During the course of her academic career, Professor Mirka Beneš has documented a wide range of landscapes and supporting materials such as rare prints, maps, drawings, and written documents. From Professor Beneš’s extensive slide collection, a group of almost 8,000 teaching slides—used in support of her two lecture courses in the history and theories of landscape architecture—were selected and, over the past 16 months, in collaboration with Professor Beneš, the slides have been cataloged and digitized by the School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The selection of images in this exhibit represent a small sampling of images selected from the group of almost 8,000 that are, due to the generosity of Professor Beneš, available for use by the university community as part of the VRC’s Online Image Collection.
Mirka Beneš is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, which she joined in 2006. Her teaching covers the whole history of landscape architecture and gardens, and she publishes on Baroque Rome, Italian and French gardens, agrarian landscapes, and modernist landscape architecture. From 1988 to 2005, she taught at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, latterly as Associate Professor.