Cultural Landscapes

Cultural landscapes bring together the human and the non-human, the built and the bio-physical, the vernacular and the designed, all as part of a culturally constructed system. Our work is as much about people and the contested meanings they attach to landscapes as about the physical territory itself.

Through our CULTURAL LANDSCAPES projects we foster and apply a transdisciplinary research method that is committed to a critical perspective on place — one that gleans key lessons from the past and present, from historical patterns and ecological processes, in order to imagine how to regenerate places for the future. Creative design and innovative stewardship are tied both to respect for our common natural and cultural resources, and to the regeneration of the places we call home — our buildings, our cities, our countrysides, and our post-industrial complexes. Our understanding of CULTURAL LANDSCAPES includes buildings, landscapes, infrastructure and settlement patterns as manifestations of the cultural values and everyday practices of communities, in a particular geography, over time. CULTURAL LANDSCAPES as UVA is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, designers, planners, and preservationists; we deploy our analytical methods and research skills as tools to engage a place, profoundly, deeply, and imaginatively. 


Center for Cultural Landscapes

Race + Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

Virginia Food Heritage Project

Cultural Landscape Atlas

Richard Guy Wilson Prize for Excellence in the Study of Buildings, Landscapes and Places

Innovative scholarship and creative work on cultural landscapes provide compelling narratives that examine why, and how, place and space matter.