Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2013

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Laurie Olin, FASLA, was among the National Medal of Arts recipients personally awarded by President Obama during a July 10 ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The award recognizes Olin's contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. The National Endowment for the Arts noted his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, his "dedicated energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art." Laurie Olin, FASLA, Receives National Medal of Arts On July 10, 2013, President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals to the 2012 recipients during an East Room ceremony at the White House. The National Medal of Arts is a White House initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Each year, the NEA organizes and oversees the National Medal of Arts nominations, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence. This year's 12 National Medal of Arts recipients include Laurie Olin, ASLA, the founding partner of the landscape architecture and urban design firm OLIN in Philadelphia www.theolinstudio.com. (See "Classical Form, Human Impact Profile: Laurie Olin, FASLA," interview by Leslie McGuire, LASN's former managing editor http://landscapeonline.com/research/ article/13092. Olin's awards are too numerous and extensive to list, but you'll find his honors and other activities at www.theolinstudio.com/blog/tag/ laurie-olin Laurie Olin is the fourth landscape architect to receive the medal. The previous landscape architect honorees were Lawrence Halprin (2002), Dan Kiley (1997) and Ian McHarg (1990). The event was live streamed at WH.gov/Live. An archive of the video is available on the White House YouTube page www.youtube.com/whitehouse. For the complete list of recipients of the 2012 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals go to www.nea.gov/news/news13/medals2012.html Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal Goes to LSU's Prof. Max Conrad Max Conrad, professor of landscape architecture in LSU's Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. Professor Max Conrad recalls when Robert Reich, the LSU School of Landscape Architecture founder, "somehow convinced" him to return to LSU in 1966 to help out with the program. "I never would have dreamed that years later former students and others would honor me with such an award," Conrad said. "I wish that there was a way for me to fully express my appreciation." ASLA created the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal in 2000 to celebrate the outstanding life and career of professor Carpenter, a past president of the organization. The award recognizes sustained, significant contributions to a landscape architecture program. Conrad will receive the medal during the president's dinner on Nov. 18, as part of the ASLA annual meeting in Boston. Information Request # 507 94 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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