Historical Landscape Architecture

Commonwealth provides expertise in the areas of historical landscape architecture and cultural landscape preservation. We collaborate with architects, historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, and other landscape architects on a range of project types for a wide variety of clients, from private to governmental. Our work is based in a solid foundation of preservation theory and practice for the adaptation and sustainable use of historic properties to meet modern needs.

Our staff of landscape architects are experienced in:

Design for Historic Landscapes
Cultural Landscape Reports
Battlefield Preservation
Historic Cemetery Planning
Preservation Planning
National Register of Historic Places
Federal Compliance


Laura Knott,
Regional Director and Principal Landscape Architect

Laura is a licensed landscape architect with a background in archaeology and historic preservation. For 30 years, she has practiced landscape architecture, specializing in research and design for historic properties, and design of parks and other public landscapes. She serves as regional director and principal landscape architect in Commonwealth’s Charlottesville, Virginia, office.

Jane Jacobs,
Historical Landscape Architect

Jane is a licensed landscape architect with an MLA from Cornell University’s School of Art, Architecture, and Planning. She has taught landscape architecture at Rutgers University and the University of Virginia. For the last twenty years, she has been practicing landscape architecture in Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia, specializing in master planning and design for historic sites and preservation of cultural landscapes

Christina Osborn,
Historic Preservation Specialist

Christina has a BLA from Virginia Tech and has spent the last 11 years specializing in research and mapping of historic landscapes, and historic preservation planning. She has worked on a wide variety of projects, including battlefield preservation plans, cultural landscape reports, National Register nominations, interpretive plans, and historic district surveys, and is lead GIS mapping specialist