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Summit Speaker: Patricia O’Donnell

See Patricia’s Declaration presentation and essay:

Landscape Architects as Advocates for Culture-Based Sustainable Development

Patricia O'Donnell
June 10, 2016

Patricia M. O’Donnell
Founder and Principal, Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Planners and Landscape Architects

Patricia M. O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP, landscape architect and planner, founded Heritage Landscapes LLC, Preservation Planners and Landscape Architects, USA in 1987. This professional firm is dedicated to a vibrant future for communities and cultural landscapes, with a diverse group of over 500 projects that address sustainable stewardship of heritage assets. Works have addressed 38 U.S. National Historic Landmarks and 8 World Heritage Sites, to support authenticity, preservation, management and contemporary best practices. The firm has contributed to historic urban park and civic spaces in Washington DC, Chicago IL, Pittsburgh PA, Louisville KY, Rochester NY, Buffalo NY, Baltimore MD, Atlanta GA, Fort Wayne IN, and Hartford CT in collaboration with civic leaders and non-profits.

Holding masters degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning, she contributes to ASLA, IFLA, ICOMOS and UNESCO Culture through expert meetings, heritage missions and congresses, and international workshops addressing significant cultures and heritage. From 2005 to present, O’Donnell contributed to the development and mainstreaming of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, (HUL), collaborating with global colleagues. As a senior urban conservation expert, she developed guidance incorporating HUL concepts for World Bank projects addressing Indian heritage cities inclusive revitalization, stewardship of Bhutanese traditional villages, and Intramuros Identity and Urban Design Guidelines, Manila, Philippines. Contributing to the UNESCO Culture work toward UN Habitat III, she recently prepared the UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development: Inclusive Public Spaces paper. In this urban century she is deeply committed to bringing professional skills to fostering equitable quality of life with heritage as a shared commonwealth.