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, 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.
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