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

Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA

Mr. Van Valkenburgh is the Principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects (MVVA), with offices in Brooklyn, NY and Cambridge, MA. Through his practice, lectures, and writings, he has explored the diverse experiential possibilities found within the living medium of landscape. Throughout his career he has championed the usefulness of landscape methodologies in promoting social and environmental sustainability within urban development. In addition to leading his firm, he is currently the Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Mr. Van Valkenburgh has pursued the work of Dan Kiley for almost forty years, first, in 1973 as a Dumbarton Oaks summer fellow, then through his 1984 Built Landscapes catalog, and later in a video about Kiley made with Stephen Bender. MVVA also has recently been responsible for restoration work at Kiley’s Miller Garden in Columbus, IN.

Gateway Arch Grounds, St. Louis, MO; Image courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.