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Alumni Q&A: Megan Panzano MArch ’10

In this Q&A, Panzano shares insights into the Undergraduate Architecture Studies program, what makes the GSD MArch I model distinctive, and how she keeps busy outside of the GSD.

A Preview of GSD Reunion 2016 | 9/30-10/1

GSD Reunion 2016 classes: 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2011   GSD reunion classes will descend on the hub of design discourse, Gund Hall, on September 30-October 1, 2016 for a festive weekend marking their 5th to 60th reunions and those years in between. We hope you…

Alumni Q+A: Ila Berman MDes ’91, DDes ’93

In August 2016, Ila Berman MDes ’91, DDes ’93 will join the prestigious list of GSD alumni who have been appointed to deanships in recent years when she assumes the role of Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Other GSD alumni in deanship roles include: Amale Andraos MArch ’99 of Columbia University Graduate…

New GSD Faculty Appointments of Four Alumni

Dean Mohsen Mostafavi recently announced faculty appointments and promotions—all of whom are GSD alumni. The appointments will strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of cutting-edge pedagogy and research at the GSD. In the Architecture Department, Jeannette Kuo MArch ’04 was appointed Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture. In the Urban Planning Department, the appointments include Daniel D’Oca…

Alumni Q+A: Susannah C. Drake MArch ’95, MLA ’95

Making urban environments more resilient is a charge taken on with urgency for many city leaders, the United Nations, and recently the Rockefeller Foundation with its 100 Resilient Cities initiative. For over a decade, Susannah C. Drake MArch ’95, MLA ’95, has tackled challenges of resiliency and ecologically productivity with her firm DLANDstudio, an award-winning…

Get Hired! (No Promises) Panel and Reception Connects Students and Alumni

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, over 100 GSD students and recent graduates filled Piper Auditorium for Get Hired! (No Promises) panel discussion and reception. Alumni and friends from the GSD’s core disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, and design studies shared their expertise on the hiring process and career navigation. Sponsored by Development and…

Alumni Q+A: Ralph Johnson MArch ’73

Designing some of the world’s most respected cultural institutions at global design firm Perkins+Will has garnered Ralph Johnson MArch ’73 much national and international acclaim. Johnson is a humble visionary who was honored to hear the news in October 2015 that he was elected to the National Academy – an institution devoted to building and sharing the heritage of the arts in America – for his profound contributions.

GSD Community Tops DesignIntelligence Rankings

DesignIntelligence’s 2016 ratings recognize the GSD for excellence in education and education administration. The architecture and landscape architecture programs were named first in the nation in its 2016 “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” ranking. Additionally, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and three notable alumni were named to DesignIntelligence’s “25 Most Admired Educators” list. DesignIntelligence’s annual survey,…

Fall Event Highlights

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,…

An Engaged Community

The GSD recently hosted a number of engaging events for our community of alumni and friends. On campus, the fall lecture series kicked off with an amazing start, featuring such varied topics as landscape urbanism, architectural writing, public art interventions, and the role of communities of color in the design industry. For its annual Alumni + Friends Weekend in early October,…

Alumni Q+A: Rolando A. Kraeher MArch ’95

As the GSD community grows increasingly diverse, with more than 40% of our current enrollment from outside the U.S., it is not surprising that our alumni cohort reflects a similarly international base. While Rolando A. Kraeher MArch ’95 may be emblematic of this cohort, his story is hardly typical. One of 5 children of a Swiss-French…

Housing that reflects the world

These are crucial tenets behind Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) teachings on housing, and now the results of those lessons are on display for the community to see. Initiated by GSD Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design Mohsen Mostafavi and produced by a curatorial research team of the School’s faculty, staff, and students, “Living Anatomy: An Exhibition About Housing,” a multimedia show in the lobby of Gund Hall, just opened and will be on display until December 20.

GSD Appoints Anita Berrizbeitia to New Role

Last month, Anita Berrizbeitia MLA ’87 and Diane Davis assumed their new role as Chair of the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design department, respectively. Read more as Berrizbeitia shares her vision and goals in the GSD’s series profiling leadership within the School and beyond. Stay tuned for an interview with Diane Davis in October.

Alumni Q+A: Sean Chiao MAUD ’88

The president of AECOM Asia Pacific shares why he’s passionate about urban design, and fondly recalls his time at the GSD.

Jeanne Gang MArch ’93 Visits Cambridge

The founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects spoke about her firm’s compelling work and research-based approach to design at the GSD on February 12.

Alumni Q+A: Riki Nishimura MAUD ’03

An interview with the Director of Urban Strategies in the San Francisco office of the global design and consulting firm, Woods Bagot.

GSD Alumni Hosts Receptions in New Orleans and Denver

Collette Creppell AB ’82, MArch ’90, Kevin Harris MArch ’80 and Sabeen Hasan MArch ’09 helped welcome the Loeb Fellows to New Orleans while Mark Johnson MLAUD ’82 opened his doors to GSD alumni in Denver during the ASLA Annual Meeting.

Alumni Q+A: Eric Shaw MUP ’00

The 2010 Master in Urban Planning graduate and Alumni Council member speaks about his life, career trajectory, and time at the GSD.

Harvard Design Magazine Steps Out

Over the past two years, the Office of Communications has been busy rethinking the School’s publications program, with the first major change being a new approach for Harvard Design Magazine.

Alumni Q+A: Inga Saffron LF ’12

Going from covering suburban planning-board meetings to witnessing sectarian violence in the Balkans may not seem like the most obvious career path, but for Saffron, it was a natural progression that ultimately led to her current role as the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Alumni Q+A: Michael Lehrer FAIA, MArch ’78

As chair of the GSD Alumni Council, Lehrer’s ties to the School are strong. Since graduating in 1978, he has worked at various design offices, including Frank O. Gehry and Associates, before founding his own practice, Lehrer Architects, in 1985.

Alumni Q+A: Joey Pitt MDesS ’08

He manages tech teams in Seattle and represents a new breed of GSD graduates who have leveraged their design education in pursuit of alternative futures.

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