2020 National Planning Conference

Conducting a Cultural Landscape Assessment

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:45 a.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:45 p.m. PDT

CM | 6

Cost: $

Activity Type: Offsite Tours and Programming

Activity ID: NPC190010

Location: Depart from Moscone West - Mobile Workshop Departure Area

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  • Examine types of cultural landscapes, and learn how to research and document cultural landscapes utilizing key information sources, technologies and best practices.
  • Learn more about applying National Register of Historic Places criteria to determine a cultural landscape’s period(s) of significance, and to identify/evaluate the character-defining features and elements that contribute to landscape integrity.
  • Learn to evaluate treatment practices and more fully understand the challenges (organizational, fiscal, maintenance) involved in managing and interpreting a cultural landscape as a dynamic, evolving, people-oriented place.


Cultural landscapes are works of art, narratives of culture, and expressions of regional identity. Through studying their form, patterns and features, and ways they are used, planners can understand much about cultural landscapes and our evolving relationships with the built environment and natural world.

Reviewing Levi’s Plaza, a landscape designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, learn how to inventory and document existing conditions; determine period(s) of historic significance; evaluate integrity through analysis of contributing features and elements; and develop treatment options, including the preparation of a cultural landscape management plan, strategies for ongoing maintenance, and future research recommendations.

Session Speakers

Gretchen Boyce
San Francisco, CA

Laurie R. Matthews
MIG, Inc.
Portland, OR

Aaron J. Tuley, AICP
Halff Associates
Houston, TX