The landscape in art and art in the landscape
Cristina CASTEL BRANCO
Cristina Castel Branco is of Portuguese origin and is a landscape architect and a doctor in the history of garden art. She teaches in a number of schools and universities across the globe. In 1985, she graduated from the Higher Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon. She completed her higher education with a Master’s Degree in landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts in 1989, which she continued at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. From 1994 to 1997, she was in charge of restoring the Botanical Gardens of the Ajuda National Palace whilst managing the organisation of the 1998 World Fair. She also specialises in restoring historic gardens and in eco-friendly design. In 1991, she created the ACB Arquitectura Paisagista agency in Portugal, which specialises in different fields including botanics, gardening art and urban planning. Since 2006, she has been a member of the ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites. And since 2013, she is President of the IEJP – European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes. In 2003, she translated the fictionalised biography of André Le Nôtre by Erik Orsena.
Further reading :
Félix de Avelar Brotero : botaniste portugais 1744-1828, Centre Calouste Gulbenkian, 2004
Water in portuguese gardens, Scribe, 2010