Class of 1983

Larry Curtis MAUD ’83 and WinnCompanies Honored with Boston Preservation Alliance’s 2019 President’s Award for Excellence

Larry Curtis MAUD ’83

The Boston Preservation Alliance recently announced that Larry Curtis MAUD ’83 and WinnCompanies, for which Curtis serves as President and Managing Partner, will be honored with the 2019 President’s Award for Excellence this fall at the 31st annual Preservation Achievement Awards. The Alliance’s highest honor, the President’s Award recognizes an individual or organization that has enhanced the success and vibrancy of Boston in ways aligned with the Alliance’s mission. 

“The body of work by Larry and WinnCompanies demonstrates the multitude of benefits that derive from adaptive reuse. With over thirty-five projects nationally, they show how historic preservation and affordable housing can work symbiotically and how historic buildings with new uses energize neighborhoods. Projects in neighborhoods like Dorchester and Jamaica Plain and outside Boston in places like Lowell demonstrate the remarkable and transformational success of Larry’s work,” writes Boston Preservation Alliance in their announcement

The Preservation Achievement Awards will be held on Monday, October 21, in Boston. Event registration is open.

Learn more.


posted July, 2019

In Memoriam: Kenneth Kao MArch ’83

Kenneth Ken-Sin Martin Kao MArch '83

Kenneth Ken-Sin Martin Kao MArch ’83 passed away on April 10, 2017, after a long illness. A lecturer at the GSD from 1988-2011, Kao is remembered by the School for his intellectual contributions, as well as his kindness and caring for students. In addition to his academic pursuits, Kao founded the Boston-based studio, Kao Design Group (KDG), which focuses on conceptual architectural designs, municipal infrastructure, building technologies, and sustainable island master planning,

A service of thanksgiving for Ken’s life will be held at the Old North Church (35 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA 01945) on Saturday, April 29th, beginning at 10 am.

His full obituary may be found here.

posted April, 2017

Gary Jay Paul MArch ’83 invites GSD Alumni to Join in Tour

Gary Jay Paul MArch ’83

Gary Jay Paul MArch ’83 invites GSD alumni to join in on an amazing week in the Veneto where a small group will view first-hand the work of Andrea Palladio, visiting the villas with private tours (and meals in several of the villas) by the villa owners, a day in Vicenza starting at the Palladian Museum with the Museum director Guido Beltramini. Professor Beltrami will also conduct a day tour of the Palladian Churches of Venice ending with a boat ride through the Venetian Lagoon to the Villa Malcontenta. The tour includes visits to the Palazzo Te in Mantua by Guilo Romano, the Villa Nani with its Tiepolo frescos, and the Brioni cemetery by architect Carlo Scarpa. Great hotels and amazing food and wine are all included! Organized in conjunction with Elaine Hirschl Ellis of Anyone interested in the trip should contact Gary via email at [email protected] for more details and pricing.

March 2014

posted December, 2016

In Memoriam: David Bennett MLA ’83

David Bennett MLA '83

David Bennett MLA ’83 passed away in May 2015. Throughout his career, Bennett sought out opportunities to preserve cultural and historic treasures, including on National Historic Landmark and World Heritage sites such as The Mount in Lenox, MA, Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC, Oatlands Plantation, in Leesburg, VA, and abroad at the Petra Archaeological Sanctuary in Jordan, and the Ming Dynasty-era Zhongshan Park and Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing, China. He also participated in the design and planning of many US embassies and consulates, and produced over a dozen urban design and streetscape guidelines, fostering such diverse projects as the regeneration of downtown Washington, DC and the creation of a new town in Ningbo, China. Significant campus projects included the master planning and design of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan, several master plans and built work at universities including Cornell, George Washington, Maryland School of Nursing, American and Georgetown. Read his obituary here.

May 2015

posted December, 2016