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Practice : Winter 2010
c urriculum broadened. Valuing context, culture and history as integral to meaning- ful design reinforced the importa nce of c ultural educ ation; an additional c ertificate in Landscape Design History was added. The history component continues to be a distinguishing feature of the curriculum. In 1999, R adcliffe Seminars merged with Har vard University to b ecome the R adcliffe Institute for Adva nc ed Studies. R adcliffe Institute’s mission shifted focu s and resources toward postgraduate research in a wide array of schol arly fields , rather tha n traditional education progra ms . By then the Semina rs Graduate Program in L andscape had gained a nation al reputation, with a roster of graduate s in professiona l c areers in design, land use planning, and landscape history. Wa nting to place the program in a setting that would sustain its excellence, R adcliffe invited the Arnold Arboretum to undertake the management of the program. As part of that tra nsition, the program re-christened itself The L a ndscape Institute, reflecting its position a s a professiona l school with a c ommitment to intellectual rigor based on scholarship and post profe ssiona l tra ining through workshops and seminars. This acknowledged the educ ationa l value of the practitioner who also te aches and the program’s dedicated faculty, over half of who have been a ssociated with the program for over fifteen years, a nd represent the intellectual capital of the program. Some are also graduates, or, as has happened in many instances, used the Institute as a spring boa rd for graduate school, a nd have returned to te ach in the environment they found so enriching. spectrum of a landscape curriculum The progra m benefited immediately in its association with the A rboretum’s Institut e for C ultural Landscape Studies (ICLS) that was e stablished in 1997 by Robert Cook, the Director of the Arnold Arbore - tum. C onc entrating on the “ intera ction between humans and land over time,” ICLS investigated the role of history in environ- menta l planning, urba n, public, cultura l a nd land use history by creating connections among scholars, profe ssionals and the intere sted public. Its web site featured original essays as well as summaries of ICLS sponsored workshops, lecture s a nd field projects. ICLS director Phyllis Anders en, a graduate of the L andscape Institute a nd a member of the faculty, a nd Alice Ingerson, Associate Director and also a faculty member, facilitated a merging of missions, re sulting in the establishment of the Certificate in Landscape De sign Preser vation. The c on- tribution of cultura l landscape studies and preservation studies strengthened the educ ation of LI students to engage in work for municipalities, government agencies a nd non-profit organizations. Half the required courses for all certificates entail taking history and theory as well as the electives that suit each s tudent’s specific intere sts. B eing challenged by the rigor of ac ademic work — exten sive reading, producing research papers, prepar- ing presentations — has been a hallmark of the Institute’s progra m from the beginning. While other organizations now offer courses , c ertificates and degrees, pa rticularly in horti- cu lture, the LI program remains unique in its integration of design, history and horticulture. Joe Volpe , one of the origina l teachers in the program, spoke often of how fEaTuRE ] laNdscapE INsTITuTE aT ThE bac Valuing context, culture and history as integral to meaningful design, an additional certificate in Landscape Design History was added. Ted landsmark bici pettit-barron heather heimarck diane mcguire and John fur long 31 pRacTIcE