Today, October 5, is the birthday of Maya Lin, born in 1959. Although a Yale graduate with two architecture degrees, Lin is widely known for her memorials and "earth pieces," such as the one shown here -- Storm King Wavefield.
Lin won early fame for her Vietnam Memorial, and her work has stirred heated debate ever since. According to some critics, Maya Lin is an artist, not a real architect. So, I'm scratching my head and wondering, what's a real architect?
Our word architect comes from the Greek word architekton meaning "chief carpenter"—not a good description of the modern architect. I say let the creative be creative—especially on their birthdays.
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Photo of Maya Lin's Storm King Wavefield, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, N.Y ©Jackie Craven