Call for Nominations for Landslide® 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape

Report and exhibition timed to centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2020) The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced a call for nominations for Landslide, the foundation’s annual thematic report about threatened and at-risk landscapes. Landslide 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape, timed to the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote, will focus on at-risk landscapes created by women landscape architects and/or associated with prominent women. The Landslide report will be released on September 8, 2020, and will be accompanied by a dedicated website and a traveling photographic exhibition that will debut at the Boston Architectural College, September 8 – November 30, 2020.  The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2020. Questions or Landslide nominations can be submitted to Scott Craver ( >Download the Nomination FormLandscape Architecture Magazine is the Landslide media partner.

To develop informative, engaging collateral materials for the exhibition, TCLF is collaborating with Smithsonian Gardens, a unique repository of historical plans, photographs, and other archival artifacts. TCLF will also draw upon several extant resources, including TCLF’s What’s Out There database of landscapes and designers, and first-person video oral histories with women practitioners, namely oral histories of Carol Johnson, Harriet Pattison, and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.   

These and other resources notwithstanding, the history of women in landscape architecture is still being written, and TCLF is now asking for help in identifying threatened landscapes across the country that may be featured in the report and exhibition. TCLF is particularly interested in highlighting the work of landscape architects Marian Coffin, Rose Greely, Alice Ireys, Ellen Shipman, Beatrix Farrand, Lord & Schryver, Martha Brookes Hutcheson, Carol Johnson, Harriet Pattison, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Jane Silverstein Ries, and other women practitioners whose groundbreaking work is deserving of greater public recognition and sound stewardship. Still other at-risk landscapes may relate to women who were prominent authors, educators, advocates, or scholars in the field of horticulture, landscape studies, or historic preservation. 

After the pertinent landscapes have been identified, TCLF will commission noted photographers to capture the essence of each threatened site. Along with the newly commissioned photographs, the complementary online exhibition will include historical images, site plans, and other archival materials.

Each year TCLF creates a thematic Landslide report about threatened cultural landscapes and landscape features, and in some years the report takes the form of a traveling exhibition. The goal is to draw immediate and lasting attention to threatened sites by making them more visible, revealing their value, and promoting public engagement in the form of advocacy and stewardship.

The exhibition will debut at the Boston Architectural College September 8 - November 30, 2020, and will then travel to venues around the nation. In addition to the exhibition and website, TCLF will also produce a fully illustrated, printed gallery guide of the exhibition. The online site will be maintained in perpetuity, thus making the exhibition materials available to future generations of designers, preservationists, students, teachers, researchers, and the public. 

The nomination deadline is May 1, 2020, and the sites will be announced with the debut of the exhibition. Questions or Landslide nomination forms can be submitted to Scott Craver ( >Download the Nomination Form.

About Landslide

The goal of Landslide, one of TCLF’s four core programs, is to draw immediate and lasting attention to threatened landscapes and unique features.  Through web-based news stories, traveling exhibitions, and print publications, Landslide reveals the value of these often-forgotten landscapes. By creating an interactive, online resource, Landslide directs the public to local advocates working to safeguard each site. While many Landslide properties have been saved, such as Nashville, TN’s Civil War-era Fort Negley Park and the Frick Collection’s Russell Page-designed garden on East 70th Street in New York City, others remain at risk or have been lost altogether.

The final Landslide 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape report will feature landscapes culled from hundreds of submitted nominations and will be based on the significance of the sites and the immediacy of the threats to them. The report will then be the subject of a coordinated public education and advocacy campaign and will be featured in an online exhibition on TCLF’s website, along with critical information about how the public can become involved. The report will also be featured in a multi-page illustrated article in a forthcoming issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

“The historic role and leadership of women landscape architects have too often been overlooked and underappreciated,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’S president and CEO. “Now, as women have surpassed the number of men in undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs and are increasingly among the ranks of firm principals and partners, is the time to raise the visibility of the many women pioneers in the profession.”

About Landscape Architecture Magazine

Founded in 1910, Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It is the magazine of record for the landscape architecture profession in North America, reaching more than 60,000 readers who plan and design projects valued at more than $140 billion each year. LAM is available in both print and digital formats by subscription and may also be found each month in more than 700 bookstores across the United States and Canada. 

About the Boston Architectural College

Founded 130 years ago, the Boston Architectural College offers bachelors and master's degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies with students from more than 35 countries. Throughout its history, the College has upheld the importance of inclusive admission, diversity, innovation, dedicated faculty, and the intrinsic value of both academic and experiential education.

About The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1998 to connect people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. Through its website, publishing, lectures and other events, TCLF broadens support and understanding for cultural landscapes.  TCLF is also home of the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize.


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