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Ann Komara BA, MLA, M Arch History

Professor, Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning
  • Landscape Architecture Department (CAP)


Primary Phone:303-315-2428

Professor Ann Komara is the Associate Dean for the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver. Professor Komara holds a BA in Classical Studies (Penn State) and a master's in Landscape Architecture and Architectural History (University of Virginia). She chaired the Department of Landscape Architecture (2009-19). Her teaching and research focus on landscape architecture history and theory and design. Her research on urban landscapes of Second Empire Paris has been supported by the Graham Foundation, Camargo Foundation, and Dumbarton Oaks (2019-20 Fellow in Garden & Landscape Studies). She was a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellow in Finland in 2008 and has led numerous study abroad programs in Finland and France. Her publications include the award-winning Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park (2012), and Civilian Conservation Corps ANF-1, which won a national HALS Documentation Award. Both projects reflect the high caliber of her collaborative work with CAP students in landscape studies and documentation. In the fall of 2020, Professor Komara taught the MLA Immersive Semester with a focus on “Water in the West” during which students explored the many issues surrounding water in our semi-arid climate. They studied the causes and effects of systemic inequality in the distribution and use of water and developed design approaches to projects that were grounded in understanding cultural and historic patterns and practices.

Areas of Expertise

Landscape architecture design, history and theory, Urban studies: Second Empire Paris, Cultural landscapes (designed and vernacular), Water in thesemi-arid west including inequity in use and distribution, and cultural patterns in its systems and relationship with plants and design, Women in design.

Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • Bachelor of Arts Classical Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia
  • Master of Architecture History, University of Virginia



2013 American Association for State and Local History National [AASLH] “Award of Merit” for a publication: Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park

2012 Colorado Chapter ASLA Merit Award - Research and Communication. With Kat Vlahos and Ann Mullins, “HALS: Five Uniquely Colorado Historic Landscapes”

2008 Fulbright CIES Research and Teaching Fellow: Helsinki University of Technology

2007 Colorado Historical Society Stephen Hart Award for Excellence in Preservation for “Skyline Park Historic American Landscapes Survey”

2005 College of Architecture and Planning Award of Excellence for Research and Creative Activities

2004 Dumbarton Oaks Research Fellowship

2003 Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts – Grant recipient for research on the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris


2011 National Park Service Rocky Mountain CESU Grant.  $20,000. “Development of Cultural/Natural Landscape Management Plan for the Utility Area of Rocky Mountain National Park”

2007 Colorado State Historical Fund Grant.  $28,980. Funding production and printing for Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park

2005 National Park Service Rocky Mountain CESU Grant.  $10,000. “Images of Rocky Mountain National Park: Reception and Place” 


Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park. “Book Review: Literary Post-Mortem ,” reviewed by Land8, written by Adam Regn Arvidson. Accessed 02-05-2013. 

Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park. Van Alen Institute, New York, NY. 

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park listed as one of the top ten Best Books of 2012 , ASLA "The Dirt". Accessed 11-29-2012.

Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park. “Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park is Now History,” reviewed by ASLA “The Dirt”. Accessed 11-09-2012. 



Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, member
American Society of Landscape Architects, member
Society of Architectural Historians, member 
(Former board member - SAH Landscape History Chapter)

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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