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Keynote Speaker

Laurie D. Olin

Laurie D. Olin is practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for thirty years, and former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Olin was recently chosen to serve as the landscape architect for the Barnes Foundation's new art education center to be located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

He co-authored the book OLIN: Placemaking, published by Monacelli Press, which features a selection of the OLIN studio's most celebrated landscape architecture, urban design and planning projects. He also authored an essay titled "More Than Just Wriggling Your Wrist" for the book Drawing/Thinking: Confronting an Electronic Age published by Routledge. His redesign of the Washington Monument grounds received the 2008 Design Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Olin, and his five partners, received the 2008 Landscape Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. They were honored for their excellence and innovation in landscape design and dedication to sustainability.