Yahoo Weather

You are here

Renowned landscape architect Laurie Olin to speak at HPA



Laurie Olin, FASLA, distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today, will be the featured speaker at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ohana Sustainability Program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at HPA’s Energy Lab.

Olin’s one-hour presentation, “Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, and Water,” is presented in partnership with the Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

From vision to realization, Olin signature projects span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Groups in Washington, D.C., to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Penn., and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Ore.

Olin studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. He currently is practice professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for 40 years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Olin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the highest lifetime achievement award for artists and designers bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the United States. He also holds the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, the society’s highest award for a landscape architect.

For more information, contact Dr. Koh Ming Wei at 443-9231, or e-mail: