Board of Directors
Antonia Adezio is the founding president and leader from 1989 to 2012 of The Garden Conservancy, a national organization that works to preserve exceptional American gardens. In this capacity she has helped establish dozens of groups dedicated to saving gardens in their communities. She currently serves as president of the Peckerwood Garden Foundation in Hempstead, Texas, and as a member of the board of Stonecrop Gardens, in Cold Spring, New York. In addition, she speaks and writes about gardens and preservation as part of her new consulting practice aiding fledgling not-for-profit organizations in developing a sustainable structure and long-term success. Adezio is based in Sonoma, California, where she is learning how to garden in a new climate.
Vincent Buonanno has served for nineteen years as chairman and chief executive officer of Tempel Steel, a manufacturer of precision components for the electrical industry. He was formerly chief executive officer and principal owner of New England Container of Rhode Island. Mr. Buonanno graduated from Brown University in 1966, is a trustee emeritus, and served for ten years as chairman of the Brown Corporation’s Committee on Facilities and Design. He is currently a trustee of Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and a member of the Board of Governors of the RISD Museum. He serves on the Trustee’s Council of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and on the boards of the McCormick Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and the Society of Architectural Historians.
In addition, Mr. Buonanno is a governor of the John Carter Brown Library of Providence and a former chairman of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He served on the boards of the Moses Brown School, Portsmouth Priory School, the Newberry Library of Chicago, and the American Academy in Rome. He was named a Cavalier by the Republic of Italy for cultural initiatives in New England and received the Brown Bear Award for distinguished service to Brown University. Mr. Buonanno is a collector of original editions of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century illustrated books dealing with the architecture and urbanism of Renaissance and baroque Rome.
Kenneth I. Helphand is Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture Emeritus 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 (1968) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MLA 1972). Professor Helphand has lectured at dozens of universities and is a regular visiting professor at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews on landscape history and theory, and has a particular interest in the contemporary American landscape. He served as editor of Landscape Journal from 1994 to 2002. Professor Helphand is the recipient of distinguished teaching awards from the University of Oregon (1993) and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (1997). He is the author of Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape (1991), Yard Street Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space (with Cynthia Girling, 1994), Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture and the Making of Modern Israel (2002), and Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime (2006). He is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, and an honorary member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects. He is also a recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal, a Graham Foundation Grant.
Robin Karson is the founder and executive director of the Library of American Landscape History, a not-for-profit organization that produces books and exhibitions about American landscape history. She is also an associate publisher of books and the author of several volumes, including The Muses of Gwinn (1995), Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (2003), and A Genius for Place (2007). She served as the coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design (2000). Ms. Karson frequently writes on early twentieth-century landscape design and has organized several touring exhibitions. She is currently editing a two-volume book about Warren H. Manning.
Nancy S. Newcomb serves on the boards of DIRECTV and Sysco Corporations. She had a 35-year career in the financial industry at Citigroup where she had diverse executive responsibilities including worldwide treasury, risk management, and global corporate clients. She is a trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a trustee of Lyme Land Trust, chair emeritus of the New-York Historical Society, and trustee emeritus of Connecticut College. She is a graduate of Connecticut College, has a master’s degree from Boston University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development. She lives in New York City and Lyme, Connecticut, where she pursues her life-long love of gardening and landscape.
Laurie D. Olin, RLA, FASLA, is the founding partner of OLIN, a Philadelphia-based landscape-architecture and urban-design firm. The former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, he currently holds the title of practice professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for over thirty years. Among numerous projects for which he has received wide acclaim are Bryant Park and Columbus Circle in New York City and the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania. His recent work includes Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland and the Barnes Foundation Art Education Center in Philadelphia. In addition to being a practitioner and teacher, he is the author of a didactic memoir, Across Open Fields: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes (1999), and coauthor of Olin: Placemaking (2008), which details his firm’s philosophy and practice.
Mr. Olin is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is the recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2005 Design Medal of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2008 his firm received the 2008 Landscape Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for excellence and innovation in landscape design and dedication to sustainability.
Therese O'Malley, Ph.D., is associate dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1984 she has been with the National Gallery of Art. She oversees the center’s publications and special meetings programs. In her own publications, Dr. O’Malley has focused on the history of landscape architecture and garden design, primarily in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, concentrating on the transatlantic exchange of plants, ideas, and people. Her recent work includes publications on the art of natural history, the history of botanic gardens, and the early professions of landscape and garden design. She has curated an exhibition for the New York Botanical Garden and wrote the accompanying catalogue, Glasshouses, Architecture of Light and Air (2005).
She is the former president of the Society of Architectural Historians and a member of the editorial board of the Landscape Studies series of the University of Pennsylvania Press and that of an international quarterly, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. She is an advisor to the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and a board member for Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. She was chair of the Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art from 1994 to 2000 and a senior fellow in Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks from 1989 to 1995. Dr. O’Malley lectures internationally and has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Pennsylvania, and Temple universities. Her most recent accomplishment is the publication of her magisterial Keywords in American Landscape Design (2010).
John A. Pinto is the Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of the History of Architecture in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His research interests center on architecture, urbanism, and landscape in Rome, especially in the eighteenth century. Among his publications are The Trevi Fountain (1986) and Hadrian’s Villa and its Legacy (1995), the latter coauthored by William L. MacDonald. He served on the Senior Fellows Committee for Studies in Landscape Architecture at Dumbarton Oaks from 1988 to 1991 and was a trustee of the American Academy in Rome from 1996 to 2012. At Princeton Pinto teaches courses on garden history, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and Rome as a center of artistic production through the ages. In his teaching, Pinto makes extensive use of digital technologies, employing electronic resources such as the Nolli project, an interrelational database of texts and images linked to a digital version of Giambattista Nolli’s 1748 plan of Rome.
Reuben Rainey is William Stone Weedon Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he taught for twenty-eight years and chaired the Department of Landscape Architecture. His courses focused on the history of landscape architecture and the design of healing environments for a wide range of health-care facilities. His academic background includes a B.A. from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia. He taught in the religion departments at Columbia University and Middlebury College before entering the field of landscape architecture.
Dr. Rainey’s research and publications encompass topics as diverse as nineteenth- and twentieth-century park design, historic preservation, Italian Renaissance villas, and the work of twentieth-century landscape architects. He also produces documentary videos on a wide range of subjects, including Italian Renaissance villas and healing gardens. Currently he is codirector of the Center for Design and Health, based in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Its mission is the promotion of cross-disciplinary research in the design of patient-centered medical facilities and healthy neighborhoods and cities.
Frederic C. Rich is a partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where he was co-head of the corporate practice and currently heads the Global Project Finance Group. Active in many environmental organizations, Mr. Rich is a director of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land-conservation group, and a longtime director and former board chairman of Scenic Hudson, a fifty-year-old organization dedicated to land conservation and environmental quality in the Hudson River Valley. In addition to serving as the chairman of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, he serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Battery Conservancy, which is spearheading the restoration and revitalization of Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.
Mr. Rich is an amateur gardener and musician. He has designed a large garden in Garrison, New York, and composed The Hudson Oratorio, which premiered in 1996 and was subsequently recorded. Mr. Rich has written articles on such diverse subjects as garden history, international finance, and a permanent site for the Olympic Games. His dystopian political novel Christian Nation was published by W.W. Norton in July 2013. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, and studied moral philosophy as a Keasby Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge.
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Ms. Rogers earned a B.A. degree from Wellesley College and an M.A. in city planning from Yale University. In 1979, she was appointed Central Park administrator, and she was instrumental in founding the Central Park Conservancy in 1980. She led the Conservancy as president until 1996, when she founded the Cityscape Institute. In 2002, she created the Garden History and Landscape Studies curriculum at the Bard Graduate Center.
A writer on the history of landscape design and the cultural meaning of place, Rogers is the author of The Forests and Wetlands of New York City (1971), Frederick Law Olmsted’s New York (1972), Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan (1987), Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (2001), Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design (2010), Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries (2011), and Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place (2013). She is the coauthor of East Hampton: A History and Guide (1975).
Ms. Rogers is a life trustee of the Central Park Conservancy, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the boards of The Battery Conservancy, the Library of American Landscape History, and the Regional Plan Association. She is a member of the advisory board of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a recipient of the society's 2005 LaGasse Medal. In 2010 she received the Green-Wood Historic Fund’s Dewitt Clinton Award in Arts, Literature, Preservation and Historic Research. In addition, she is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2010 Jane Jacobs Medal for lifetime achievement and the 2012 Henry Hope Reed Award from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a recipient of the Preservation League of New York State’s 2013 Pillar of New York Award.
Margaret D. Sullivan holds a B.A. in philosophy and English literature from Hunter College and an M.A. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. A freelance writer and editor, she taught for twenty years as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York.
Ms. Sullivan is a former chair of the New York Committee of the Garden Club of America and remains an active member of the committee. She currently serves on the GCA House Committee. She is a past president of the Southampton Garden Club and currently honorary member at large and advisor to the executive committee. She is a trustee of the Bowne House Historical Society. Additional affiliations include the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, Friends of the Horticultural Society of New York, Committee of the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America, and the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. Ms. Sullivan lives in New York City and Southampton, New York.