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Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, Wins the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award for Lifetime Achievement

Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA / Hitesh Mehta, FASLA

Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, a Charlotte, Vermont-based landscape architect and planner was honored with the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award for Lifetime Achievement in preservation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The award was presented to O’Donnell for her “indisputable evidence of superlative achievement in the preservation and interpretation of our heritage.”

O’Donnell is a nationally and internationally recognized landscape architect and planner. As noted at the ceremony, her “pioneering work over the past 40 years helped to establish the field of cultural landscape preservation in the United States and has continued to expand it by combining scholarship with the holistic stewardship of public places. … her current focus on climate change action, sustainability, accessibility, and inclusion demonstrate that she continues to be a powerful force for innovation in her cultural landscape practice.” O’Donnell is the first professional landscape architect recognized with the award in its more than sixty-year history.

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Mellon Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / Heritage Landscapes

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Mellon Square, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania / Ed Massey

Paul Edmondson, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said her contribution to the National Park Service committees set national standards for how we steward the layered richness of our cultural landscapes, and she played key leadership roles in the creation of both the documentation-focused Historic American Landscape Survey and the advocacy-oriented Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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Virginia Capitol / Heritage Landscapes

In 1987, O’Donnell founded Heritage Landscapes, which has completed over 600 cultural landscape preservation planning and implementation projects. Her portfolio includes hundreds of places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 40 National Historic Landmarks, and 8 World Heritage Sites. O’Donnell’s current endeavors focused on climate change action, sustainability, accessibility, and inclusion demonstrate that she continues to be a powerful force for innovative in her cultural landscape practice.

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Finca Vigia Cuba Cultural Ministry and US NTHP team, 2005 / Bill Dupont

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