The GSD recently hosted a number of events engaging with alumni and friends in Miami, New York, and Cambridge. On campus, the fall lecture series continued with distinguished speakers like the inaugural lecture of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities featuring Norman Foster held on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Just two days later, on November 7, 2015, alumni and colleagues joined for a GSD reception in the Windy City during the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting + Expo in Chicago.

Educator and architect Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87, delivered the UD 50 Lectureship in Urban Designon November 17, 2015, in Gund Hall. With his firm RMA Architects, founded in 1990, he has executed a broad range of projects across India. At the GSD, he is Professor of Urban Design and Planning, as well as a member of the steering committee of the South Asia Institute. He has lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning, and has written, co-authored, or edited a large repertoire of books on the urban history, historic buildings, public spaces, and planning processes of Mumbai. As a trustee of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), based in that city, he continues to be involved as an activist in civic and urban affairs.

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, alumni + friends gathered at Design Miami/ for a talk about imagination and the unbuilt throughout the design process, featuring Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and Mark Lee MArch ’95. The lecture was followed by a reception and brief program in the Collectors Lounge with Wallpaper* Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers, who provided remarks and highlighted the December issue, an entertaining & technology special, which included a feature story on the UNBUILT Pavilion. Alumni enjoyed reconnecting with GSD and Harvard community to discuss and celebrate UNBUILT, the 2015 Design Miami/ Harvard GSD pavilion designed by current GSD students: Joanne Cheung, Doug Harsevoort, Steven Meyer, Jenny Shen, and Yiliu Shen-Burke (all MArch ’18). The event also marked the launch of Harvard Design Magazine #41, “Family Planning.”

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Macklowe Properties hosted sixty Josep Lluís Sert Council members for an exclusive cocktail reception and tour of 432 Park Avenue led by members of the project team from Rafael Viñoly Architects and Deborah Berke Partners. Members toured both a model unit and a structural drum floor to learn more about the design and construction of the tallest residential building in New York City.


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Pre-lecture reception for UD 50th Anniversary Lectureship (L-R): Lee Cott MAUD ’70, Jay Chatterjee MAUD ’65, Diane Davis, Moshe Safdie, and Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87.

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