David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 has been appointed the Fuller Design Fellow at the Fuller Initiative for Productive Landscapes (FIPL) for a third and final year at the University of Oregon. The funded design-research appointment enables Borden to document, exhibit, and publish his three-year interdisciplinary collaboration with FIPL and the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, where he has been a Long-Term Ecological Research designer-in-residence since 2021. Borden’s initial exhibition and public talk about his landscape-ecology initiative in the Pacific Northwest will take place at the College of Forestry, Oregon State University on November 9, 2023. The exhibition and public talk will feature a series of collaborative landscape-futures work, some of which was featured in this fall’s Arnodia, the Arnold Arboretums’ quarterly journal. Learn more about David work on his website.
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Junko Yamamoto MArch ’17, a founding principal of iVY, was selected to exhibit her installation work at Nakanojo Biennale 2023, an International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Gunma, Japan. The Biennale invites artists from Japan and abroad to exhibit their works at around 40 different sites in Nakanojo, attracting over 400,000 visitors each year. Her work used more than 400 sheets of kitchen-produced bioplastic and gelatin glue. Persimmon tannin, traditionally used as paints, stains, and dyes in Japan, was used to create color gradation. The exhibition was open for a month, from September 9th to October 9th, 2023. You can learn more about Junko’s work on her website.
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Miguel Guitart MArch ’03 has edited the book “Approaching Architecture: Three Fields, One Discipline” (Routledge/Taylor&Francis, 2023). The book explores the necessary and relevant overlaps and connections between three major fields of the architectural discipline – research, pedagogy, and professional practice. In so doing, this important text works as a collective reflection around the problematics of professional fragmentation existing between the learning and teaching of architecture and its impact in the built environment of our cities. The book sustains that the most comprehensive approach to the discipline is through the simultaneous exercise of the three field areas.
The book is particularly timely and generous in its cultural and geographic scope, and takes on the mission to represent a large group of academics, pedagogues, and practitioners from almost all continents – Antarctica is not represented. The United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, China, Japan, are all represented in the 18 carefully edited contributions. They manifest a shared common ground: that of the critical interaction between the three fields in the everyday exercise of the profession, inside the classroom and out. With an introduction by former Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Dean Nader Tehrani, the book is endorsed by prestigious scholars including Marc J. Neveu (Arizona State University), Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University), Ozayr Saloojee (Carleton University), and Alberto Campo Baeza (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).
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Shlomo Shyovitz MAUD ’77 has published his first novel, “Borne Back” (Thaler, 2023)
Offical Biography from book release: Shlomo Shyovitz grew up in Haifa, Israel. During high school, he spent a semester in New York as an exchange student at the Horace Mann School. After completing his high school studies and army service, he returned to the United States and earned degrees in architecture and urban design from RISD and Harvard. Based in the U.S., he has worked with architectural firms on both domestic and international projects. His passion for writing developed in his teens when he reported for a youth magazine. During his army service and professional career, he wrote short stories as well as a multigenerational history of his family. Borne Back is his first published novel. He is preparing a short story collection for publication and is working on a second novel. He lives in suburban Philadelphia.
Oorvi Sharma MArch ’18 has been profiled by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. A video showcasing her work was released by the Guggenheim Museum’s press channels in August 2023. Additionally, as part of Oorvi’s independent practice, her writing about the environment and material ecologies has been recently published in Disegno Journal (2021), ICON Magazine (2023), SVSA Life Magazine (2023), and Temes De Disseny (2023).
Her latest journal article for Temes De Disseny is titled ‘Radical Territoriality and Temporality: Dilli Chalo and Roadway Occupations in India’ and it investigates entanglements between the hard materiality of infrastructure and the socio-political claims expressed in recent uncivil obedience protests and mobilisations in India.
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Marina DeFrates MArch ’23 has been selected as part of the second cohort of the U.S. Digital Corps supporting key priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration. Marina will spend the next two years working at the General Services Administration (GSA) supporting ideas from federal employees about how technology can improve customer experience as part of the 10x program. Marina was one of 48 Fellows selected from an extremely competitive applicant pool of over 1,355 applicants from across the country. Learn more about Marina and her work.
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Five GSD alumni have been elevated by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their “works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service.” ASLA formally recognized its 2023 Class of Fellows during the annual conference in Minneapolis on Saturday, October 28th.
- Taewook Cha MLA ’98
- Kenneth Francis MLA ’05
- Kathryn Kennen MLA ’05
- Willett Moss MLA ’97
- Kirt A. Rieder MLA ’94
For the full list of 2023 Fellows, visit the ASLA website.
Emily Schlickman MLA ’12 has recently published “Design by Fire: Resistance, Co-Creation, and Retreat in the Pyrocene” with collegue Brett Milligan (Routledge 2023). Across the world, the risks of wildfires are increasing and expanding. Due to past and current human actions, we dwell in the age of fire – the Pyrocene – and the many challenges and climate adaptation questions it provokes. Drawing upon fieldwork, mapping, drone imagery, and interviews, this publication curates 27 global design case studies within the vulnerable and dynamic wildland-urban interface and its adjacent wildlands.
The book catalogs these examples into three general approaches: those that resist the creative and transformative power of fire and forces of landscape change, those that embrace and utilize fire while also trying to guide landscape forces, and those that intentionally try to retreat and minimize human intervention in fire-prone landscapes coevolved to human agency. Rather than serving as a book of neatly packaged solutions, it is a book of techniques to be considered, evaluated and tested for the cascading, compounding, and aggregating challenges of wildfire.
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Zeerak Ahmed MDes ’18 was profiled in TIME Magazine following the making of his Matnsaz iOs app, an innovative Urdu keyboard that provides a more refined user expeience with the language.
This year, Zeerak has become a member of the GSD’s Alumni Council serving as the first member of the Alumni Council from the Master in Design Engineering program
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The Oberlander Prize, an initiative of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, includes a $100,000 award and two years of public engagement activities focused on the laureate and landscape architecture
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has named Kongjian Yu DDes ’95 the winner of the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize (Oberlander Prize), a biennial honor that includes a $100,000 award and two years of public engagement activities focused on the laureate’s work and landscape architecture more broadly. The Prize is named for the late landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander BLA ’47 and, according to TCLF, is bestowed on a recipient who is “exceptionally talented, creative, courageous, and visionary” and has “a significant body of built work that exemplifies the art of landscape architecture.” Kongjian is the second recipient of this prize with Julie Bargman MLA ’87 as the inagural recipient in 2021.
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The GSD remembers Claude Cormier MDes ’94 who passed away on September 15th, 2023 at the age of 63. Claude was known for his joyful and submersive designs, particularly in public spaces. Some of his most well-known designs include the fountain at Berczy Park in Toronto and Place d’Youville in Montréal.
GSD Chair of Department of Landscape Architecture, Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85, shares a remembrance of Claude Cormier.
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Matthew Allen MArch ’10 released Flowcharting: From Abstractionism to Algorithmics in Art and Architecture published with gta Verlag. This book is based on dissertation research at the GSD with advisors Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Catherine Ingraham, and Molly Wright Steenson. Matthew holds bachelor degrees from the Univeristy of Washington, a Master of Architecture and Doctor of Philosophy in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
“By the time the computer arrived on the architectural scene, its place had been prepared by decades of avant-gardist experimentation. The modernist program of rationalizing creative practice took a decidedly bureaucratic turn between two generations of constructivists in the 1930s and 1960s. From Paris to Cambridge, painters, poets, designers, and architects poured their energy into cracking the code of artistic genius in hopes of democratizing the creation of better environments, thus stimulating a nascent repertoire of algorithmic techniques. The motivation to use these new techniques emerged from attempts to understand art and architecture through serial effects. By reformulating their disciplines in terms of flowcharting procedures developed in the field of scientific management, artists and architects enacted a paradigm shift that had long been a cherished dream of modernism, replacing composition with organization as the basis of design.” – Matthew Allen
Available online at gta Verlang.
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Ronald M. Druker LF ’76 will be honored at the 2023 Franciscan Dinner with The Pope Francis Award. This award is presented by the St. Anthony Shrine, a Catholic landmark in Boston, founded by the Franciscan Friars. This event will take place on November 1st, 2023 at the Museum of Fine Arts.
“The Pope Francis Award is presented to an individual whose lifework mirrors the charism and mission of St. Francis of Assisi, lover of the poor and the alienated. It honors one who embodies the Franciscan values of humanity, compassion, respect, and dignity of all people, and lives out the Gospel.” St. Anthony Shrine.
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Migrating Futures, a project by N H D M Architects, founded by Nahyun Hwang MArch ’01 and David Eugin Moon MArch ’01, was presented at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale. Exhibited as a part of the Korean Pavilion curated by Soik Jung and Kyong Park, the project investigates the historical and contemporary geographies of diverse diaspora communities and transnational migrant workers within Korea and across Asia in relationship to new futurity.
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A. Krista Sykes PhD ’04 has published the book Vincent Scully: Architecture, Urbanism, and a Life in Search of Community (Bloomsbury, 2023). This intellectual biography of Scully’s life and career traces the formative moments in his thinking, mapping his relationships with a constellation of architects, artists, and cultural personalities of the past one hundred years. Scully’s extensive body of work, with its range spanning centuries and civilizations, coalesced around the core beliefs that architecture shapes and is shaped by society, and that the best architecture responds, above all else, to the human need for community and connection. Sykes’s timely appraisal provides a platform for reassessing the legacy of these values as well as how we write and think about architecture in the twenty-first century.
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Sarah Dennis-Phillips MLA ’00 has been announced as the new Executive Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce for City of San Franscisco. She previously worked at Tishman Speyer in executive leadership as well as at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and now returns as Executive Director. Sarah, an experience urban planner, began her commitment to San Franscisco in 2005, initally within the Planning Department before advancing to Deputy Director of Developmemt at OEWD in 2019. Her work includes revitalization, speadheading development initiatives and played a pivitol role in forstering an urban community characterized by affordability, ample public spaces and efficient transit systems. She holds degrees in urban planning and design from the University of Virginia and Harvard Univeristy Graduate School of Design.
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Ruderal, a design firm founded by Sarah Cowles MLA ’05, with landscape architect Ben Hackenberger MLA ’20, was featured in the April Issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.
The article, written by Jessica Bridger MLA ’09, describes the context of Ruderal’s studio and field practice in the country of Georgia, from gardens and master planning to the planting plan for the Tbilisi Urban Forest: “As Cowles adventures further into the wild, wild west of Georgia’s landscape-driven international development, Ruderal gets deeper in the reality on the ground, in all its tourism-driven, developer-funded, NGO-engaged mix of terrible and glorious. Many designers avoid this unglamorous, common reality of actual development and global practice, losing the world to stay in the confines of the safe, and dream of idealized projects. In contrast, Cowles is out on the range, getting things done.”
Ruderal was founded by Cowles in 2019 to support and train a new generation of landscape architects in the Caucasus. Based in Tbilisi, the firm pursues a wide range of projects in the Black Sea region and Central Asia as well as in Europe and the United States.
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Vaissnavi Shukl MDes ’20 has recently been awarded a Graham Foundation grant to advance her project Architecture Off-Centre. Architecture Off-Centre is a podcast highlighting contemporary discourses that shape the built environment but do not occupy the centre stage either in the architecture curriculum or in professional practice. It features conversations with artists, journalists, policymakers, lawyers, educators, and cultural entrepreneurs, whose work is deeply engaged in comprehending and mitigating the current challenges of civic life and whose scholarship contributes to the ever-expanding discourse of architecture.
The podcast currently spans over four seasons with 37 episodes and guests from over 12 countries, with at least 50% identifying as women. With this production grant, she aims to make the podcast content more accessible to a global audience by publishing interview transcripts, providing resources for detailed research and inviting guests from varied backgrounds.
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Flatland, a multifaceted architectural installation by Mais al Azab MArch ’11 received a highly commended recognition in the inaugural Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art from the Tamayouz Excellence Award. This project was created initially in Amman, Jordan in the context of the city’s 2017 design week. The prize was initiated in 2021, is named after the internationally celebrated Iraqi artist and one of the pioneers of modern Arab art and looked at artworks that had a transformative impact within their urban context between 2016 and 2021.
The news was published in November 2022 with an award ceremony that took place in Muscat, Oman in January 2023 as part of the larger Tamayouz Excellence Award program during which Mais al Azab received a certificate and medal designed and handed by the artist Dia al-Azzawi, which the award is named after.
The Jury’s comment on Flatland installation was: “A stunningly successful blend of architecture and art, with ideas in place that are both subtle and elegant in their relevance to regional historical typologies. It is quite exciting to see how the shadows work with the ephemeral pavilion. Flatland raises a question about functional sculptures and how they interact with their surrounding”.
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Acheson Doyle Partners Architects, an architectural firm led by Michael Doyle MArch ‘77 and David Acheson MArch ’77, has been awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Award from the New York Landmarks Conservatory.
The New York Landmarks Conservatory Chairman’s Award was started in 1988 to recognize companies, businesses and individuals who have helped to protect the cities remarkable architectural legacy. Acheson Doyle Partners Architects was also honored in June at the 2023 Charman’s Awards Luncheon in New York City.
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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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AGi Architects, the design firm founded by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02/DDes ’07, won the public competition for the construction of an Elderly Care Facility & Day Center in La Rioja, Spain.
The design focuses on people, in their sense of belonging, autonomy and well-being. It is based on a sustainable architecture that minimizes its impact on the landscape, brings nature into the building, and fosters social, psychological and physical well-being.
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Lauren McClellan MArch ‘16 has recently launched Threshold Office, an architecture practice based in Brooklyn, NY. Threshold Office offers full-scope architecture services from pre-design through to construction administration. Current projects include a Brooklyn brownstone, a house in Sweden a house in Toronto, and some commercial renovation projects in Canada.
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East Architecture Studio, led by principal and founding partner Nicolas Fayad MArch II ’10, was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022 for the renovation of a Niemeyer designed Guest House located in Tripoli, Lebanon. The Aga Khan Award is one of the largest in the field of Architecture and is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan, including Dean Sarah Whiting, Dr. Nasser Rabbat and Sir David Chipperfield.
The Niemeyer Guest House Renovation project is one of this cycle’s six winners, selected by an independent master jury, including Francis Kéré, Amale Andraos MArch’ 99, Anne Lacaton and Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91. The Master Jury cited the renovation as an “inspiring tale of architecture’s capacity for repair, at a time of dizzying, entangled crisis around the world, and in Lebanon in particular, as the country faces unprecedented political, socio-economic and environmental collapse”.
Founded in 2015, East Architecture Studio is a collective practice committed to architectural design and experimental research. The studio yields innovative built environments of various scales ranging from master planning to interior design and adaptive reuse, engaging both contemporary society and traditional culture. Projects emerge from the studio with optimism, translating visionary ideas into an architecture of the present. A reality that the team embraces, with a particular interest in intellectual pursuits and design research. Emphasis on history, culture and the territory are an integral part of the adopted design methods, defining an architectural response that engages with the challenges of our time. Along with a growing team of talented architects, partners, and consultants, the practice is constantly evolving in the shifting landscapes of modern life.
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“Landscape Approach: From Local Communities to Territorial Systems” edited by Hannes Zander MLA ’15, Shelagh McCartney DDes ’12, MDes ’07, Samantha Solano MLA ’16, and Sonja Vangjeli MLA ’16 has recently published by Applied Research & Design. The book promotes a landscape approach to understand and address complex interdependent issues of environmental change, ecological degradation, and socio-cultural inequalities. Through a variety of landscape-informed narratives, it aims to provide strategies which can help envision futures that are socially and environmentally just and sustainable.
“Landscape Approach” is the second book publication by the International Landscape Collaborative which formed at the GSD in 2016, a group of emerging scholars and practitioners who are interested in questions related to landscape and territory. The book features twenty-three essays from different geographic contexts across six continents, many of them written by GSD alums, and with a foreword by GSD Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture Nina-Marie Lister.
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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