Olmsted Forum
Wed, Sep 15 | Zoom

Olmsted Forum

Join this educational exploration of Olmsted's legacy and bridge his values to the importance of parks today.

Time & Location

Sep 15, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

About The Event

Description:  Olmsted scholars and practitioners will present talks focusing on the  relevance of Olmsted’s legacy in the park movement today. Speakers will  include:

  • Susan  Rademacher, GCA Honorary Member since 2017. Susan is the founder and  President of ForeGround Consulting, LLC.  She was the Parks Curator for  the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy which preserved, enhanced and promoted  the Pittsburg Parks from 2007 until 2019.  During Susan’s tenure, the  Conservancy raised more than $126 million and completed 22 major  projects.  Susan also served as the assistant director of the Louisville  Metro Parks and the president of the Louisville Olmsted Parks  Conservancy from 1991-2007.  She  has lectured and taught extensively  and has authored award winning  books and articles.  She has been the  recipient of a prestigious Loeb fellowship at the Harvard Graduate  School of Design, and received the Frederick Law Olmsted Award for  Distinguished Leadership.
  • Sara  Zwede,  Founding Principal of Studio Zewde.  Sara is an Assistant  Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of  Design.  She was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the  Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in Residence at the  Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and in 2018 was named to the National  Trust for Historic Preservation’s inaugural “40 under 40” list. Most  recently, she was named a 2020 United States Artists Fellow.  Sara is a  registered landscape architect and holds a master’s of landscape  architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a  master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics  from Boston University.
  • Sara  Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy Historian Emerita.  Sara first  joined Central Park in 1984 as a photographer. She conducts extensive  research on Central Park, lectures on history and is the  author of  award-winning books. She was named in 2020 a Preservation Hero by the  Library of American Landscape History.

The moderator for a live conservation with the speakers will be Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA.

Beth  Meyer, the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at  the University of Virginia.  She founded the Center for Cultural  Landscapes at UVA and is broadly recognized as one of the most  influential landscape architectural critics and theorists.  She is a  Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council  of Educators in Landscape Architecture. She was awarded the Vincent  Scully Prize by The National Building Museum in 2019 and in 2017 the Jot  D. Carpenter Teaching Medal from the American Society of Landscape  Architects.

The  forum will also include a presentation by Albemarle Garden Club on its  work at the Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Format:   this will be a hybrid event with some components pre-recorded and  available for viewing ahead of the event for ticket holders.  Speaker  introductions and the panel discussion will be live and links will be  provided to ticket holders.

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