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.”
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Richard Weller, the new Chairman of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design gave a recent lecture at PennDesign titled An Art of Instrumentality. Weller gives a view into his work from 1990 to the present. (Video 1hr 27mins – Weller’s lecture starts at approx 5 min)
Recently, Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design announced that Richard Weller has been recommended as Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Pending final University approval, Weller will assume Chairmanship January 2013, a position currently held by Professor James Corner, who has led the program since 2000.
Weller, who has taught and practiced landscape architecture for over 25 years, was previously the Winthrop Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Director of both the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and the design firm Room 4.1.3.
The familiar purview of design as it relates to the built environment is the making of space in a material and experiential sense. This shaping of physical urban form is the accumulated product of a range of disciplinary capacities and expertise – architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, fine arts and communication design among many others. Professional capacity, in this context, is most often deployed in response to the explicit demands or implicit desires of a client or program, characterizing design primarily as a responsive, service-based method.