Ervin Zube Lecture Series

Thursdays at 4:00 pm

*SPECIAL LOCATION: Isenberg (School of Management) room 137*

Spring 2015 we are hosting: 

The Present and Future of Cultural Landscape Practice

January 29
Patricia M. O’Donnell FASLA, AICP, Heritage Landscapes LLC
Sustaining & Revitalizing Cities & Heritage in the Urban Millennium through Effective Change Management
A landscape architect and planner, O’Donnell founded Heritage Landscapes LLC, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners, Charlotte VT & Norwalk CT in 1987. With some 500 successful project credits, she is a US and international leader in heritage preservation, lecturer on the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, and a World Heritage expert. She serves as the Global Chair, IFLA Cultural Landscapes Committee and US Voting Member, ICOMOS IFLA Cultural Landscapes International Scientific Committee.

February 5
Elizabeth Brabec JD
The Layering of Landscapes: The Effects of Religion, War and Ethnic Cleansing
Brabec is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass Amherst and co-directs the graduate certificate program in Cultural Landscape Management. She previously served as Department Head in LARP, as well as at Utah State University.  With a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland, she founded the landscape planning firm, Land Ethics, Inc. in Washington, D.C.  Brabec's teaching and research interests are focused on culture and heritage and how they impact the use of land, land conservation and the design and planning of sustainable open space.

February 12
Robert Page FASLA, Director, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, National Park Service, Northeast Region
Cultural Landscape Preservation in Context: Responding to a Changing Environment
Page serves as Director of the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation in Boston, Massachusetts. The Olmsted Center supports national parks with preserving cultural landscapes through a wide range of research, planning, stewardship and education activities.  He has been involved with the development of policies, programs, and standards for cultural landscape management in the national park system including coordinating the National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Inventory, co-authoring A Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports: Process, Contents, and Techniques; and overseeing the preparation of cultural landscape reports and landscape preservation maintenance in national parks throughout the United States.

February 19
Brenda Barrett
Cultural Landscapes in the United States: Taking the Movement to Scale
Barrett is the editor of the Living Landscape Observer, a web site providing commentary on landscape scale conservation, historic preservation and sustainable communities. She served as the National Coordinator for Heritage Areas for the US National Park Service and has led programs in state conservation and heritage agencies. She is an expert member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Cultural Landscapes.

February 26
Deanna Beacham
Indigenous Cultural Landscape: Origin Story and Early Development
Beacham is the American Indian Program Manager for the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office, and formerly served as the American Indian Program Specialist for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, of Weapemeoc heritage, Beacham is the author of the indigenous cultural landscape concept, and works with the National Park Service and other agencies and partners to further that concept for land conservation, education, and indigenous interpretation on protected lands.

Flavia Montenegro-Menezes
The Social Value of Heritage: Towards People-centered Approaches to Conservation
Montenegro-Menezes is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass Amherst and co-directs the graduate certificate program in Cultural Landscape Management. She received her PhD in social sciences, regional planning, and environment, and her Master’s degree in development and integrated regional planning in France. Formerly, as an architect and urban planner in Brazil, Montenegro-Menezes developed and managed projects dealing with community engagement, endogenous development, and regional environmental issues. Her research, teaching, and outreach interests involve the correlations between cultural and biological diversity with regard to the wellbeing and adaptive capacity of societies and the integrity of their environments.

April 2
Ethan Carr PhD, FASLA
Designing Living Landscapes: Origins and Significance of Cultural Landscape Research in Landscape Architecture
Carr is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass Amherst and co-directs the graduate certificate program in Cultural Landscape Management. He is the author of several books on the history of American park planning and design and is an editor of the papers of Frederick Law Olmsted.

April 9
Robert Z. Melnick FASLA
Protecting Cultural Landscapes in the Era of Climate Change
Melnick is Professor of Landscape of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, and Senior Cultural Resource Specialist with MIG, Inc, in Berkeley and Portland.  He is co-editor of Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America (2000) and has published widely on theoretical and practical issues relating to cultural and historic landscapes. His written works and professional projects have received numerous national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is currently working on thorny issues around climate change and how we understand and protect cultural landscapes.


The Zube lecture series is named for Ervin Zube, former head of LARP from 1974 to 1980. Professor Zube is internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Ervin left UMass for the University of Arizona, where he continued his renowned research and teaching until he passed away in 2001.

Ervin and his wife Margaret endowed at UMass in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.

We honor their leadership and generosity through the lecture series which continues to enrich our community with the thoughts and works of local, national and international academic and professional leaders. The department is pleased to accept donations of any amount to continue to build and enlarge the endowment.

Please check LARP Public Calendar for previous Zube Lecture series.
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