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Landscape architect

Theodore Ole Osmundson, American landscape architect. Recipient award for outstanding service Landscape Architecture Foundation, 1981; Bradford Williams medal Landscape Architect magazine, 1981, Christian Peterson Design award Iowa State University, 1988; University Hawaii East West Center grantee, 1963; Educational Facilities Laboratory grantee, 1970-1971.


Osmundson, Theodore Ole was born on January 29, 1921 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Son of Theodore Ole and Zylphia Anne (Whitehurst) Osmundson.


Student, College William and Mary, 1940. Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Norfolk, 1940. Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1943.


Landscape draftsman San Diego Park Department, 1944, Garrett Eckbo Landscape Architect, San Francisco, 1945. Landscape superintendent California Nursery Company, Niles, 1945. Private practice landscape architecture Oakland, California, 1946-1949, San Francisco, since 1949.

President California Board Landscape Architects, 1961-1969.


  • Other Work

    • Designer: Kaiser Center Roof Garden, Oakland, 1956, University California at Davis Swim Center, 1968, University California, Davis Putah Creek Recreation Area, 1969, Thoreau Hall Roof Garden, University California, Davis, 1987, Los Alamitos Trail, San Jose, California, 1988, Tillman Park, Alameda, California, 1992.


President Kensington (California) Democratic Club. Member Berkeley (California) Art Commission. President Friends of Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, 1981-1986.

Fellow American Society Landscape Architects (American Society of Landscape Architects medal 1986, national president 1967-1969, president Foundation 1969-1971, chairman jury of fellows 1980-1982, United States advertising International Federation of Library Associations yearbook 1983-1990, delegate to International Federation Landscape Architects 1980-1989, senior delegate to International Federation Landscape Architects 1989-1990, president International Federation Landscape Architects 1990-1992, Outstanding Landscape Architect award Northern California chapter 1981, President's medal 1986). Member California Council Landscape Architects (president 1968-1969, Honor award 1977, chairman South Market Parks task force 1986), Sierra Club, Planning and Conservation League, People for Open Space, Lambda Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha.


Married Lorraine Frieda Wiese, December 18, 1943. Children– Gordon, Richard, Douglas.

Theodore Ole Osmundson

Zylphia Anne (Whitehurst) Osmundson

Lorraine Frieda Wiese

Gordon Osmundson

Richard Osmundson

Douglas Osmundson