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Karl Von Bieberstein

At a Glance

Class Year: 1970

Award Year: 2016

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Profession: Landscape Architecture


Karl Von Bieberstein, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in 1970 and retired in April of 2017, was formerly a principal at RVi, a regional design firm widely recognized for its creative contributions to land use analysis, community planning, and outdoor space design. During his 47-year career, Von Bieberstein has established a distinguished design record, said Michael Murphy, retired professor of landscape architecture, in a nomination letter. His landscape designs enhance many Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex locations, including Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Arlington, corporate campuses for Federal Express and May Kay and numerous civic projects, including Dallas’ city hall and public library, Gabe Nesbit Community Park in McKinney and several parks in Richardson. From 1974 – 1979 he served as senior landscape architect for the Dallas Park Department, overseeing development of the centennial master plan for the Old City Park Heritage Museum. As head of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in the late 1970s and early 80s, Von Bieberstein reversed flagging attendance at annual meetings by revising the group’s meeting format and location. He also introduced lobbying initiatives in the state legislature, new student award programs, and communications efforts focused on enhancing the profession’s public stature. Von Bieberstein enhanced landscape architecture education across the country as a visiting evaluator with the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board in the 80s and 90s, advising educators during campus visits and challenging graduates to exceed professional expectations. He was a member of the LAAB Board from 2010 until 2015 and continues to visit Universities seeking to begin new programs in Landscape Architecture. Von Bieberstein has also served on professional advisory boards for landscape architecture programs at Oklahoma State University, where he received the program’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003. He is currently a member of the University of Texas at Arlington Professional Advisory Board, and completed his second term as Chair of the Texas A&M University PAB in 2018. He is also a member of the TAMU College of Architecture Development Advisory Council.