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


Laurie M. Albano, ASLA

Ms Albano, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Michigan State University in 1979. She has worked for twenty-four years as a Landscape Architect and Park Planner for the Milwaukee County Parks Department where she focused her attention on the history of the development of the 15,000 acre park system, including Milwaukee’s three Olmsted designed parks. In 2007, Ms. Albano authored Milwaukee County Parks, a photographic history, for the 100th Aniversary celebration of the founding of the Milwaukee County Park Commission. Ms Albano has been specifically interested in the work of ‘Pioneer’ Alfred Boener, the first Landscape Architect for the park commission. She has done extensive research on his life, education, design influences and the significant contributions he made throughout his career.

Since her retirement in 2008, Ms Albano has started her own consulting business, Laurie M. Albano, Landscape Architecture, and serves on the Board for Preserve Our Parks, a local park advocacy group, as well as the Milwaukee County Public Art Committee.





Albert Boerner’s Greenfield Park Plan, ca. 1930. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.