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Laurie Olin Oral History

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In a new series of richly illustrated interviews, Laurie Olin reveals intriguing insights into his life, career, design philosophy and the concepts behind his legacy projects

Olin, a recent recipient of the National Medal of Arts, has profoundly influenced practitioners and the general public through his extensive body of built works and more than forty years of teaching. This is the tenth in the award-winning Pioneers of American Landscape Design®  series of free, Web-based, in-depth, first person interviews with leading landscape architects. 

Oral History Framework

Video Clips are divided into three categories: BIOGRAPHY, DESIGN, and PROJECTS.

Each clip is between 2 and 5 minutes long.

Interview: Laurie Olin was interviewed on June 1-6, 2012 by Charles A. Birnbaum in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York City.

Laurie Olin Oral History Transcript


Reflections: Olin's career in practice and in teaching spans over forty years. The Cultural Landscape Foundation contacted former associates, colleagues and family to share their stories and reflections.

Laurie Olin Reflections


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