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May 15, 2001

ASLA Contact: Beth Young

Robert Marvin of Walterboro Awarded ASLA Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently awarded the ASLA Medal to Robert E. Marvin, FASLA, of Walterboro, S.C. Given annually, the ASLA Medal recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement in the profession of landscape architecture. It is the highest honor a member of the Society can receive.
Marvin boasts more than 50 years working as a landscape architect. He is renowned for creating designs that celebrate the unique regionalism of the South Carolina low country. Marvin's work includes the Governor's Mansion of South Carolina in Columbia, Monarch at Sea Pines in Hilton Head, and Glencairn Gardens in Rock Hill. Author and fellow South Carolina resident Pat Conroy wrote, "No landscape on earth is as beautiful to me as the South Carolina low country. I would not let God alter a single detail of this master design unless He bid out the job to Robert Marvin."

Robert E. Marvin, FASLA

"[Robert's] deliberate decision to celebrate regionalism set him on a course steered away from the spotlight of national and international attention. His impact, nonetheless, has been far-reaching, like the spreading ripples made by a small stone tossed into a very large pond," said Bill Eubanks, a landscape architect with Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, Inc. in Pleasant, SC. Eubanks prepared a portion of Marvin's nomination for the ASLA Medal.

Marvin's projects are not limited to South Carolina. He is licensed to practice in six states, including Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, and some of his best-known work is located across the southeastern United States. Marvin completed two major projects at Callaway Gardens in Georgia - the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in 1990 and the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center in 1986. His other designs include the Southern Progress Corp. in Birmingham, Ala., and the Jones Bridge Headquarters of Simmons Co. in Atlanta.

Marvin graduated from Clemson University in 1942 and was called into military service for World War II as an Army captain. He returned from the Pacific in 1945 and went on to earn his masters degree at the University of Georgia. He set up his landscape architecture firm in Walterboro, S.C. in 1947. "He moved home to establish a practice in a discipline that few within the general population of the region had ever heard of," Eubanks commented.
Calloway Gardens Sibley Center, Atlanta, GA

Marvin's design philosophy was centered on the human-scale. He thought the site should be subordinate to human sensitivities and that every opportunity should be taken to put the individual in touch with the natural nurturing elements of the landscape.

While his designs continue to receive praise, it is his work with hundreds of young landscape architects that has won Marvin the admiration of his peers. "He never refused to teach you whatever he knew," said Hartley Fairchild, a landscape architect who began his career at Robert Marvin and Associates. "Robert Marvin taught me the important things of being the best landscape architect my capacity allows, and helped me develop a sense of balance to all things that I can affect."

Marvin will be presented with the ASLA Medal in a ceremony at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Sept. 21-25.

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing 13,500 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship. For more information, visit ASLA Online at

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