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Phyllis Andersen

Phyllis Andersen

Phyllis Andersen

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Phyllis Andersen is a landscape historian and urban landscape specialist.

Phyllis's curricular contributions in cultural landscape and preservation studies has strengthened LI program to address the needs of municipalities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Since earning a certificate from the LI in 1975, Phyllis has worked on urban landscape issues for Massachusetts agencies. For the Arnold Arboretum, she served as Director of its Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies, and currently sits on the Arnoldia editorial board.

She is currently at work on a book for the University of Virginia Press, A Matter of Taste: The Public Pleasure Garden and Civic Life, which challenges the role of nature in the city and examines the idea of urbanity in the context of parks.

"I've always thought of landscape studies as the most intriguing, perplexing and challenging pursuit, embracing J. B. Jackson's idea that landscape is "history made visible."