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Gregory B. C. Shaw, PhD | Associate AIA
Associate Professor | Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration

email: shaw@csus.edu

BS::Architecture::Georgia Institute of Technology
MS::Recreation Administration::California State University, Sacramento
PHD::Geography (Minor: Landscape Architecture)::University of California, Davis
Member Organizations
American Institute of Architects
Assoc. of American Geographers
California Geographical Society
Central Valley AIA
Society of Park & Recreation Educators
Editorial Review Boards
Journal of Tourism Insights
Contributing Writer
Cuisine Noir Magazine
The Culinary Scoop
photo g. b. c. shaw

The Getty Center Garden::Los Angeles
Robert Irwin::Artist & Landscape Architect

The Getty Center and its garden provide an interesting look at the possibilities of combining architecture, tourism and geographic location. The Getty Center (designed by "starchitect" Richard Meier) is a top-visited attraction located in the hills over West Los Angeles. The site provides views of downtown, the LA Basin and (on clear days), the Pacific Ocean beyond Long Beach. The distinctive style of Richard Meier and the hilltop location both attract visitors as much as the museum's art, and the gardens are used as a public park for both tourists and residents alike. It's as if visitors have walked into a gigantic painting made of plants, rather than a traditional garden. Robert Irwin, an artist, considers the gardens to be a piece of living art, constantly changing as they grow. 

I take a somewhat unconventional approach to studying tourism and recreation, and look at it from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes architecture and geography, with a connection to photography. My desire is to help students realize that there are elements of recreation, parks and tourism in many other fields of theory, study and practice. In the end, hopefully what's gained is an interest in other fields and the tools to communicate (visually, orally and in writing) the importance of the recreation industries to those outside of our discipline. 
California Wine::
Benzinger Family Winery
Blackjack Ranch Vineyards and Winery
Bogle Vineyards
Duckhorn Vineyards
Esterlin Vineyards/Everett Ridge Winery
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Harney Lane Winery
Imagery Estate Winery
Jessie's Grove Winery
Klinker Brick Winery
Lava Cap Winery
Napa Cellars
Rail Bridge Cellars
Revolution Wines
Scheid Vineyards
Todd Taylor Wines
Vina Robles
Wente Vineyards
Young's Vineyard
Capital Area Development Authority
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Great Valley Center
Partnership for Prosperity
Recreation Wellness Center (The WELL)
Sacramento Old City Association
Sacramento Railyards
Valley Vision
America's Favorite Architecture
City Comforts
Congress for the New Urbanism
Creative Class Online
Discover California Wines
Smart Growth
Teach for America
Tourism Central Florida
Travel Channel
Visit California

tourism and architecture

urban parks and open space

museums and tourism
tourism and urban design
tourism & rec. in urban renewal
"themeparking" of society
photography, tourism & architecture
wine tourism
the "third place"
recreation retail
Research Interests::

the Devil is in the Details: West Coast Architourism

Broad Contemporary Art::Renzo Piano | Caltrans District 7::Thom Mayne of Morphosis
Seattle Public Library::Rem Koolhaas | Getty Center::Richard Meier
de Young Museum::Herzog+de Meuron | Walt Disney Concert Hall::Frank Gehry

[All photographs
Gregory. B. C. Shaw]

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About Me

Sacramento Railyards
Sacramento rarely enters the national stage, but for the last few years, publications such as Architectural Record and the Wall Street Journal have declared the Union Pacific Railyards the most exciting piece of urban property in the entire United States. Why? It's very large (over 250 acres) and it's positioned near a downtown, and it has original (if not somewhat dilapidated) industrial structures. Famous German photographer Bernd Becher was fond of photographing industrial sites. I also enjoy the industrial aesthetic (although I'm no Becher). Still, the railyards are a beautiful site that should be preserved for tourists and residents alike. photo Greg B. C. Shaw
My Railyard Photographs | Railyards Official Site | Bernd and Hilla Becher
take the quiz ArchTour A super easy quiz on world icons that puts architecture, tourism and geography together. Can you give the name, location and architect for them all? Then when you're finished, take the ArenaVisual Survey.
How well do you know your California wine regions? This quiz will test your aesthetic knowledge of California's landscape and wine tourism locations. Don't worry, there are plenty of hints to help you through. 

WineTour  take the quiz

Modernist Marvels
Most of you probably recognize Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house, Falling Water. But it's only one of several modern architectural tourism destinations being highlighted this summer by Forbe's Traveler. They were kind enough to quote me in the article, so naturally I'll promote it as much as possible.



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Community Board Positions
California Geographical Society
Cultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair/California Grape and Gourmet
Society of Park & Recreation Educators