Edith Hsu-Chen MUP ’97 Appointed as Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the appointment of Edith Hsu-Chen MUP ’97 as Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning. Edith served as the Manhattan Borough Director for City Planning since 2008. In her new role, she will oversee and implement the Mayor’s development agenda, promoting inclusive, equitable growth throughout the five boroughs and putting the city on a path toward robust recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Edith currently serves as a member of the GSD Alumni Council.
“I am incredibly honored to be named Executive Director for the Department of City Planning. I have spent my career at DCP – a community where extraordinary professionals work side by side with the public to help build New York City’s brightest future. I am thrilled to work alongside incoming City Planning Commissioner Dan Garodnick, and I thank him, Deputy Mayor Torres-Springer, and Mayor Adams for the faith they have placed in me and for the service to this city we will forge in the coming years,” said incoming Department of City Planning Executive Director Edith Hsu-Chen.
Read more on Edith’s appointment.
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
Seven Alumni Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows – Class of 2021
Seven 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 will formally recognize its 2021 Class of Fellows during the annual conference in Nashville on Sunday, November 21.
Congratulations to the GSD alumni in the 2021 Class of Fellows (pictured below left to right).
- Juan Antonio Bueno MLA ’86
- Claude Cormier MDes ’94
- Shauna Gillies-Smith MAUD ’95
- Eric F. Kramer MLA ’98
- Allan Webster Shearer MLA ’94
- Glenn LaRue Smith LF ’97
- Roderick R. Wyllie MLA ’98
For the full list of 2021 Fellows, click here.
posted July, 2021
Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91, Meejin Yoon MAUD ’97, and Theaster Gates LF ’11 Newly Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters
Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91, Meejin Yoon MAUD ’97, and Theaster Gates LF ’11 will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its virtual award ceremony on May 19 at 7 p.m. EST.
Membership in the Academy is limited to 300 architects, visual artists, composers, and writers who are elected for life. The honor of election is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers.
posted March, 2021
Lisa Gramp MArch ’97, MLA ’97 Appointed Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice
After a dozen years of representing local government, first as Assistant General Counsel to the Portland Development Commission and then as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Portland, earlier this year, Lisa Gramp MArch ’97, MLA ’97 was appointed to the position of Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice where she primarily represents the Department of Housing and Community Services.
posted December, 2019
Five Alumni Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows
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 2019 Fellows at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture on November 15-18 in San Diego.
Congratulations to (pictured below left to right in alphabetical order.).
Michael Boucher, FASLA, MLA ’85
David D. Jung, FASLA, MLA ’93
Allyson Mendenhall, FASLA, AB ’90, MLA ’99
Kate Orff, FASLA, MLA ’97
Cheri Ruane, FASLA, MLA ’01
Photo credit: EPNAC
For the full list of 2019 Fellows, click here.
posted July, 2019
Kate Orff MLA ’97 Studio Wins 2019 Cooper Hewitt Design Award for Landscape Architecture
SCAPE Landscape Architecture, the design-driven landscape architecture and urban design studio founded by Kate Orff MLA ’97, has received the 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. The annual program seeks to “honor and support excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design.” Based in New York and New Orleans, SCAPE has produced a range of diverse outputs, including publications, research, built landscapes, and installations. Projects include the First Avenue Water Plaza in New York and Staten Island’s Living Breakwaters.
In addition to her studio work, Orff is Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Director of the Urban Design Program.
Learn more and browse recent work.
posted June, 2019
Six Alumni Elevated to AIA College of Fellows 2019
Six GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2019 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.” AIA will formally recognize its 2019 Fellows on June 7 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 in Las Vegas.
Peter Brown AMDP ’13
Stephen B. Cassel MArch ’92
David B. Hill MArch ’02
Samuel Lasky MArch ’97
Patricia Rhee MArch ’98
Richard C. Yancey MArch ’92
For the full list of 2019 Fellows, click here.
Image courtesy of the AIA College of Fellows.
posted June, 2019
GSD Alumni Involved in Resilent Home Challenge: Jaya Kader MArch ’88; Sameh Wahba MUP ’97, PhD ’02, KSGEE ’13; Ivan Shumkov MArch ’08; and Pablo Allard MAUD ’99, DDes ’03.
Over 23 million people lost their homes to natural disasters in the past 10 years. On December 14, the international Resilient Homes Design Challenge, a project organized by the World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb, GFDRR and UN-Habitat, successfully concluded. Over 3,000 professionals from over 120 countries participated in the Challenge, resulting in over 300 team submissions. A jury of international experts selected three winning designs for each of the three scenarios.
Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank, and flown into Washington DC, and other selected global venues. Winning designs could also eventually inform resilient housing or reconstruction work for World Bank-funded projects in places like the Caribbean, South and East Asia, etc. View the list of winners here and the press release here.
Several GSD alumni were involved with the Challenge. Head of Jury was GSD Alumni Council member Sameh Wahba MUP ’97, PhD ’02, KSGEE ’13, who serves as the Director for Urban Territorial Development and Disaster Risk Management for The World Bank Group. Pablo Allard MAUD ’99, DDes ’03, the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the GSD, was also a member of the Jury. Additionally, Ivan Shumkov MArch ’08 is CEO and Founder of Build Academy.
GSD Alumni Council member Jaya Kader MArch ’88, founder and principal of KZ architecture, and her team at KZ architecture were named a winner. The proposed dwelling by KZ architecture is fabricated in its majority out of bamboo, a low cost, highly sustainable and renewable building material, widely available worldwide, lightweight, durable, flexible, easily cultivated and harvested. Its quick growth and easy handling make it an ideal material for beautiful low-cost housing. The criteria for selection included pragmatic designs that suited the local cultural context and whose construction process would use local materials and enable local employment rather than requiring significant external expertise and materials. Resilience and cost-effectiveness aside, sustainability, simplicity, cultural adequacy, and the creation of a sense of ownership through community involvement were accordingly major considerations and a common theme in the final selection process.
posted January, 2019
J. Meejin Yoon MAUD ’97 to Lead Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning
J. Meejin Yoon MAUD ’97 has been named the next dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. The first woman to hold the position since the college was established in 1896, Yoon is set to begin her five-year term on January 1, 2019.
Yoon currently serves as professor and head of the Department of Architecture at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she has worked for the past 17 years. A graduate of AAP, Yoon received her B.Arch in 1995 before earning a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1997 and completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Korea the following year.
“I am very excited about my new role as Dean at Cornell and look forward to amplifying the agendas already at Cornell AAP that I can contribute to,” Yoon said in a press release. “Cornell has excellent programs in architecture, art, and city and regional planning. As a designer, I have always tried to work in ways that cut across or sit at the intersection between disciplinary boundaries and I find the eco-system of disciplines and expertise at Cornell extremely substantive. I also see tremendous potential for expanding the role of technology within the culture of design at Cornell, from computational design and digital fabrication to data-driven processes in planning to new forms of media in the arts.”
In addition to her academic roles, Yoon is founding principal of Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP, the practice she leads with Eric Höweler, associate professor of architecture at the GSD. The award-winning studio is currently working on projects around the world, including the MIT Museum in Cambridge, the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia, and mixed-use buildings in China. Work from the studio was featured in the Spring 2018 GSD exhibition, Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech. HYA will remain in Boston.
Photo by Andy Ryan, courtesy of HYA.
posted July, 2018
Teddy Cruz MDes ’97 and James Leng MArch ’13 Awarded 2018 Vilcek Prizes
Two GSD alumni have received 2018 Vilcek Prizes, an annual set of awards celebrating the contributions immigrants make to bettering American society through the arts and sciences.
Architectural designer and urban researcher Teddy Cruz MDes ’97 was honored with the prestigious Vilcek Prize in Architecture, which includes a $100,000 award. Born in Guatemala, Cruz is currently Professor in Public Culture and Urbanization at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of Design at Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman. He is a past recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture, and the work of his firm will be included in the American Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Learn more.
Architect James Leng MArch ’13 is one of six to have received a Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, which includes a $50,000 award. He immigrated to the United States from China at the age of nine, and currently leads his own Los Angeles-based practice, Office James Leng, while serving as a Senior Designer at Michael Maltzan Architects. Leng is the 2013 winner of the SOM Prize in Architecture, a travel fellowship for emerging architects, through which he has conducted global research on notions of urban obsolescence and resilience. Learn more.
Photos and video courtesy of the Vilcek Foundation.
posted February, 2018
Work by Ten Recent GSD Alumni Published in Architectural Portfolio How-To from Margaret Fletcher MArch ’97
Portfolio work from ten recent GSD alumni–Devin Dobrowolski MLA ’16, See Jia Ho MArch ’15, Ahmed Hosny MDes ’15, Jia Joy Hu MLA ’17, Chase Jordan MArch ’17, Flavio Sciaraffia Marquez MLA ’15, Saurabh Mhatre MDes ’15, Fani Christina Papadopoulou MArch ’16, Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra MLA’17, and Michelle Shofet MLA ’16–has been published in the new book, Constructing the Persuasive Portfolio: The Only Primer You’ll Ever Need, by Margaret Fletcher MArch ’97. Their contributions were selected from over 10,000 pages of portfolios submitted by students for possible inclusion. Notably, Hu’s portfolio is included as a full case study and is featured in its entirety in the publication.
Constructing the Persuasive Portfolio is a step-by-step guide to learning the art of designing a compelling and effective architectural portfolio. It includes 400 portfolio examples from 55 designers representing 50 schools nationwide.
Fletcher currently serves as Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.
posted October, 2017
Gregg Novicoff MArch ’97 Firm Honored with 2017 National AIA Architecture Award
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), the firm at which Gregg Novicoff MArch ’97 serves as associate principal, has received the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor given by the AIA to a practice. This annual award recognizes one firm that has been producing notable architecture for at least a decade. Founded in 2001, LMSA is being recognized as a mission driven practice that focuses on the idea that architecture can contribute to social and environmental justice.
Image below (© Tim Griffith, courtesy of LMSA) shows the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California. The project was led in part by Novicoff. See more photos.
posted May, 2017
Alumni Organize Free Panel: _Virtual_Displacement: Viral Voices 2017 (March 30, 2017, AIANY)
On March 30, 2017 the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, co-chaired by Elie Gamburg MArch ’08 and Benjamin Gilmartin MArch ’97, will host a free panel discussion moderated by Jessica Leigh Hester, Senior Editor, The Atlantic (+ CityLab).
WHAT: _Virtual_Displacement: Viral Voices 2017
As the digital revolution has become pervasive in its effect on the practice of our everyday lives, counterintuitively, many new processes born in the digital realm are beginning to find needs to become physical and geofixed. Once ephemeral – occurring only in digital space – now online and new media companies have begun to invest themselves into the design and production of actual retail environments, vehicles, kiosks, and other public interfaces, adding new variables to the built environment and forcing evolution in long-standing conceptions of urban place-making. What had once been described as the accelerating process by which “all that was solid will melt into air” may also set into motion a countervailing effects by which what “was air now turns back into solid” – as digital practices and firms that once existed only virtually bring their data, media, and products back into the physical world.
WHEN: Thursday, March 30th – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: Center for Architecture – AIANY, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
Anand Babu – Chief Operating Office, Sidewalk Labs
Allie Kelly – Executive Director, The Ray
Brian Lakamp – Founder & CEO, Totem Power
Jeff Maki – Senior Director of Innovation and Strategy, Intersection
Luc Wilson – Founder, KPF-UI (Urban Interface)
posted March, 2017
Dr. Michelle Addington MDes ’94, DDes ’97 Appointed Dean of UT Austin School of Architecture
Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumna Dr. Michelle Addington MDes ’94, DDes ’97 has been selected as the next Dean of the UT Austin School of Architecture. The first woman to be appointed dean of architecture in the school’s 107-year history, Addington will begin her new role on July 1, 2017. She currently serves as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture, and holds a joint appointment with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Read the full UT announcement.
Image courtesy of Yale University.
posted March, 2017
GSD Alumni Honored with Architectural League of New York’s 2017 Emerging Voices Award
Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni were recently honored with Architectural League of New York 2017 Emerging Voices Award. The program spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Winners will lecture in New York City in March 2017 as part of the award program (more information here).
GSD alumni winners include:
Brian Bell MArch ’97 and David Yocum MArch ’97, Principals, BLDGS, Atlanta, Georgia
Eduardo Cadaval Narezo MAUD ’03 and Clara Solà-Morales MArch ’97, Principals, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Mexico City and Barcelona
Frida Escobedo MDes ’12, Principal, Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Mexico City
Thomas F. Robinson MArch ’00, Founding Principal, LEVER Architecture, Portland, Oregon
Jonathan Tate Mdes ’08, Principal, OJT, New Orleans, Louisiana
Photo courtesy of The Architectural League.
posted March, 2017
Alums Organize Free Panel on Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis (Feb. 23, 2017, AIANY)
On February 23, 2017 the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, co-chaired by Elie Gamburg MArch ’08 and Benjamin Gilmartin MArch ’97, will host a free panel discussion about mass migration and how the design community can respond appropriately to the needs of refugees facing economic distress and environmental degradation. Speakers will include Robert Pietrusko MArch ‘12, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture at the GSD, and moderator Farzana Gandhi MArch ‘06. The event will take place from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012). Learn more and RSVP here.
posted February, 2017
Katherine Orff MLA ’97 Appointed Director of the Urban Design Program at Columbia GSAPP
Associate Professor Katherine Orff MLA ’97 was appointed Director of the Urban Design Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A faculty member who has been a key part of both the Urban Design Program and the school for many years, Orff is an internationally renowned award-winning practitioner focused on urban design in the era of climate dynamics.
posted December, 2016
Kristina Hill PhD ’97, GSA ’98 Discusses Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels at the Hammer Museum
Kristina Hill PhD ’97, GSA ’98 participated in a panel discussion on urban adaptations for rising sea levels at the Hammer Museum, co-presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Watch a video of the talk.
posted December, 2016
Katherine Orff MLA ’97 Delivers Keynote at Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? Symposium
Katherine Orff MLA ’97, Founder and Partner at SCAPE, delivered the keynote address at the Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? symposium, which was convened by Professors Matthew Tucker MLA ’01 and Christine Baeumler at the University of Minnesota on April 17-18. The event focused upon the examination of the pressing ecological dilemmas associated with the Anthropocene epoch and offed speculative trajectories for future landscape architecture critical practice. Nearly 200 landscape architects, architects, artists and environmental activists attended the symposium. Other speakers included Professor Tucker as well as author Emma Marris, documentary filmmaker Andrew Blackwell, artist Buster Simpson and artist Koert vanMensvoort. The symposium also included a pre-symposium “Culvertized” workshop led by Tucker and Simpson, which focused upon the concept of bluespace and urban headwaters to retrofit urban stormwater infrastructure.
posted December, 2016
Nicholas Bares MAUD ’97 Designs New Civic Building in Buenos Aires
Nicholas Bares MAUD ’97, a partner and senior designer at B4FS Architects, helped lead the design of a new civic building in Buenos Aires, the Centro Cultural Kirchner. The center, which opened on May 25, 2015, will play a main role in bringing vibrant life to the most important political and civic center of the city and the country, the “Plaza de Mayo” and Casa Rosada (Government House) area. Learn more about the building.
posted December, 2016
Luis Eduardo Bresciani MAUD ’97 Appointed President of Chile’s National Council of Urban Development
Luis Eduardo Bresciani MAUD ’97 has been appointed President of the National Council of Urban Development of Chile (CNDU), a permanent national advisory body of the Chilean President, that incorporates national ministries, representatives of congress, private sector and professional associations, nonprofit and civil organizations, universities and experts.
posted December, 2016
Shane Williamson MArch ’99, Betsy Williamson MArch ’97 Firm Receives Emerging Voices Award
Williamson Chong, the Toronto-based architecture and design firm of Shane Williamson MArch ’99, Betsy Williamson MArch ’97, prinicpals, and their partner Donald Chong, announces it has been selected by the Architectural League of New York for its Emerging Voices Award. They will present their work in a lecture on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Scholastic Auditorium in New York. Each year the Architectural League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices Award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. View the complete list of past winners where there are many GSD graduates represented.
posted December, 2016
Pau Sola-Morales MDes ’97, DDes ’00 Appointed Dean at Rovira i Virgili University
Pau Sola-Morales MDes ’97, DDes ’00 was appointed Dean of the School of Architecture at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain. Read the press release. The School of Architecture is a young school of architecture created in 2005 with the assistance of many first-class architecture professionals. Among its objectives are to provide a good service to the territory in which it is inserted, and train their future professionals; a territory rich in history and heritage, that currently struggles to establish itself as a new metropolitan area around multiple cities and scattered infrastructures; a territory under transformation to which the School of Architecture wants to give its support.
posted December, 2016
John Shields MArch, MAUD ’74, Mark Favermann MCRP ’78, Anthony Pangaro MArch ’69, LF ’76 and Peter Vanderwarker LF ’97 Honored with a Clearwater Award for Esplanade 2020 A Vision for the Future
John Shields MArch, MAUD ’74, Mark Favermann MCRP ’78, Anthony Pangaro MArch ’69, LF ’76 and Peter Vanderwarker LF ’97, were part of a team honored with a Clearwater Award for their work on Esplanade 2020 A Vision for the Future. Comprised of leading Boston design and planning specialists, the volunteer group was charged with taking a fresh look at every element of the Esplanade and spent more than a year crafting a vision of what the park could become. Presented by the Waterfront Center, the Clearwater Award recognizes grass-roots and volunteer work by individuals or groups for the betterment of their community and its waterfront. The team accepted their award at the center’s annual conference, which took place in Davenport, Iowa on Sept. 25-28, 2013.
posted December, 2016
Gregg Novicoff, AIA LEED AP, MArch ’97 has been named Associate Principal
Gregg Novicoff, AIA LEED AP, MArch ’97 has been named Associate Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA). He has 20 years of professional experience and has been with LMSA since 2005. His projects include the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California, and Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is currently working on several affordable housing and veterans housing projects with nonprofit organizations, including Mercy Housing, Swords to Plowshares, Chinatown Community Development Center, and San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. Mr. Novicoff is a licensed architect in California and a LEED accredited professional.
posted December, 2016
New book by Katherine Orff MLA ’97, Toward an Urban Ecology
Katherine Orff MLA ’97 has published the book Toward an Urban Ecology, an extended case study of her firm SCAPE, a the New York-based landscape architecture and urban design studio that combines the efforts of designers, scientists, policy-makers, and communities to effect change. The book shows in detail how they construct narratives of projects, what kinds of questions they ask, and how they’ve engaged in a constellation of sites and issues in a way that is useful to inspire the next generation of landscape design practitioners and activists.
posted May, 2016