The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Conference: Second Wave of Modernism II,  Landscape Complexity and Transformation (November 18, 2011 in NYC)

Christopher Nolan, ASLA

Mr. Nolan is Vice President for Planning, Design and Construction of the Central Park Conservancy. As chief landscape architect of the Conservancy, Mr. Nolan oversees a team of planning and design professionals responsible for all restoration and construction projects in Central Park. Since joining the Conservancy in 1989, he has overseen a program of projects that is internationally recognized as the most significant and extensive renewal of the Park since its creation more than 150 years ago. Recent accomplishments include the reconstruction of numerous playgrounds, including several of the Park’s adventure-style playgrounds, and restoration of landscapes impacted by the severe storm of August 2009, which destroyed hundreds of trees and devastated much of the north end of the Park. Current projects in construction include implementation of a $50 million campaign to restore the central Lake and the east side landscapes between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harlem Meer. Having directed the preparation of the Conservancy’s recently published Plan for Play, Mr. Nolan is overseeing a program of work in all of the Park’s playgrounds to accomplish the objectives outlined in that document, and at the same time leading a comprehensive planning effort for the restoration of the Park’s woodlands. Mr. Nolan is a registered landscape architect and a graduate of Cornell University.

Bank Rock Bay & Bridge in Central Park, New York, NY: Image Courtesy Central Park Conservancy