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Male, US, born 1938

Associated with the firms network

Haag, Richard, Associates, Incorporated, Site Planners, Landscape Architects; Hanna / Olin, Limited, Landscape Architects; Olin Partnership

Professional History


Partner, Hanna/Olin, Limited, Landscape Architects, Philadelphia, PA. Principal, Olin Partnership, Landscape Architects, Philadelphia, PA.


Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1976-1986; Chair, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture, Cambridge, MA; Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Service

Olin belonged to the Executive Board of the Friends of the Market preservation group before 1963.

Professional Awards

Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, 1972; Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1998; awarded the Wyck-Strickland Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, 1999; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA); Fellow, American Academy of Rome, Rome Italy; John Simon Guggenheim Fellow; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Design, 2008; Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA); Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY; numerous ASLA project awards, 1980s-2010s. ASLA Medal Recipient, 2011.



B.Arch., Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, WA.



Born in Marshfield, WI, in the middle of the state, Olin spent his childhood in AK. He came to the University of Washington, Seattle, where he studied with the great Richard Haag (b. 1923). Following graduation, Olin landed jobs in landscape architecture firms in Seattle, New York, NY, and London, UK. He made a transition to academia in the mid-1970s, working at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In addition to his teaching positions Olin has managed a worldwide landscape architecture practice based in Philadelphia.

Associated Locations

  • Marshfield, WI (Architect's Birth)
    Marshfield, WI

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PCAD id: 725