Cultural Landscapes: An Introduction


In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with Cultural Landscapes: Advanced Tools for Managing Change.

Detailed Agenda


Lucinda A. Brockway, program director for cultural resources, The Trustees of Reservations; formerly principal and owner, Past Designs, a landscape preservation and design firm specializing in preservation and management of historic landscapes; author of two books and several articles on historic landscapes


Nancy J. Brown, FASLA, historical landscape architect, experience with National Park Service, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, University of Virginia, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; specialist in cultural landscapes and Section 106

Evaluation Comments

“This seminar exceeded my expectation about the broad range of what is considered historic landscapes.”
“It really has opened all kinds of new aspects and resources to look at when dealing with National Register nominations. The class has been very thought provoking!”

“This seminar hit the mark. Always interested in hearing more discussion about how others answer philosophical preservation questions.”

“It provided insight to a different format of evaluating historic landscapes and provided a guide for evaluation.”

“This seminar was especially helpful to me because of the emphasis on practical applications of historic landscape planning. It wasn’t strictly theoretical; it was firmly based in reality and real experience.”


Landscape preservation specialists; landscape architects; architects; archaeologists; historians; managers of historic properties; cultural resource specialists, preservation specialists.

Related Trainings

Cultural Landscapes: Advanced Tools for Managing Change
Historic Bridges: Management, Regulations, and Rehabilitation
Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads
Section 106: An Introduction

Locations and Dates

  • In-person seminars will resume in 2023; please check back for updatesClick here or go to About NPI for an update.
  • Newark, DE
    August 18-19, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; to be rescheduled in 2023
    offered in conjunction with
    Cultural Landscapes: Advanced Tools for Managing Change
    in cooperation with 
    the University of Delaware and
    Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • Santa Fe, NM
    October 20-21, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; to be rescheduled in 2023
    offered in conjunction with
    Cultural Landscapes: Advanced Tools for Managing Change
    in cooperation with 
    the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, and
    the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division

Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$550 (6-week advance registration); $600 (regular registration)
Discounted rates are available for multiple seminars taken during the same week.

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

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