May 27, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Board of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) announced the selection of Charles A. Birnbaum as the foundations first, full-time President, effective May 28, 2007. The TCLF Board made the announcement at a launch event sponsored by House and Garden magazine at the newly restored Philip Johnson Glass House, the National Historic Landmark property in New Canaan, Connecticut, now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. TCLF Board Co-Chair Kurt Culbertson also announced that Glass House would be the subject of a new interactive feature on TCLFs website.
TCLF, founded in 1998, is the only not-for-profit foundation in America dedicated to increasing the publics awareness of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes. Through education, technical assistance and outreach, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide in hopes of saving this priceless heritage for future generations.
Charles Birnbaums years of experience in private practice as a landscape architect, in developing national policy with the National Park Service, and as a respected leader in this field is integral to the development and future of TCLF, Culbertson said in announcing the appointment. A permanent executive was an important organizational goal in our drive to protect Americas landscape legacy through education and stewardship.
In addition, as part of TCLFs focus on modern gardens, the organization unveiled its latest Cultural Landscapes as Classrooms (CLC) module, Icons of Modernism, the third such module in their web-based series that allows users to virtually visit a landscape. The award-winning CLC series, co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, allows users to explore a landscape that draws upon historical and cultural information and references other forms of art. The two previous modules include Chicagos Columbus Park: The Prairie Idealized and City Shaping: The Olmsteds in Louisville.
I am delighted to be stepping into the position at this very exciting time, Birnbaum told Board members and guests at the Glass House Painting Gallery. TCLF began as an internet portal just nine years ago. Today, with over $1.2 million in resources in hand, we can advance our mission through our interactive website which attracts over 4 million hits annually.
Charles Birnbaum (FASLA, FAAR) joins the Cultural Landscape Foundation following a successful 15 years as coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative, and a decade in private practice with a focus on landscape preservation. Birnbaums most recent projects include the publications Design with Culture: Claiming Americas Landscape Heritage, Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture I and II, and Pioneers of American Landscape Design. In 1995, the ASLA awarded the Historic Landscape Initiative the President’s Award of Excellence and in 1996 inducted Birnbaum as a Fellow of the Society. Birnbaum served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvards Graduate School of Design in 1998, and was the recipient of the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation in 2004. He is also an instructor for the National Preservation Institute.
To learn more about TCLF and the CLC series, please visit www.tclf.org.