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Member Profiles 2011: Historic Preservation PPN (Part 1)

This article is the 11th in a series profiling members of ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs), based on responses to the 2011 Annual PPN Survey. The members of this PPN work on a variety of historic properties and projects in the United States and abroad. Following are some details about their activities.

Marion Pressley, FASLA, is a principal at Pressley Associates Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the past year, the firm has completed cultural landscape reports (CLRs) for Washington Square in Philadelphia; Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts; Steepletop, the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, New York; and Fuller Brook Park in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Works-in-progress CLRs include Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property in Buffalo, New York, and an Emerald Necklace Parks guideline for crosswalks and pedestrian accessibility for the Department of Conservation and Recreation Parkways in Boston.

Current historic projects include Brewer Fountain Plaza and Liberty Mall in the Boston Common; the fourth phase of the fountain plaza and lower promenade in Point State Park in Pittsburgh; and the restoration of two bridges in the Back Bay Fens and the removal of the Sears parking lot to restore the original Muddy River watercourse in the Emerald Necklace Parks in Boston.

David Driapsa, ASLA, is a historical landscape architect for the National Park Service. He serves as the HALS Coordinator for ASLA and as the HALS Liaison for Florida. He is working on HALS documentation of Mallard Island, the Rainy Lake estate of Arctic explorer and Wilderness Society Founder Ernest Oberholtzer.

Mick Klein Kennedy, ASLA, is the owner of Wisconsin Landscapes Inc. in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Over the past seven years, he has worked on land acquisition, planning, and development for the Town of Perry Hauge Historic District Park in Dane County, Wisconsin, through the nonprofit group Friends of the Parks of Perry Township, of which he is president. The park is 34 acres and surrounds the historic Hauge Log Church, which was completed in 1852 and is on the National Register of Historic Sites. The park will include prairie and savanna restoration to preserve the site. While the town has been successful in preserving the park so far, there will be additional fund-raising for anticipated costs to acquire the site. Klein Kennedy values the efforts of the Friends of the Parks of Perry Township, the Perry Hauge Log Church Preservation Committee, and fellow residents of the Town of Perry to help preserve this historic place.

Ralph J. D’Amato Jr., ASLA, is the principal of Ralph J. D'Amato Jr. Landscape Architect/Cemetery Planner in Rockville, Maryland. His practice is limited to cemetery design, construction, and operation. In the past year, he has consulted on the replacement of the roadway, the cremation burial and niche wall design, and the landscape treatment in the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Since 2004, D’Amato has chaired a blue ribbon panel overseeing correction of burial problems at two large cemeteries in Florida that were the subject of a class action lawsuit. The cemeteries were rededicated in January 2011.

Kyle Zick, ASLA, is a principal at Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture Inc. in Boston. He recently completed a study on restoring the fountains at the Fletcher Steele-designed Ethan Allen estate in North Andover, Massachusetts (now known as the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center). He is also designing the Roosevelt Farm Lane, which is a trail that follows farm roads at the former home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York.

Zick has practiced landscape architecture for more than 18 years and has worked at a variety of historic sites including the old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts; Valley Forge National Historic Park in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; and Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York.

Lake Douglas, ASLA, is associate professor and undergraduate coordinator in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His most recent publication is Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans (LSU Press, May 2011). The book provides written accounts, archival data, historic photographs, lithographs, maps, and city planning documents on public and private outdoor spaces in New Orleans and those who shaped them. Many of these documents have never been published before.

Jill Cowley, ASLA, is a historical landscape architect with the National Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works with parks in the eight-state Intermountain Region to document, evaluate, and develop management guidance for their cultural landscapes. Her recent projects include overseeing development of guidance for cultural landscape treatment of New Deal-era designed landscapes, historic ranches, and national historic trail corridors; working with federal ecologists, cultural resource managers, and wilderness specialists on how to manage cultural resources within wilderness; helping parks formulate integrated resources management strategies; and serving as lead instructor for cultural landscapes training courses for State Historic Preservation Office, park, and local government staffs.

Earen Hummel, ASLA, is a landscape architect at AECOM D+P in Fort Collins, Colorado. She worked with AECOM’s Charlottesville, Virginia, office on a cultural landscape report for the North Field Tinian National Historic Landmark in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. North Field and Tinian are significant nationally and internationally for events that led to the surrender of the Japanese and helped to hasten the end to World War II. Notably, North Field is where the atomic bombs were assembled and deployed on the Enola Gay and Bockscar planes to bomb Japan in the only use of atomic bombs in warfare.

Hummel also worked with a team on restoration designs for the 400-acre Cameron Park in Waco, Texas. The purpose of the restoration was to make areas of the park historically compatible and sympathetic. Construction was mostly complete prior to the park’s centennial celebration in late spring 2010.

Currently, Hummel is working on a historic landscape report, National Register nomination, and a master plan for the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. Begun in 1849, Bellefontaine was the first rural cemetery west of the Mississippi. Hummel enjoyed researching burial practices, reading old letters and documents on the development and landscaping of the cemetery, collecting information on other historic cemeteries, and wandering the beautiful grounds. She is passionate about historic landscapes and feels fortunate to work on them nearly every day.
Julie Basic, ASLA, is a landscape architect at Land Planning & Design Associates in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her firm worked with a developer on construction documents for the Potomac Yard Park in a new residential area in Alexandria, Virginia. The park, which was an abandoned rail yard, will evoke the site’s rail-related history through materials, paving patterns, and interpretive elements. Materials will also describe how the landscape changed from Native American hunting ground to agricultural land, to a rail yard, and finally into the new park, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

Michael Sanchez, Associate ASLA, is a landscape architect at Schirmer Satre Group in Eugene, Oregon. He recently completed a master's degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, and his final project explored the Mission Santa Barbara, which was founded in 1786. It is the only mission to have continuous care and watch by Franciscan monks over its 225-year history and has a wonderful archive library of other missions, as well. This project explores the mission’s landscape through a variety of illustrative mediums including pen and ink, photography, woodblock, graphite, and watercolor from the perspective of a landscape architect. The document is available at

Alexandra von Bieberstein, Student ASLA, is a student at Syracuse University in New York. Last summer, she worked on a project to restore and document log structures built during the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s and by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Also, she participated in a program established through a partnership between HistoriCorps, an initiative of Colorado Preservation Inc., Mountain Heritage Associates, and the United States Forest Service, and worked on structures in Juneau, Chicken, and Haines, Alaska.

Visit the Historic Preservation PPN web page for more information about this group. To learn more about ASLA's other PPNs, go to the PPN home page or contact Rachel Shaw, ASLA's manager of Professional Practice, at

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