James Lord, FASLA, MLA ’96 Received the 2020 American Architecture Award in Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture
James A. Lord, FASLA, MLA ’96 was recognized with a 2020 American Architecture Award in the Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture category for his firm Surfacedesign‘s work at Auckland International Airport. San Francisco-based Surfacedesign, co-founded by Lord and Roderick Wyllie, ASLA, MLA ’98, designed ongoing landscape improvements through 2044 for six square miles in and around Auckland International Airport. As lead project designer, Lord said, “Our ecological landscape design is culturally rooted, informed by New Zealand’s centuries-old agrarian traditions from its indigenous Maori settlers and European immigrants in the 1800s. This is our most intricate project to date, and we are honored to win the prestigious American Architecture Award.”
Read the full press release.
posted April, 2021
Seventeen GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2020 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:
- Alexandra A. Barker, FAIA, AB ’93, MArch ’98
- Andrew Vernooy, FAIA, MDes ’91
- Ellis (Lanny) McIntosh, FAIA, AMDP ’14
- Eric Haas, FAIA, MArch ’93
- Javier Arizmendi, FAIA, MArch ’91
- Jay Valgora, FAIA, MArch ’88
- Katherine W. Faulkner, FAIA, MArch ’93
- Kenneth J. Jandura, FAIA, MAUD ’78
- Michael E. Tingley, FAIA, MArch ’89
- Neal J.Z. Schwartz, FAIA, MArch ’92, MPP ’92
- Philip B. Chen, FAIA, MArch ’96
- Roger Sherman, FAIA, MArch ’85
- Scott K. Henson, FAIA, MArch ’98
- Susannah C. Drake, FAIA, MArch ’95, MLA ’95
- Tom Sungjin Chung, FAIA, MArch ’99
- Warren A. Techentin, FAIA, MArch ’95, MAUD ’95
- Yanel E. De Angel Salas, FAIA, MDes ’06
For the full list of 2020 Fellows, visit the AIA website.
posted April, 2020
Surfacedesign, Inc. Partners Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 and James Lord MLA ’96 Release First Monograph “Surfacedesign: Material Landscapes”
Surfacedesign, Inc. and its principals–James A. Lord MLA ’96, Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98, and Geoff di Girolamo have recently released the firms first monograph, Surfacedesign: Material Landscapes, published by The Monacelli Press. The book chronicles stunning parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens designed by the firm.
Fair warning to future Surfacedesign clients and design collaborators: Surfacedesign is going to push you,” writes Alan Maskin, a principal of Olson Kundig Architects, in the foreword to Surfacedesign: Material Landscapes (The Monacelli Press). “But their ideas, enthusiasm, humor, and interests have never limited them to working within the boundaries of their specific discipline.” The first book on this award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm reveals thoughtful parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens that convey beauty, authenticity, and inventiveness. An interview by landscape theorist, author, and teacher Anita Berrizbeitia with founding partners James A. Lord, FASLA, and Roderick Wyllie, ASLA, investigates the roots of the firm’s design ethos stemming from deep beliefs in the power of narrative to imbue landscape with meaning, to express the history of place, and, most important, to connect people to the places they live, work, travel, and play.
The Monacelli Press (2019)
208 pages; flexibound; $50
Material Landscapes, by Surfacedesign, 2019. Image courtesy of The Monacelli Press.
For the full press release click here
posted March, 2020
17 Harvard GSD Alumni from Puerto Rico have assembled as a group to protest the limited civic engagement and transparency in the reviewal process behind the adoption of significant and potentially detrimental changes to the island’s Zoning Maps, led by the Planning Board of Puerto Rico. Together, they wrote an open letter to María del C. Gordillo Pérez, chairwoman of the Planning Board.
The group is made up of the following alumni:
Pedro Manuel Cardona Roig MAUD ’91
Hugo Colón MLA ’13
Manuel Antonio Colón Amador MLA ’14
Irene Figueroa-Ortiz MUP & March I ’15
Nataniel Fúster MAUD ’96 & DDes ’99
Fabiola Guzmán Rivera March I ’18
Yanick Lay Fumero MLA ’18
Eduardo M. Llinás Messeguer MAUD ’13
Maria Victoria Mateo MLA ’11
Oscar Oliver Didier MAUD ’06
Judith Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ’13
Gabriella S. Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ’16
Ángel Y. Rodríguez Colón MAUD ’11
Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola MArch I ’14
Héctor Tarrido-Picart MAUD & MLA ’15
José Juan Terrasa Soler MLA ’07
Emmanuel Torres MAUD ’14
In the past months there was a recent upsurge in democratic mobilization to demand transparency and democracy in the way politics and business are conducted in Puerto Rico. This led to the recent resignation of Governor Ricardo Roselló and will likely lead to fundamental changes to the political and institutional structures of the Caribbean island.
While these mass civil protests were taking place, the Planning Board of Puerto Rico conducted most of the public hearings for first-time proposed major revisions to the Zoning Maps. In addition, the Planning Board failed to provide key information and a suitable timeline for a comprehensive examination by all the parties affected by the zoning changes, including the island’s 78 municipalities. Some of these zoning changes go against the interest of vulnerable communities, the ones most affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
posted August, 2019
Eleven GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2018 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.” A ceremony honoring the new fellows will take place on June 22 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.
Jonathan Barnes MArch ’86
Eric Bunge MArch ’96
Chris Cooper MArch ’98
William B. Gallagher Jr. MAUD ’86
Leonard Kady MArch ’89
Rick Petersen MArch ’88
Naomi Pollock MArch ’85
Christopher Shears MArch ’80
James Susman MDes ’88
Louis Wasserman MArch ’74
Ellen Watts MArch ’79
Read the AIA press release.
Image courtesy of the AIA College of Fellows.
posted April, 2018
Fifteen designers, artists, historians, and others from the GSD alumni community have been selected to receive 2018 Graham Foundation Grants. Announced on April 5, the Graham Foundation’s 2018 Grants to Individuals present $534,850 in new grants to support 74 projects by 111 individuals and collaborators who are “engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment,” the Foundation writes.
Alumni projects include exhibitions, publications, and research. Among the winners are GSD faculty Zeina Koreitem MDes ’16 and John May MArch ’02, who received a grant for the exhibition “Under Present Conditions,” produced through their Los Angeles-based firm, MILLIØNS. (“Under Present Conditions” will be on view at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles from January 11 through April 26, 2019.)
The funded projects were selected from over 600 proposals and represent a diverse group of individuals and collectives, including architects, artists, choreographers, historians, and filmmakers who hail from around the world.
Other GSD alumni awardees include:
Eric Bunge MArch ’96
Mimi Hoang GSD ’98
Kenny Cupers PhD ’10
Rami El Samahy MArch ’00
Michael Kubo MArch ’06
Alexander Robinson MLA ’05
Neyran Turan DDes ’09
Bradley Cantrell MLA ’03
Marielsa Castro Vizcarra MDes ’17
Brian Goldstein PhD ’13
Ana Maria Leon Crespo MDes ’01
Sun-Young Park MArch ’08/PhD ’14
Sara Zewde MLA ’15
Read the full list of 2018 Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals via the Graham Foundation’s announcement.
Image: MILLIØNS (Zeina Koreitem & John May), Collectives II, 2016–. Courtesy of the artists.
posted April, 2018
Jonathan Kanda MArch ’96, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been elevated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows. Kanda has 20 years of experience in the field, currently serving as a Principal at CO Architects. Since joining the firm in 2003, Kanda has led medical and health education projects in 12 states for institutions that are re-envisioning their curricular and pedagogical approaches. He is a nationally recognized specialist and frequent presenter on innovations in simulation and collaborative learning environments for higher education and academic medical programs.
Image courtesy of CO Architects.
posted June, 2017
Surfacedesign, Inc. Partners Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 and James Lord MLA ’96 Win Cooper Hewitt Design Award
Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 (left on photo below) and James Lord MLA ’96 (right on photo below) partners at Surfacedesign were selected as recipients of the 18th Annual National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. The landscape architecture award is given to an individual or firm for exceptional and exemplary work in urban planning or park and garden design. Surfacedesign is a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco.
Founded in 2001, the award-winning practice creates dynamic parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens. James A. Lord, Roderick Wyllie, and Geoff di Girolamo, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, urban designers, and architects, provide innovative design solutions for a wide range of projects, including the Smithsonian Master Plan, Auckland International Airport, Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Plaza, and IBM Plaza Honolulu. Integral to the philosophy of the practice, Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways.
Read more about Surfacedesign, Inc. and the National Design Awards.
Image courtesy of Cooper Hewitt.
posted June, 2017
The work of Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni was recently recognized with 2017 Progressive Architecture Awards from Architect magazine. The jury, which included GSD alumna Jennifer Bonner MArch ’09, was tasked with finding the best examples of works that “represent design that pushes the envelope, novel methods of representation, and an exploration of humble building types that can make peoples’ lives better.” Winning projects from firms led by GSD alumni include:
Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
REX, led by Joshua Prince-Ramus MArch ’96
Menil Drawing Institute
Johnston Marklee, led by Sharon Johnston MArch ’95 and Mark Lee MArch ’95
Morphosis Architects, led by Thom Mayne MArch ’78
WOJR, led by William O’Brien MArch ’05
EC3, led by Edwin Chan MArch ’85
New Hampshire Retreat
NADAAA, led by Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 in collaboration with partners Katherine Faulkner MArch ’93 and Daniel Gallagher MArch ’91
Image courtesy of Architect magazine.
posted March, 2017
Invivia, the research and technology research lab featuring Bradley Cantrell MLA ’03, Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and Director of MLA Degree Program at the GSD; Allen Sayegh MDes ’96, Associate Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the GSD; Stefano Andreani MDes ’13; Craig Reschke MLA ’15; and Ziyi Zhang MLA ’14, was one of four winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) for their project “99 White Balloons.” FCDC invited architects and designers worldwide to share their most inventive ideas for a temporary outdoor installation that will be exhibited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas. Other GSD-affiliated winners included Jonathan A. Scelsa MAUD ’11, Jennifer Birkeland MLA ’11, and Erin Wythoff MLA ’14 for their conception of “Duck Blind in Plain Site.” Read more about the competition and the winning ideas here.
posted December, 2016
posted December, 2016
Surfacedesign, Inc. and its principals–James A. Lord MLA ’96, Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98, and Geoff di Girolamo–received the Architectural League of New York’s 2014 Emerging Voices Award, recognizing North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.
posted December, 2016
James Lord MLA ’96 and SURFACEDESIGN are to receive a 2015 ASLA Honor Award for the IBM Honolulu Plaza
James Lord MLA ’96 and SURFACEDESIGN are to receive a 2015 ASLA Honor Award for the IBM Honolulu Plaza. Read more about the project and award.
posted December, 2016
Patrick Daly MArch ’91, Riki Nishimura MAUD ’03, and James Lord MLA ’96 Compete to Design AZ City Center
Patrick Daly MArch ’91, Riki Nishimura MAUD ’03, and James Lord MLA ’96 worked on a paid competition for the design of the City of Mesa City Center in Arizona. They presented their work to the mayor, city council and the people of Mesa in August. Results will be announced later this month. Learn more about their concept for the project here.
posted October, 2014