The collection is organized into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, Project Records, North
Park Shopping Center, and Additional Donations. The majority of the collection documents Richard A. Vignolo, Landscape Architect
projects, which span the years 1972-2003 and includes contracts, specifications, preliminary sketches, drawings, and planting
selections and plans. The collection also includes photos, slides, drawings, and papers from his previous work at Lawrence
Halprin and Associates. Vignolo’s student work at UC Berkeley, some of his capstone work at the Harvard GSD, and his ‘Spoofs’,
done for his own entertainment, are also documented.
Richard A. Vignolo was born in Stockton, CA, on April 24, 1927 to Aaron and Ada Vignolo. Raised on a ranch in Stockton, his
love of the landscape came from his childhood surroundings, and his grandfather’s passion for plants; Vignolo, however, knew
early on that he did not wish to be a farmer. He attended California’s Stockton Junior College until 1945, and though he was
briefly interested in studying architecture, he quickly found his love in landscape architecture. In 1946, he began studying
landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape
Architecture in 1950. His professors included Robert Royston, Burt Litton, and Leland Vaughan. The summer following his graduation,
Vignolo worked for the Berkeley Planning Commission.
32 Cubic Feet -
31 cartons, 1 tube, 2 flat files
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
Collection is open for research.