Fall 2016 Bulletin
Spotlight on Guest Contributor
Christine Edstrom O’Hara
On the faculty of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, professor Christine O’Hara has lectured nationally and internationally on landscape preservation and its application to sustainable landscape design and construction. Christine’s current research focuses on the California work of the Olmsted firm, especially the Olmsted Brothers, and their approach to regionalism.
In 2002 she received the Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History to study the regional design of Palos Verdes Estates and Balboa Park. From this research, the essay “The Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915: the Olmsted Brothers’ Ecological Approach to Developing a New Park Typology for the Arid West” was published in the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, March 2011.
Christine holds a BA from Stanford University in English and art history, a MLA from the University of Washington in landscape architecture and preservation planning, and will soon complete her PhD in landscape architecture from University of Edinburgh. She is a trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.
Christine also practices landscape architecture and historic landscape restoration, specializing in the restoration and preservation of historic landscapes. She views history and contemporary design as companion ideas where history provides the framework for understanding the direction of the field of landscape architecture.