5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (EDT)

GSD Alumni in California and beyond are invited to join this virtual event on September 30, 5:00-6:30 PT.

We all know that many facilities and activities are shut down due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean that designers, administrators, and practitioners are not busy with exciting and relevant work.

Join us to hear what six GSD Bay Area design professionals are working on during this very unique time. The presentations will be in a Pecha Kucha format consists of 20 slides x 20 seconds for each speaker. This fast, exciting format will provide the Harvard alumni, GSD alumni community, students, and most recent GSD graduates, a perspective on the firm’s work, stories, and ideas during the shelter-in-place and the firm’s next steps and inspirations for the post-pandemic. There will be time for conversation and questions following the presentations.

This event is organized by GSD Alumni Council members, Riki Nishimura MAUD ’03 and Cathy Blake MLA ’77, along with the Harvard Club of San Francisco.



Mia LehrerMia Lehrer FASLA, MLA ’79
Studio-MLA, President

Studio-MLA president and founder Mia Lehrer, FASLA has dedicated her four-decade career to improving quality of life through landscape. From the master planning of the Los Angeles River to the design of intimate plazas and gardens, she is internationally-recognized for creating places that inspire human connection, unite communities, and restore environmental balance.

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall, MAUD ’95
Perkins and Will, Principal, International Strategy Director

Richard works at the intersection of business strategy, people, and culture. He combines the design and delivery of buildings with the urban design and the master planning of new environments in the United States, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates, and China.

Michal PyatokMichael Pyatok FAIA, March ’67, LF ’84
Pyatok Architecture + Urban Design, Principal

An architect and professor of architectural design for 50 years and since opening his office in 1984 in Oakland, California, he has designed over 40,000 units of housing for lower-income households, using participatory design methods to facilitate the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. The mission of his firm is to bring housing justice to lower-income communities through planning and designing new housing, neighborhood plans, and community facilities.

David del VillarDavid del Villar MDes ’04, DDN ’07
Atlassian, Global Head of Workplace Design

David is focused on the reinvention and development of intricate Workplace Design and its strategic business materialization. David has extensive international experience leading geographically dispersed teams to meet high-pressure deadlines and deliverables.


Cathy BlakeCathy Deino Blake, FASLA, SAPM, LEED AP, MLA ’77
Stanford University, Director of Campus Planning and Design & GSD Alumni Council Co-Chair

Cathy has been an active leader in the field of Landscape Architecture with a career spanning 40 years. For the past 20 years, she has been the Stanford University Landscape Architect and is the Director of Campus Planning and Design for one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, widely recognized for its spectacular beauty and landscape integrity.

Riki NishimuraRiki Nishimura AIA, LEED AP, MAUD ’03
Populous, Associate Principal & GSD Alumni Council Member

Riki is an Associate Principal at Populous, a global architectural design firm specializing in creating environments and venues that draw communities and people together. He is an architect and urban designer/strategist specializing in the future of cities with a focus on the psychology of spaces, repairing cities, future-proofing, and solving complex intertwined design issues through urban strategies.