2011 Lewis Lecture::Laurie D. Olin, RLA FASLA

The Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation has sponsored an annual lecture for most of its history. The Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture brings an expert in the field of Architecture to our city for an evening of discussion about the built environment, be it focused on the work of an individual practitioner or an overarching topic.

The 2011 Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture

Laurie D. Olin, RLA, FASLA :: “Civic Delight: Landscape, Cities and People”

October 27th, 2011 :: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

FREE and Open to the Public

We have had substantial interest in this event, with over 200 people preregistered already. Please RSVP to director@baltimorearchitecture.org in order to guarantee a seat for the lecture.

Wine and Cheese Reception to follow. Reception co-sponsored by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and The Walters Art Museum.

Laurie D. Olin, internationally-recognized landscape architect and founder of The Olin Studio in Philadelphia will discuss his firm’s design philosophy touching on some of their work in Baltimore such as Pratt Street and Mount Vernon Place. Wine and cheese reception to follow. *Reception co-sponsored by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and The Walters Art Museum.

Laurie is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. Laurie 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 has guided, from vision to realization, many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from Bryant Park in New York City to the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania. Recent projects include Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland and the new Barnes Foundation Art Education Center in Philadelphia.

Laurie is currently practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for thirty years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. He 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 and the Design Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2005.

The Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation through a gift from the family of architect Robert E. Lewis. This Free Fall Baltimore program is funded in part by a grant from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.



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