Author Profiles

SARAH ALLABACK, author of Marjorie Sewell Cautley, Landscape Architect for the Motor Age is senior manuscript editor at LALH and an architectural historian specializing in the history of early American women architects. A coeditor of Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Urban Planner, she is also author of The First American Women Architects and Mission 66 Visitor Centers: The History of a Building Type.

JANE AMIDON, author of Dan Kiley, is professor of landscape architecture and director of the urban landscape program at the Northeastern University School of Architecture. The author of several books, edited collections, and essays addressing the contemporary urban landscape, she specializes in environmental design and creating sustainable cites.

CHARLES BIRNBAUM, FASLA, FAAR, coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design, is 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 LandscapesShaping the American LandscapeDesign with Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape HeritagePreserving Modern Landscape Architecture; and its follow-up publication, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible.

JANE ROY BROWN, former LALH director of educational outreach, is coeditor of Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner. A freelance writer specializing in garden design, she is a former contributing editor of Landscape Architecture and coauthor of Eudora Welty’s Home Place, winner of the 2012 Eudora Welty Prize. 

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, FASLA, is author of The Greatest Beach: A History of Cape Cod National Seashore and Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma, 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. A professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Carr is a nationally recognized landscape historian and preservationist specializing in the public landscape of the United States. He is the editor of the LALH series Designing the American Park and coeditor and author of the introduction to the eighth volume of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted. His previous publications include Wilderness by Design.

KELLY COMRAS, FASLA, 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 and several articles for VIEW. Comras has taught at UCLA and lectured at Harvard.

ELIZABETH HOPE CUSHING is author of Arthur A. Shurcliff:  Design, Preservation, and the Creation of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape and coauthor, with Keith N. Morgan and Roger G. Reed, of Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts. A landscape historian who consults, writes, and lectures on landscape topics, she received a grant from the Gill Family Foundation to write a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

REBECCA WARREN DAVIDSON, 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. She was formerly a curator of graphic arts in Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University and a visual collections cataloger at the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections at Cornell University.

ROBERT E. GRESE is editor of The Native Landscape Reader and author of the LALH reprint edition of O. C. Simonds’s Landscape-Gardening  He is also author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens. A professor of landscape architecture at the University of Michigan, where he serves as director of the Matthei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, 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 LALH Preservation Hero in the 2010 issue of VIEW.

CAROL GROVE is coauthor, with Cydney Millstein, of Hare & Hare, Landscape Architects and City Planners  and 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 adjunct assistant professor of American art at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she teaches courses in landscape studies. 

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 a former Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.

CATHERINE HOWETT, FASLA, author of A World of Her Own Making: Katharine Smith Reynolds and the Landscape of Reynolda, is professor emerita in the School of Environment and 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 PlanterLand of Our Own: 250 Years of Landscape and Gardening Tradition in Georgia, 1733–1983Residential Work of the Olmsted Firm in Georgia, 1893–1937; and Abstracting the Landscape: The Artistry of Landscape Architect A. E. Bye.

ROBIN KARSON, HON. ASLA, founder and director of the Library of American Landscape History, has written several books on American landscape architecture, including A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place EraFletcher Steele, Landscape Architect; and The Muses of Gwinn. She is author of the introduction to the LALH revised edition of Fletcher Steele’s Design in the Little Garden, coeditor and author of the introduction to Warren H. Manning, Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner, and coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design. Karson’s books have received two Honor Awards from the ASLA, an American Horticultural Society Book Award, and two J. B. Jackson Awards from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

SUSAN L. KLAUS is 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, FSAH, is author of The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System, recipient of a J. B. Jackson Book Prize by the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of The Art of Landscape Architecture by Samuel Parsons Jr. Kowsky is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Buffalo State College and author of Country, Park, and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux

BLANCHE M. G. LINDEN (1946-2014) wrote 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.

LINDA FLINT McCLELLAND, author of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Frank Waugh’s Book of Landscape Gardening, is a historian for the National Park Service and author of Building the National Parks: Historic Landscape Design and Construction.

CHARLES C. McLAUGHLIN (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. He was a professor of history at American University and founding editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted.

CYDNEY MILLSTEIN, founder and principal of Architectural & Historical Research in Kansas City, is coauthor, with Carol Grove, of Hare & Hare, Landscape Architects and City Planners and Houses of Missouri, 1870–1940.

KEITH N. MORGAN, professor emeritus of art history and former director of architectural studies at Boston University, is coauthor with Elizabeth Hope Cushing and Roger G. Reed, of Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts and author of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect  by Charles W. Eliot. His other publications include Shaping a New American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt; and Boston Architecture, 1975–1990 (coauthor). He is also editor and principal author for Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston and architecture editor for The Encyclopedia of New England.

DARREL MORRISON, FASLA, author of Beauty of the Wild: A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature, is a renowned landscape architect and educator whose ecology-based approach to design has influenced generations of practitioners, particularly his students at University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Georgia. Morrison is an Honorary Faculty Associate in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin.

DANIEL J. NADENICEK is coauthor, with Lance M. Neckar, of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Landscape Architecture, as Applied to the Wants of the West by H. W. S. Cleveland. He is retired dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design and former 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 on the conservation work of Frederick Billings, financier and president of the Northern Pacific Railway.

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

WILLIAM E. O’BRIEN, author of Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South, recipient of the J. B. Jackson Book Prize of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit, is an associate professor of environmental studies at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. His work on the 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. 

LAURIE OLIN, FASLA, HON. AIA, author of Essays on Landscape, is founding partner of OLIN and Practice Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. An internationally recognized practitioner, he has received the ASLA Medal and the National Medal of the Arts, among many other professional awards. Olin is the author of many books and essays on a range of topics related to the American landscape and received ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal in honor of his literary achievements.

ROGER G. REED is coauthor, with Keith N. Morgan and Elizabeth Hope Cushing, of Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline. A historian for the National Register of Historic Places and the National Landmark Program, he is author of several other books and articles, including Building Victorian Boston: The Architecture of Gridley J. F. Bryant.

R. BRUCE STEPHENSON is author of John Nolen: Landscape Architect and City Planner. He is 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, and a contributing scholar to the Florida Humanities film series 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, and 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, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, is author of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Garrett Eckbo’s Landscape for Living. His previous publications include numerous essays and California Gardens: Creating a New Eden.

JUDITH B. TANKARD is author of Ellen Shipman and the American Garden, recipient of a J.B. Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She is a landscape historian, preservation consultant, and the author or coauthor of nine other illustrated books on landscape history, including Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden. She taught at the Landscape Institute, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for more than twenty years.

WILLIAM H. TISHLER, FASLA, is editor of Midwestern Landscape Architecture and author of the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of Country Life by Robert Morris Copeland. He is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and editor of American Landscape Architecture: Designers and Places.

CHRISTOPHER VERNON, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, Landscape, and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia, is author of Graceland Cemetery: A Design History and the introduction to the LALH reprint edition of The Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening 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 by John Nolen. He is also coauthor of Carrère & Hastings, Architects and author of the introduction to the reprint edition of The Architecture of Charles A. Platt. Warren has taught design at the University of Michigan and the Institute for Classical Architecture and in 1990–91 he was town architect in Seaside, Florida.