Kelly Comras, ASLA

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Kelly Comras, ASLA

Kelly Comras, ASLA
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Jun 17, 2013
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Kelly Comras, RLA, ASLA, holds a Master's degree in landscape architecture and is a member of the State Bar of California. She was the first staff landscape architect for the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. While there, she developed an intense interest in park design and public land use that has continued to influence her work; she taught park planning and design at UCLA, receiving multiple awards for her project-based courses, and won a national ASLA award for her landscape design for Franklin Canyon. Ms. Comras opened her private practice, Kelly Comras Landscape Architecture, in 1986. Her recent projects include collaboration on a National Endowment for the Arts grant-funded study of historic gardens for the City of Pasadena; The Stairways of Castellammare, a study funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust; and a dune restoration project at Will Rogers State Beach.

Ms. Comras is President of the California Garden and Landscape History Society. Her book about landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn, who worked with Walt Disney on the original construction of Disneyland, entitled, Ruth Shellhorn, was published by the University of Georgia Press and the Library of American Landscape History in April, 2016. Her chapter in Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture was published by Routledge in February 2015. Her lectures on modernism in landscape design have been held at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, UCLA, and The Cultural Landscape Foundation.