Class of 2000

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

Sarah Dennis-Phillips MLA ’00 Named Executive Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for City of San Franscisco

Sarah Dennis-Phillips MLA ’00 has been announced as the new Executive Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce for City of San Franscisco. She previously worked at Tishman Speyer in executive leadership as well as at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and now returns as Executive Director. Sarah, an experience urban planner, began her commitment to San Franscisco in 2005, initally within the Planning Department before advancing to Deputy Director of Developmemt at OEWD in 2019. Her work includes revitalization, speadheading development initiatives and played a pivitol role in forstering an urban community characterized by affordability, ample public spaces and efficient transit systems. She holds degrees in urban planning and design from the University of Virginia and Harvard Univeristy Graduate School of Design.

For more information, visit here.

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posted July, 2023

Kristina Yu MArch ’95 and Raimund McClain ’00 firm Awarded Top Prize at 2022 Jeff Harnar Awards

McCLAIN + YU, a design and architecture firm led by Kristina Yu MArch ’95 and Raimund McClain ’00, has been awarded the Top 2022 Jeff Harnar Award Prize of Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest for their SKYROOM project in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

The JEFF HARNAR AWARDS program was created by Garrett Thornburg in 2007 to honor the memory of Jeff Harnar and help continue his groundbreaking work in the area of contemporary design. In 2018, the award program was expanded to include Unbuilt Work and Landscape Architecture.

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posted April, 2023

Michael Meredith MArch ’00 and Monica Rhodes LF ’22 Named Winners of Rome Prize

Michael Meredith MArch ’00 and Monica Rhodes LF ’22 have been named winners of the 2022-23 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year, the gift of “time and space to think and work” was awarded to thirty-eight American and four Italian artists and scholars. They will each receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, starting in September 2022.

Meredith has won the Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize in the area of Architecture with his firm, MOS Architects.

Rhodes has won the Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize in the area of Historic Preservation and Conservation.

For information on all this year’s winners, please visit here.

posted May, 2022

Patty Heyda MArch ’00 Discusses Impact of Postal Service Crisis on the American City

Patty Heyda MArch ’00 has published an essay with The Conversation about the crises faced by the USPS in 2020 and its consequences. In her essay, Patty assesses the threats posed to democratic ideals and social cohesion in the American City.

The article, “A dismantled post office destroys more than mail service,” is available to read on The Conversation’s website.

posted January, 2021

Hillside Village Project by firm of Constantine L. Tsomides MDes ’00 Begins Construction

Constantine L. Tsomides MDes '00

Construction is underway for Hillside Village, a continuing care retirement community in Keene, NH, designed by Tsomides Associates Architects Planners, the firm of Constantine L. Tsomides MDes ’00. The 313,000 square feet facilities will include a community center building, 117 apartment units, an additional 24-unit Villa apartments, a 60-Bed Health Center, and a Sensory Garden. Expansive views towards the open wetlands and beyond are planned for many of the apartments. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2019.

Learn more.

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posted April, 2018

Alumni Receive 2018 Graham Foundation Grants for Exhibitions, Publications, Research

Zeina Koreitem MDes '16, John May MArch '02, Eric Bunge MArch '96, Mimi Hoang MArch '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

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

Eric Shaw MUP ’00 Recognized as Top 20 LGBT+ Public Sector Executive by OUTstanding and the Financial Times

Eric Shaw MUP ’00 has been recognized as one of 2017’s Top 20 LGBT+ Public Sector Executives by the professional membership network OUTstanding and the Financial Times. This is a new category for the annual Leading LGBT & Ally Executives lists, which began four years ago. It recognizes public sector executives at the highest levels of their organization that are working to make their office and community more welcoming.

From the announcement: “Being an out and proud member of the LGBT+ community, Eric has helped set the tone for employees and agency partners that his office is an inclusive environment. He has directed staff to ensure that lgbt+ issues are included in the office’s community planning program. He also secured resources to incorporate lgbt+ narratives into the urban design and historic preservation strategies for the District. In line with expressing his goal of supporting and mentoring of LGBT+ students, their office has seen a noticeable increase in the number of LGBT+ identified interns. Externally, Eric serves on the UCLA Alumni Association Board and Harvard Design School Alumni Council where he advocates for the support and mentorship of LGBT+ students, and for increased LGBT+ representation in the fields of planning and architecture. He has participated in UCLA Student Affairs LGBT+ Round Table bringing together staff, students, faculty and alumni to identify strategies to create a more inclusive environment for the LGBT+ at the university.”

posted November, 2017

GSD Alumni Honored with Architectural League of New York’s 2017 Emerging Voices Award

Brian Bell MArch '97, David Yocum MArch '97, Eduardo Cadaval Narezo MAUD '03, Clara Solà-Morales MArch '97, Frida Escobedo Mdes '12, Thomas F. Robinson MArch '00, Jonathan Tate Mdes '08,

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

Ben Russin MArch ’00 Joins Bowie Gridley Architects

Ben Russin AIA, MArch ’00

Ben Russin AIA, MArch ’00 joined the Washington DC-based firm, Bowie Gridley Architects, as a project architect.

April 2014

posted December, 2016

Pau Sola-Morales MDes ’97, DDes ’00 Appointed Dean at Rovira i Virgili University

Pau Sola-Morales MDes '97, DDes '00

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.

December 2015

posted December, 2016

Thomas Robinson MArch ’00 Firm in Newsweek and CBS Sunday Morning

Thomas Robinson MArch ’00

Thomas Robinson MArch ’00 serves as Founder and Principal of LEVER Architecture. LEVER was recently highlighted in Newsweek and CBS Sunday Morning for their mass timber buildings featuring cross-laminated timber. Framework, a 12 story tall timber building, is the winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Prize Competition sponsored by the USDA which awarded the team a $1.5 million grant. It is slated to be one of the nation’s first wood high-rise structure. Albina Yard, 4 story creative office building, is the nation’s first to use domestically produced cross-laminated timber. Both projects are located in Portland, Oregon.

June 2016

posted December, 2016