The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) warmly congratulates landscape architect Laurie Olin, FASLA, on receiving today the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Olin is to be among 12 recipients of the award. Others include George Lucas, Elaine May, Ellsworth Kelly and Tony Kushner.
The White House press release says that Olin is being honored for "his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, Mr. Olin has dedicated his energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art."
Olin, the founder and principal of OLIN in Philadelphia, is only the fourth landscape architect to receive this award. The others are Lawrence Halprin in 2002, Dan Kiley in 1997, and Ian McHarg in 1990.
Olin's work includes iconic places like New York City's Bryant Park and the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C. His professional contributions also include a lifetime of teaching future landscape architects, spending more than 30 years at the University of Pennsylvania and, before that, chairing Harvard University's Department of Landscape Architecture. In addition, he is the author of many books and has written extensively on the history and theory of landscape design.
In 2011 Olin received the ASLA Medal, the Society's highest award for a landscape architect. He was elected a Fellow of ASLA in 1999.
"ASLA proudly joins with the National Endowment of the Arts in congratulating Laurie," said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. "His eye for beauty and deep understanding of the tie between sustainability and landscape architecture have created a lasting legacy not only for the landscape architecture profession, but for the world."
About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use the "ASLA" suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.