The Cultural Landscape Foundation
November 13, 2009: Shaping America’s Heartland: Reflections on Landscape Architecture in the Midwest


Arnold R. Alanen, Ph.D., Honorary ASLA

Until retiring from full-time academic duties in early 2009, Arnold R. Alanen was as a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than thirty-four years. The recipient of three teaching awards from the UW-Madison, the majority of Dr. Alanen’s academic career focused on landscape history, cultural landscape studies, and historic preservation. Included among his many publications are the books, Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America (2000, with R. Melnick); and Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of Company Town (2007). In 1981 Prof. Alanen served as a founder of Landscape Journal, the primary North American outlet for the publication of research findings in landscape architecture, and was co-editor for nine years. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture selected Dr. Alanen as a member of its Academy of Fellows in 2007, and the American Society of Landscape Architects recently named him an Honorary Member, one of the organization’s highest awards.






Detail from The Modern Garden Suburb of Wyommissing Park, the last collaborative project of Werner Hegemann, Elbert Peets and Joseph Hudnut.