The Center for Cultural Landscapes is proud to announce Genevieve Keller as the Distinguished Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Genevieve Keller is a nationally known leader in historic preservation and cultural landscape practice and theory. Passionate about the relationship between people and place, Genevieve engages in public, private and academic practice combining a realistic assessment of political sensibilities with a firm belief in the power of visioning for inclusive, adaptive, and resilient historic places. Working with World Heritage Sites, National Parks, National Historic Landmarks, and National Register districts throughout the United States, Genevieve, along with J. Timothy Keller, FASLA, is co-founder of Land and Community Associates, an award-winning firm grounded in the collaborative and cross-disciplinary planning and landscape preservation initiatives that led to increased awareness and protection of significant landscapes in the United States. Her contributions in publication, most notably the internationally and nationally cited How To Evaluate and Nominate Designed Historic Landscapes and How To Evaluate and Nominate Rural Historic Landscapes, as well as contributions to Robert Stipe’s classic work on historic preservation A Richer Heritage and the National Trust’s book on rural conservation—Saving America’s Countryside—provide guidance to diverse individuals and groups involved in and advocating for landscape preservation, distinct communities, and historic places.
Highly regarded for her preservation leadership, Genevieve has received a number of awards for her work, most notably the Secretary of the Interior’s Public Service Award, the Honorary ASLA, and the Federal Design Achievement Award of the National Endowment for the Arts for her pioneering work with historic landscapes as well as project awards from the AIA, the ASLA the APA, and governmental and civic organizations. She was appointed to the Governor’s Commission to Study Historic Preservation in Virginia, and locally, is former chair and senior member of the Charlottesville Planning Commission, former member of the Charlottesville Downtown Board of Architectural Review, and current member of the PLACE Design Task Force. Genevieve serves as treasurer of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and chairs its nonprofit corporation. She most recently served as Vice-President of Preservation Virginia and was part of the team that successfully combined the Alliance of Virginia and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA, the first statewide preservation organization in the United States) into a unified Preservation Virginia.
Genevieve graduated from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia with honors in Latin American Studies, earned a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and undertook post-graduate studies in landscape architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art and University of Edinburgh. Genevieve served as Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Design at Iowa State University from 1995 to 2015 where she co-directed outreach projects. She has taught landscape preservation courses at the University of Mary Washington, and as Visiting Professor in Architectural History at the University of Virginia School of Architecture taught courses in Community History and Historic Preservation Theory and Practice, and she coordinated the School of Architecture’s community-focused Vortex events in 2015 and 2016.