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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

Inspirations for the 21st Century

October 10, 2013  


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Experience the relevance of 20th century city design, landscape architecture, and environmental planning.

Join the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the National Building Museum, and our partners as we present a multidisciplinary, two-part symposium exploring the landscape architecture, city, and regional planning work of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. The most comprehensive presentation to date of the full scope of Olmsted’s lasting legacy, the symposia will explore the continued relevance of and inspirations from his visionary work and leadership as we seek to address contemporary challenges in landscape architecture, preservation, and planning.

For more than half a century, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870–1957) was one of America’s preeminent landscape architects, pioneered comprehensive planning, and played a critical role in forming the nation’s county, state, and national parks. He wrote the key language that established the National Park Service and for 30 years advised the Park Service on the management and conservation of water and scenic resources. A member of the McMillan Commission, Olmsted helped develop the McMillan Plan for Washington, D.C., and guided its execution. 

The symposium will resume with Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West on March 27–28, 2014 at Stanford University where attendees will continue to explore how the work of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. inspires 21st century parks, planning, and professional practice. Find information about the California symposium here.

Bios for confirmed speakers are added here as we receive them. Read the current symposium agenda.
Download symposium program.

Who should attend?
The symposia are designed for practitioners, historians, public agencies, instructors, students, elected officials, and the public with an interest in: Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture and Design, Regional and Metropolitan Planning, Architecture, Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Conservation, Park Management, Transportation, or Historic Preservation

Event Dates:

Washington, D.C.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Symposium 9 am–5 pm
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tour of Olmsted Parks
The tour has sold out.

Stanford, CA
Wednesday, March 27, 2014
Symposium 9 am–5 pm
Thursday, March 28, 2014
Tour of Olmsted Parks
More info on symposium and tours here.

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Click here to become a symposium Corporate Sponsor, Nonprofit Sponsor, or to provide Scholarship Support. Or contact Kristen Palumbo Handy, Director of Development at the National Association for Olmsted Parks, at 202.223.9113, handykristen@naop.org

The symposia are made possible thanks to the work of the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and its partners, the National Building Museum, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, East Bay Regional Park District, and Stanford University, with the generous support from the Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation. National Association for Olmsted Parks

Presenting Partners

American Society of Landscape Architects NBM Logo  East Bay Regional Park District
American Planning Association Trust for the National Mall Stephen and Margaret Gill
Family Foundation

Contributing Partners

Save the Redwoods League   National Trust for Historic Preservation

With support from The National Park Service, Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University's Heritage Services, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.