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The Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes and Sites Initiative Endowment supports innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching at the University of Virginia related to the study, design and preservation of cultural landscapes and sites. It affords UVA students and faculty opportunities to develop new research methods and design approaches for critically and creatively engaging with ordinary and extraordinary landscapes in Virginia and beyond. It strives to catalyze new intellectual and creative communities across UVA Grounds and UVA generations linking students, faculty and expert professionals; to disseminate the work of UVA community to the broader public; and to propel UVA as a global leader in cultural landscape theory, scholarship and practice.

The fund can support a broad array of activities including funded seminars and design studios, publications, graduate fellowships and events. The fund is managed by a faculty committee appointed by, and working in collaboration with, the UVA School of Architecture Dean.

The 2017-2019 Brown Initiative Faculty Committee includes:

Assistant Professor Lisa Goff, Dept of English and American Studies Program; Director, Institute for Public History

Associate Professor Andy Johnston, Dept of Architectural History; Director, Historic Preservation program

Professor Beth Meyer, Dept of Landscape Architecture; Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Landscapes

Associate Professor Jessica Sewell, Dept of Urban and Environmental Planning; Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Landscapes