BiographyMy core field of interest is the history of gardens and designed landscapes in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, as well as the historiography of landscape architecture during this period. I have been the project leader for and active researcher in several major research projects with external funding from major research councils, such as “Women landscape architects c. 1900–1950. Towards a professional identity” and a research project on the architect Lars Israel Wahlman as a landscape architect. I have also participated in a comparative study on green urban space, published in "Stockholm's urban parks: meeting places and social contexts in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries" in The European City and Green Space. London, Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg, 1850–2000 (ed. Peter Clark, Ashgate 2006). In my research on women landscape architects in Sweden c. 1900-1950, the focus is on interpreting women’s possibilities to establish themselves and work within the professional field of landscape architecture. I am interested in questions concerning women’s different paths to reach establishment and legitimisation, covering training, work and commissions, authorship and publications etc and how the professional role was expressed as discursive practices.
Together with associate professor Åsa Ahrland I am currently working on a cultural history of Swedish gardens to be published in two volumes. This project is financed by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquity, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, The Lagersberg Foundation and the C F Lundström Foundation. Other ongoing research projects are the historiography of landscape architecture in relation to architectural history and art history and playgrounds as cultural heritage and examples of material culture.
I am lecturing and supervising on all academic levels, mainly on architectural history and theory, landscape architecture and critical heritage studies. I am head of Critical Heritage Studies and programme director of the department’s Master Programme in Cultural Heritage Studies and Management.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
History of gardens and designed landscapes; female landscape architects, urban parks, history of play grounds, critical heritage studies, architectural history, historiography
Published: Mar 29, 2016 by Journal of Art History
Authors: Catharina Nolin
The aim of this essay is to discuss the position of garden history and landscape architecture in relation to the fields of art history and architectural history in a Swedish historiographical context. From what perspectives has the history of gardens and designed landscapes been discussed, written and disseminated? Under what circumstances has garden history been incorporated into art history? Who were the authors and who were the implied readers? And how can the topic be further developed?