Obama appoints Schlossberg to D.C. architecture and design panel

Washington's carefully protected historic architecture is topped by The White House, which is second on the list of the American Institute of Architects' ranking of 'America's Favorite Architecture' ( No. 1 is the Empire State Building). Photo by Matt H. Wade, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Washington’s carefully protected historic architecture is topped by The White House, which is second on the list of the American Institute of Architects’ ranking of ‘America’s Favorite Architecture’ ( No. 1 is the Empire State Building). Photo by Matt H. Wade, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Obama has appointed Edwin Schlossberg, an interactive media designer and husband of Caroline Kennedy, to serve on a federal panel that helps oversee the architecture and design of the nation’s capital.

The White House announced the appointment Tuesday night for the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts among other diplomatic and cultural posts. Schlossberg has a design firm in New York.

Members of the arts panel play a key role in shaping Washington architecture, including the design of new memorials or museums added to the National Mall or other parts of the city. Seven commissioners appointed by the president serve four-year terms without compensation.

Past members have included architects, landscape architects and artists, including Daniel Chester French who sculpted the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

AP-WF-03-30-11 1353GMT

 


ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


Washington's carefully protected historic architecture is topped by The White House, which is second on the list of the American Institute of Architects' ranking of 'America's Favorite Architecture' ( No. 1 is the Empire State Building). Photo by Matt H. Wade, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Washington’s carefully protected historic architecture is topped by The White House, which is second on the list of the American Institute of Architects’ ranking of ‘America’s Favorite Architecture’ ( No. 1 is the Empire State Building). Photo by Matt H. Wade, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.