The Cultural Landscape Foundation
November 6, 2009: The Hunter and the Philosopher: John O. Simonds 
Pioneer Landscape Architect


Susan Rademacher

Susan Rademacher serves as Parks Curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy where she has been responsible for landscape planning, design, and preservation since 2007.  Current work includes a book on Mellon Square, Phase One Restoration at Mellon Square, and a Greenprint plan for the Hill District.

As President of Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy from 1991-2007, Susan produced a master plan for the city’s system of Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, created a volunteer program for ecological restoration, and built awareness of these cultural landscapes.  At the same time, Susan served as Assistant Director of Louisville’s Metro Parks Department. 

Susan was Editor in Chief of Landscape Architecture magazine from 1984-1987, and was a founding editor of Garden Design magazine.  The author of several books and numerous articles in the field of landscape architecture, she has lectured and taught at institutions and universities including the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, J. B. Speed Art Museum, Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, the University of Pennsylvania, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University. Born in Columbus, Georgia, Susan is a graduate of Miami University and was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.



Mellon Square, late 1950s.

Mellon square