About

Kelly Comras, FASLA, RLA, is a licensed landscape architect and a member of the State Bar of California.

Comras' present landscape architectural practice focuses on community-based open space design. In this area of her practice, Comras brings together stakeholders to achieve a common goal that relates to the study or use of land. The projects in which she participates encompass both public and private landscapes and are generally community-wide in scope. Stakeholders include businesses, non-profit and charitable organizations, educational institutions, community volunteer organizations, elected officials and their constituents, public administrators (city, county, state, and national), and historical groups who collaborate with landscape architects, architects, engineers and other professional designers.

Comras also conducts research, publishes, and lectures on topics relating to mid-century landscape design. She is a Founding Member of the Stewardship Council for The Cultural Landscape Foundation (https://tclf.org/profile/council/kelly-comras-asla), and Past-President of the California Garden & Landscape History Society (cglhs.org) . She has lectured at such institutions as Harvard Graduate School of Design, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Library of American Landscape History, UCLA, Society of Architectural Historians, California Preservation Foundation , and others. Her recent book, Ruth Shellhorn, was published by University of Georgia Press / Library of American Landscape History in 2016; a companion documentary was released in 2015.

Comras is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has received numerous awards for her landscape architectural designs, community work, and research and publications. These include recognition from both the national organization and the Southern California Chapter of ASLA, the Landscape Architectural Foundation, and the California Council of Landscape Architects. She has also served as Vice President for her chapter and publishes in Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Contact:  kcomras@gmail.com

PUBLICATIONS

"Dreams and Regrets," a book review of Shopping Town: Designing the City in Suburban America,
by Victor Gruen, edited and translated by Anette Baldauf; Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017,
in Landscape Architecture Magazine, July 2018.
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"Trails of Trees: The J. Paul. Getty Center Turns 20 - OLIN's Mountainside Design Stands the Test of Time," Landscape Architecture Magazine, October 2017.
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"Securing the Ruth Patricia Shellhorn Papers," VIEW, The Magazine of the Library of American Landscape History, Summer 2016, Number 16.
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Ruth Shellhorn, University of Georgia Press and Library of American Landscape History, 2016.
Pioneer landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn helped define "the Southern California look" of midcentury Southern California with such visionary projects as Disneyland, Bullock’s Pasadena, Bullock’s Fashion Square Santa Ana, and a Landscape Master Plan for the University of California at Riverside. 
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"The Brothers Behind Disney's Magical Landscapes,"
Jack and Morgan "Bill" Evans were members of Disney's original design team at Disneyland, 
a Pioneers essay for The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
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"Securing the Ruth Patricia Shellhorn Papers," VIEW, The Magazine of the Library of American Landscape History, Summer 2016, Number 16.
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“Ruth Shellhorn: Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California,”
a documentary film in the Library of American Landscape History's North America by Design series.
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"Ruth Patricia Shellhorn: Mid-Century Living in the Southern California Landscape," Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture, edited by Sonja Duempelmann and John Beardsley, Rutledge, 2015.
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"Ruth Shellhorn,"
a Pioneers essay with Oral History for The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
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 "Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden,”
a radio interview for Cultivating Place, on Northstate Public Radio.
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http://mynspr.org/post/cultivating-place-kelly-comras-landscape-architect-historian-and-auth

"Ruth Shellhorn: Landscape Architect of Fantasy," VIEW, The Magazine of the Library of American Landscape History, Summer 2012, Number 12.
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