Flatland, a multifaceted architectural installation by Mais al Azab MArch ’11 received a highly commended recognition in the inaugural Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art from the Tamayouz Excellence Award. This project was created initially in Amman, Jordan in the context of the city’s 2017 design week. The prize was initiated in 2021, is named after the internationally celebrated Iraqi artist and one of the pioneers of modern Arab art and looked at artworks that had a transformative impact within their urban context between 2016 and 2021.
The news was published in November 2022 with an award ceremony that took place in Muscat, Oman in January 2023 as part of the larger Tamayouz Excellence Award program during which Mais al Azab received a certificate and medal designed and handed by the artist Dia al-Azzawi, which the award is named after.
The Jury’s comment on Flatland installation was: “A stunningly successful blend of architecture and art, with ideas in place that are both subtle and elegant in their relevance to regional historical typologies. It is quite exciting to see how the shadows work with the ephemeral pavilion. Flatland raises a question about functional sculptures and how they interact with their surrounding”.
For more on the Jury and Flatland
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posted July, 2023
Tricia Ebner MArch ’11 has been promoted to director at MdeAS, a New York-based architecture firm known for modern design and the redefinition of Class A buildings, interiors, and public spaces.
Tricia has more than a decade of experience in large-scale commercial redevelopment, commercial-to-residential conversion, as well as retail and single-family residential architecture. Her refined eye for design paired with her technical understanding of construction sets her apart as an architect.
She is an integral member of the senior leadership team and leads recruitment, hiring, and mentorship within the firm. Tricia serves as the project architect on a diverse portfolio of projects throughout New York City, including the redevelopment of the McGraw-Hill building at 330 W 42nd Street, the Black Rock building at 51 West 52nd Street, and the recently completed reimagination of the former Master Printer’s Building at 410 10th Avenue.
She is a Registered Architect in New York and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional BD+C. Tricia holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University.
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posted January, 2023
Three Alumni have been named in The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Awards. This award 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. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within design and academia.
The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
Visit here for the full list of 2022 Awardees.
posted February, 2022
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
David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 Joins University of Oregon School of Architecture and Environment as Visiting Professor
This past fall, David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 joined the faculty of the College of Design’s School of Architecture and Environment at the University of Oregon as a visiting professor.
In addition to teaching studio and environmental-communication coursework through the lens of his practice, David will spearhead a new design-ecology initiative between the Department and the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre Long-Term Ecological Research site in Oregon’s western Cascades Mountains. As a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow David will continue to collaborate with Harvard researchers to champion a cultural ecology supported by interdisciplinary environmental-communication. David also continues to work with landscape architecture firms as a consultant, including recent collaborations with Agency Landscape + Planning, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects, Sasaki, and Rios.
posted February, 2021
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
Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in North America, has named Ryan Dings MDes ’11 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Dings’ experience will help Greentown Labs strengthen the core operations of its business, ensuring a strong focus on its mission to support entrepreneurs addressing the climate crisis while the organization continues its dramatic growth. In this role, Dings will serve as second-in-command to Greentown Labs’ Chief Executive Officer, Emily Reichert.
“Ryan brings valuable experience scaling clean technology companies to the team, combined with a unique understanding of our startup member community based on his role at Sunwealth and work with other Greentown Labs startups,” said Reichert. “His passion for, as well as his experience in deploying cleantech solutions will be inspiring and highly valuable to our growing member community. We’re thrilled to have him joining the team!”
For the full announcement click here.
posted November, 2019
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
Urban innovation professor Molly Turner MUP ’11 is co-host of a new podcast looking at the ways in which technology is changing, and challenging, today’s cities. Technopolis, which launched in February 2019 from CityLab, seeks to “ask the questions nobody is asking about what needs to change for tech to help solve more problems than it creates,” according to the podcast’s description. Episodes so far, which Turner hosts with startup advisor Jim Kapsis, have tackled venture-backed cities, autonomous vehicles, food delivery, and more.
Turner is an urban planner who teaches urban innovation at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She was the first policy person at Airbnb.
Learn more and find Technopolis wherever you listen to podcasts.
posted June, 2019
Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies, curated by Sae Kim MAUD ’12, is on view at the BSA Space through September 27, 2019. The exhibition looks at ways in which human-centered technology can have a positive impact on our urban experience. “With cities undergoing remarkable change, there is an urgency to find the balance between technology and urban life,” states the exhibition text. Kim currently serves as Associate Principal at Boston-based design firm CBT.
The show also features a number of GSD-affiliated contributors, including:
- Jennifer Birkeland MLA ’11
- Elizabeth Christoforetti MArch ’09
- Greg Chung Whan Park March ’11
- Jonathan Scelsa MAUD ’11
- Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard GSD
- Andrew Witt MArch ’07, MDes ’02, Assistant Professor in Practice in Architecture, Harvard GSD
- Kaz Yoneda MArch ’11
A Curator Tour will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM.
posted June, 2019
CO Architects has promoted Jorge Colón MDes ’11 to the position of Senior Associate. The LA-based firm is nationally recognized for architectural planning, programming, and design in the fields of higher education, science and technology, and healthcare sectors. Established in 1986, CO Architects has received more than 135 awards for innovative design and project delivery.
“We strongly believe in developing, supporting, and elevating our team members,” said Scott Kelsey, FAIA, Managing Principal at CO Architects, in a press release. “Together, we have developed a national practice from our one office in Los Angeles. The talent, skillsets, and tireless contributions of every employee have led to the success of this firm.”
Colón, AIA, LEED AP, brings nearly 20 years of design and management experience on a broad range of projects to his role. He serves as Director of Interior Architecture and Design, working to deliver highly responsive and fully integrated interior environments.
Image: Senior Associates Tanner Clapham, AIA, and Jorge Colón (RIGHT), AIA, LEED AP; courtesy of CO Architects.
posted February, 2019
Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site, a solo exhibition by Zenovia Toloudi DDes ’11, is on view through February 28, 2019, at McCormick Gallery at Boston Architectural College. The exhibition explores subjective perceptions of space and user engagement through a body of works that includes installations, models, and mock-ups. “Metamaquettes invite us to investigate subjectivity, neglected notions about sensory experiences, communal habits, and the ordinary and vernacular elements of culture,” states to the exhibition website.
Toloudi will deliver a public lecture at the BAC, followed by a gallery reception, on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:00 pm.
Toloudi is an architect, artist, and assistant professor of Architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. Her work critiques the contemporary alienation of humans from nature and sociability in architecture and in public space, and investigates spatial typologies to reestablish cohabitation, inclusion, and participation through digital, physical, and organic media. The founder of Studio Z, a creative research practice on art, architecture, and urbanism, Zenovia has exhibited internationally, including at the Biennale in Venice, the Center for Architecture, the Athens Byzantine Museum, the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Onassis Cultural Center. She has won commissions from Illuminus Boston, The Lab at Harvard, and the Leslie Center for Humanities at Dartmouth. Zenovia’s work belongs to permanent collections at Aristotle University (AUTh) and the Thracian Pinacotheca. Her essays have been published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, and MAS Context. Zenovia is the recipient of The Class of 1962 Fellowship. She was a Public Voices Fellow; a Research Fellow at Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT; and a Fulbright Fellow. Zenovia received her Doctor of Design degree from Harvard’s GSD (2011), a Master of Architecture degree as a Fulbright Fellow at the Illinois Institute of Technology (2006), and in 2003, she graduated from the AUTh in Architectural Engineering.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Learn more.
posted February, 2019
Hans Baumann MLA ’11 has been selected as one of six awardees of the 2019-2020 Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Now in its third year, the Fellowship provides recipients with $25,000 to dedicate to a project of their choosing over the course of the coming year. All fellows will “engage in a yearlong journey to develop their leadership capacity and work on ideas that have the potential to create positive and profound change in the profession, the environment, and humanity,” according to LAF’s website. The Fellowship will conclude with a final symposium to showcase completed work in Spring 2020.
An Independent Landscape Architect working in Santa Monica, CA, Baumann’s Fellowship project is titled “Position Vector Salton Sea.” He plans to work in partnership with the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe on a site-specific landscape intervention. “Engaging with Tribal lands, knowledge, and creative resources, the project will culminate in the construction of a monumental artwork in the landscape that measures the disappearance of California’s Salton Sea, the homeland of the Cahuilla since time immemorial. Using landscape as a medium of communication between Western design methodology and Indigenous knowledge, this project will leverage the uniquely interdisciplinary tools of landscape architecture to draw attention to an emergent environmental catastrophe,” states the project brief.
posted February, 2019
David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 Collaborates on Climate-Change Installation “Warming Warning” for Harvard Science Center Plaza
Harvard Forest Fellow David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 has installed public-art sculpture “Warming Warning” in Harvard’s Science Center Plaza, aiming to inspire both dialogue over climate change and viewer engagement with the shape-shifting, participatory exhibition. Borden collaborated on the project with Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison and Harvard’s Office for Sustainability and Common Spaces. The project is on display through December 7, 2018.
Borden presented “Warming Warning” on October 22 alongside Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA degree candidate Hannah Lyons-Galante, a member of Harvard’s recently launched Climate Leaders Program for Professional Students, with an afternoon talk entitled “Climate is Global, Change is Local.”
“Warming Warning” represents climate change as a series of painted triangles constructed from hemlock timbers that were harvested and milled at the Harvard Forest. The structure, which measures 28 feet long and 12 feet tall, experiences shifts in shadowing and color-spectrum vibrancy as the sun rises and sets throughout the course of a day. From its sides, the installation presents information about climate change: one side charts the rise in global-average temperatures since 1880, while another side presents four different future scenarios based on CO2 emissions.
Harvard’s Office for Sustainability supports the project as part of the University’s ambitious climate action commitment, including new science-based goals striving to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.
The model for the installation was on view at the Rhode Island School of Design this past spring, and at the Urbano Project as part of its “Proposed Futures; Then and Now” show.
Visit “Warming Warning” through December 7, and follow the exhibit on social media via #WarmingWarning.
posted November, 2018
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
“Mirage City Skyline,” a project by Mais al Azab’s MArch ’11, is currently featured at Venice Design 2018. The project was inspired by the Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda who wanted to build a ‘Mirage’ city in the Jordan desert. al Azab received an artist mobility grant from Le Fonds Roberto Cimetta for the project, allowing her to attend and present the work in Venice. It is on view at Palazzo Michiel through November 25, 2018.
Photo courtesy of al Azab.
posted September, 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
Firm of Macy Leung MDes ’11 Finalist to Design and Develop New Emeryville Center for Arts and Culture
MSL and Company, LLC (MSL), a community-driven real estate development and advisory firm founded and led by Macy Leung MDes ’11, is one of three finalists to design and develop a new Emeryville Center for the Arts and Culture. The redevelopment aims to bring a mix of spaces–including galleries, commercial, community, and green space–to the City’s downtown. A decade in the making, the project is part of a partnership between the City of Emeryville and Pixar Animation Studios.
“We know that the redevelopment of the Emeryville Center for the Arts and Culture is important to the city, the Arts Community, local businesses, as well as businesses that occupy the property,” said Leung in a press release. “We are committed to working with city leaders and believe this redevelopment of the Arts Center will complement current city’s vision and celebrates the City’s new Cultural Arts District designation, established by California Arts Council. At the same time, the project will create an active, vibrant community for those who want to live, work and create in Emeryville.”
MSL’s Board of Advisors include Nicolas P. Retsinas MCP ’71 and Brian Cunat AMDP ’09.
Image depicts MSL’s proposed new Emberyville Art Center. Design credits: MSL/ Christy Ambrose/ Iwamotoscott/ Groundworks. Courtesy of MSL.
posted August, 2018
Víctor Muñoz Sanz MAUD ’11 has been chosen to exhibit at the Dutch Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. His project, titled “Automated Landscapes,” was created with Marten Kuijpers, and explores contemporary office spaces resulting from the “architecture of full automation” happening now in the Netherlands. The project brief states:
“More than forty years after Constant’s New Babylon, the architecture of full automation is currently being implemented across the Netherlands, from the country’s main port in Rotterdam to its productive hinterlands. If in New Babylon there was only play, the territory of the Netherlands could be seen as its counterpart: a productive Cartesian landscape, designed for unprecedented efficiency. Behind this apparent banality, a machinic, data-filled beauty reveals itself—but only on screens in the control rooms inside the contemporary office, from where automated spaces are controlled and monitored.”
This year’s Dutch Pavilion, titled WORK, BODY, LEISURE, addresses the “spatial configurations, modes of living, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions,” according to its website. It was commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Marina Otero Verzier. On view through November 25, 2018.
Image courtsey of the Het Nieuwe Instituut.
posted June, 2018
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11 Completes Architectural Design for Cultural Center for Eleusina as 2021 European Capital of Culture
On the occasion of the proclamation of Eleusina, Greece as the 2021 European Capital of Culture, Constantine Bouras MAUD’11 completed the architectural design for the conversion of two preserved buildings of the former paint factory IRIS into a multipurpose cultural center.
The repurposing of the buildings produces a space for theater, cinema, music, congresses, art exhibitions and other cultural activities, while part of it is home to the Aeschylus Museum. The creation of the IRIS Cultural Center will contribute to the emergence of the industrial heritage of the city and its sustainable development. The two listed buildings and the chimney of the old factory are particularly interesting examples of interwar industrial architecture and are indissolubly linked to the industrial past of Eleusina and the memory of its inhabitants.
For more click here
posted June, 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
Technoecologies, a solo exhibition by Zenovia Toloudi DDes ’11/Studio Z, is on view now in Storrs Gallery at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. The show explores the relationship between humans and their environment in architecture. Toloudi is an architect, artist, and assistant professor of architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College.
Learn more about the show. On view through March 2, 2018.
Photos by Dimitris Papanikolaou. Courtesy of Toloudi.
posted February, 2018
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal has launched “Off:Re:Onshore,” an audio-documentary conceived and developed by Víctor Muñoz Sanz MAUD ’11. Created during his Emerging Curator residency at the CCA (2015-2016), the project explores “the legacy of industrial offshoring, the effects of corporate actions on the built environment of labour, and the role of architecture in bringing closer ideas of work and the good life.” It draws on research Sanz completed as the GSD’s 2011 Druker Fellow (learn more about his project, Networked Utopia: A Global Survey of the Urban Legacy of the Bat‘a Shoe Company’s Satellite Cities).
Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87, professor of urban design and planning at the GSD, is featured.
Find more information, including the audio file, here.
posted February, 2018
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11, with collaborator Evita Fanou, participated in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale with the installation Water Circle[s]. The installation shows research on the issue of water management through a constructed equivalent of a natural wetland. The proposed park prototype constitutes an urban drainage corridor – with permeable surfaces – that decreases the rate, velocity, and volume of surface water runoff in cases of heavy rainfall.
posted October, 2017
Katarzyna Balug MUP ’11 and current PhD candidate Co-Curates Show at Boston Society of Architects Space
Katarzyna Balug (MUP ’11 and current PhD candidate in Urbanism and Architecture) is the co-curator of The New Inflatable Moment, on view at the the Boston Society of Architects Space through September 30, 2017. The show focuses on experimental and utopian practices that deploy inflatables, and how their imagination is informed by space technologies and innovations in engineering.
On August 22 William Horgan from Grimshaw will describe the process of envisioning and creating the Eden Project in Cornwall (UK) which is featured in detail in the BSA Space exhibition. RSVP here.
Image courtesy of BSA.
posted August, 2017
Jorge Colón MDes ’11, AIA, LEED AP, has been named the first Director of Interior Architecture and Design at Los Angeles-based CO Architects. He brings more than 20 years of experience on a broad range of architectural projects, including running his own firm, LÓNdesign. Colón has also lectured, taught, served on design juries, and led student tours of cities in the United States and Latin America. Read the full press release.
Photo courtesy of CO Architects.
posted May, 2017
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
Michael Murphy MArch ’11 delivered an opening day keynote at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando. His speech, entitled “Anticipate Need: Design That Cares,” explored the role of architects and architecture today. Murphy currently serves as executive director of MASS Design Group, the Boston-based design collaborative he co-founded with fellow GSD alumnus Alan Ricks MArch ’10. With work in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Americas, MASS seeks to design “innovative buildings that improve people’s lives in measurable ways.”
Read more about Murphy’s AIA keynote address.
Image courtesy of AIA.
posted May, 2017
Trumark Urban Managing Director Arden Hearing AMDP ’11 is the feature of a recent profile in Forbes. Launched by Hearing in 2012, Truman Urban has undertaken such projects as The Pacific, a 76-unit former dentistry school turned luxury condominium in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. “A strong real estate market is obviously helpful for delivery luxury product,” Hearing tells Forbes. “But for us, the critical component is being able to offer a timeless and unique product executed at the highest level.”
Image courtesy of Trumark Urban.
posted April, 2017
John Ronan MArch ’91 and Theaster Gates LF ’11 Receive 2017 Architecture Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
John Ronan MArch ’91 and Theaster Gates LF ’11 have been honored with 2017 Architecture Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chosen from a group of 27 individuals and practices nominated by the Academy, the 2017 honorees will receive their awards at an annual celebrate in May. Members of the jury included: Elizabeth Diller (chairman), Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, James Polshek, Robert A. M. Stern, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.
Ronan received his award in the category of “an American architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction.” Juror Tod Williams praised his work saying, “with elegance and rigor, John Ronan continues Chicago’s history of serious architecture of national and international significance.”
Gates, who was honored in the the category of “an American who explores ideas in architecture through any medium of expression,” is founder of the Rebuild Foundation, which works to transform urban spaces through art and design.
Photos courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
posted March, 2017
David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 is a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at the Harvard Forest where he explores the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?” Over the course of the year, Borden is creating a variety of art and design driven science-communication projects with ongoing research initiatives and contributing to the Harvard community through applied creativity, workshops, talks, and exhibitions at the Harvard Forest and beyond. Borden’s Fellowship program employs a model of stewardship that merges aesthetics, environmental awareness, and communication media. Learn more about his work as a Charles Bullard Fellow here.
Borden and his work at the Harvard Forest are featured in a recent Harvard Gazette article, “Creative path through Harvard Forest: Bullard Fellow brings passion for conservation to his work.”
Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer, courtesy of the Harvard Gazette.
posted March, 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
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11 Curated and Christina Yessios MAUD ’11 and Ioannis Kandyliaris MArch ’08 Contributed Exhibits for GIANY
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11, with Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos, and Dimitra Tsachrelia, curated the exhibition GRE►NYC for the Greek Institute of Architects in New York [GIANY], an exhibition of projects by young Greek architects practicing in New York. Mr. Bouras, Christina Yessios MAUD ’11, and Ioannis Kandyliaris MArch ’08 were among the contributors to the exhibit.
posted February, 2017
Davis Buckley Borden‘s MLA ’11 exhibit “Landscape Proposal Per Day” is currently on view at Voltage Coffee and Art in Kendall Square, Cambridge. David’s work is being showcased as part of the Artclash Collective’s Boston Fun-A-Day 2014 group show. The exhibit runs through April 5, 2014.
posted December, 2016
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
David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 has been award a Studios at MASS MoCA / Assets for Artist residency. Mr. Borden’s place-based art and design project explores the urban ecology of North Adams with a focus on the cultural relationship between local residents and the Hoosic River. Informed by research and community outreach, Mr. Borden’s project aims to highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena by means of accessible art and design.
posted December, 2016
Karthik Dondeti MDes ’11 and Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13 Participate in “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” Exhibition
Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13 and Karthik Dondeti MDes ’11 were part of the “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” exhibition in February 2015 at Alliance Francaise, New Delhi. Jyoti and Dondeti showcased their architecture and design research works and were amongst five architects selected to be a part of the three-week exhibition. “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” is an annual exhibition organized by Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF showcasing the work of Indian designers to facilitate a reading of the emerging trends across various design based creative industries in India. The exhibit attempts to share design philosophies, working methods and future aspirations of the 20 shortlisted designers under the age of 35. Five architects, five graphic designers, five product designers and five fashion designers complete the pool of 20 exhibiting their work. As its premise, it is a platform to communicate with the society at large about the role of designers as makers of cultures and civilizations. The exhibition brings together designers, architects and public in general to establish a dialogue about design.
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
Alpa Nawre MLAUD ’11 and Christina Milos MLA ’11 have been awarded the inaugural Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. Ms. Milos is currently engaging in her studies at Dumbarton, exploring Nigeria’s productive landscapes and how they can engage in future urbanization processes. Ms. Nawre will study at Dumbarton in Spring ’16, where she will document the multi-functional use and adaptability of the water landscape systems in India–of ponds, and river and canal edges which compel the rethinking of the design of rigid, mono-functional, and culturally-disconnected urban water infrastructure today. Read more and see the full list of Dumbarton fellows here.
posted December, 2016
Erin Kelly MLA ’11 has recently joined the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department as the Lead Landscape Designer in the Office of Strategic Planning. She is excited to continue her work operationalizing land revitalization in Detroit through this new role. Erin began working in Detroit through the GSD’s Community Service Fellowship in June 2010. Listen to a podcast about one of Erin’s recent projects, the Field Guide to Working With Lots (www.DFC-lots.com) here.
posted December, 2016
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
Andrew Zientek MLA ’11 joined Weiss/Manfredi as a Senior Project Architect to help lead projects that reside at the intersection of landscape and architecture. For the past five years since graduating, Andrew has balanced teaching (GSAPP, GSD, CCNY), a landscape architecture office, and a studio art practice.
posted December, 2016
Michael Murphy MArch ’11 presented at the annual TED conference in Vancouver. In this eloquent talk, entitled “Architecture that’s built to heal,” Murphy shows how he and his team look far beyond the blueprint when they’re designing. Considering factors from airflow to light, theirs is a holistic approach that produces community as well as (beautiful) buildings. He takes us on a tour of projects in countries such as Rwanda and Haiti, and reveals a moving, ambitious plan for The Memorial to Peace and Justice, which he hopes will heal hearts in the American South.
posted September, 2016