The Royal Oak Foundation is pleased to announce Eduard Krakhmalnikov as the recipient of the 2014 Damaris Horan Prize fellowship for study with the National Trust. Supported by the Mudge Foundation and named for Royal Oak’s Executive Director from 1987 to 2003, this program provides training and educational opportunities for individuals with a professional interest in the history, management and conservation of historic landscapes and gardens.
Eduard’s award will allow him to work at the National Trust’s historic Charlecote Park. He’ll be under the supervision of the Park and Gardens Manager, compiling a detailed written report assessing the development of the parkland and gardens at Charlecote giving particular focus on the influence of Lancelot Brown and Mary Elizabeth Lucy.
Eduard is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, currently completing a dual Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Heritage Conservation and Preservation. He has a deep background in preservation work; in the summer of 2012, he was chosen as the inaugural Sally Boasberg Founder’s Fellow at The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. There, he worked primarily on the “What’s Out There” initiative, writing and researching historic designed landscapes. This past summer, Eduard worked with the conservation unit in the Galway County Council in Ireland through an international exchange internship with the US Chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. While there, he worked principally on the Architectural Conservation Area report for Kinvara, a historic seaside port.
Eduard’s personal interest in landscape stems from his family’s history. He was born in Odessa, Ukraine, before moving to the United States at a young age. He writes that “The bond between people and landscape is profound. As one changes, or disappears, the other follow suit. When deep cultural roots take hold, as they have for my parents, the places people leave behind seem as close as the ones they inhabit.”
This experience informs Eduard’s passion for telling the stories of places and makes him a perfect fit for the 2014 Horan Prize. We look forward to furthering Eduard’s interest in conservation and landscapes, and eagerly await the fruits of his work in Charlecote Park