"Maya Lin’s Environmental Installations: Bringing the Outside In.  When a project comes her way, she tries to "understand the definition (of the site) in a verbal before finding the form to understand what a piece is conceptually and what its nature should be even before visiting the site. For more information and Center hours, visit http://web.cmoa.org/, Great article…! ", Lin, who now owns and operates Maya Lin Studio in New York City, has designed numerous projects, including the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama (1989) and the Wave Field outdoor installation at the University of Michigan (1995). 2X4 Landscape, for example, requires 2,800 square feet of uninterrupted space. Organization At the same time, much of what she has done outside the monument genre—from houses she has designed to large environmental installations like the new Confluence Project along the Columbia River—is clearly an extension of the work she began with the wall. She is the niece of Lin Huiyin, who was an American-educated artist and poet, and said to have been the first female architect in modern China. Both forms are natural, as is the material, but because the boards are cut to different lengths and the overall surface has not been sanded down, the piece’s texture is decidedly inorganic. For example, in Blue Lake Pass, the Colorado mountainous landscape is sculpted and gridded into 20 three-foot squared blocks. In the winter garden of the American Express building in downtown Minneapolis, the hardwood floor dips and rises like a gently rolling landscape. The daughter of the late Professor Emerita of English Julia Lin and the late Henry Lin, dean emeritus of the College of Fine Arts, Maya Lin studied computer programming at the university while in high school. The last memorial is "What Is Missing?" She achieved national recognition at the age of 21 while still an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was chosen in a national competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Golden Gate Park The gaps created by this series of nine cubic-foot particle-board sections of recreated terrain provide new passageways through which the visitor can pass.Other series represented in the exhibition: Bodies of Water Series (Caspian Sea, Red Sea, and Black Sea), 2006; Atlas Landscapes (Rand McNally New International Atlas, Rand McNally Cosmopolitan World Atlas, and The University Atlas), published 1981–1987, altered 2006; Sketch Tablets (Wanås, Kentucky, and Colorado), 2004–2005; Wire Landscape, 2006, and Plaster Relief Landscapes, 2005. Although she is best known for historical memorials, she is also known for environmentally themed works, which often address environmental decline. Maya Lin is an American architect, but she prefers being called designer rather than architect; she’s known for her works in sculpture and landscape art.  The memorial was completed in late October 1982 and dedicated in November 1982. To run into people who had been his students or colleagues in the ’50s, to have them come up to me and say, ‘I knew your dad’—that kind of connection has an incredible importance to me.”.