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Vonn Marie is a landscape historian and cultural landscape specialist with over 25 years of project experience. Her advocacy and rigor reflects her historic preservation and legal research background.


     Embracing the use of historic values in planning and design she has authored several successful local, state and National Register nominations which include historical landscapes and settings.


     Vonn Marie has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); American Planning Association (APA); American Institute of Architects (AIA); California Preservation Foundation (CPF); and the California State Governor’s Award for her project work in historic preservation and cultural landscapes.



   1915 Botanical Building, Balboa Park

Publications and Awards

2014   CPF Preservation Design Award – Audrey Geisel House UCSD

2010   Images of America: Rancho Santa Fe, Arcadia Publishers

2010   Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society - Lifetime Membership Award

2009   ASLA National Honor Award – Celebrating the Cultural Landscape Heritage of Mills College

2009   SCUP National Honor Award – Celebrating the Cultural Landscape Heritage Mills College

2008   ASLA No.CA Chapter Honor Award – Celebrating the Cultural Landscape Heritage of Mills College

2005   CPF Design Award – UC Berkeley Landscape Heritage Plan

2005   CA Governors Preservation Award -- UC Berkeley Landscape Heritage Plan

2005   ASLA Northern California Merit Award – UC Berkeley Landscape Heritage Plan

2005   APA Focus Award - Rancho Santa Fe Cultural Landscape Amendment

2005   APA Focus Award – Uptown Cultural Landscape Survey

2005   SD Police Historical Assoc. Jose Cota Preservation Award – Preservation Advocacy

2004   SOHO Rural Preservation Award- Sikes Adobe Farmhouse & Grounds

2003   CPF President’s Award - Preservation Advocacy

2003   CPF Design Award – Sikes Adobe Farmhouse Cultural Landscape Report

2002   Orchid – ASLA Balboa Park Cultural Landscape Nomination

2001   The Journal of San Diego History Book Review, Balboa Park: A Millennium History 

1996   AIA Merit Award & CPF Honor Award-SD - Mid City Historic Survey

1995   CA Governor’s Historic Preservation Award - St Francis Chapel, Warner Springs

1995   SOHO Early California History Award - St. Francis Chapel

1992-1998 S.D. Union-Tribune Sunday Home Section Features on California horticultural history

1991   APA Regional Planning Award-Mission San Luis Rey Landscape Master Plan

1991   The Landscape Journal, Fall U. of Illinois, Urbana-Book Review:Landscaping the American Dream: 

           The Gardens and Film Sets of Florence Yoch 1890-1972 by  James J. Yoch

1990   San Diego Journal of History Spring.The Marston Garden:The Southwest Interprets English Romantic

Workshops & Symposia
  • California Preservation Foundation (CPF) & National Park Service (NPS):         Cultural Landscapes Workshop, UC Berkeley Evaluating Integrity 

  • SOHO: History of the Balboa Park Botanical Building

  • Congress of History: History of the Balboa Park Botanical Building    

  • Mills College: Reading the Cultural Landscape of Mills College: Findings

  •       from the Getty Campus Heritage Grant Project

  • CPF Annual Meeting: Cultural Landscape Track,The Salk Institute National

  •        Register Project

  • CPF Workshop: Rancho Santa Fe: The Town the Railroad Built 

  • Friends of SD Architecture: Rancho Santa Fe: The Town the Railroad Built

  • Friends of San Diego Architecture: Sikes Adobe Farmhouse Landcape

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation: NTC San Diego Base Closure

  • Women in Architecture: Native Impressions: San Diego's Ambivalent         Pursuit of Regionalism  

  • ASLA/NPS: Cultural Resource Planning Charette for Mission SLR. Host



Cultural Landscape Projects

  • UC San Diego Chancellor’s House, San Diego 

            Cultural Landscape Management Plan

  • Naval Training Center Officer’s Quarters Gardens

             Cultural Landscape Documentation

  • Fern Dell, Griffith Park, Los Angeles

             National Register Eligibility

  • Mills College, Oakland

             Landscape Heritage Plan

  • Julian, CA County of San Diego

             Historical Context and Survey

  • University of California Berkeley

             Landscape Heritage Plan

  • Rosecroft Gardens Point Loma, San Diego

             National Register of Historic Places

  • County Administration Center, San Diego

             Cultural Landscape Analysis

  • Fort Rosecrans Coastal Defenses, San Diego

             National Register Eligibility Report

  • San Diego Uptown Community District

             Cultural Landscape Element






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