Class of 1987

Julie Bargmann MLA ’87 and Stella Betts MArch ’94 Receive American Academy of Arts and Letters 2024 Architecture Awards

Among this year’s recipients of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2024 Architecture Awards, the practices of two GSD Alumni were honored.

Julie Bargmann MLA ’87 and Stella Betts MArch ’94, co-founder and principal of LevenBetts architecture firm, have been awarded 2024 Architecture Awards that “recognize American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction.”

Read the full press release.

Follow Stella’s work with LevenBetts on Instagram.

Follow Julie’s work with D.I.R.T Studio.

posted April, 2024

Four GSD Alumni Elevated to AIA Fellows 2024

Four GSD alumni and faculty have been elevated by the 2024 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:

  • Nicole Anne Hollant-Denis MDes ’00 
  • Hao E. Ko MArch ’97 
  • J. Leora Mirvish MArch ’87 
  • Anath Ranon MArch ’90 

For the full list of 2024 Fellows, visit the AIA website.

posted April, 2024

Julie Bargmann MLA ’87 featured in New York Times “Visionaries” series

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.

posted September, 2022

In Memoriam: John Andrews MArch ’58

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.

posted April, 2022

Georgia Tech Course Taught by Lane Duncan MDes ’87 “Draws on Nature” to Teach Design

In a course co-taught by Lane Duncan MDes ’87 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, students from all majors and graduate areas learn the foundations of design through creative expressions of the natural world. The course, entitled “Drawing on Design,” focuses on five tenets of Design Behavior, encouraging students to explore them in a way related to their primary area of study while drawing on natural subjects. This is the second year that the course has been offered and an article from the school notes that it “is a welcome change of pace” for many students that allows them to “tap into their creativity while exploring design principles of the world around them.” For more details about the course, see the full article published on the Georgia Tech news website.

posted December, 2020

Stephen M. Bartlett MArch ’87 Named Principal at Ballinger

Stephen M. Bartlett MArch '87

Ballinger, an award-winning architecture and engineering firm in Philadelphia, recently announced seven new Principals and shareholders of the firm, including Stephen M. Bartlett MArch ’87, AIA, LEED AP. Since joining Ballinger in 1999, Steve has served in a variety of firm leadership roles including Architectural Studio Leader and Senior Project Designer. He has worked in diverse market sectors and collaboratively led the design of some of the firm’s most prestigious commissions. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums across the country and will continue to advance the firm’s design portfolio in higher education. Steve earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation in 1983 and a Master in Architecture (MArch II) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1987.

posted November, 2019

Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87 Presents “The Architectural Wonder of Impermanent Cites” at TED Conference

Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87

Every 12 years, a megacity springs up in India for the Kumbh Mela religious festivalwhat’s built in ten weeks is completely disassembled in one. What can we learn from this fully functioning, temporary settlement? In a visionary talk, urban designer Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87 explores the benefits of building impermanent cities that can travel, adapt or even disappear, leaving the lightest possible footprint on the planet. His focus while working in India is working on institutional buildings and conservation of historic places.

Rahul Mehrotra is an architect, urbanist and educator who is the Founder Principal of RMA Architects and is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD. His work covers a range of buildings, from houses to institutional to office buildings. A recent project was a housing estate for 100 elephants and their caretakers in Jaipur, India. Mehrotra is passionate about writing. He’s written several books on the history and architecture of Mumbai, including Architecture In India Since 1990. He’s also written on urbanism in India and is currently working on a book on his experiences as a practitioner in India.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference and was featured by the editors on the home page.

posted August, 2019

Janet Echelman AB ’87, LF ’08 Voted Onto Harvard Board of Overseers

Janet Echelman AB '87, LF '08

Janet Echelman AB ’87, LF ’08 has been voted onto the Harvard Board of Overseers and will complete the remaining four years of the term of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar ’93, who has been elected to the Harvard Corporation. She is an artist who defies categorization. Combining ancient craft with material science and engineering, her experiential sculptures at the scale of buildings have become inviting focal points for civic life on five continents. Named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban space,” she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.

As a visiting professor at MIT, Echelman led a collaboration of engineering, computer science, and architecture graduate students. Next year she will teach at Princeton. Beyond academia, she seeks to address wider audiences. Her work was ranked first on Oprah’s list of “50 Things That Will Make You Say ‘Wow!’” Her TED talk, “Taking Imagination Seriously,” has more than two million views and has been translated into 37 languages

The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, the other being the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. The primary function of the Board of Overseers is to encourage the University to maintain the highest attainable standards as a place of learning. The new Overseers were elected from a slate of nine candidates who were nominated by an HAA committee as prescribed by the election rules.

For her bio click here

posted June, 2019

Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87 Recognized for Several Accomplishments

Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87

Professor of Urban Design and Planning Rahul Mehrotra’s MAUD ’87 library project in India at the School of architecture in Abad was featured in Architectural Record. RMA’s library is the first building on the CEPT campus not designed by Balkrishna Doshi, the school’s founder. It defers to the earlier brick-and-concrete- buildings but distinguishes itself with a much lighter facade made up primarily of operable wood louvers. For more click here and here for a video.

He has been invited to give a presentation at the Venice Biennale “Freespace” Exhibition. “Freespace”—the event will feature the main exhibition in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini and the Arsenale featuring work by 71 participants, while two Special Sections will feature a total of 29 further participants. Elsewhere, 65 national pavilions will present contributions from around the world. For a full list of architects participating click here.

Also, he is curating exhibition “State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries, and Realities in India” in Mumbai. The exhibition will bring together the varied interests and perspectives as well as a spectrum of stakeholders and actors that are all critical in understanding Housing in India. For more click here. In addition, Rahul is curating conference in Mumbai “Housing in the Emerging Urban India,” this conference is related to the exhibition he is curating in Mumbai “State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India.” Click here for more.

posted March, 2018

Alumni Work Recognized with 2017 ASLA Professional Awards

Andrea Cochran MLA '79, Megumi Aihara MLA '07, Mikyoung Kim MLA '92, Andrea Cochran MLA '79, Lin Peng MLA '12, Stephen Stimson MLA '87, Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85, Douglas Reed MLA ’81, Bruce Jett MLA '92, Charlotte Barrows MLA '06, Leo Alvarez MLA '81, Ralph Johnson MArch '73, Gordon Gill MArch '93, Katharyn Leah Hurd MLAUD '12, Charles Birnbaum LF '98

The work of Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni is well represented in this year’s American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards, which recognize the best of landscape architecture from the United States and around the world. Winners received their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles last October. Those honored include:


Honor Awards

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79Megumi Aihara MLA ’07 (Windhover Contemplative Center)

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 (Chicago Botanic Garden: The Regenstein Learning Campus)


Award of Excellence

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79, Lin Peng MLA ’12 (Birmingham Residence)

Honor Award

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79 (Telegraph Hill Residence)

Stephen Stimson MLA ’87 (Northeast Harbor, a Restoration on Mount Desert Island)

Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture, led by by Principals Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85 and Douglas Reed MLA ’81 (Proving Grounds – A 20-Year Education in American HorticultureAgrarian Modern – The Recovery and Renewal of Manatuck Farm)

Bruce Jett MLA ’92 (Northpoint Apartments)


Honor Award

Charlotte Barrows MLA ’06 (The Olana Strategic Landscape Design Plan: Restoring an American Masterpiece)

Leo Alvarez MLA ’81Ralph Johnson MArch ’73 (Waterfront Botanical Gardens)

Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture, led by by Principals Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85 and Douglas Reed MLA ’81 (Conservation at the Edge – Prototyping low-intervention conservation in the Patagonian wilderness)

Gordon Gill MArch ’93 (Positioning Pullman)

Katharyn Leah Hurd MLAUD ’12 (Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan)


Charles Birnbaum LF ’98 (The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin)

More information, including the full list of 2017 winners.

Photo: Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford University, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture.

posted November, 2017

In Memoriam: Thomas Sutherland MArch ’87

Thomas Sutherland MArch '87

Thomas “Tom” Sutherland MArch ’87, architect and firm managing principal at DIALOG, passed away in a ski accident on April 2, 2015 at the age of 54. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Sutherland studied at the University of Manitoba where he received the gold medal for highest standing in an undergraduate faculty. After graduating from the GSD, he practiced in Boston and Toronto for 10 years before returning home and joining DIALOG. His work can be seen around Edmonton and Alberta, including at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Robbins Pavilion and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s HP and Spartan and Petro-Canada Centres. Sutherland is also remembered for his work to develop Edmonton’s Capital City Downtown Plan. Read more from DIALOG.

Image courtesy of DIALOG. 

posted December, 2016

Allison Williams LF ’87 Honored by UC Berkeley

Allison Williams LF '87

Allison Williams LF ’87 was honored with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Read more about the award and about Williams here.

May 2015

posted December, 2016

Residence Designed by Margaret McCurry, FAIA LF ’87 in Architectural Record

Margaret McCurry LF '87

Margaret McCurry, FAIA LF ’87, of Tigerman McCurry Architects, designed this Lincoln Park Residence spotlighted by Architectural Record. “Working with the long, shallow site and the grid of the eight lots (which sit atop two levels of underground parking for the condominiums), McCurry envisioned a Palladian plan. An 8,000-square-foot central volume serves as the heart of the house, containing a gracious double-height entry and stair, the living room, a sprawling open kitchen that spills into a dining area, and a modestly scaled bedroom zone on the top level. This structure is flanked by courtyards and wings to the east and west— connected by glazed bridges screened with zinc louvers—that hold ancillary areas: guest quarters, his and hers studies, a lap pool and fitness center, and playrooms” wrote Architectural Record.

April 2016

posted December, 2016

Susan Rademacher LF ’87 Named Honorary Member of ASLA

Susan Rademacher LF ’87

Susan Rademacher LF ’87, Parks Curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, has been named honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The honor is bestowed by the ASLA on individuals whose achievements of national or international significance or influence have provided notable service to the profession of landscape architecture.

May 2015

posted December, 2016