A new face is to be appearing soon around the Commission of Fine Arts office. This past Tuesday, President Obama nominated designer Edwin Schlossberg to join the Commission, which oversees the development of public buildings, statues, fountains, and monuments in Washington DC. Schlossberg will be joining other Commission members like Earl Powell, the long-time director of the National Gallery of Art, landscape scholar Diana Balmori, and architecture writer and critic Witold Rybzynski. He’ll also be able to brag that he’s now joined the lofty ranks of former esteemed members like Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted. Here’s the White House’s official bio for him:

Edwin Schlossberg is the founder and principal of ESI Design, an internationally recognized firm that designs interactive environments for learning and communicating. Mr. Schlossberg specializes in integrated experiential museums and retail and large scale cultural facilities including the recently designed Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai. He has written more than ten published works, has had numerous one man art shows and his work is in the collections of many major museums. He teaches and lectures widely including at Columbia University. He is on several non profit boards and founded the partnership desigNYC that matches designers and community organizations in need of pro-bono support. He graduated from the Columbia University with a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Science and Literature.

For further time spent with Schlossberg, here he is on Core77‘s Broadcast last year, talking to Steven Heller, and here’s his 2001 appearance on Charlie Rose.