Laurie Olin, FASLA, is among 11 artists (plus one arts group) who will receive a National Medal of Arts on July 10 from President Obama at the White House. The citation reads, in part: “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.” We could scarcely offer a higher endorsement, though we would add a note about Olin’s wit and charm. Also, 12 outstanding people will receive National Humanities Medals that day, including the spellbinding photographer Camilo José Vergara for “his stark visual representation of American cities.” The full list of recipients is here.
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