’s illustration work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York City, as well as the Society of Illustrators – Los Angeles.