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Is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a practicing professional who has taught and worked in the US, Europe, Israel, India and China. She is the founding Director of the Graduate program in Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, where she is a member of the faculty in both Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. In 2010, Professor Stein was honored with the Community Service Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of her lifelong commitment to public design and her contribution as the Director of the City College Architectural Center, a community assistance program, which prepared designs and master plans for low income communities in the greater New York City region. The City College of New York has also honored her contributions, granting her the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2011-2012. Her projects with neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, public housing authorities, and Government agencies focus on meeting social needs while seeking to heal the damage caused by poorly managed urban development.
Her designs have won numerous design awards. These include designs for school grounds, large-scale housing projects, parks, playgrounds, hotels, community gardens and private residences. Among the various personal awards she has received are the Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding the Service to the Community from the City of Los Angeles; the Award of Distinction from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture; the Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; the University of Southern California Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the award of Excellence from the AIA California Chapter for her educational contributions to the profession. Professor Stein was twice the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, once to India in 1979 and again in 2001 to Germany.
Among her more noted publications is the book, Morocco: Courtyards and Gardens, published by Monacelli Press, the article "On Sacred Trees and Historical Sites" published by the World Bank in Historic Cities and Sacred Sites/Cultural Roots for Urban Futures;"Winter Dream" in The Next Jerusalem, edited by Michael Sorkin, and published by Monacelli Press, and the article "Thoughts Occasioned by the Old Testament" included in the book The Meaning of Gardens, edited by Mark A. Francis and Randy Hester, and published by the MIT Press.
Professor Stein is the designer of the Moroccan Courtyard in the new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. The courtyard is a permanent installation, which will open in November, 2011. Among her other important exhibitions are "Windows of Opportunity", focusing on marginal lands in urban areas, which was presented in the nation-wide traveling exhibition Nature Constructed/Nature Revealed; "Subjects and Objects" which was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and "Uhuru Garden", part of the show Urban Revisions, which was prepared by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and which later toured the both the US and Canada.