Charles Birnbaum, FASLA

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the Founder and President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to joining TCLF, Birnbaum 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. His recent 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 Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series (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 ASLA awarded the HLI the President's Award of Excellence and in 1996 inducted Birnbaum as a Fellow of the Society. He served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design during which time he founded TCLF. In 2004, Birnbaum was awarded the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation and spent spring/summer of that year at the American Academy in Rome. In 2008, he was the visiting Glimcher Distinguished Professor at Ohio State’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. That same year the ASLA awarded him the Alfred B. LaGasse Medal and in 2009 the President’s Medal. Birnbaum is currently a Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning + Preservation and a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post.

Amanda Shull is the Project Assistant for The Cultural Landscape Foundation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from Bard College and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech. Prior to working at TCLF she worked in private practice and participated in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program, where she worked in Ireland with the Galway County Council to produce a survey of historic demesnes for Ireland's National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Currently she administers the Foundation’s silent auction and Landslide programs. 

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supplieslandscape@hotmail.com April 24, 2013 3:53 AM
You are doing very great work and your landscaping ideas are the best. Thanks for sharing.
jdemin76@yahoo.com October 29, 2012 10:16 PM
Hello, Charles! Good to see you on here. I remember when we talked at that Chapter Meeting in Michigan, and exchanged a few emails. This guide is awesome! Most of these sites are familiar to me, having grown up in Chevy Chase, with an early interest in landscape architecture. Great photograph of you! Congratulations on all your successes. What contributions you are making. Thank you for the inspiration. Jeanne
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