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SUNY ESF Course Offerings


LSA 470 - 670 Spring Semester Thematic Studio in Landscape Conservation

A six-credit studio that address issues of landscape conservation, including preservation of historic cultural resources and restoration of natural systems. Projects vary. Watch for posting of course announcements in the fall semester.


Spring Semester Elective: LSA 481/681 Introduction to Cultural Landscape Conservation (3 credits)

Offered in Partnership with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Cultural Landscape Conservation is a practice that seeks to manage change in landscapes to retain and enhance characteristics that make them culturally significant. It involves understanding places through a landscape lens--a multidisciplinary approach that involves both natural and cultural resources. Cultural Landscape Conservation is part of the broader disciplines of historic preservation (also known as heritage conservation), cultural resource management, and land conservation.

Most environmental professionals—from landscape architects and urban planners, to park managers and staff of environmental consulting firms—will need to address cultural landscape conservation in their work. Redesigning a streetscape in a historic district, preparing an Environmental Assessment, rehabilitating an old park with use of public funds, or having a client who desires to maintain historic character and sense of place are just some examples where it is necessary to be familiar with historic preservation philosophy, methods, and regulations as applied to cultural landscapes.  

LSA 481/681 will provide students an introduction to the fundamentals of historic preservation as they are applied to cultural landscapes and programs of the National Park Service. The course will review preservation philosophy, history, and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels, and explore methods of inventory, analysis, and treatment of cultural landscapes.  The course also addresses the interface of natural and cultural resources, and tools for land conservation. Coursework will include weekly readings, lectures, field trips, and in-class discussion.

The course will prepare students for the thematic spring studio in cultural landscape preseration (not offered regularly).

Click here for a syllabus and here for a schedule from a prior class (Note: Class previously titled "Cultural Landscape Preservation").

Class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50, in Marshall 327

Instructor:  John Auwaerter, Co-Director, SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation
Partner, National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

For more information:

jeauwaer@esf.edu, 470-6995, Marshall 405

Enrollment is limited to 18. Permission of instructor is not required (incorrect in catalog)



National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

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