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Oral History Project

In addition to advancing historical research, the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® initiative fosters a richer, deeper appreciation for often invisible, typically little-known, and, in some instances, threatened works of landscape architecture.

Pioneers Oral Histories help identify designed landscapes that require special care or consideration in their management and maintenance decisions. In addition, these interviews often help identify a designer's involvement when it cannot be determined by more traditional methods of historical research. Oral histories allow us to capture and preserve important aspects of the human experience that would otherwise go undocumented.

  • The Oral History for Haag, whose acclaimed designs include Seattle's Gas Works Park and Bloedel Reserve is coming in spring 2014.

  • TCLF’s tenth oral history provides an in-depth look into the experiences, philosophy, and work of one of America’s most recognized landscape architects.

  • The San Diego-based landscape architect's oral history is the ninth in the series and the first in high-def.

  • On lands with thousands of years of history, landscape architect Shlomo Aronson has spent more than forty years helping shape the modern nation of Israel.

  • Recognized as a national treasure in Canada and recipient of the 2012 ASLA Medal, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been creating innovative landscapes for more than sixty years.

  • As a Founding Principal at Sasaki for more than fifty years, his career encompassed hundreds of projects for university campuses, museums, resorts, and corporate headquarters.

  • James van Sweden has been a leader in landscape architecture for more than 35 years. In a series of interviews he shares his philosophy about an enduring design legacy.

  • Creating landscapes for over 60 years, Halprin designed spaces which brought his knowledge and love of nature, movement, and social ideas into urban spaces.

  • As a practitioner and educator, M. Paul Friedberg awakened his profession to urban landscape design with the construction of Riis Park Plaza in New York City in 1965.

  • With a career spanning fifty years, Edward L. Daugherty designed some of the South’s most influential landscapes of the modern era. Hear him talk about his time at Harvard, career, and design philosophy.