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Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: Inspirations for the 21st Century

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Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.
Image courtesy Frederick Law Olmsted
National Historic Site, NPS

For more than half a century, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870-1957) was one of America’s preeminent landscape architects, pioneered comprehensive planning, and played a critical role in forming the nation’s county, state, and national parks.  He wrote the key language that established the National Park Service and for 30 years advised the Park Service on the management and conservation of water and scenic resources.  A member of the McMillan Commission, Olmsted helped develop the McMillan Plan for Washington, D.C., and guided its execution. Join the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the National Building Museum, and our partners as we present a multidisciplinary, two-part symposium exploring the landscape architecture, city, and regional planning work of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

The most comprehensive presentation to date of the full scope of Olmsted’s lasting legacy, the symposia will explore the continued relevance of, and inspirations from, his visionary work and leadership as we seek to address contemporary challenges in landscape architecture, preservation, and planning. The symposium continues at Stanford University, Stanford, CA on March 27–28, 2014.

8.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 8.0 CM (AICP) / 8.0 LA CES (ASLA)

Please note that on this day, the Museum will be open to symposium attendees only.

Bios for confirmed speakers are added here as we receive them. Read the current symposium agenda.

Early Bird Registration through September 26, 2013:

$95 Museum, NAOP, APA, and ASLA Members; $85 Students (full time, with valid ID); $125 Non-members.

Registration beginning September 27, 2013:

$125 Museum, NAOP, APA, and ASLA Members; $115 Students (full time, with valid ID); $155 Non-members.

Online registration closes on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Ticket price includes snacks and beverages. You can purchase a regular or vegan-option boxed lunch on the next page. 
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  

Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.


The symposia are made possible thanks to the work of the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and its partners, the National Building Museum, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, East Bay Regional Park District, and Stanford University, with the generous support from the Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation. FLO_NAOP_logo_final.jpg

Presenting Partners

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Contributing Partners


Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM

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