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A Present and Passionate Voice: Tosin Odugbemi MArch ’24

Tosin Odugbemi MArch ’24 often inhabits several spaces simultaneously, a skill and perspective that deeply benefits her study of the built environment. A child of two doctors, Tosin moved with her family from South Africa to Canada at a young age. She grew up in the prairies of British Columbia in a predominantly white neighborhood, with…

Student Story: Mojtaba Nabavi MAUD ’24 and Zeinab Maghdouri MLA I AP ’24

“Without financial aid, students from developing countries, like us, would not be able to attend prestigious schools like Harvard. Iran is full of talented architects, but they are at a disadvantage if they want to continue their education abroad. I hope that we are able to fill the knowledge gap and make a positive impact…

The GSD’s 2018-2019 Unsung Heroes

On April 12, 2019, during a celebration at the Frances Loeb Library, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) Alumni Council honored three current students—Chantine Akiyama MArch ’19, Sidra Fatima MUP ’19, and Natalie Wang MDes ’19—with the 2019 Unsung Hero Book Prize.

Students, Alums Extend Helping Hands through Community Service Fellowships

Contributions directed to the GSD’s Community Service Fellowships have a multiplier effect in underserved communities: Current students receive funding to work with community organizations, federal and state agencies, and nonprofit institutions, assisting with design, research, or planning projects that the organizations ordinarily would not be able to access.

In the Grounded Visionaries Campaign, Fellowships and Financial Aid Funds Finish Strong

In its final year, the Grounded Visionaries campaign showed its global reach, most notably in the area of fellowships and financial aid. Thanks to the generosity of donors from all over the world, students from Canada, China, India, Israel, Palestine, and various Asian countries now have greater access to top-tier opportunities in design education and can learn alongside peers pursuing particular GSD programs.

Student Portrait: William Baumgardner MLA ’18

William Baumgardner MLA ’18 talks about his Community Service Fellowship in Albania, traveling to Bangladesh with Marina Tabassum’s “$2000 Home” studio, and the impact of the GSD’s alumni network on the student experience.   Make a Gift.  

Alumni Council Honors Students with 2018 Unsung Hero Book Prize

On April 12, the GSD Alumni Council honored current students with the 2018 Unsung Hero Book Prize during a celebration in the Frances Loeb Library. Sarah Diamond MLA ’19, Tim Webster MLA ’19, Ernest Haines MLA ’18, and Jasmine Roberts MDes ’18 were this year’s recipients.

Nippon Paint Establishes the Gennosuke Obata Fellowship at the GSD

The GSD along with Japanese paint manufacturer NIPSEA Group – known throughout Asia as Nippon Paint – announces the establishment of the Gennosuke Obata Fellowship Fund at the GSD. The Gennosuke Obata Fellowship Fund, initiated during the GSD’s Grounded Visionaries campaign, will provide financial aid to GSD students from Asian countries, helping to attract, enroll, and support talented design scholars from the region as they work to become leaders in transforming the social and built environment.

GSD Presence at Your Harvard: Miami 2017

Members of the Harvard community gathered in Miami to hear from Drew Gilpin Faust, President and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University, as she shared her vision for the University’s future and its global impact.

Harvard GSD Receives Consequential Grounded Visionaries Gifts

This Fall, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) received three significant gifts supporting key priorities for the GSD’s $110-million-plus Grounded Visionaries campaign—student fellowships and endowed professorships. This support will enable the GSD to continue to attract, enroll, and support the brightest and most talented scholars who will be the leaders in transforming the social…

Landmark Gift Supporting Professorships and Student Fellowship

The GSD has received a consequential, multi-tier, multi-million dollar gift from the Robert P. Hubbard AB ’51 Trust of 1980 to endow the intellectual underpinnings of the School’s world-class faculty and to boost student access to a design education through an endowed fellowship.

Ten Years of Honoring GSD Unsung Heroes

The Unsung Hero Book Prize, given annually by the GSD Alumni Council, honors students who make a difference in the Graduate School of Design (GSD) community without recognition from others.

Students Exploring the Productive Failure in Design with Harvard×Design

“A beautiful failure in which the reach exceeds the grasp.” -Keith Krumwiede, Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology The Harvard×Design Conference, the annual exploration of all things design, centered its 2016 conference on the process of productive failure. “Failure×Design,” held on Saturday, February…

Hear From Dana McKinney MArch ’17, MUP ’17

Dana McKinney MArch ’17, MUP ’17, reflects on her spring 2016 studio experience.    I am both a designer and a planner, pursuing concurrent degrees in the Architecture and Urban Planning and Design Departments. I came to the GSD because it emphasizes interdisciplinary study. The environment has challenged me, inspired me, and reaffirmed my desire…

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…

GSD Student Team Awarded Design Miami Pavilion Commission

The annual Design Miami fair traditionally features an entry pavilion designed by early-career architects, a public installation that serves as a beacon for the fair and that provokes consideration and curiosity among the thousands of visitors who visit the fair’s programs and galleries. For the 2015 pavilion design, Design Miami announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with…

Returning to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

Reacting to a St. Louis nonprofit group dedicated to improving the quality of life on the nearly 900 streets across the nation named for King, D’Oca began teaching a new studio course this semester that asks students to use urban planning and design, architecture and landscape architecture to help local residents begin to remake their neighborhoods.

Faculty Focus: Diane Davis

This past summer, the GSD announced the appointment of Diane Davis as Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. This new role builds on her experience as the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, and on her many accolades, which include research fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the…

SEAS and GSD Launch Joint Master’s Degree

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School of Design will open applications to a new collaborative two-year master’s program in design engineering this fall, according to SEAS spokesperson Paul Karoff. The program, first reported by The Crimson last spring and called the Master’s of Design Engineering, is intended for professionals who…

GSD duo designs “tiny houses” for cross-Harvard startup

Harvard-based startup Getaway is tapping into the “tiny house movement,” and a Harvard Graduate School of Design pair is embracing the creative challenges of designing Getaway’s star attraction: so-called “tiny houses” available for vacation rental.  Getaway was cofounded by Harvard Business School student Jon Staff and Harvard Law School student Pete Davis via the Millennial Housing Lab—which, in…

Studio Today: Welcome to Berlin

The GSD’s studio abroad program took students to Berlin, Germany for the spring semester to study alongside Frank Barkow of Barkow Leibinger, and Arno Brandlhuber of brandlhuber+.