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College of Architecture and Planning

Ann E. Komara

Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture


Ann Komara

Contact Information:


Cell: 303.956.4884
Office Location: CU Denver Building, 330B
Office Hours: By appointment 


Landscape Architecture
Urban Design

Degrees Held

  • Bachelor of Arts Classical Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia
  • Master of Architecture History, University of Virginia

Research Interests

Landscape history: studying (historic) landscapes, sites, and cities as a means to postulate design concepts and approaches that can guide both current and future work in landscape architecture and design of the built environment. 

Landscape theory: application of diverse interpretive theories and methodologies, such as reception history and construction history, to critique landscapes and build environments, and to understand the impact and relationship of landscape to contemporary society and the practice of design.

Cultural landscapes: documenting and interpreting designed and vernacular landscapes across the United States and globally, and studying the spatial, historical, and material context of these sites to reveal an ongoing relationship of people and place over time.

Water in the west: Inquiries into how water has shaped the landscapes of the west, and how attitudes and use of this resource affect human and environmental well-being and impact our capacity to dwell in this landscape.


Professional Associations

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, member
American Society of Landscape Architects, member
Society of Architectural Historians, member 
(Former board member - SAH Landscape History Chapter)


Florida 1191 (lapsed)


2014 Selected speaker. Society of Architectural Historians, annual conference, Austin, TX. “Wilderness Playground: Image and Reception, Rocky Mountain National Park” 

2014 Invited Speaker. Denver Botanic Gardens Water Garden Society, “Water in Garden Design – An Historical Overview”

2012 Invited Speaker. Van Alen Institute, New York City. “Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park”

2012 Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver [LoDo Branch]. Rocky Mountain Lands Series: “Denver’s Urban Renewal: Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park”.

2012 Selected Speaker. Colorado Preservation, Inc. “Reading Sites: Cultural Landscapes”

2011 Invited Speaker. Cultural Landscapes in the Western United States: A Workshop, ““CCC Landscapes,” Sponsored by the Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (SHPO) and the National Park Service. Denver, CO.

2010 Invited Speaker. Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium: Lawrence Halprin. “Event and Flow: Denver’s Skyline Park”

2010 Invited Speaker. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture [CELA].  Session: “Landscape Legacy: Landscape Architecture between Art and Science Design Education and Pedagogy” Paper: “Context Reconsidered”

2010 Invited Session Respondent. Annual Meeting Society of Architectural Historians Landscape History Symposium: “Mapping Sites”


Komara, Ann. Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).

Komara, Ann. “Water Events: Flow and Collection in Skyline Park,” Landscape Journal  

Special Issue on Lawrence Halprin Vol. 31 No. 1-2 (2012): 101-116.

Komara, Ann. “Lessons in the Woods: Examining the Landscape Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Allegheny National Forest," Preservation Education Research [PER] Vol. 5 (Fall 2012) 97-104.

Komara, Ann.  “Map and Measure: Alphand’s Contours of Construction at the Parc des

Buttes Chaumont, 1867,” Landscape Journal Vol. 28 No. 1 (Spring 2009): 22-39.

Komara, Ann. “Concrete and the Engineered Picturesque – The Parc des Buttes Chaumont (Paris, 1867)” Journal of Architectural Education, Thematic issue: Construction and Context: History, Theory and Practice.  Guest Editor: Ted Cavanaugh (Dalhousie University) Vol. 58 No. 1 (Sept 2004): 4-12.


  • LDAR 5521 - History of Landscape Architecture
  • LDAR 6510 - Landscape Architecture in Other Cultures: Finland Study Abroad
  • LDAR 6608 - Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio: Auraria Campus North Classroom, Denver: Stormwater Plaza
  • LDAR 6686 - Water in the West (research seminar)
  • LDAR 6710 - Landscape Representation: Sketching the City
  • LDAR 6951 - Thesis in Landscape Architecture – faculty advisor


2013 American Association for State and Local History National [AASLH] “Award of Merit” for a publication: Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park

2012 Colorado Chapter ASLA Merit Award - Research and Communication. With Kat Vlahos and Ann Mullins, “HALS: Five Uniquely Colorado Historic Landscapes”

2008 Fulbright CIES Research and Teaching Fellow: Helsinki University of Technology

2007 Colorado Historical Society Stephen Hart Award for Excellence in Preservation for “Skyline Park Historic American Landscapes Survey”

2005 College of Architecture and Planning Award of Excellence for Research and Creative Activities

2004 Dumbarton Oaks Research Fellowship

2003 Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts – Grant recipient for research on the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris


2011 National Park Service Rocky Mountain CESU Grant.  $20,000. “Development of Cultural/Natural Landscape Management Plan for the Utility Area of Rocky Mountain National Park”

2007 Colorado State Historical Fund Grant.  $28,980. Funding production and printing for Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park

2005 National Park Service Rocky Mountain CESU Grant.  $10,000. “Images of Rocky Mountain National Park: Reception and Place” 


Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park.Book Review: Literary Post-Mortem ,” reviewed by Land8, written by Adam Regn Arvidson. Accessed 02-05-2013. 

Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park. Van Alen Institute, New York, NY. 

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park listed as one of the top ten Best Books of 2012 , ASLA "The Dirt". Accessed 11-29-2012.

Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park. “Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park is Now History,” reviewed by ASLA “The Dirt”. Accessed 11-09-2012. 

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