Maya Lin

Maya Lin, Architect

If you have ever visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., you have witnessed the artistic design of architect Maya Lin.

Lin studied architecture and sculpture at Yale, where she won a competition her senior year to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She was 21 years old. The design was minimalistic, and initially controversial for being so, but has become a must-see stop on the visit to the Washington D.C. National Mall. In 2007, the American Institute of Architects granted the monument its 25-Year Award.

In addition to the Vietnam Memorial, Lin is responsible for the designs of the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center and a monument to commemorate the women of Yale.

Her architectural achievements include her work in sustainable buildings such as the Langston Hughes Library and the Museum of Chinese in America located in New York City.

Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and in 1994, Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision, won the Oscar for best documentary. In 2016, Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To view her body of work, visit

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