For my second post on the series of women in architecture I want to share with you the work of Maya Lin. She is a chinese-american artist/architect. Her first mayor work, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was the first example I had of a woman winning a big and prominent competition.
I looked up to her not only as a role model but also as a really powerful designer. I find her approach to design very profound and respectful of the environment even before it was hype to do that. She has a stunningly understanding of her projects surroundings, which allows her, to insert her work in such a way as to make you believe they were an intrinsic part of them. I find also an elegance and an evident care in the manufacturing of each of the components of her projects.
Watch here an interview from the SinoVision English Channel Archives
And here a video on her multimedia memorial, a tribute to decreasing biodiversity :
“What is Missing?” by Maya Lin (from the San Francisco Arts commission)
And I leave you with a recent NY Times article by Joshua Barone: