Cultural Landscapes

SGA’s cultural landscapes practice formed primarily as an outgrowth of our work addressing large post-industrial sites.

Too often our clients’ first reaction when addressing the redevelopment of a blighted site is to clear the site of all structures to create a “shovel ready” site. In contrast, our firm employs an approach that evaluates each site’s cultural relevance and artifacts in order to develop design strategies which sensitively integrate cultural resources into new design paradigms with the goal of creating rich and layered sites with both modern and historical relevance.

The firm’s staff has experience working on sites of national and international importance and includes staff trained at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy.

The firm provides comprehensive cultural landscape categorization, interpretation and conservation services, including:

  • Industrial and Historic Site Documentation
  • Resource Inventory, Research and Assessment
  • Interpretative Planning and Design