Gardens and Landscapes of Italy (Carl Nelson Jr. Collection)
Carl Nelson Jr. had a lifelong passion for the design of urban landscapes and this collection of digital images, taken over several decades, is a legacy of Carl's love for the piazzas and cities of Italy. Carl Nelson Jr. was born in Duluth, Minnesota and graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1955 (B. Arch.) and from MIT in 1956 (M. Arch.) before winning the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Italy in 1957. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois and soon thereafter at the University of Notre Dame. Carl and his family moved north to Winnipeg, where he joined the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1963. Carl's academic and professional career at the University of Manitoba spanned 38 years. His contributions to the Faculty, the University, the professional associations and literally hundreds, indeed thousands, of students and colleagues as a teacher, mentor, confidant and friend is a legacy in itself. Leading academics and practitioners, both in Canada and abroad, credit Carl as a major influence in their professional development. Carl's work in the Faculty was instrumental to advancing a vital design curriculum in the Departments of Environmental Studies, from 1966-1976, and Landscape Architecture, from 1977-1998. The Faculty of Architecture benefitted from his presence for the entire period of Carl's teaching career. Among his accomplishments, he was recipient of two major teaching awards including the Saunderson Award for excellence in teaching; numerous grants to conduct scholarly research, including Canada Council and CMHC grants; professional and governmental awards including appointment to the RAIC College of Fellows for his service to the profession, and a Premier's Award for design excellence for the Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education.