Lecture: Charles A. Birnbaum

Lecture: Charles A. Birnbaum

April 24, 2013

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, University Park Campus


Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR

Rosendin Atrium, Watt Hall 2nd Floor


Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the Founder and President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to founding TCLF, Charles spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design.


Since taking the helm at the foundation in 2008, Charles’ projects include two web-based initiatives: What’s Out There? (a searchable database of the nation’s designed landscape heritage) and Cultural Landscapes as Classrooms. His has authored and edited numerous publications including the new series, Modern Landscapes: Transition + Transformation (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), Shaping the American Landscape (UVA Press, 2009), Design with Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage (UVA Press 2005), Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (1999) and its follow-up publication, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible (2004, both for Spacemaker Press), Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill 2000) and The Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes (National Park Service, 1996).


In 1995, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded the HLI the President's Award of Excellence (its highest honor) and in 1996 inducted Charles as a Fellow of the Society. Charles served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design during which time he founded TCLF. In 2004, Charles was awarded the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation and spent spring/summer of that year at the American Academy in Rome.


Recently, Charles served as the visiting Glimcher Distinguished Professor at Ohio State’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture and since 2011 has served as a visiting professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning where he leads a seminar on cultural landscapes titled, Design with Culture.


In 2008 Charles was awarded the Alfred B. LaGasse Medal from the ASLA and in 2010 he was awarded the ASLA President’s Medal by the Society’s President, Angela Dye.


Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.