Christy Edstrom O'Hara

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Position Associate Professor
Phone 805.756.2639
Fax 805.756.2270
Email cohara@calpoly.edu
Office 34-214
Office Hours Tuesday 12:00-1:00 pm; Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 pm; Thursday 12:00-2:00 pm

Areas of Expertise

Cultural Landscapes
Landscape History and Historic Preservation
Theory of Landscape Architecture
California Regionalism
Contemporary Design Practice

 

Faculty Biography

Christine Edstrom O’Hara is an associate professor whose research focuses on landscape history and historic preservation with expertise in the California work of the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from Stanford University, Master’s degree from University of Washington in Landscape Architecture and Preservation Planning, and PhD in Landscape Architecture from University of Edinburgh.  She was awarded the Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and the Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship to support her research on the Olmsted firm’s ecological approach to design in 1920s Los Angeles.  Her publications include essays in The Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, Landscape Journal, Pacific Horticulture, Journal for Green Building and the International Journal of the Constructed Environment. Prof. O’Hara has lectured both nationally and internationally on landscape preservation as well as its application to sustainable landscape design and construction.  She views history and contemporary design as companion ideas where history provides the framework for understanding the direction of the field of landscape architecture.

In addition to teaching, Prof. O'Hara has had a landscape design practice for over 20 years.  Within that practice, she consults on the restoration and preservation of historic landscapes by writing National Register nominations, Cultural Landscape Reports, as well as restoration and rehabilitation plans.  She is the president of the California Garden & Landscape History Society, trustee for the National Association for Olmsted Parks and is passionate about education and conservation of historic places. 

Prof. O’Hara teaches landscape history, analog and digital graphics, advanced planting design and landscape construction courses.

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