Class of 1977

Shlomo Shyovitz MAUD ’77 Publishes “Borne Back” with Thaler Books

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.

posted November, 2023

Michael Doyle MArch ’77 and David Acheson MArch ’77 firm Awarded 2023 Chairman’s Award from the New York Landmarks Conservatory

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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posted June, 2023

In Memoriam: David Raphael MLA ’77

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.

posted February, 2022

Kate Orff MLA ’97 and Martha Schwartz GSD ’77 Named Landscape Living Legends By Cultured Magazine

Cultured Magazine named Kate Orff MLA ’97 and Martha Schwartz GSD ’77 to their list of Landscape Living Legends.

  • Kate Orff is the Founding Principal of SCAPE. She focuses on retooling the practice of landscape architecture relative to the uncertainty of climate change and creating spaces to foster social life, which she has explored through publications, activism, research, and projects.
  • Martha Schwartz is Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. For more than 40 years, she and the firm, Martha Schwartz Partners, have completed projects around the globe, from site-specific art installations to public spaces, parks, master-planning and reclamation.

According to Cultured: “In recent decades, landscape architects and designers have played an increasingly significant role in shaping our communities and developing urban spaces that are more hospitable to pedestrians, bicyclists, pet owners and people who want to gather or just need some fresh air. But these professionals generally remain less lauded than the high-profile architects who design our buildings. While perhaps they’ve yet to achieve starchitect status, we believe these five designers—all of whom think deeply about our relationship with the natural world—deserve a prominent place in any good design pantheon.”

Read the full article.

Image below: In Chongqing, China, the 2019 hot pot master garden at the upper Yangtze River City flower art expo was designed by Martha Schwartz Partners.



posted September, 2021

Six GSD Alumni Elevated to AIA Fellows 2021

Six GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2021 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:

  • Rocco J. Ceo MArch ’86
  • Mina M. Chow MArch ’93
  • Billie J. Faircloth MArch ’01
  • John H. Martin MArch ’89
  • David S. Parker MArch ’85
  • Gregory C. Wiedemann MArch ’77

For the full list of 2021 Fellows, visit the AIA website.

posted February, 2021

Lawrence A. Chan MAUD ’77 Completes Master Plan for New Malaysian City

Lawrence A. Chan MAUD '77

Lawrence A. Chan MAUD ’77, Lead Urban Design Master Planner in association with KMDG, landscape architects, Utile, urban planners, and BuroHappold, infrastructure engineers, recently completed a 30-year master plan for a new city located 35 miles from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and 10 miles from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The new city for two million people is the keystone project of the Prime Minister’s Eleventh Malaysia Plan released in May 2015, earmarking the transformation of Malaysia Vision Valley, a 156,000-hectare development zone to: advance the socio-economic position of the 60-year-old nation; promote the wellbeing of its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic citizens; and provide expansion of Kuala Lumpur. Objectives include:

  • Create an environment that advances urbanity, social and cultural integration and cooperation, and a sustainable quality of life for living, working, recreation, and enjoying nature
  • Address natural and environmental challenges, including: a varied and often extremely steep topography; safeguarding permanent forest reserves and natural habitats; preserving and enhancing riparian corridors; reducing Malaysia’s carbon footprint; and expanding renewable energy resources

The new city will take shape on 43 square miles of former palm plantation land, over forty percent of which will remain or enhanced as landscaped open space, to serve as a destination hub for international travel, commerce, recreation, and eco-tourism. A new high-speed train will connect the city to Singapore in sixty minutes, and an express train to the airport within ten minutes.

Smart Growth, transit-oriented Cleantech mixed-use development will encompass facilities of all types including: mixed-income, single- and multi-family residences; neighborhood and social services; a comprehensive urban transit system targeting 50% ridership while reducing car use and parking by 50%; local and regional parks; and the “Mountain-to-the-Sea” Greenway connecting the permanent forest reserve in the north to the Straits of Malacca in the south.

A most important objective is to create a balance between the vision of the new modern, state-of-the-art metropolis and the existing social, cultural, and environmental fabric that require inclusion, protection, preservation, and enhancement.

Project Summary:
Total Land Area 11,000 hectares (26,800 acres or 43 sq mi)
Developed Land Area 6,200 hectares (56% of Total Land)
Undeveloped Natural Land 4,800 hectares (44% of Total Land)
Total Development 113,650,000 sq m (1,223,000,000 sq ft)
Floor Area Ratio 1.04 (0.5-6.0 max)
Total Population 1,867,000 (844,000 work force)
Number of Dwelling Units 424,000 (for 50% work force)

An interview with Chan regarding the project was published in the May 13, 2017 issue of The New Straits Times.

Learn more about the project and view more images here.

Images provided. 

Riverway at main entrance to Central Park:

Lawrence A. Chan FAIA MAUD'77 - New City Master Plan, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia | Riverway at main entrance to Central Park

Integrated Transportation Terminal between Downtown & Riverway:

posted January, 2018

Paul S. Belaski MArch ’77 Elected to Vermont House of Representatives

Paul S. Belaski MArch '77

Paul S. Belaski MArch ’77 was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. His first term begins in January 2017.

posted December, 2016

Alex Krieger MCP ’77 and Toni L. Griffin LF ’98 Named to United States Commission of Fine Arts

Alex Krieger MCP ’77 and Toni L. Griffin LF ’98

President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint two Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni and faculty members to the United States Commission of Fine Arts: Toni L. Griffin LF ’98, professor in practice of urban planning, and Alex Krieger MCP ’77, professor in practice of urban design. The seven-member Commission of Fine Arts is an independent federal agency tasked with advising the President, Congress, and the federal and District of Columbia governments on select matters of design and aesthetics. It was established by Congress in 1910 as a permanent body to advise the federal government on matters pertaining to the arts and national symbols, and to guide the architectural development of Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: United States Commission of Fine Arts webpage

November 2016

posted November, 2016

Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 Receives National Humanities Medal

Everett L. Fly MLA ’77

Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Presented on September 10, 2015 by President Obama, Mr. Fly was distinguished “for preserving the integrity of African-American places and landmarks. A landscape architect, Mr. Fly has worked tirelessly to win historical recognition for Eatonville, Florida, Nicodemus, Kansas, and other sites central to African-American history, preserving an important part of our broader American heritage.” Since 1996, 175 National Humanities Medals have been bestowed — to 163 individuals and 12 organizations.

Photo credit: Ralph Alswang for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

September 2015

posted September, 2015

In Memoriam: Charles Thanhauser MArch ’77

Charles Thanhauser MArch '77

In Memoriam: Charles Thanhauser MArch ’77 passed away on June 22, 2015. Read his obituary here.

June 2015

posted June, 2015

Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 Organizes Workshop on Historic Black Towns and Settlements

Everett L. Fly MLA ’77

Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 worked with Dr. Bill Ferris Ph.D., former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and historian at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Dr. Kenneth Janken Ph.D., interim director of the Center for the American South, to organize and conduct a workshop on historic Black towns and settlements. The workshop, which took place April 6-7, 2015 on UNC’s campus, addressed a range of strategic topics, including land use law, economic cultural tourism, community health, cultural food ways, entrepreneurship, archival preservation, and physical historic preservation. Fly began his research and study of historic Black towns and settlements while studying under John Brinckerhoff Jackson at the GSD. Read more about the event here.

April 2015

posted April, 2015

GSD Alumni from Classes of 1976 and 1977 Convene in Chicago for 2014 AIA Convention

Darrell Fitzgerald MArch ’77, George Kunihiro MArch ’76, William Wilson MArch ’77, and Kevin Triplett MArch ’76

GSD alumni from the classes of 1976 and 1977 convened in Chicago for the 2014 AIA Convention.

Photo L-R: Darrell Fitzgerald MArch ’77, George Kunihiro MArch ’76, William Wilson MArch ’77, and Kevin Triplett MArch ’76

July 2014

posted July, 2014