Laurie Olin to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama

President Obama will award the 2012 National Medal of Arts to Laurie Olin and 11 other recipients next week in the East Room of the White House. Olin, 74, has been a professor at University of Pennsylvania and chair of the landscape architecture program at Harvard, he later returned to Penn were he is still Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Laurie Olin established the landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm bearing his name with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. OLIN has won many awards for its numerous projects across the world from the 1980′s to most recently Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan which won the AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and The Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award.

Laurie Olin is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) who this year won the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture granted jointly by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Laurie Olin will be awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts 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.”


VIDEO CREDIT | Laurie Olin on Olmsted, Kiley & Halprin | TCLF

ASLA disappointed with failure to avert sequestration

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) released a statement on March 1 stating that they are “…..disappointed in the federal government’s failure to avert the sequestration that will start to take effect today.”. ASLA stated that they were not only worried about scale of the cuts and the impact that it will have on the USA economy but also federally employed landscape architects.

ASLA also spoke of its recent Business Survey and how it “…indicated a steadier future hiring picture going into the first quarter of 2013.” The across the board cuts will create uncertainty for firms and self employed with many choosing to implement hiring freezes. Furthermore, the cuts will effect not only federal but state and local governments in planning and implementing infrastructure projects such as stormwater management, transport corridors and the design of public spaces.

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