After fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative,
Charles embarked on a visionary path and single handedly founded The Cultural Landscape
Foundation (TCLF). TCLF is now the world’s leading cultural landscape advocacy organization,
and has brought awareness to, restoration of, and literally saved countless important
landscapes worldwide. His many recognitions include The Rome Prize in Historic Preservation
and Conservation and the ASLA medal. While “historic landscapes” may be Charles Birnbaum’s
obvious calling card, his work to shepherd the practice of Historic Landscape Preservation into
the modern era makes him one of our most interesting and far-sighted landscape practitioners.
Health, Safety and Welfare
To illustrate the guiding principles that have steered the cultural and historic preservation efforts of The Cultural Land Trust (TCL).
To gain insight into the challenges presented by working on projects with multiple stakeholders, often with varying objectives.
To reconcile cultural landscape preservation and interpretation with contemporary efforts to maximize the ecological value of designed landscapes.
Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR & Larry Weaner, FAPLD
New Directions in the American Landscape