Honoring Maya Lin and her work





Artist, designer and environmentalist, Maya Lin interprets the natural world through science, history, politics, and culture, creating a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture. Her works merge the physical and psychological environment, presenting a new way of seeing the world around us.

Lin's Memorials address the critical social and historical issues of our time. From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which she designed as an undergraduate student at Yale, to The Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama, and the Women's Table at Yale make our history part of the landscape. To her latest, What is Missing? which is focused on the environment.

Her architectural projects include the main building and master plan for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA (2015), the Museum for Chinese in America (2009) in New York City and the Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel (2004) and Langston Hughes Library (1999) in Clinton, Tennessee. Currently she is working on the redesign of the Neilson Library at Smith College. Her designs create a close dialogue between the landscape and built environment, and she is committed to advocating sustainable design solutions in all her works.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has been profiled in, among others, TIME, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. The 1996 documentary about her, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her book about her work and creative process, Boundaries, is in its fifth printing with Simon & Schuster. Maya Lin: Topologies, a monograph spanning the past 30 years of her career was first released in Fall 2015 by Skira Rizzoli and is in its second printing. In 2009 she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence, and in 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama, the Nation's highest Civilian Honor.





Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)



Alan Buckelew

William F. Murdy



The Land of The Free Foundation

PenFed Credit Union

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Smith


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Sketch of Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Paul Stevenson Oles


Watercolor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Maya Lin