04/21 - 04/22/17
All Day


  • Gund Hall
  • 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA

DDes Event HeaderSince the founding of the DDes program, alumni have been cutting edge leaders in the academy, in industry, and in key government positions, leveraging design research as a mode of inquiry, thinking, and empowerment for action. The 30th Anniversary event brings together the global DDes community to celebrate the accomplishments of its alumni in advancing multi-scalar and trans-disciplinary design knowledge while addressing crucial societal issues in our increasingly complex and challenging world.

For questions, please contact Lindsey Grant.



Friday, April 21, 2017

5:00 PM-6:15 PM Current DDes Student Pecha Kucha
War Room (Room 111)
Host: Gareth Doherty DDes ’10
Students Presenters:

Dingliang Yang MAUD ’14, DDes ’18 “Megalapolis: Towards a City of Cities”
Hanne van den Berg DDes ’19 “Redefining Vulnerability: Towards More Equitable Resource Allocation for Climate Change Adaptation”
Julia Smachylo DDes ’18 “Private Forests: Incentive-Based Conservation Approaches in Southern Ontario”
Mariano Gomez-Luque MArch ’13, DDes ’17 “The Infrastructural Skyscraper: Vertical Architecture and Late Capitalism”
Miguel Lopes Melendez MAUD ’14, DDes ’18 “Autonomy of Urbanism in the Twentieth Century”
Arta Yazdanseta MDesS ’14, DDes ’17 “Biophilic Architecture- Performative Green Wall Designs”
Ignacio Cardona DDes ’18 “Tearing Down the Walls: Imagining a Sustainable City Model for Global South”
Jonathan Grinham DDes ’17 “The Vascularization of Buildings- Micro- to Milli- Scale Flow Systems for Heating and Cooling in the Built Environment”
Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo y Lopez MDesS ’13, DDes ’17 “Robotic Frameworks in Design and Art”
Sarah Norman DDes ’17 “The ‘Passive Dynamic’: Additive Fabrication of Self-Actuated Geometries”

6:30 PM-8:00 PM Evening Lecture
Piper Auditorium
Welcome: Martin Bechthold DDes ’01
Keynote: Peter Rowe
Conversation and Audience Q&A

8:00 PM-9:30 PM DDes 30th Anniversary Welcome Reception
$30.00 Per Person
*Library to display special DDes Exhibit:
10 year anniversary of “New Geographies”


Saturday, April 22, 2017

8:30 AM-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
Piper Auditorium

9:00 AM-9:45 AM Welcome and Historic Program Overview
Piper Auditorium
Martin Bechthold DDes ’01
Faculty: Antoine Picon, Charles Waldheim, Martin Bechthold DDes ’01

9:45 AM-11:15 AM Morning Session 1 – “Into Practice: Innovation, Creativity and Design Entrepreneurship”
Piper Auditorium 
Faculty Moderator: Bing Wang MAUD ’99, DDes ’04
Presenters: Ivan Panushev AB ’00, MDesS ’04, DDes ’08, Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno MDesS ’04, DDes ’08, Janine Clifford MDesS ’00, DDes ’02, Naree Phinyawatana MDesS ’04, DDes ’06
Respondent: Ali Malkawi

11:30 AM-1:00 PM Morning Session 2 – “Government: Strategies, Tactics, and Design”
Piper Auditorium
Faculty Moderator: Holly Samuelson MDesS ’09, DDes ’13
Presenters: Luciana Burdi DDes ’03, Alven Lam DDes ’89, Chris Castle DDes ’99, Limin Hee DDes ’05
Respondent: José A. Gómez-Ibáñez AB ’70, MPP ’72, PhD ’75

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Saturday Buffet Lunch
$25.00 Per Person
Stubbins (Room 112) 

2:15 PM-4:00 PM Afternoon Session 3 – “Academic Leadership: The Future of Design Research”
Piper Auditorium
Faculty Moderator: Erika Naginski RF ’04
Presenters: Jeffrey Huang MDesS ’94, DDes ’97, Yue Wu DDes ’02, Kongjian Yu DDes ’95, Pablo Allard MAUD ’99, DDes ’03, Ila Berman MDesS ’91, DDes ’93
Respondent: Michelle Addington MDesS ’94, DDes ’97, RAE ’12

4:20 PM-5:30 PM
Choose 2 of the 30-minute tours/discussions below to learn more about the current student experience; from research centers and design labs to the great resources in Gund that support students work

– Design Labs and Zofnass Program – Martin Bechthold DDes ’01
42 Kirkland Street
– Fabrication Lab – Rachel Vroman MArch ’10
Gund Hall Basement
-New Geographies
Loeb Library 

5:30 PM-7:30 PM DDes Anniversary Closing Reception
$40.00 Per Person
Let’s turn the site of reviews and critiques into a room full of happy memories.


The Harvard Visitor’s Travel Portal is available. Services include hotel booking at discounted Harvard rates, car rentals, and other ground transportation services, campus tour reservations, maps, and directions.

The Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
1.800.882.1818 / 617.864.1200

The Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden Street
1.866.500.0293 / 617.547.4800

The Harvard Square Hotel
110 Mt Auburn Street
1.800.458.5886 / 617.491.222

The Hotel Veritas
1 Remington Street
1.888.520.1050 / 617.520.5000

Irving House at Harvard
24 Irving Street
1.877.547.4600 / 617.547.4600

Harding House at Harvard
288 Harvard Street
1.877.489.2888 / 617.876.2888

Doubletree Suites Boston
400 Soldiers Field Road
1.800.874.0663 / 617.783.0090
Complimentary shuttle to Harvard Square available.

Le Meridien Hotel
20 Sidney Street
1.800.543.4300 / 617.577.0200

Mary Prentiss Inn
6 Prentiss Street

Courtyard by Marriott, Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive
1.888.236.2427 / 617.492.7777
$5.00 shuttle to Harvard University available.

Best Western Plus Hotel Tria
220 Alewife Brook Parkway
1.866.333.TRIA / 617.491.8000
Complimentary Shuttle to Harvard Square available from 7am-10am.

The Marriott Residence Inn Cambridge
120 Broadway, Six Cambridge Center
1.800.331.3131 / 617.577.254

Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel
50 Broadway
1.800.228.9290 / 617.494.6600




Alden & Harlow, 40 Brattle Street

Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle Street

Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Massachusetts Avenue

Harvest, 44 Brattle Street [on the walkway]

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street

Henrietta’s Table in The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street

Park Restaurant & Bar, 59 JFK Street,

Temple Bar American Bistro, 1688 Massachusetts Avenue


Hong Kong Restaurant, Lounge, Night Club, 1238 Massachusetts Avenue

Wagamama – Cambridge Harvard Square, 57 JFK Street


Toscano – Harvard Square, 52 Brattle Street

Benedetto in The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street


Border Café – Cambridge, 32 Church Street


Legal Sea Foods – Charles Square, 20 University Road

The Hourly – Harvard Square, 15 Dunster Street