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January 2014
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Interview with Patricia M. O'Donnell, FASLA, AICP, Principal, Heritage Landscapes, LLC

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently interviewed Patricia O’Donnell on her esteemed and widely respected career, as part of an interview series speaking with preservation professionals. The series seeks to inspire youth to become interested in preservation by showing the diversity of professionals, positions, approaches, and projects.

The following highlights short segments of the interview. Download a PDF of the full interview here.


Patricia M. O'Donnell.

Through landscape analysis, it is apparent thee Lawn of Academical Village displays integrity to the completion to the original Thomas Jefferson directed 1827 construction of the University of Virginia.

Since 1987, Patricia M. O’Donnell has been the principal and founder of Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners. She has completed 450+ cultural landscape preservation and sustainability projects with attention to historic character, community engagement, sustainability, environmental quality, handicapped access, education, interpretation. Implementation through construction documents, staff/volunteer initiatives and management guidelines. Her extensive resume includes 66 Professional Awards for Planning and Implementation from National Trust, American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Vermont chapters; Connecticut and Vermont Public Space Programs; Virginia Historic Preservation Award; New York State Preservation League; Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Preservation, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Construction, and others. Ms. O’Donnell has a Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Concentration behavioral aspects of landscape architecture, emphasis on applied behavioral research; and a Master of Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Concentration in historic preservation with emphasis on the history, theories, and practice of landscape preservation; and a Bachelor of Science in Design, State University of New York College at Buffalo, Concentration in Environmental Design.


How does what you do relate to historic preservation?

The way I frame my work is to say that Heritage Landscapes works toward a vibrant future for places we already care about, that need help. Every day we are engaged in aiding property stewards to understand, respect, protect, document, preserve, restore, or rehabilitate places of heritage value for today and as a legacy to the unborn.