Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02, Principal and Founding Partner at AGi Architects, together with the architects, researchers and educators Sharifa Alshalfan and Sarah Alfraih present The Multiplex Typology: Living in Kuwait’s Hybrid Houses with DOM Publishers. Here, for the first time, the authors explore everyday life in these hybrid homes, arguing that the one-size-fits-all housing model of the past is both outdated and unsustainable. This book is an urgent and timely call for alternative approaches to housing that are sustainably driven, culturally rooted and responsive to future change.
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McCLAIN + YU, a design and architecture firm led by Kristina Yu MArch ’95 and Raimund McClain ’00, has been awarded the Top 2022 Jeff Harnar Award Prize of Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest for their SKYROOM project in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
The JEFF HARNAR AWARDS program was created by Garrett Thornburg in 2007 to honor the memory of Jeff Harnar and help continue his groundbreaking work in the area of contemporary design. In 2018, the award program was expanded to include Unbuilt Work and Landscape Architecture.
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David Rosenwasser MDes ’21 and Jeremy Bilotti, co-founders of Rarify, have been featured in a Forbes interview examining the story of their company and what is on the horizon.
“Rarify uses the history of design to tell a story, educate our audience about the importance of notable designers, and push toward the future, bringing to light noteworthy manufacturers and designers that aren’t known or recognized to the degree that that they deserve…Furthermore, we’re working to make furniture and design more interesting for a Millennial and Get Z audience too, as we’ve been bored with dull e-commerce sites and unimpressed with resources for design education in a digital way.”- Rosenwasser
Based in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, their business has 40,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space in a former Bethlehem Steel railroad spike plant, packed floor to ceiling full of classic furniture design icons.
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Kuth Ranieri Architects has promoted Michael McGroarty, AIA, LEED AP, MArch ’01 to Principal. Michael joined Kuth Ranieri in 2013 to help lead the firm’s transition to larger institutional and municipal projects. His 25-year professional career, spent in Boston, San Francisco and Portland, includes a diverse array of project types including aviation, recreational facilities, higher educational, cultural, office, retail, residential, animal care and mixed-use affordable housing. He has led many of the firm’s successful partnerships with local design firms and has been an integral leader on the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1C project. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University.
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Fred Holt MArch ’06 and his firm, 3XN has been selected as the World Building of the Year 2022 in the fifteenth annual World Architecture Festival for their Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney, Australia.
“The 206-meter tower, located close to the Sydney Opera House, is an office building arranged as a vertical village, creating a sense of community and providing spaces that focus on collaboration, health, well-being and external terraces. Constructed of five stacked shifting volumes, 3XN employed a radical sustainability strategy which involved upcycling the existing tower. The series of stacked atria create a social spine with exceptional views, while also allowing daylight deep into each floor.” – ArchDaily
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A talk by Washington Fajardo LF ’19, part of AIA International, was delivered on March 11th, 2023 about the Reviver Centro plan that ‘aims to foster a new residential supply in Rio’s Downtown after decades of inexpressive new developments.” . This conversation was moderated by architecture professionals Danilo Silva Batista and Gustavo Ribeiro. The full video of this talk is now available.
Washington is currently President of the Pereira Passos Institute for Urbanism whose mission is “to manage information about the City so that the planning of public policies and urban interventions has support in qualified data.” He was previously the City Planning Commissioner for Rio de Janeiro.
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Six GSD alumni and faculty have been elevated by the 2023 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows. The honor recognizes architects who have “achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.”
The GSD congratulates:
- J. Richard Alsop MDes ’01
- Dan Brunn MArch ’05
- Jason R. Chandler MArch ’93
- Martin R. Primmer MArch ’93
- Robert V. Reis MArch ’82
- Angela Ward Hyatt MArch ’94
For the full list of 2023 Fellows, visit the AIA website.
Hazel Edwards MAUD ’89 was recognized as Educator of the Year at the ninth annual Women in Architecture Design Leadership Awards in New York City. As the first woman to serve as chair of Howard University’s Department of Architecture since the program was established in 1911, Edwards has worked to increase diverse voices in the profession throughout her career. Her educational and mentoring techniques have nurtured a new generation of planning and design professionals to approach the built environment with a broad spectrum of cultural values.
“We are training people for a field that impacts so much of our lived experience, yet this is often done through limited perspectives. Architectural pedagogy has to better represent the diverse voices of those who have impacted our communities, as well as those who are affected by those places,” says Edwards. “It also has to train students to understand the history of places and the sequence of events leading to present conditions—this includes social, cultural, legal, economic, environmental issues. We should prepare our students to listen to and acknowledge the viewpoints of varied voices.” – Hazel Edwards
Tricia Ebner MArch ’11 has been promoted to director at MdeAS, a New York-based architecture firm known for modern design and the redefinition of Class A buildings, interiors, and public spaces.
Tricia has more than a decade of experience in large-scale commercial redevelopment, commercial-to-residential conversion, as well as retail and single-family residential architecture. Her refined eye for design paired with her technical understanding of construction sets her apart as an architect.
She is an integral member of the senior leadership team and leads recruitment, hiring, and mentorship within the firm. Tricia serves as the project architect on a diverse portfolio of projects throughout New York City, including the redevelopment of the McGraw-Hill building at 330 W 42nd Street, the Black Rock building at 51 West 52nd Street, and the recently completed reimagination of the former Master Printer’s Building at 410 10th Avenue.
She is a Registered Architect in New York and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional BD+C. Tricia holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University.
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Jane Wolff MLA ’92 was a 2022 recipient one of Canada’s most prestigious design awards, the Margolese Design for Living Prize — a $50,000 prize awarded to a Canadian designer whose work addresses the future of the built environment.
Wolff, a landscape designer and scholar, was awarded the Margolese Prize by an esteemed peer jury for her work in “landscape literacy”. She uses public engagement, drawing and creative writing to form a common platform or language that disparate stakeholders can use to better understand complex and fragile landscapes. By sharing meaningful stories about a site’s past and present circumstances, Wolff helps communities to address its future.
The Margolese Prize was celebrated with a public presentation and panel discussion at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on UBC campus in Vancouver on October 3, 2022, at 6 pm.
Routledge has released Beyond Sustainable: Architecture’s Evolving Environments of Habitation by Ryan Ludwig MArch ’09. The book discusses the relationship between human beings and the constructed environments of habitation we create living in the Anthropocene, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable landscape of certain change.
This volume accepts that human beings have reached a moment beyond climatological and ecological crisis. It asks not how we resolve the crisis but, rather, how we can cope with, or adapt to, the irreversible changes in the earth-system by rethinking how we choose to inhabit the world-ecology. Through an examination of numerous historical and contemporary projects of architecture and art, as well as observations in philosophy, ecology, and the social sciences, the book critically questions narratives of “green” or “sustainable” design, the dominant professional and disciplinary responses to climate breakdown. Instead, the book reimagines architecture capable of influencing and impacting who we are, how we live, what we feel and even how we evolve.
Ryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University and has previously held teaching positions at Syracuse SoA, SUNY Buffalo a+p and Cornell AAP.
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Daniel Toole MAUD ’16 recently began his own practice, Daniel Toole Architecture, with projects in Portland, Seattle, and Miami. His first house project was recently published by the New York Times. His practice is currently working on single family residences throughout the region’s urban and natural landscapes, and multiple mixed use and multifamily buildings in the Pacific Northwest, with a pair of alley renovations continuing to evolve in the Miami Design District.
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Leif Estrada MDesS ’16 & MLA ’16, ASLA, Assoc. AIA has been promoted to Associate at Kuth Ranieri Architects in San Francisco. He joined Kuth Ranieri in 2016 and is the project manager for two projects at UC Berkeley as well as for two residential projects in Marin County. At Kuth Ranieri, he has worked on landscape and urban design-related projects including sonoGROTTO, the Shishan Park Pavilions and Rollercoaster Aviary, and the Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza competition entry to name a few. He is an artist, designer and researcher in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and technology.
He received his Master of Design Studies and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was the second inaugural recipient of the joint degree. His Bachelor of Architecture degree from the California College of the Arts.
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Erin Pellegrino MArch II ’16 and Jake Rudin MDes ’16 have co-authored book “Out of Architecture: The Value of Architects Beyond Traditional Practice” and it was recently published by Routledge. The book follows their successful career consulting firm of the same name which supports architecturally-educated designers and thinkers find careers that inspire and fulfill them. The book, which depicts narratives of falling in love with design and of their clients who have used their architecture skills to transition into other professions, has been featured in ArchDaily, the Business of Architecture Podcast, and Architizer. You can find copies in both print and audiobook format here:
Available online at Out of Architecture and Amazon.
Shannon Simms, ASLA, MLA ’10 has been promoted to associate principal and shareholder at Mayer/Reed, Inc. With her expertise as a landscape architect and urban designer, Shannon leads planning and design of complex, urban environments for recreation and active transportation. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University. She is a past vice president of member services for Oregon ASLA and has mentored design students as an adjunct instructor for urban design and landscape programs at the University of Oregon.
Mayer/Reed is a women-owned (WBE) interdisciplinary design studio based in Portland, Oregon providing landscape architecture, urban design, visual communications and experiential graphics for the built environment.
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Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, based MASS Design Group, lead by Jonathan Evans MArch ’10, is the lead architect of the Embrace Boston Memorial. This tribute to Coretta Scott King and Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will open on the Boston Common on Friday, January 13th, 2023. The memorial is completed in partnership with Embrace Boston and designer Hank Willis Thomas.
The Embrace Memorial is an important cultural symbol of equity and justice for Boston residents and all those who visit the city and region. The artwork is a permanent monument representing the Kings’ time and powerful presence in Boston, a time that helped shape their approach to an equitable society. Five years in the making, The Embrace is a physical reflection of Boston’s diversity. Chosen from 126 submissions, The Embrace memorial depicts the embrace between Coretta Scott King and Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
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Natalia Escobar Castrillón MDes ’13 and co-editor Rayshad Dorsey MArch ’23 have released issue no. 4 of the academic journal OBL/QUE titled Anti-racist Architectural Conservation Practices and Discourses.
From the O B L / Q U E website:
O B L / Q U E is a journal on architectural conservation that acknowledges that there is no neutral historic site, place, or narrative. Historians cannot attain an objective point of view external to their historic moment, and neither can conservation architects. Rather, history is a contested, dynamic, and incommensurable process, and its representations are always partial, exclusionist, and ideologically tainted. Under this paradigm, claims of total objectivity or neutrality in one’s actions signify complicity with existing power hierarchies embedded in systems and places. Conservation architects have the opportunity and responsibility to renegotiate history and power relationships through design. From this perspective, to conserve means to question, revise, and subvert dominant versions of the past rather than its passive and complicit perpetuation. This practice is what we refer to as Critical Conservation.
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Mikyoung Kim Design, the firm of Mikyoung Kim, MLA ’92 has been recently awarded the Firm of the Year Award, the highest honor that the ASLA bestows on a landscape architecture firm. This award is given to firms that have generated bodies of significant work impacting the professional practice of landscape architecture.
“We are thrilled that our studio’s work with communities across the globe has been recognized by the ASLA. We are so honored to receive this capstone award. For twenty five years we have been focused on transformational urban design at the intersection between human health, social justice and environmental resiliency,” says Mikyoung Kim.
Mikyoung Kim Design is focused on bringing health and wellbeing to our resilient landscapes. During this pandemic, their team has been working with the Ford Motor Company on a 14-acre park in Detroit at Michigan Central, a 47 acre park in downtown Houston for the Texas Medical Center and we just finished our first LGBTQ friendly seniors housing campus in Boston to create more inclusive parks in some of America’s most diverse cities. The firm has used the scientific research behind brain and physiological functions of the body to develop a series of healing gardens in hospitals in Chicago, Boston and Miami. That research is now being transferred to all of the firm’s projects during this pandemic from universities to tech centers and public parks.
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ORO Editions has released Occupation: Boundary: Art, Architecture, and Culture at the Water by Cathy Simon, MArch ’69. This book examines the social, political, and cultural factors that have and continue to influence the evolution of the urban waterfront as seen through production created from art and design practices. Reaching beyond the disciplines of architecture and urban design, Occupation: Boundary distills the dual roles art and culture have played in relation to the urban waterfront, as mediums that have recorded and instigated change at the threshold between the city and the sea.
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Julie Bargmann MLA ’87 was featured in the New York Times article “How the ‘Queen of Slag’ Is Transforming Industrial Sites” for recent work on abandoned industrial sites. “Three decades ago no landscape designer was looking at the vast manufacturing and mined landscapes, landfills and every type of degraded landscape. When I thought about the number of acres, it was astonishing. That set me off. Folks might think I’m a bit crazy, but I’m going to go find the landscapes that I want to work on, not more or less already perfect landscapes.” said Bargmann in response to a question about her career focus. Ms. Bargmann is the founder of D.I.R.T Studio in Charlottesville, VA.
Visionaries is a limited series that looks at figures who are trying to transform the way we live.
AGi architects, the international design firm led by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02/DDes ’07 has been shortlisted for the 2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for their Wafra Wind Tower. This residential building is one of the 20 finalists for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022, as announced by the organization at the beginning of June.
“It’s a great honour to be shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Our practice is rooted primarily within Muslim communities, where we seek an understanding between tradition and contemporary lifestyle without losing sight of our essence.”
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Kwong Von Glinow, a Chicago-based architecture practice led by Alison Von Glinow, MArch ’13 and Lap Chi Kwong, MArch ’13 has been selected as part of the 2022 Architectural Record Design Vanguard. Architectural Record annually “honors 10 emerging practices advancing issues of form, construction, sustainability, and community engagement.”
Kwong Von Glinow recently completed Ardmore House in Chicago and the new Swiss Consulate headquarters in the Chicago Hancock Center. The firm’s current projects include the renovation of a 12,000-square-foot Howard Van Doren Shaw home in Highland Park, IL for an art collector family; the Art Outpost Residence in a Chicago greystone; and, a three-flat housing project along Chicago Avenue.
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Notable architectural writer, Michael Webb, and ORO Editions publish the work of Anthony Poon, FAIA March ’92, and his studio, Poon Design Inc. Webb writes, “Anthony Poon’s passion for music inspires a vibrant architecture that engages its users and the environment. This monograph explores three fields in which Poon Design has excelled: housing, schools, and restaurants. It explains how they enrich the experience of living, learning, and eating, and promote social interaction. Affordability and sustainability are hallmarks of Poon’s designs, which fuse quality and innovation.”
Available at local bookstores and Amazon.
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Ronald M. Druker LF ’76 will be in attendance to present the Druker Award on June 4th, 2022 at the Boston Public Library.
This year’s awardee, Chef/Owner of the Boston-based Barbara Lynch Collective, will be in conversation with Boston Public Library President David Leonard. Following the discussion, which will include details about Barbara Lynch’s memoir Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire, there will be an audience Q&A. Druker Company President Ronald M. Druker will give welcoming remarks.
For more information on how to register, please visit the event webpage.
Michael Meredith MArch ’00 and Monica Rhodes LF ’22 have been named winners of the 2022-23 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year, the gift of “time and space to think and work” was awarded to thirty-eight American and four Italian artists and scholars. They will each receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, starting in September 2022.
Meredith has won the Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize in the area of Architecture with his firm, MOS Architects.
Rhodes has won the Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize in the area of Historic Preservation and Conservation.
For information on all this year’s winners, please visit here.
John Ronan MArch ’91 has published the book Out of the Ordinary (Actar Publishers, 2022). This publication on the work of John Ronan Architects explores the firm’s spatial-material approach to architecture and the underlying themes of its typologically diverse output. Out of the Ordinary proposes an architecture of innovation rising from ordinary concerns, about relationships not form.
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Calvin Tsao, FAIA MArch ’79 and Zack McKown, FAIA MArch ’79 have been honored with the AIA Medal of Honor for their firm, Tsao & McKown Architects. The Medal of Honor, conferred by AIA New York since 1914, is the Chapter’s highest form of recognition. It acknowledges an architect or firm of architects for distinguished work and high professional standing.
“Calvin and Zack have been treasured members of our New York City architecture community for many years. Countless people here in this room have worked with them, and their collaborative approach and joie de vivre has influenced many of us. Their commitment to our civic organizations, like the Architectural League, Center for Architecture, and others, has been steadfast. They are a valuable and much-loved part of what makes New York City such a special place to practice.” – AIANY President Andrea Lamberti
For more on the 2022 AIANY Honors and Awards Luncheon, please visit here.
Three alumni have been named winners of the 2022 Architectural League Prize of New York. The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects and Designers Committee. The winners’ lectures and installations provide a lively public forum for the discussion of their work and ideas. These winners will create installations of their work onsite at a location of their choice or in a digital format to be presented in an online exhibition on archleague.org, opening June 14th, 2002. This year’s theme of the League Prize: Grounding.
Francisco Quinones MArch ’14, Departamento del Distrito
Maggie Tsang MDes ’19, Dept.
Isaac Stein MLA ’20, MDes ’20, Dept.
To learn more about each winning project, please visit:
Departamento del Distrito
Visit here for the full list of 2022 Awardees.
Stanislas Chaillou MArch ’19 recently published ‘Artificial Intelligence and Architecture, From Research to Practice’ with publisher Birkhauser. This book provides an introduction to Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) encounter with Architecture, through the triple-lens of History, Application, and Theory. A chronology of Architecture’s technological evolution first puts AI back in the context of the discipline. The author then presents a collection of AI’s applications in Architecture. The book finally gives the stage to contributors working at the forefront of this revolution. From Harvard to Foster & Partners, their perspectives provide a panorama of the discourse surrounding AI’s presence in the field. Halfway between research and practice, this publication offers to unveil the promise and challenges AI holds for Architecture.
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Chan Byun MArch ’89, AIA, LEED AP, has joined CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) as Director of Design based in Boston, MA. Recognized nationally for his design excellence and innovation, Chan will provide design leadership to CHA’s architecture and building design group.
Chan comes to CHA with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, education, and institutional projects. His design portfolio includes recent work for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Morgan State University, Caroline County Public Schools, and the Pennsylvania State University. Chan’s work has garnered numerous awards for excellence and creativity, including National and State AIA Design Awards. Chan has earned NCARB and LEED AP Accreditation and is a licensed architect in Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont. He is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
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Nine GSD alumni and faculty have been elevated by the 2022 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows. The honor recognizes architects who have “achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.”
The GSD congratulates:
- Prof. Ricardo A. Alvarez-Diaz AMDP ’20
- Mr. Hans-Ekkehard Butzer MArch ’99
- Kenneth Harold Luker MArch ’96
- Prof. Kiel K. Moe MDes ’03
- Mr. Anthony C. Poon MArch ’92
- Mr. Steven Rajninger MArch ’92
- Mr. Mark P. Schendel MArch ’89
The GSD also recognizes Associate Professor of Architecture Faculty member Mr. Eric Howeler was also selected as a fellow this year.
For the full list of 2022 Fellows, visit the AIA website.
The GSD remembers John Andrews MArch ’58 who passed away on March 24th, 2022 at the age of 88. Andrews was an architect with a global legacy. Some of his most well-known designs include Scarborough College and the GSD’s home, Gund Hall.
GSD Department of Architecture Faculty, Moshe Safdie, FAIA shares a remembrance of John Andrews.
You can read more about John Andrews’ life and legacy here.
Chana Haouzi MArch ’14 has been honored with a 2022 AIA Young Architect Award. Each year, the Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
As the article states, “In order to bring new communities into architecture, we also need new models of leadership who translate skill and experience to communities to help those communities realize their visions—Chana embodies this new spirit of leadership.”
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Frida Escobedo MDes ’12 has been selected to realize the vision for the Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The project will encompass a full reimagining of the current modern and contemporary galleries, which The Met has been seeking to revamp for more than a decade, creating 80,000 square feet of galleries and public space. The cost of the renovation is estimated to be $500 million. Escobedo established her eponymous studio in Mexico City in 2006. Her practice operates across a wide array of scales and mediums, from buildings and experimental preservation projects to temporary installations and public sculpture, limited-edition objects, publications, and exhibition design. Escobedo was chosen following a comprehensive international search and will be the first woman to design a wing at The Met.
From the Met’s press release: “The new wing will be a vibrant, exhilarating space that meets The Met’s current and future needs while promoting a lively representation and reevaluation of the art of the 20th and 21st century in the context of 5,000 years of art history,” said Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met. “Frida Escobedo is an outstanding architect of our time. In her practice, she wields architecture as a way to create powerful spatial and communal experiences, and she has shown dexterity and sensitivity in her elegant use of material while bringing sincere attention to today’s socioeconomic and ecological issues. Already through her partnership, Frida has demonstrated her vision to create enthralling galleries that will challenge the embedded hierarchies of our history and chart a more accessible trajectory for the new wing.”
For more from the New York Times on this announcement, please visit here.
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Aliza Sovani MLA ’15 and Sonja Vangjeli MLA ’15 have been named two of eight recipients of the 2022 Annual Grants Program by Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation. This highly competitive program in support of research, communication, and scholarship was adjudicated by a National Jury from public, private and academic practices areas, representing the different regions of Canada.
To read more on the winning proposals, please visit the press release from LACF.
Harvard Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) announces Gary R. Hilderbrand MLA ’85 as new chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, effective July 1, 2022. Hilderbrand is the Peter Louis Hornbeck Professor-in-Practice at the GSD, where he has taught since 1990, and Founding Principal and Partner of Reed Hilderbrand.
Hilderbrand succeeds Anita Berrizbeitia MLA ’87, Professor of Landscape Architecture, who joined Harvard GSD as a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture in 1991. Appointed in 2015, Berrizbeitia is the 14th chair of the oldest landscape architecture department in the world, and only the second woman to hold the position.
“Gary’s sensibilities as a teacher and as a practitioner are one and the same—his unyielding efforts to reconcile imminent, often intractable forces of urbanization with ecological sustainability, cultural history, vegetative regimes, and thoughtful kindness are central to his pedagogy and practice both. I could not be more delighted he has accepted this appointment, and I am excited for what is to come under his leadership of the department. I also look forward to celebrating Anita’s important tenure as chair of the department and thank her for all that she has brought to the school,” says Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture.
“I’m humbled and honored in equal measure by this appointment, and I am grateful to Dean Whiting for her confidence and support,” Hilderbrand says. “For more than a century, Landscape Architecture at Harvard has positively shaped discourse in research, teaching, and practice in the field. We continue that legacy forward with renewed urgency in the face of ever more dramatic environmental and social upheaval. I’m grateful for Professor Anita Berrizbeitia’s remarkable and humane intellectual stewardship over the past seven years, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the department and the school to uphold the commitment to design leadership that is demanded of us in this time. We stand well prepared.”
Gary Hilderbrand is a Founding Principal and Partner of Reed Hilderbrand. Works by Reed Hilderbrand have received more than 100 design awards to date. A committed practitioner, teacher, critic, and writer, Hilderbrand’s honors include Harvard University’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award with Douglas Reed, and the 2013 ASLA Firm of the Year award. DesignIntelligence named Hilderbrand one its “25 Most Admired Educators” of 2016. Gary is the recipient of the 2017 ASLA Design Medal, the highest design honor available to an American landscape architect.
Hilderbrand is committed to positioning landscape architecture’s role in reconciling intellectual and cultural traditions with contemporary forces of urbanization and change. Over the course of his prolific career, Hilderband has collaborated with Tadao Ando, Annabelle Selldorf, and Gensler on the expansion of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; developed four phases of revitalizing the Hudson River waterfront at Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY; and led the Cambridge Urban Forest Master Plan for the City of Cambridge, MA. More recently, Reed Hilderbrand were part of five firms participating in the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab, a design ideas competition that reimagines the future of Washington, D.C.’s iconic Tidal Basin. Current works include the repositioning of New York City’s Lever House, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the new Farrand House at Dumbarton Oaks, and major interventions at the Storm King Art Center.
Hilderbrand’s essays have been featured in Landscape Architecture, Topos, Harvard Design Magazine, Architecture Boston, Clark Art Journal, Arnoldia, New England Journal of Garden History, and Land Forum. Hilderbrand is co-author of Visible | Invisible, a Reed Hilderbrand monograph (2012), and he has produced two other books: Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel (1997), which was recognized by ASLA and AIGA (50 Best Books); and The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism (1999).
He has served on the editorial boards of Spacemaker Press, Harvard Design Magazine, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. As a competition juror, he’s participated in Harvard’s Green Prize for Urban Design (2006, 2013); I Premi Europeu de Paisatge Rosa Barba Barcelona (2000, 2002, 2003, 2018); and “Suburbia Transformed” for the James Rose Center (2010). He chaired the ASLA National Awards Jury in 2005 and the ASLA Annual Student Awards Jury in 2006.
Bert De Jonghe MDes ’21, DDes ’24 has recently published his master’s thesis as a book, called Inventing Greenland – Designing an Arctic Nation (Actar Publishers, March 2022). Through the lens of urbanization, Inventing Greenland provides a broad understanding of a unique island undergoing intense transformation while drawing attention to its historical and current challenges and emerging opportunities. Geared towards architects, landscape architects, and urban planners, this book examines the local cultural, social, and environmental realities with a distinct spatial sensitivity, recognizing the diverse array of relationships that the built environment both supports and produces. By exploring Greenland as a complex and interconnected cultural and geographical space, Inventing Greenland reveals and anticipates transitional moments in the region’s highly intertwined urbanized, militarized, and touristic landscapes.
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Timothy Carey MArch ‘15 and Laura Greenberg MAUD ’20 have been named as one of the five winners of the 2021 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. Administered by the Center for Architecture, AIA New York, this grant is a national award intended to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel.
For Carey, his proposal entitled “Some Assembly Required: Performing Arts Architecture and the Idea of Audience” focuses on the shifting relationships between the performing arts building, the concentrated “audience” of previous eras, and the dispersed “public” of the present-day – brought about over the past century by the technological means to consume culture outside of the auditorium. While the discourse on the performing arts building often details attempts to “crack open” the typology, during the COVID-19 shutdowns these institutions were suddenly only able to address their dispersed public. Carey’s research will investigate how those aspirations might be reframed and reevaluated following a time of crisis for the building type. This research extends the work that he originally developed in his thesis (with advisor GSD Professor Grace La) and for which he has gained further significant professional expertise in practice.
For Greenberg, her proposal studies public school closings that have become common in certain US cities as populations decline and disinvestment compounds. Closings tend to disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities, eliminating associated educational and community benefits. Her proposal, “School’s Out” explores equitable re-use strategies that prioritize community input and retain public benefits from former public school sites. The project will focus on district-scale processes (how re-use decisions are made, who is involved, how information is communicated transparently, etc.) and building-scale outcomes. Laura Greenberg will travel across the American Midwest and Northeast to examine the transformation of former public schools.
Miguel Guitart MArch ’03 has published the book ‘Behind Architectural Filters: Phenomena of Interference’ (New York/London: Routledge, 2022). The book explores the active role of architectural filters in generating physically and sensory charged spatial experiences. The book addresses how the material and the psychological strategies of permeable physical boundaries determine our perceptual experiences of the spaces we occupy.
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Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 with his firm NADAAA announces his work with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to redesign their Ancient Near East and Cypriot galleries. NADAAA is working in collaboration with Moody Nolan on the $40 million, 15,000 square foot project. The design team is working closely with Museum construction leadership and curators Kim Benzel and Seán Hemingway to develop the design.
It’s an honor to be selected for this project, which will address the need for more diverse narratives in the displays of art from the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean regions. In bringing disparate layers of the Museum’s architectural history into dialogue, the proposed design hopes to bring the formal, spatial, and material properties of these galleries into alignment with The Museum’s mission. By working in collaboration with The Met’s curatorial and construction teams, we’ll be able to recondition these spaces while facilitating the connection between cultures, civilizations, and geographies to tell a whole new story.
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COLLECTIVE ( collective studio), a Hong Kong, Madrid and San Francisco-based firm founded by Betty Ng MArch ’09, co-directed by Chi Yan Chan MArch ’08, Juan Minguez MArch ’09 and Katja Lam, was awarded Silver for the Best Futura Project at MIPIM Asia Awards 2021, one of the largest real estate awards in Asia. The podium architectural design of the King Lam Street Commercial Development forms the base for a new set of commercial twin towers situated in Lai Chi Kok, an old industrial district in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The design is made up of three levels and comprises four main program components: retail and F&B shops; two main office lobby entrances providing access to the two towers; a reconfigurable and multifunction auditorium; and finally, a large outdoor gathering area composed of a continuous parametric green landscape of steps which extends from the second floor down to the ground level.
Learn more about the project at COLLECTIVE’s website.
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The GSD remembers David Raphael MLA ’77 who passed away on January 12, 2021. Raphael was a landscape architect, planner, and graphic designer. He founded the award-winning interdisciplinary firm, Landworks in 1986.
You can read more about David Raphael’s life and legacy here.
Guy Nordenson Loeb Fellow ’94 has been elected as a new member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He currently serves as a professor of architecture and structural engineering, Princeton University.
Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” Election of new NAE members is the culmination of a yearlong process. The ballot is set in December and the final vote for membership occurs during January.
Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on Oct. 2, 2022. A list of the new members and international members follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments.
View the 2022 New Member list here.
Three Alumni have been named in The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Awards. This award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design voices that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within design and academia.
The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
Alumni Council Member Paola Aguirre Serrano MAUD ’11 , Borderless Studio
Alumni Council Member Sekou Cooke MArch ’14 , sekou cooke STUDIO
Daniel Adams MAR ’05, Landing Studio
Visit here for the full list of 2022 Awardees.
Anthony Poon, MArch ’92 has authored his third book, Death by Design at Alcatraz, published by Goff Books. This novel examines the architect’s ego, arrogance, and redemption within the design process. Taking place in San Francisco, architects are being murdered as they compete for a new museum of art at the notorious Alcatraz Island.
“The Fountainhead meets Squid Game in this mystery of obsession and murder set in the fancy but cut-throat world of contemporary architecture… With lofty ideals succumbing to greed and ambition, this allegory of the world of modern architecture is written by an insider of the trade…” – Shana Nys Dambrot, Arts Editor, LA Weekly
Available at local bookstores and Amazon.
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the appointment of Edith Hsu-Chen MUP ’97 as Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning. Edith served as the Manhattan Borough Director for City Planning since 2008. In her new role, she will oversee and implement the Mayor’s development agenda, promoting inclusive, equitable growth throughout the five boroughs and putting the city on a path toward robust recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Edith currently serves as a member of the GSD Alumni Council.
“I am incredibly honored to be named Executive Director for the Department of City Planning. I have spent my career at DCP – a community where extraordinary professionals work side by side with the public to help build New York City’s brightest future. I am thrilled to work alongside incoming City Planning Commissioner Dan Garodnick, and I thank him, Deputy Mayor Torres-Springer, and Mayor Adams for the faith they have placed in me and for the service to this city we will forge in the coming years,” said incoming Department of City Planning Executive Director Edith Hsu-Chen.
Read more on Edith’s appointment.
Atelier Cho Thompson, a New Haven and San Francisco-based firm founded by Ming Thompson MArch ’10 and Christina Cho Yoo MArch ’11, was selected as the winner of the 2021 Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition. Inspired by New York’s tapestry of cultures and people, the project, entitled Interwoven, celebrates the joys of reconnecting in public space. The project is on view through January 2, 2022 and will then move to a new downtown public park in New Haven.
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