The Cultural Landscape Foundation continues its “What’s Out There” series this weekend with tours and events centered around Ralph Cornell, long considered the dean of Southern California landscape architecture. (Some even call him “The Olmsted of Los Angeles.”) The event coincides with the opening today of the exhibition, Ralph D. Cornell: Dean of Southern California Landscape Architecture, at the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library.
Cornell’s portfolio spans pretty much every style and typology there is, including Picturesque, Beaux Arts, and Modernist styles, city parks, subdivisions, luxury hotels, college campus master plans, and civic landscapes. Some of his most famous commissions include the master plan for UCLA, the plan for Pomona College, Beverly Gardens Park, Rancho Los Cerritos, and the landscapes for the Department of Water and Power building, the Music Center, and the Los Angeles Civic Center. The event features more than a dozen tours of Cornell’s landscapes across Southern California.