President Obama has appointed Los Angeles landscape architect and
urban planner Mia
Lehrer to a four-year term on the Commission of Fine Arts.
The CFA is one of two congressionally empowered advisory panels
authorized to review proposed coin and medal designs and make
recommendations to the Secretary of the Treasury, who has final design
approval. The other panel is the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Lehrer is the founder and president of Mia Lehrer + Associates, an
urban design and landscape architecture firm in Los Angeles. Her firm
is known for the design and implementation of ambitious public- and
private-sector projects, including complex mixed-use developments,
urban revitalization initiatives, and neighborhood and regional parks.
She was previously a partner with the design firm of Peter Walker
William Johnson and Partners.
Lehrer has served on numerous academic and professional advisory
boards and has extensive public-sector experience including service in
Los Angeles as a member of the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Zoning
Advisory Committee, and the Mayor's Design Advisory Panel. Lehrer has
lectured widely on landscape and urban design, including environmental
and sustainability issues and the public process. Her work has been
exhibited in the United States and abroad, and she has contributed to
several books on design, landscape architecture, and the historical
development of Los Angeles.
Lehrer has won numerous local and national awards for her work,
including design awards from the U.S. General Services Administration
and the National Park Service. A native of El Salvador, Lehrer
received a bachleor's degree. from Tufts University and a master of
Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard's Graduate School of
Design. She was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape
Architects in 2010.