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College of Environment and Design

Cari Goetcheus


Curriculum Vitae


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Street address: 108 Denmark Hall
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Historic Preservation
Cultural Landscapes
Cultural Landscape Preservation Education
Vernacular Land Use History
African American landscapes of the South
Technology Applications to Historic Preservation



Landscape Architect, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, No. 1031
Landscape Architect, State of Georgia, No. 1038 

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Biographical Information

Cari L. Goetcheus, Professor in the College of Environment + Design, teaches in the graduate Historic Preservation Program. With training in both Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, Cari’s expertise lies in cultural landscape research, documentation and management.

Prior to her academic career, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both the public and private sectors. As a Historical Landscape Architect with the National Park Service in Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C., Cari worked with the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) program. In Washington, D.C. she further worked with NPS regional colleagues to assist the then 396 national parks with a variety of cultural landscape issues. In private practice, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both traditional landscape architecture offices on master plans, site designs and construction drawings, as well as in preservation firms known for their cultural landscape work and developing National Heritage Areas. On a volunteer basis at the national level, Cari was instrumental in developing the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) program and its documentation guidelines.

With 25 years of experience in research, planning, preservation, and project management, Ms. Goetcheus is a licensed landscape architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Georgia. Current and past research projects include: directing the UGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory; partnering with ten Gullah Geechee communities in coastal South Carolina to document the tangible and intangible qualities of their historic communities; guiding consultants to develop the Getty Foundation funded Clemson University Preservation Master Plan; development of cultural resource documentation for a c. 1785 property on the Clemson University campus; working with students to craft a Scenic Byway Management Guide for Sumter National Forest, and contributing to an Environmental Impact Assessment Report for Dyea, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.


Master of Historic Preservation, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Utah State University
Associates in Applied Science (Landscape Development), State University of New York-Cobleskill

selected publications

2020, Goetcheus, Cari and Steven Brown, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Landscape Practice. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group): United Kingdom. 

2019, Madden, Marguerite, Thomas R. Jordan, Sergio Bernardes, Cari Goetcheus, Kristen Olsen. “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Structure from Motion for Monitoring Cultural and Natural Resources” in J.B. Sharma, Ed. Applications of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Best Practices and Case Studies. London: Francis and Taylor Group.

2019. Goetcheus, Cari, Sean W. Dunlap, Natasha Burr, Tom Jones, T. Fielding Link, Megan Turner, Katie Pigott, Paul G. Cady. Cowpens National BattlefieldCultural Landscape Report, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office, Cultural Resources Division.

2019, Goetcheus, Cari, Sean W. Dunlap, Natasha Burr, Tom Jones, T. Fielding Link, Leeann Dickerson, Megan Turner, Katie Pigott, Paul G. Cady. Fort Sumter National Monument Cultural Landscape Report, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office, Cultural Resources Division.

2019, Goetcheus, Cari, and Sean W. Dunlap. Cowpens National BattlefieldCultural Landscape Inventory, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office, Cultural Resources Division.

2018, Goetcheus, Cari, Thomas R. Jordan, PhD. Comparison of 3D Technologies for Cultural Landscape Documentation and Visualization. National Park Service, National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, Natchitoches, LA.

2018, Goetcheus, Cari, Nora J. Mitchell, Brenda Barrett. “Evolving Values and How They Have Shaped the United States National Park System.” Built Heritage: Conservation and Revitalisation, 2018/3, Vol. 2, Tongji University Press co., Ltd.

2016, Goetcheus, Cari, Robin Karson, Ethan Carr, Special Issue Editors. Landscape Journal, Designing Living Landscapes. Vol. 35, No 2.

2016, Goetcheus, Cari, Robin Karson, Ethan Carr. “Designing Living Landscapes: Cultural Landscapes as Landscape Architecture.” Landscape Journal, Vol 35:2, p. vi-xiv.

2015, Benedict, Robert and Cari Goetcheus. “The Historic Preservation Gap in Graduate Real Estate Curricula” Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education.

2015, Goetcheus, Cari, Natasha Burr. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont Historic District, Millionaire’s Row CAD drawings, Section 106 documentation.

2014, Brabec, Elizabeth and Cari Goetcheus. “The Interrelationships of Land, Culture and Heritage: the Gullah Geechee Communities of the South-eastern United States” in Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions in Routledge (Francis & Taylor Group), Editors Ken Taylor, Archer St. Clair and Nora Mitchell. 

2014, Goetcheus, Cari and Nora Mitchell. “The Venice Charter and Cultural Landscapes: Evolution of Heritage Concepts and Conservation Over Time.” Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, University of Pennsylvania Press, Volume 4, No.2, Fall 2014, p. 338-357.

2013, UnScene Landscapes: Exploring Relationships with Place Through Time, The Cultural Landscape Laboratory. A Circle Gallery exhibition collaboration, College of Environment and Design, February 21 – March 23, 2013, Athens, GA.




2018 University of Georgia Service Learning Fellow
2015 University of Georgia, College of Environment and Design, Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation
2010 Clemson President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Outstanding Academic Faculty Award
2010  Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Excellence in Teaching Award
2001 Maryland and Potomac Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award for Cultural Landscape Bibliography: Resources in the National Park System
2000  Federal Design Achievement Award, National Park Service, Park Cultural Landscapes Program (group award)
2000 Distinguished Alumnus Award, State University of New York, Department of Plant Science
1998 American Society of Landscape Architects, Professional Merit Award, National Park Service, Park Cultural Landscapes Program, Cultural Landscapes Inventory (as one of 40 in the program)
1995  Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Institutional Design Merit Award for the Worcester Mail Processing Center, Massachusetts
1994 Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Professional Merit Award for The Southern Appalachian Heritage Center Feasibility Study


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