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Faculty Profile
John Auwaerter

John  Auwaerter

Research Scientist

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414 Marshall Hall


About Me

I am a director of the SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation and serve as an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. I am also a National Park Service Partner, working as a Historical Landscape Architect with the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation based in Boston. In these capacities, I work with national parks, other land managers, and students to support stewardship of cultural landscapes through research, planning, and design. My work involves research and writing about landscape history, landscape inventory and evaluation, and planning to guide preservation and adaptive reuse. I use this work to help train students in methods of historic landscape conservation that are part of the broader practice of landscape architecture and environmental planning.    

Professional Experience

  • SUNY Research Scientist and National Park Service Partner, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, 2000-Present. Historical Landscape Architect for preservation planning projects and coordinator of SUNY ESF-Olmsted Center partnership including graduate research and staffing of Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation.
  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau, Waterford, New York, 1992-1997. Architectural historian for project review (Section 106/14.09) and National Register programs.
  • Walter Sedovic, AIA, Locust Valley, New York. 1992. Architectural conservator.
  • Bayport Flower Houses, Bayport, New York, 1983-1992. Horticulture, flower and garden design, grounds maintenance.

Teaching Experience

  • LSA 481/681: Cultural Landscape Preservation
  • LSA 470/670: Thematic studios in cultural landscape preservation
  • LSA 496/696: Preservation Field School
  • Guest Lecturer, LSA 671, Cultural History & Theories of Landscape Architecture, LSA 640, Introduction to Research Methods


  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry — MLA, 2000
  • Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning — M.A. (Historic Preservation Planning), 1992
  • Middlebury College — B.A. cum laude (American History/German, Architectural Studies), 1987