Maya Lin was born on October 5th 1959 in Athens, Ohio. She received her bachelor's degree from Yale, where she studied architecture and sculpture. During her senior year she won a nationwide competition to create a design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Her minimalist design sparked controversy, but has become very popular with the public over the following years.
Lin is regarded as one of the most prominent architectural designers of the 21st century. Although she started her career in the 20th century, her vision and focus was always on how the space needed to be in the future and what it meant to the people.