Spotlight on Board Members

Robin KarsonRobin Karson, executive director of the Library of American Landscape History, is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the outstanding publishing organization that she founded. LALH has seen many significant expansions of its program over this period, including the launch in 2012 of two new book series – Designing the American Park and Critical Perspectives in the History of Environmental Design – and a new film series, North America by Design. Visit to learn more. 

Kenneth HelphandKenneth Helphand, FASLA, Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture, retired from the University of Oregon after forty years of teaching history, theory, and design. On May 25 a symposium, “Landscape Thinking,” was held in his honor in Eugene. The symposium brought together top scholars of landscape architecture to enlighten, delight, and inspire students, professionals, faculty members, practitioners, alumni, and friends. The speakers included Anne Spirn, Walter Hood, Marc Treib, Laurie Olin, Ben Helphand, Cynthia Girling, Alisa Braudo, Tal Alon Mozes and Liska Chan. Helphand’s books include Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime (2006), which won several awards, including the Foundation for Landscape Studies 2007 J. B. Jackson Prize; and Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture and the Making of the Israeli Landscape (2002).