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Charles A. Birnbaum at the Levi Strauss Plaza in downtown San Francisco. Photo: Barbara Ries © 2008.

CANCELED: Esley Hamilton Lecture: Charles A. Birnbaum

April 13, 2020
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

The health and safety of our community and visitors is a top priority for the Sam Fox School and the Kemper Art Museum. Given recent guidance from the CDC on limiting the spread of COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, we regretfully announce the cancellation of all public programs through April 30, 2020. We are hoping to reschedule many of these events and will provide updates on our website as they become available. We are continuing to evaluate the status for events scheduled to take place after April 30.

We encourage you to visit coronavirus.wustl.edu for the most up-to-date information on the university’s policies regarding COVID-19.

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, the president, CEO, and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), will deliver the inaugural Esley Hamilton Lecture as part of the Sam Fox School's Public Lecture Series.

Prior to creating 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. One of his major projects is the web-based initiative What’s Out There, a searchable database of the nation’s designed landscape heritage. He has authored and edited numerous publications, including Shaping the Postwar Landscape (UVA Press, 2018); the Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series (Princeton Architectural Press, volumes printed in 2012 and 2014); 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 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded the HLI the President's Award of Excellence. In 1996, the ASLA 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 the spring and summer of that year at the American Academy in Rome. In 2008, he was the Visiting Glimcher Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University's Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. That same year, the ASLA awarded him the Alfred B. LaGasse Medal, followed by the President’s Medal in 2009. In 2017, Birnbaum received the ASLA Medal, the Society's highest award.

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