Robert Pietrusko MArch ’12, Katy Barkan MArch ’10, and Kevin Benham MLA ’01 Named Winners of 2020-2021 Rome Prize
GSD Alumni Robert Pietrusko MArch ’12 and Katy Barkan MArch ’10 are among the recipients of the 2020 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships granted by the American Academy in Rome. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities.
Robert was awarded in Landscape Architecture and Katy in Architecture.
More information about the Rome Prize and this year’s recipients is available through their press release.
posted December, 2020
Ming Thompson MArch ’10 was recently honored with a 2020 AIA Young Architects Award. Each year, the Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. “As the leader of an innovative multidisciplinary firm, Ming Thompson, AIA, has proposed a new paradigm for architecture and challenged the rigid definition of practice. Her prominent voice has driven the conversation on equity in architecture, and her efforts and stamina have led to positive change and increased longevity for the profession.”
As the article states, “after years of working for firms, from traditional studios to community development corporations around the world, Thompson founded Atelier Cho Thompson with partner Christina Cho Yoo in 2014. In her work, Thompson leans on the rich diversity of her personal history and has shaped her practice around a more humane vision of architecture built around the human body.”
To read more about her achievements click here
posted March, 2020
Ming Thompson MArch ’10 and Christina Cho Yoo MArch ’11 Firm Atelier Cho Thompson Wins National IIDA Visionary Award
Ming Thompson MArch ’10 aand Christina Cho Yoo MArch ’11 have recently won a national IIDA Visionary Award for an innovative woman-owned design firm working in interior environments. Atelier Cho Thompson is proud to announce that they have been awarded the second annual Visionary Award from the IIDA Foundation Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Award. This award recognizes a visionary female business owner whose firm specializes in interior design or product design. The fund was established to honor the memory of Anna Hernandez, the award-winning founder and president of Luna Textile.
The Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Visionary Award recognizes a female business owner whose firm specializes in interior design or product design and has been in business between three to 10 years. The fund was established to honor the memory of Anna Hernandez, the award-winning founder and president of Luna Textiles, a visionary and leader in the textiles field.
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posted November, 2019
Kimbery Cinco MArch ’10 has been promoted to Associate Architect at award-winning architecture firm JENSEN Architects. Trained in architecture and philosophy, Kim Cinco brings a gift for creative inquiry grounded in analytical rigor to her role at Jensen. The discipline of her process is evident in her work, ranging from leading complex residences from design through construction to envisioning a new workspace for per-eminent design thinkers. With an eye toward both the poetic and pragmatic, Kim also leads the firm’s business development initiatives.
Kimbery Cinco earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Bates College before completing a Master of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
posted November, 2019
Design Group Led by Elizabeth Timme MArch ’10, Helen Leung MPP/UP ’11 Receives 2018 Emerging Voices Award; Featured in Metropolis, LA Magazine, Curbed
LA-Más, the non-profit urban design organization focused on underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods and led by GSD alumna Elizabeth Timme MArch ’10, founder and Co-Executive Director, and Kennedy School alumna Helen Leung MPP/UP ’11, Co-Executive Director, has had an exciting and eventful year.
In March, The Architectural League of New York named the organization one of eight winners of its 2018 Emerging Voices award. The prize honors North American organizations and individuals with “distinct design voices that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.” Timme is the first legacy winner of the award, with her father, Robert H. Timme, winning it in 1982.
In July, LA-Más was featured on the cover of Metropolis as part of the magazine’s annual New Talent series, spotlighting practices across the design spectrum. A few weeks later, LA Magazine selected Timme and Leung as two of 11 women who are “making LA a better place.” Most recently, Curbed profiled LA-Más’ work in LA’s Koreatown in the article “Whimsical improvements make Western more walkable.” The organization was also named a Groundbreaker by Curbed last year.
In addition, LA-Más was selected this year as a Washington Street Civic Project Leader by Exhibit Columbus. The award honors mission-driven organizations that use “architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives, connect communities, and catalyze efforts to make cities more equitable and sustainable.” Read more about Exhibit Columbus and other GSD alumni recognized.
Learn more about LA-Más.
Image courtesy of Brian Guido via Metropolis.
posted October, 2018
Alumni Honored by Exhibit Columbus with Research Fellowships, Miller Prize, Washington Street Civic Project Leaders
Alumni across disciplines are being honored by this year’s Exhibit Columbus, an annual exploration of Columbus, Indiana’s architecture, art, design, and community.
Marshall Prado MArch ’11, MDes ’12 and Etien Santiago MArch ’11, PhD ’19 each received 2018-19 University Design Research Fellowships, created to “showcase current research by leading professors of architecture and design and highlight innovative research exploring ways that architecture and design can improve people’s lives and make cities stronger.”
Of the five firms honored with a 2018-19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize, four are led by GSD alumni:
- MASS Design Group, co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11;
- Frida Escobedo Studio, founded by Frida Escobedo MDes ’12;
- SO-IL, led by Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, and Ilias Papageorgiou MArch ’08; and
- Agency Landscape + Planning, led by Gina Ford MLA ’03 and Brie Hensold MUP ’07
Each firm was selected for “their commitment to the transformative power that architecture, art, and design have to improve people’s lives and make cities stronger.”
Two organizations led by GSD alumna, LA-Más and Borderless Studio, were selected as Washington Street Civic Project Leaders, an award provided to five mission-driven organizations that use “architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives, connect communities, and catalyze efforts to make cities more equitable and sustainable.” LA-Más is co-directed by Elizabeth Timme MArch ’10, founder and Co-Executive Director, and Helen Leung MPP/UP ’11, Co-Executive Director, and Borderless Studio is led by Paola Aguirre MAUD ’11.
Photos courtesy of Exhibit Columbus.
posted September, 2018
Andy Lantz MArch ’10 has been named a Creative Director at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the practice founded by Mark Rios MArch ’82, MLA ’82. The news comes as part of a new organizational structure undertaken by the studio centered on the rise of brand experience and designed environments. Since joining Rios Clementi Hale Studios in 2011, Lantz has “grown the Studios’ workplace practice with his analytical approach to the design of environments and amenities that leverage his background in fabrication and sensory experience to create data-driven, performative spaces,” states a press release. Along with Sebastian Salvado, Lantz joins a leadership team of six existing Creative Directors.
Read the full press release.
Photo courtesy of Carlos Alexander.
posted August, 2018
MASS Design Group, Co-Founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Receives American Academy of Arts and Letters 2018 Architecture Award
MASS Design Group, the firm co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, is the recipient of a 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to American architects whose work is “characterized by a strong personal direction.” For MASS Design Group “architecture is inextricably united to social equity,” noted juror Tod Williams. The firm “challenges architectural preconceptions,” focusing on “how architecture might be used as a tool for healing,” he continues.
In addition to Ricks and Murphy, MASS Design Group is led by GSD alumnus David Saladik (MArch ’10), among others.
The firm will receive their award at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Work by the winners will be featured in the Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace.
Image: Gheskio Cholera Treatment Center, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
posted May, 2018
Alda Ly MArch ’10, founder of Alda Ly Architecture and Design and the architect behind the popular women’s clubs The Wing, was recently profiled in The Atlantic. The feature touches on a range of topics, including Ly’s background, the founding of her practice and her current work, designing for women, and gender issues surrounding the field of architecture today. “Nobody had done a women-only co-working and event space before,” Ly says of designing The Wing. “It was a lot of sitting around the table and brainstorming, ‘What does that look like?’”
Read the full profile.
Photo courtesy of The Atlantic.
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
From over five thousand entries by applicants around the world, two projects from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design community are among the 2018 Global LafargeHolcim Awards’ six winners. The winning projects by Loreta Castro Reguera MAUD ’10 and Stefano Romagnoli MLA ’19 both propose interdisciplinary approaches to infrastructure around water.
Administered by Switzerland-based LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the international LafargeHolcim Awards recognize exemplary sustainable construction projects and visions, irrespective of scale. Winners of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards are selected from among a pool of Gold, Silver, or Bronze awardees in each of five regional competitions: Middle East Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific. Fifty-five projects qualified for 2018 Global Awards. The 2018 Global LafargeHoclim Awards jury was headed by Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena.
The competition’s top prize went to Reguera’s project “Hydropuncture in Mexico,” a collaboration between Reguera and colleague Manuel Perló Cohen of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Their design for a publicly-accessible water retention and treatment complex in Mexico City previously won the Gold prize at the Latin America region LafargeHolcim awards. (Read about other GSD winners of the 2017 LafargeHoclim regional awards.)
Aravena called the proposal “compelling and appealing” for its scalable solution to a global problem. “The beauty of the project is that it’s able to integrate more than one dimension—it’s not just the technical infrastructure problem of water, it is also about public space,” said Aravena in a video on the project. “It has capacity to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods that desperately need it.”
Current Master in Landscape Architecture candidate Stefano Romagnoli and co-authors received one of three “Ideas Prize” for their project “Territorial Figure in Argentina: Tidal energy landscape.” The design proposes an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in the Río Gallegos estuary. The team previously received a “Next Generation” first prize at the Latin America regional awards. (An exhibition of Romagnoli’s work related to energy landscapes was displayed on the Dean’s Wall last fall).
The Global LafargeHoclim Awards Jury consisted of Alejandro Aravena (head of jury), David Adjaye, Xuemei Bai, Hashim Sarkis MArch ’89, PhD ’95, Stuart Smith, Werner Sobek, Rolf Soiron, Brinda Somaya, and Marc Angélil.
This is the fifth International LafargeHolcim Awards competition. Submissions for the next round of awards will open in mid-2019.
Images courtesy of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.
posted April, 2018
MASS Design Group, Co-Founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award
MASS Design Group, the Boston-based design collaborative co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 (shown second from the right) and Michael Murphy MArch ’11 (shown at center), has won the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture Design. The practice’s leadership team includes Director of Design David Saladik MArch ’10 (shown second from the left).
“This incredible distinction places us in the company of many of the designers we find most inspiring in America and we could not be more honored to be chosen among them,” MASS said in a statement. Now in its 18th year, the Awards honor “design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement,” according to the program’s website.
Read more about MASS and the National Design Awards.
Image courtesy of Cooper Hewitt.
posted May, 2017
Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the design firm founded in part by Mark Rios MArch ’82, MLA ’82, will release its first monograph in May 2017. Not Neutral: For Every Place, Its Story explores design, location, and memory through a variety of projects undertaken by the L.A.-based firm over the past three decades. It includes a series of essays by the firm’s leadership on their design philosophy, as well as photographs and renderings of Rios Clementi Hale Studios designs.
In March, Samantha Harris MLA ’99, Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and Andy Lantz MArch ’10, Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, visited the GSD for a spring career fair during which they donated an advance copy of Not Neutral to the Frances Loeb Library.
posted April, 2017
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11 Organized and Curated “A Shelter for Architecture” Along with Partners; GSD Alumni Contributed
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11, with Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos and Dimitra Tsachrelia, organized and curated “A Shelter for Architecture,” for the Greek Institute of Architects in New York [GIANY]. The event negotiated the general discourse on shelter and explored the idea of shelter as a concept through diverse lenses. “A Shelter for Architecture” staged events ranging from architectural exhibitions to talks and presentations, artistic performances, and installations.
Ignacio G. Galan MArch ’10, Nikos Katsikis DDes ’16, Dimitris Papanikolaou DDes ’16, Zenovia Toloudi DDes ’11, Dimitris Venizelos MAUD ’15, and Christina Yessios MAUD ’11 were among the contributors to the event.
posted February, 2017
posted January, 2017
MASS Design Group, Co-Founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Honored with a Buro Happold Effectiveness Award
The MASS Design Group, co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, was honored with a Buro Happold Effectiveness Award 2013 for their Butaro Doctor’s Housing in Rwanda. Presented each year by World Architecture News, the award recognizes and celebrates designs which have made a positive impact on society. The Butaro Doctor’s Housing provides invaluable on-site physician housing in an area where doctor retention is a constant challenge. After opening in 2012, the four duplexes have inspired dignity, fostered community and fomented sustainability of the Burera District’s rural healthcare system. In addition, Michael was featured in the November issue of The Atlantic. The magazine asked leading figures in technology, science, medicine and design for nominations on who they consider to be today’s greatest inventors. Designated by Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo, Michael was amongst a group of distinguished nominees. Including Janette Sadik-Khan (commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation), Jack Dangermond (founder, Environmental Systems Research Institute), and Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO, Amazon).
posted December, 2016
Jihoon Kim MArch ’10, Pilsoo Maing MAUD ’11, Donghwan Moon MAUD ’11, and Taehyung Park MLA ’14 of Studio MMK + P Won Competition by Seoul Metropolitan Government
Jihoon Kim MArch ’10, Pilsoo Maing MAUD ’11, Donghwan Moon MAUD ’11, and Taehyung Park MLA ’14 of Studio MMK + P have recently won an international competition by Seoul Metropolitan Government—the International Competition for Nodeul Dream Island. Nodeul Island is an artificial island situated on Han River in Seoul which has been abandoned and forgotten for about 40 years. The team will work on this symbolic project starting in August 2016.
posted December, 2016
Kimberly Garza MLA ’11 and Andrew tenBrink’s MLA ’10 Proposal Selected as Winner of Pitch for Change Competition
A proposal from Kimberly Garza MLA ’11 and Andrew tenBrink MLA ’10 of ATLAS Lab to activate Sacramento’s riverfront, The Dune, was selected as the winner of the Pitch for Change competition. Pitch for Change is part of the Emerge Summit Conference (largest young professional conference in Northern California), organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Metro Edge Young Professionals program. The proposal is featured in Sactown Magazine. Additionally, ATLAS Lab donated Peak Experience (pervasively displayed at the Market Street Prototyping Festival) installation to Playland at 43rd Ave. Playland at 43rd Ave. is part of San Francisco’s ‘Pavement to Parks’ initiative to test the possibilities of underused areas of land by quickly and inexpensively converting them into new pedestrian spaces. Read more here.
Also, ATLAS Lab received ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award for Peak Experience landscape installation.
posted December, 2016
MASS Design Group, founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11 , was recently featured in the CNN article “‘Bauhaus Of Africa’ Promises New Golden Generation Of Design Talent.” “The African Design Center will open its doors in Kigali, Rwanda later this year, courtesy of international architecture behemoth MASS Design Group, tasked with training a new generation of architects capable of building the continent’s future,” writes the publication.
posted December, 2016
Solemna Members, Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13, Jon Sargent MArch ’11 and Jeff Niemasz MArch ’11, Host 3rd DIVA Day Environmental Technology and Design Symposium
Kera Lagios MArch ’10, Jon Sargent MArch ’11 and Jeff Niemasz MArch ’11 are members of the company Solemma, known for developing the DIVA-for-Rhino software plug-in, which started as a research project at the GSD led by professor Chrisoph Reinhart. On October 2, 2014, Solemma will be hosting the 3rd DIVA Day Environmental Technology and Design Symposium in Seattle, WA.
posted December, 2016
Kevin Wronske MDes ’10 and his company Heyday Partnership was featured in an article titled “Luxury Homes that are Better, Not Bigger” in the Feb. 6, 2014 issue of the Wall Street Journal.
posted December, 2016
The Architectural League of New York has honored Rania Ghosn DDes ’10 and El Hadi Jazairy DDes ’10 with its annual prize for young architects and designers. Design Earth, a collaborative practice led by Ghosn and Jazairy, is one of six architecture and design practices selected for the 2016 prize. The award is given to architects and designers who are no more than 10 years out of school.
Ghosn and Jazairy founded Design Earth in 2010. The work of DESIGN EARTH investigates the geographies of technological systems, such as energy and trash, to open a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism. Their recently published Geographies of Trash (ACTAR, 2015) was awarded an ACSA Faculty Design Award. They have exhibited their work at a number of venues; this year they will take part in the Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, curated by GSD Alums Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen, and the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.
During the time they spend in the doctor of design program, Ghosn and Jazairy were founding editors of the journal New Geographies and editors of respectively NG2: Landscapes of Energy and NG4: Scales of the Earth. Ghosn is currently Assistant Professor at MIT School of Architecture and Planning and Jazairy is Assistant Professor at University of Michigan.
posted December, 2016