Vincent Buonanno has served for nineteen years as chairman and chief executive officer of Tempel Steel, a manufacturer of precision components for the electrical industry. He was formerly CEO and principal owner of New England Container of Rhode Island. Mr. Buonanno graduated from Brown University in 1966, is a Trustee Emeritus, and served for ten years as chairman of the Brown Corporation's Committee on Facilities and Design. He is currently a trustee of Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and on the Board of Governors of the RISD Museum. He is a member of the Trustee's Council of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and serves on the boards of the McCormick Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and the Society of Architectural Historians.
In addition, Mr. Buonanno is a governor of the John Carter Brown Library of Providence and was former chairman of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. He served on the boards of the Moses Brown School, Portsmouth Priory School, the Newberry Library of Chicago, and the American Academy in Rome. He was given the award of Cavalier by the Republic of Italy for cultural initiatives in New England and received the Brown Bear Award for distinguished service to Brown University. Mr. Buonanno is a collector of original editions of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century illustrated books dealing with the architecture and urbanism of renaissance and baroque Rome.
Kenneth I. Helphand is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon where he has taught courses in landscape history, theory, and design since 1974. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (1968) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MLA 1972). Helphand has lectured at dozens of universities and is a regular visiting professor at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews on topics in landscape history and theory, with a particular interest in the contemporary American landscape, and he served as editor of Landscape Journal (1994-2002). Helphand is the recipient of distinguished teaching awards from the University of Oregon (1993) and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (1997). He is the author of Colorado: Visions of an American Landscape (1991), Yard Street Park: The Design of Suburban Open Space (with Cynthia Girling, 1994), Dreaming Gardens: Landscape Architecture & the Making of Modern Israel (2002), and Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime (2006). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, and an Honorary Member of the Israel Association of Landscape Architects. He is also a recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal, a Graham Foundation Grant.
Robin Karson is the founding director of the Library of American Landscape History, an associate publisher of books, in Amherst, Massachusetts, and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts. She is author of several books, including Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Sagapress, Inc., 1989) and The Muses of Gwinn (New York: Sagapress, Inc., in association with The Library of American Landscape History, Inc., 1995). In addition, she is co-editor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000). She frequently writes on early twentieth-century landscape design, a topic on which she also lectures. Ms. Karson, who holds an M.A. in the History of Art and Museum Practice from the University of Michigan, has organized several touring exhibitions for LALH. She is currently working on two books: A Genius for Place and a two-volume biography of Warren H. Manning.
Nancy S. Newcomb recently retired from Citigroup, where she was a senior corporate officer in the field of risk management. In her 35-year career at Citicorp/Citibank, she had diverse international financial responsibilities. She was customer group executive and division executive, Latin America. In addition, she was principal financial officer responsible for liquidity, funding, and capital management.
She is a director of Moody's Corporation, chair of the board of trustees of the New York Historical Society, and a member of the governing council of the Van Leer Group Foundation, the Netherlands. She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in economics from Boston University and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Laurie D. Olin, RLA, FASLA, is the founding partner of OLIN, a Philadelphia-based landscape-architecture and urbandesign firm. The former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, he currently holds the title of practice professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for over thirty years.
Among the numerous projects for which he has received wide acclaim are Bryant Park and Columbus Circle in New York City and the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania. His recent work includes Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland and the Barnes Foundation Art Education Center in Philadelphia. In addition to being a practitioner and teacher, he is the author of a didactic memoir, Across Open Fields: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes (2000), and co-author of Olin: Placemaking (2008), which details his firmʼs philosophy and practice. He is the 2011 ASLA Medal Recipient.
Therese O'Malley, Ph.D., is associate dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She received her B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in the history of art. Since 1984 she has been with the National Gallery of Art where she oversees the Center's publications and special meetings programs.
Her own publications have focused on the history of landscape architecture and garden design, primarily in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, concentrating on the transatlantic exchange of plants, ideas, and people. Her recent work includes publications on the art of natural history, the history of botanic gardens, the early professions of landscape and garden design, and an exhibition entitled "Glasshouses, Architecture of Light and Air" at the New York Botanical Garden (2005). She published the award-winning reference work Keywords in American Landscape Design with Yale University Press (2010).
She is the former president of the Society of Architectural Historians, a member of the editorial boards of University of Pennsylvania Press Landscape Studies series and the international quarterly Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, and an advisor to the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and board member for Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Baltimore, MD. She was chair of the Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art from 1994 to 2000 and a senior fellow in Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks from 1989 to 1995. Dr. O'Malley lectures internationally and has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Pennsylvania, and Temple universities.
John A. Pinto is the Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of the History of Architecture in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Pinto's research interests center on architecture, urbanism, and landscape in Rome, especially in the eighteenth century. Among his publications are The Trevi Fountain (1986) and Hadrian's Villa and its Legacy (1995), the latter co-authored by William L. MacDonald. At Princeton Pinto teaches courses on garden history, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and Rome as a center of artistic production through the ages. In his teaching, Pinto makes extensive use of technology, including the Nolli project, an inter-relational database of texts and images linked to a digital version of Giambattista Nolli's 1748 plan of Rome. He served on the Senior Fellows Committee for Studies in Landscape Architecture from 1988 to 1991 and has been a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome since 1996.
Reuben Rainey is William Stone Weedon Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he taught for twenty-eight years and served as chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. His courses focused on the history of landscape architecture and the design of healing environments for a wide range of health care facilities. His academic background includes a B.A. from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He taught at Columbia University and Middlebury College in their departments of religion before entering the field of landscape architecture.
His research and publications cover a broad range of topics, including nineteenth- and twentieth-century park design, historic preservation, Italian Renaissance villas, and the work of major twentieth-century landscape architects. He also produces documentary videos on a wide range of subjects, including Italian Renaissance villas and healing gardens. He has recently co-authored a book on the garden of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer and is currently working on a thirteen-part PBS television series focused on gardens as agents of environmental stewardship and a book on the park designs of Robert Royston.
Frederic C. Rich is a partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where he was co-head of the corporate practice and currently heads the Global Project Finance Group.
Active in many environmental organizations, Mr. Rich is a director of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land-conservation group, and a longtime director and former board chairman of Scenic Hudson, a fifty-year-old organization dedicated to land conservation and environmental quality in the Hudson River Valley. He serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Battery Conservancy, which is spearheading the restoration and revitalization of Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.
Mr. Rich is an amateur gardener and musician. He has designed a large garden in Garrison, New York, and composed The Hudson Oratorio, which premiered in 1996 and was subsequently recorded. Mr. Rich has written articles on such diverse subjects as garden history, international finance, and a permanent site for the Olympic Games. His novel Christian Nation will be published by W.W. Norton in spring 2013. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, and studied moral philosophy as a Keasby Fellow at King's College, Cambridge.
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Ms. Rogers earned a B.A. degree from Wellesley College and an M.A. in city planning from Yale University. In 1979, she was appointed Central Park administrator, and she was instrumental in founding the Central Park Conservancy in 1980. She led the Conservancy as president until 1996, when she founded the Cityscape Institute. In 2002, she created the Garden History and Landscape Studies curriculum at the Bard Graduate Center.
A writer on the history of landscape design and the cultural meaning of place, Rogers is the author of The Forests and Wetlands of New York City (Little, Brown and Company, 1971), Frederick Law Olmsted's New York (Whitney Museum/Praeger, 1972), Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan (The MIT Press, 1987), Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001), Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design (David R. Godine, Publisher, 2010) and Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries (David R. Godine, Publisher, 2011). She is the co-author of East Hampton: A History and Guide (Medway Press, 1975; Random House, 1985).
Ms. Rogers is a life trustee of the Central Park Conservancy, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the boards of The Battery Conservancy, the Library of American Landscape History, and the Regional Plan Association. She is a member of the advisory board of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a recipient of the society's 2005 LaGasse Medal. In 2010 she received the Green-Wood Historic Fund’s Dewitt Clinton Award in Arts, Literature, Preservation and Historic Research. In addition, she is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2010 Jane Jacobs Medal for lifetime achievement and the 2012 Henry Hope Reed Award from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame.
Margaret D. Sullivan holds a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature from Hunter College and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. A freelance writer and editor, she taught for twenty years as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of English at Hunter College, CUNY.
Ms. Sullivan is the chair of the New York Committee of the Garden Club of America, the president of the Southampton Historical Museum, and a trustee of the Bowne House Historical Society. She lives in New York City and Southampton, Long Island.