Laurie Olin (born 1938, Marshfield, Wisconsin) is an American landscape architect. He has worked on landscape design projects at diverse scales, from private residential gardens to public parks and corporate/museum campus plans.
Olin grew up in
Alaska, and earned his degree in Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was mentored under Richard Haag.
After graduating he worked for offices in Seattle, New York City, and London. In 1976 he became a professor for the
University of Pennsylvania, where he offered courses on the design of environments. In 1986 he became head chair of the landscape architecture program at Harvard University. After serving as chair at Harvard, Olin returned to University of Pennsylvania where he continues to be Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture.
Olin is the founding partner of the landscape architecture and urban design firm
OLIN, formerly Olin Partnership. The firm received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design in 2008, and in 2010 was on the winning team in the competition to design the new United States Embassy in London with architects KieranTimberlake.
Olin has written widely on the history and theory of architecture and landscape, receiving the Bradford Williams medal for best writing on Landscape Architecture. Olin co-authored
La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany, which includes a historical essay, along with photographs, sketches, and a critical analysis of the early 20th-century garden in Italy. Across the Open Field (2000), is both a memoir and series of essays on the evolution of the English landscape. He is also the author of Transforming the Commonplace (1996) and Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers (2006, with Witold Rybczynski), on James Deering's mansion in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Awards and Honors
Olin is a
Guggenheim Fellow, an American Academy of Rome Fellow, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 1999 Wyck-Strickland Award recipient. Olin won the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture in 1972, was the recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Olin was a speaker in the Spotlight on Design Lecture Series at the National Building Museum in 2003. In 1994 he was elected into the National Academy of Design. In 2013 he was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, it is the highest honor given to artists by the US Government.
Apple Park, Cupertino, California
Director Park, Portland, Oregon
1 Memorial Drive, campus of the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
ARCO corporate headquarters, La Palma, California
Battery Park City, Manhattan, New York
Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York
Columbus Circle, Manhattan, New York
Getty Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, Manhattan, New York
Mill River Park & Greenway, Stamford, Connecticut
Pacific Park, open space around development, Brooklyn, New York
Pershing Square, Los Angeles, California
Robert F. Wagner Park, New York
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Campus Development Plan)
Washington Monument, Washington, DC
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC LDS Conference Center roof ambient, part of The Gardens at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah
ASLA Merit Award, ARCO Research Center, 1984
Progressive Architecture Magazine Design Award, Battery Park City, 1985
Urban Landscape Institute Award for Excellence for Public Projects, Bryant Park, 1996
ASLA Landmark Award, Battery Park City, 2003
ASLA Design Honor Award, the J. Paul Getty Center, 2003
ASLA Award of Excellence, The Heart of the Park at Hermann Park, 2005
Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine Park/Landscape Award of Merit, the Washington Monument, 2005
AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, the University of British Columbia, 2006
ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award (awarded to OLIN firm), 2006
ASLA General Design Award of Honor, Columbus Circle, 2006
, the University of British Columbia, 2006 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Urban Design Award
ASLA General Design Award Of Honor, the Washington Monument, 2008
Cooper-Hewitt (awarded to OLIN firm), 2008 National Design Award
Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence, Comcast Building (awarded to OLIN firm), 2009
Building Institute's Bybee Prize, 2010
ASLA Landmark Award, Bryant Park (awarded to OLIN firm), 2010
ASLA Medal, 2011 
, 2012 National Medal of Arts 
, 2013 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture , 2017 Vincent Scully Prize 
OLIN: Placemaking, 2008. 
Vizcaya: An American Villa and its Members, with Witold Rybczynski, 2007. 
La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany, with Benedetta Origo et al., 2001. 
Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes, 2000. 
Transforming the Common Place: Selections from Laurie Olin's Sketchbook, 1996.  Breath on the Mirror: Seattle's Skid Road Community, 1973. 
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Olin : placemaking (Book, 2008). [WorldCat.org]. OCLC 213846238.
Vizcaya : an American villa and its makers (Book, 2007). [WorldCat.org]. OCLC 77535401.
La Foce : a garden and landscape in Tuscany (Book, 2001). [WorldCat.org]. 2007-08-05. OCLC 46473963.
Across the open field : essays drawn from English landscapes (Book, 2000). [WorldCat.org]. OCLC 41380362.
Transforming the common place : selections from Laurie Olin's sketchbooks. (Book, 1996). [WorldCat.org]. OCLC 36963741.
Breath on the mirror; Seattle's Skid Road community. (Book, 1972). [WorldCat.org]. OCLC 347999.
Dowdell, Jennifer. "Washington Monument, Security Built In: An Underground Center Nixed as Construction begins on Olin Partnership's Design"
Landscape Architecture 2004. Dvořák, Petula. "Washington Monument Subtly Fortified"
Washington Post 2005. Goodridge, Elisabeth.
"Landscape Redesigned at Washington Monument" Deseret News 2 April 2006 A.02 Smith, Sandy. "Laurie Olin: Q and A"
The Penn Current. December 13, 2001.
"Concept" Battery Park City Authority, viewed October 29, 2006.
"Getty Center" Getty Center Trust. 2003, viewed October 31, 2006.
OLIN viewed October 28, 2006. The Cultural Landscape Foundation Online viewed November 1, 2006.