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Maya Lin

Maya Lin has won international acclaim for her site-specific art and architecture projects, prominent among them the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, DC, which she designed when she was an undergraduate at Yale. Featured in a wide variety of publications, and the subject of an Academy-Award-winning documentary, Maya Lin – A Strong, Clear Vision, she has been praised for her sensitivity to aesthetic concerns and her ability to address complex historical and social issues.

  • Master of Architecture, Yale University
  • Brunner Prize, 1996, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Presidential Design Award
  • American Institute of Architects Honor Award

‘The design of the museum as a path – an educational passage – is a journey in light and dark, night and day, incorporating intuited, hand-drawn shapes in the staircases that lead you through the museum. The museum is on two levels: you descend to the lower level via a dark (night) stairway, returning to the upper level via a brightly painted (day) staircase.”

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