A team of Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni is selected as one of the three finalists in the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Design Competition held by the San José Light Tower Corporation. The design team named CO-MILIEU includes Qinrong Liu MArch ’20, Ruize Li MArch ’20, Yuting Zhang MAUD ’17, Evelyn Cheng Zeng MArch ’18, Vincent Zishen Wen MLA ’19 and Qiaoqi Dai MLA ’19 along with a lighting design group led by Yutong Jiang MDes ’21 and Sijia Zhong MLA ’21. The goal of the competition is to build an innovative iconic world-class landmark for San Jose and Silicon Valley. With an inverted void tower and blurred pixelated matrix, the team’s proposal, “Nebula Tower,” envisions a soft, dynamic, and adaptive contemporary landmark that works as a nebula incubator for new artistic possibilities and celebrates Silicon Valley’s history of technology innovation. Through the medium of light, Nebula Tower recalls the collective memory of its home to build a bridge between past and future. Inspired by the diverse geographical characters along the bay area, the proposal reimagines the Arena Green as a common ground where the natural realm and urban fabric are enriched by their interaction to embrace the co-living of diversities and utilizes innovative adaptability that can secure a sustainable future for San Jose – culturally, environmentally, and economically.
More information about the “Nebula Tower” proposal and the upcoming public meetings of Urban Confluence Competition are available on the competition website.
posted March, 2021
Projecting Fellows, a symposium which brings together fellows from American architecture schools to explore the emergent interests of a new generation of architects and academics, launches on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Co-organized by Katie MacDonald MArch ‘16, the free, virtual, five-evening series ran on Tuesday evenings from January 5 to February 2, 2021 and included presentations by Zannah Matson MLA ‘15, Eduardo Mediero MArch ‘19, and Zahra Safaverdi MArch ’17. The events roster of moderators includes Sekou Cooke MArch ’14 and Felipe Correa MAUD ’03.
Videos of all of the symposium events can be viewed for free on demand from the Projecting Fellows website.
posted February, 2021
A team including five GSD alumni have been selected as finalists in a competition held by the New York City Council and the Van Alen Institute to reimagine New York’s Brooklyn Bridge as a friendlier experience for cyclists and pedestrians. The design team includes Wendy Wang MLA ’14, Cy Zhang MLA/MLAUD ’20, Vita Wang MArch ’19, Jeremy Pi MUP ’19, and Minzi Long MAUD/MDes ’20 along with designers Shannon Hasenfratz and Andrew Nash.
The team’s proposal, “Bridge X,” reimagines the upper and lower decks for greater pedestrian and cyclist access, to make room for vendors and small businesses, and to offer new modes of engagement with the bridge. The proposal uses digital tools and design interventions that enable visitors to engage with the bridge in new ways, while the bridge itself evolves in response to public feedback and adapts over time. The team submitted their proposal via Wang’s ScenesLab, which she founded as a platform for experimentation and research.
More information about the competition and the “Bridge X” proposal are available in an article on the GSD website.
posted August, 2020
Stanislas Chaillou MArch ’19 Designs Exhibition on ‘AI & Architecture’ for Paris’ Pavillon de l’Arsenal
An exhibition designed by and featuring work from the GSD thesis of Stanislas Chaillou MArch ’19 is set to open at Paris’ Pavillon de l’Arsenal on February 27, 2020. Entitled “AI & Architecture,” the show “takes us through the main stages of an evolution that started from the studies on Modularity, Computer-aided Design (CAD), Parametrics and, finally, Artificial Intelligence,” states the exhibition website. Bringing together research and practice, “it also explores the current scales of experimentation: plans, elevations, structures and perspectives in which AI could already make a contribution, real or speculative.” “AI & Architecture” will be on view through April 5, 2020. Learn more.
posted February, 2020
The Ghana elementary school attended by Maclean ‘Mac’ Sarbah MDes ’19 has named a building in his honor. As reported to JoyNews: “Maclean ‘Mac’ Sarbah, who recently graduated with a Masters from Harvard University, said he was ‘surprised and emotional’ when he discovered that Yeji’s Royal Educational Complex decided to dedicate a building to him. The school, which he attended for primary and junior high school (JHS), invited him to speak to its students about the power of education, but upon arrival, administrators had an entirely different plan arranged.”
“They ended up planning a festival in front of about 2000 school children. They were really inspired. It was surreal. I’m so grateful to the school,” said Sarbah. “In many ways, this was a recognition of the hard work and support of family, friends, teachers, classmates, staff at every school and mentors. It’s a recognition of God’s grace for the unworthy. I couldn’t have done it alone. I believe it’s for a bigger purpose than for yourself”
Read the full article.
posted January, 2020
MacLean Sarbah MDes RR ’19 has returned from his trip to Ghana, where he put in place the initial work for the vision to contribute to social impact, entrepreneurship and education in Ghana and the African continent.
He was invited by Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President of Ghana. He also met and had discussions with the former President, current Vice President, and a number of government officials. He had meetings with senior business executives, senior university executives, and spoke to a variety of audiences and students. He also had interviews with the Ghanaian media.
Mac Sarbah is the Founder of EdAcme, which helps young people achieve their education and entrepreneurship potential. He is also President of Sarbah Foundation, a newly-formed initiative to help contribute to education, entrepreneurship and social impact in Ghana and the African continent.
Watch Sarbah’s interview with Joy News, Ghana’s premier media.
Read more about his goals.
posted November, 2019
Hong Suk Yang MDes ’19 has passed away. Hong Suk Yang was an architecturally-trained project manager, entrepreneur and aspiring real estate developer from Korea. He attended Harvard GSD’s Master’s in Real Estate and the Built Environment program, focusing his studies on Real Estate Investment and Finance. Before Harvard, Yang worked at Caesars Entertainment as a project director and spent the last summer at Trammell Crow Company as a development and investment intern. His funeral was held on October 22, 2019, in Downey, California.
Please find the statement from Hong’s family below:
Since his childhood, Hong was a healthy and cheerful child with delicate emotions and loved nature. He was very determined to make his way forward, and in doing so, he was very focused. Hong was very proud of his family and respected us all together. He protected his mother with endless love, and he was a life-long best friend to his younger sister. He was especially fond of his sister and always warmly encouraged her to do her best in her work as a violinist. And he always made me a proud father.
Hong did his best to live up to his dreams. He shared his feelings and thoughts with others completely and always cared about those who needed help.
We believe that he left us to fulfill God’s plan.
We sincerely appreciate your condolences during this difficult time.
Hong had so much goodwill to contribute to society, and we believe that he will play the same role in God’s place. He genuinely cared about the people around him and strived to cooperate and communicate with them.
Once again, on behalf of my son, I sincerely thank you for your love, care, and for the condolences that you’ve shown for Hong.
Hong’s father, Jai Hyun Yang
posted November, 2019
Eduardo Mediero MArch ’19 is the 2019-2020 Fishman Fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Eduardo Mediero MArch ’19 has been appointed the new Fishman Fellow at the Taubman College of Architecture in the University of Michigan. It is one of the most prestigious teaching and research positions for young faculty in the US. Mediero is a licensed architect and founder of HANGHAR, an architecture practice based in Madrid that works on the confluence between architectural precedents and financial organizational models. The practice develops projects from furniture, interior design, housing and urbanism.
His work has been exhibited at the XIV Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism, the 16th and 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid and the ETSAM. Mediero is also the recipient of the Real Colegio Complutense Fellowship and the Arthur Lehman Fund.
While working on his own practice at Taubman College of Architecture, he is currently teaching Architecture Core studio and a representation course along with developing his research which he started at the GSD during his thesis with advisor Mark Lee. While at the GSD, Mediero was the recipient of the 2018 KPF Traveling Fellowship.
posted September, 2019
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