Ennead Design Partner, Richard Olcott, has been inducted into the National Academy of Design, an honor conferred annually to distinguished practitioners in the arts and architecture. Elected by peers, National Academicians are leaders in their fields and serve as ambassadors for the arts in America.
Olcott’s work is grounded in the power of architecture as an interpretive medium, one that can communicate the complexities of contemporary society and create a lasting cultural impact. He is interested in how architecture can reinvent itself within the existing urban condition through absorption, addition and transformation. Eschewing a formulaic language, he creates buildings that are at once expressive of their missions and rooted in their uniquely specific contexts. Some of his notable projects include: Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University; the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; the New York Times Printing Plant; WGBH Headquarters in Boston; and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.
The National Academy of Design has a simple yet powerful mission: to promote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction. Founded in 1825 by a group of forward-thinking artists and architects who believed themselves to be the best agents for the advancement of their field, the Academy is an honor society of America’s top artists and architects—the National Academicians.
Learn more about the National Academy of Design and the National Academicians Class of 2019 here.
Read Architecture Magazine's coverage on Olcott's induction to National Academy of Design here.