Kenneth I. Helphand, FASLA, is Philip H. Knight emeritus professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, where he has taught courses in landscape history, theory, and design since 1974. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is the recipient of distinguished teaching awards from the University of Oregon and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
Kenneth has guest lectured at dozens of universities and is a frequent visiting professor at The Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews on topics in landscape history and theory with a particular interest in the contemporary American landscape. He is the author of the award-winning books: Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape. (1991); Yard Street Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space (with Cynthia Girling, 1994); Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture & the Making of Modern Israel (2002); and Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime (2006). He is currently completing a book on the landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.
Kenneth served as editor of Landscape Journal (1994 –2002). He is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture as well as an honorary member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects. He is a recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal and a Graham Foundation grant. Kenneth was former chair of the senior fellows in garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.