President Barack Obama (right) presents Everett Fly (left) with a 2014 National Humanities Medal.
Ralph Alswang, courtesy of National Endowment for the Humanities President Barack Obama (right) presents Everett Fly (left) with a 2014 National Humanities Medal.

San Antonio–based architect and landscape architect Everett Fly is one of the recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which will be bestowed at the awards ceremonies for the National Humanities Medals and the National Medals of Arts at the White House today.

Rosalinda Fly via the National Endowment for the Humanities

Fly holds a B.Arch. from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He was the first African-American graduate of that GSD program. The White House citation recognizes Fly for his work in "preserving the integrity of African-American places and landmarks."

"Over the years I have learned that the ways that people live and organize their society are deeply embedded in the architecture and landscapes they create, whether classical or vernacular," Fly wrote on his website on Sept. 6. "The humanities provide essential content for sustainable and relevant design theory."

In addition to Fly, the other 2014 National Humanities Medal recipients are the Clemente Course in the Humanities, author Annie Dillard, philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, author Jhumpa Lahiri, scholar Fedwa Malti-Douglas, novelist Larry McMurtry, historian Vicki Lynn Ruiz, and author and food activist Alice Waters. The 11 recipients of the 2014 National Medal of Arts are visual artist John Baldessari, theater director and artist Ping Chong, actress Miriam Colón, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, actress and filmmaker Sally Field, visual artist Ann Hamilton, author Stephen King, composer and singer Meredith Monk, tenor George Shirley, the University Musical Society, and author and educator Tobias Wolff.

Last year's recipients included architect Johnpaul Jones, FAIA (National Humanities Medal), and architect Billie Tsien, AIA, architect Tod Williams, FAIA, and artist James Turrell (National Medal of Arts).

Watch the live-stream below at 3:45 p.m. EDT today, or on the White House website.