Samuel Olin

Samuel Olin

Sam Olin, SCAD architecture professor

Samuel Olin


  • B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1987
  • M.L.A., North Carolina State University, 1993
  • M.Arch., North Carolina State University, 1995
First year at SCAD:

"Both the profession and academia of architecture demand the highest of standards - it would be a disservice to the students not to require only the best of their effort and assist them to reach these high standards. Students are encouraged to go further with their work through suggested readings and input from all professors and peers. The professor should inspire and lead the student into taking on their own responsibility to critically learn, have ownership of their projects and challenge themselves."


Gaining professional licensure as a registered architect

Awards, recognition and honors

North Carolina American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award


LEED Accredited Professional; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; U.S. Green Building Council, Savannah Branch Leadership Group

Publications and presentations


  • "Texas Sustainable School Design Guidelines," 1999 - co-author
  • "Guidelines for Energy-Efficient Sustainable Schools, Clark Co. Nevada," 2000 - co-author


  • ACSA SE Regional Conference, Savannah, Georgia, Fall 2009: Topic Chair and author: "Landscape as Canvas"
  • ACSA NE Regional Conference, Hartford, Connecticut, Fall 2010; Seventh Savannah Symposium, The Spirituality of Place, Winter 2011: Paper presentation and author: "The Suburban Land(scape) Accordance"

Previous Positions

Visiting assistant professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina; freelance architect intern, BJAC, PA, Raleigh, North Carolina; Olin Residential Design, Raleigh, North Carolina; architect intern, Innovative Design Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina; architect intern, Cherry Huffman Architects, Raleigh, North Carolina

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 101 Introduction to Architecture
  • ARCH 300 Architecture Design Studio I
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 405 Architecture Design Studio V
  • ARCH 406 Architecture Design Studio VI
  • ARCH 465 Sustainable Design
  • CULT 160 Fundamentals of Cultural Landscape
  • CULT 210 Historic Landscape Design
  • CULT 305 Culture of the Landscape
  • CULT 320 Cultural Landscape Seminar
  • DRAW 115 Graphics for the Building Arts
  • DSGN 223 Architectural Fundamentals I
  • HIPR 717 Preservation of the Cultural Landscape
  • HIPR 732 The Cultural Landscape of Petroleum
  • HIPR 780 Special Topics in Historic Preservation
  • URBA 705 Political Economy of Urbanization