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Author Profiles

SARAH ALLABACK, LALH senior manuscript editor, is an editor of Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner. She previously worked for the Historic American Buildings Survey, the Historic American Engineering Record, and as a consultant for the National Park Service.  The author of The First American Women Architects (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Mission 66 Visitor Centers: The History of a Building Type (Government Printing Office, 2000), Allaback holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from M.I.T.

CHARLES BIRNBAUM, FASLA, FAAR, the coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw–Hill, 2000), is the founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. He has edited or contributed to several other publications, including The Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes (National Park Service, 1996), Shaping the American Landscape (University of Virginia Press, 2009), Design with Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage (University of Virginia Press, 2005), Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (1999), and its follow-up publication, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible (2004, both for Spacemaker Press).

JANE ROY BROWN, former LALH director of educational outreach, is an editor of Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner, to which she also contributed several entries. Brown’s previous publications include One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place (coauthor; University Press of Mississippi, 2011), the winner of the 2012 Eudora Welty Prize. Her writing has also appeared in numerous periodicals including Landscape Architecture, the magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects, for which she is a contributing editor. 

DEAN CARDASIS, FASLA, the author of James Rose, is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

ETHAN CARR, Ph.D., FASLA, the author of Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma, is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A nationally recognized landscape historian and preservationist specializing in the public landscape of the United States, he is the editor of the LALH Designing the American Park series, and an editor of the eighth volume of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, for which he wrote the introduction. His previous publications include Wilderness by Design (University of Nebraska Press, 1998) and Mission 66, recipient of the J. B. Jackson Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

KELLY COMRAS, FASLA, the author of Ruth Shellhorn, is principal landscape architect of the firm KCLA in Pacific Palisades, California. A former National Park Service landscape architect for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, Comras specializes in Southern California land use planning and restoration. Her writings on Shellhorn include a chapter in Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture (Routledge 2015) and several articles for View. Comras has taught at UCLA and lectured at Harvard.

ELIZABETH HOPE CUSHING, Ph.D., is the author of Arthur A. Shurcliff:  Design, Preservation, and the Creation of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape, based on her doctoral dissertation for the American and New England Studies program at Boston University. She is also coauthor, with Keith N. Morgan and Roger Reed, of another LALH title, Community by Design. Cushing is a practicing landscape historian who consults, writes, and lectures on landscape matters. She has received a grant from the Gill Family Foundation to write a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

REBECCA WARREN DAVIDSON, Ph.D., an independent architectural and landscape historian, wrote the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of The Spirit of the Garden (1923) by Martha Brookes Hutcheson. Formerly a curator of graphic arts in Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University, Davidson is currently a visual collections cataloger at the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections at Cornell University.

ROBERT E. GRESE is the editor of The Native Landscape Reader, for which he also wrote the introduction. He is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Michigan, where he serves as the director of the Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He wrote the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of O. C. Simonds’s Landscape-Gardening (1920) and is the author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). Grese is particularly interested in the restoration and management of urban wilds and the role such lands can play in connecting children and families with nature. He was featured as the LALH Preservation Hero in the 2010 issue of VIEW.

CAROL GROVE, Ph.D., is the author of Henry Shaw’s Victorian Landscapes: Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park, which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine and won an Independent Publisher Bronze Medal in Regional Nonfiction. Grove is an adjunct assistant professor of American Art and Architecture at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she teaches courses in landscape studies. With Cydney Millstein, she is currently coauthoring a forthcoming LALH book about Hare & Hare, a landscape architecture firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, and founded in 1910.

KENNETH I. HELPHAND, FASLA, author of Lawrence Halprin, is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the Uni­versity of Oregon. He has written four previous books and numerous articles. An Honorary Member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects, Helphand is a former editor of Landscape Journal and chair of the Senior Fellows at Dumbarton Oaks.

CATHERINE HOWETT, FASLA, the author of A World of Her Own Making: Katharine Smith Reynolds and the Landscape of Reynolda, is a professor emerita in the School of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia. She has also edited, written, or contributed to several previous books, including The Gardening Book of James L. Hunter: A Southern Planter (American Botanist, 1996), Land of Our Own: 250 Years of Landscape and Gardening Tradition in Georgia, 1733–1983 (Atlanta Historical Society, 1983), Residential Work of the Olmsted Firm in Georgia, 1893–1937 (Southern Garden History Society, 1993), and Abstracting the Landscape: The Artistry of Landscape Architect A. E. Bye (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990).

ROBIN KARSON is a landscape historian and the founder and director of the Library of American Landscape History. She has written several books about American landscape architecture, including  A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era (UMass Press/LALH), Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (Sagapress,1989; UMass Press/LALH), The Muses of Gwinn (Sagapress, 1985), and the new introduction of the LALH revised edition of Fletcher Steele’s Design in the Little Garden (LALH, 2011). She also is the coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw-Hill, 2000).  Karson’s books have received two Honor Awards from the ASLA, an American Horticultural Society Book Award, and a J. B. Jackson Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

SUSAN L. KLAUS is the author of A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens, winner of the Historic Preservation Book Prize and the New York City Book Award for Landscape History. An independent scholar with particular interest in urban and landscape history, Klaus has published numerous articles on Olmsted Jr. and the work of the Olmsted firm.

FRANCIS R. KOWSKY, Ph.D., is the author of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of The Art of Landscape Architecture (1915) by Samuel Parsons Jr. Kowsky, State University of New York Distinguished Professor emeritus of art history at Buffalo State College, is also the author of Country, Park, and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux (Oxford University Press, 1998, 2003). His book, The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System, was awarded the, J. B. Jackson Book Prize by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

BLANCHE M. G. LINDEN, Ph.D., was the author of the LALH revised edition of Silent City on a Hill: Picturesque Landscapes of Memory and Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery. Her numerous publications in women’s studies, visual and material culture, and American history include Spring Grove: Celebrating 150 Years (Cincinnati Historical Society, 1995).

LINDA FLINT McCLELLAND, the author of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Frank Waugh’s Book of Landscape Gardening (1926), is a historian for the National Park Service and the author of Building the National Parks: Historic Landscape Design and Construction (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).

CHARLES C. McLAUGHLIN, Ph.D., (1929-2005) wrote the new introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England(1852). He was a professor of history at American University and founding editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted.

KEITH N. MORGAN, Ph.D., professor emeritus of art history and director of architectural studies at Boston University, is the author of the new introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect (1902) by Charles W. Eliot. Morgan is also a contributing author, with Elizabeth Hope Cushing and Roger G. Reed, of Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts, from LALH. His other publications include Shaping a New American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt (Hood Museum of Art, 1995) and Boston Architecture, 1975–1990, coauthored with Naomi Miller (Prestel Verlag GmbH & Co KG., 1996). He is also the editor and a principal author for Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston (University of Virginia Press, 2009) and the architecture editor for The Encyclopedia of New England (Yale University Press, 2005).

DANIEL J. NADENICEK is the coauthor, with Lance M. Neckar, of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Landscape Architecture, as Applied to the Wants of the West (1873) by H. W. S. Cleveland. He is dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design and holds the Constance Knowles Draper Chair in Environmental Design. Nadenicek’s other publications include more than ninety articles, reviews, reports, and proceedings in the areas of historic preservation, landscape history, and urban design. He is writing a book for LALH about the conservation work of Frederick Billings, financier and president of the Northern Pacific Railway.

LANCE M. NECKAR is the coauthor, with Daniel J. Nadenicek, of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Landscape Architecture, as Applied to the Wants of the West (1873) by H. W. S. Cleveland. Neckar has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. He serves as coeditor of Landscape Journal.

WILLIAM E. O’BRIEN, Ph.D., author of Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South, is an associate professor of environmental studies at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. His work on environment and race has appeared in journals including Historical Geography, Geographical Review, Human Ecology, Journal of Geography, and Ethics, Place and Environment. O’Brien is a 2014 recipient of the University Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching. Landscapes of Exclusion won the J. B. Jackson Book Prize and the American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit.

ROGER G. REED is a historian for the National Register of Historic Places and the National Landmarks Program. He is a coauthor, with Keith N. Morgan and Elizabeth Hope Cushing, of LALH title, Community by Design. He is also the author of several other books and articles, including Building Victorian Boston: The Architecture of Gridley J. F. Bryant.

R. BRUCE STEPHENSON, Ph.D.,is the author of John Nolen: Landscape Architect and City Planner. He is the Director of the Planning in Civic Urbanism masters program at Rollins College, a landscape design consultant, author of Visions of Eden: Environmentalism and Urban Planning in St. Petersburg, Florida (Ohio State Press, 1997), and contributing scholar to the Florida Humanities film series on community, Imagining a New Florida (2009).

DAVID SCHUYLER, author of Apostle of Taste, Andrew Jackson Downing 1815-1852, is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. He is author of The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of City Form in Nineteenth-Century America, Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909, and coeditor of four volumes of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, most recently The Last Great Projects, 1890-1895.

DAVID C. STREATFIELD, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, wrote the new introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Garrett Eckbo’s Landscape for Living (1950). He is also the author of California Gardens: Creating a New Eden (Abbeville Press, 1994) and numerous essays in books. He is currently working on a biography of landscape architect Lockwood de Forest, Jr.

JUDITH B. TANKARD is the author of the revised edition of the Shipman biography, Ellen Shipman and the American Garden. She is a landscape historian, preservation consultant, and the author or coauthor of seven other illustrated books on landscape history, including Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden (Aurum Press/Rizzoli, 2011). She taught at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for more than twenty years.

WILLIAM H. TISHLER, FASLA, wrote the introduction to Midwestern Landscape Architecture, which he also edited, and the LALH reprint edition of Country Life (1859) by Robert Morris Copeland. He is a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the editor of American Landscape Architecture: Designers and Places (Wiley, 1988).

CHRISTOPHER VERNON, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, Landscape, and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia, is the author of Graceland Cemetery: A Design History and the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of The Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening (1915) by Wilhelm Miller. His extensive publications address topics including the landscape architecture of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin; the designed landscapes of Canberra, Australia; and the Prairie School in American landscape architecture.

CHARLES D. WARREN, an architect and author, wrote the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of New Towns for Old (1927) by John Nolen. He is also a coauthor of Carrere & Hastings, Architects (Acanthus Press, 2006) and the introduction to The Architecture of Charles A. Platt (Acanthus Reprint Series, 1998). Warren has taught design at the University of Michigan and the Institute for Classical Architecture, and in 1990-91 he was the town architect in Seaside, Florida.

THAISA WAY, author of A.E. Bye, is professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. She has published and lectured on feminist histories of design and women practitioners. The author of several previous books, Way is the editor of River Cities, City Rivers (2018), part of the Dumbarton Oaks Colloquia series.