Category: Urban Planning and Design

News Updates

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.

The Affordability Crisis: What are the Greatest Challenges to Affordable Housing Today?

At the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), affordable housing is an urgent concern in the pursuit of healthy, equitable cities. In this video—the first in a series of brief looks at the ways in which topical issues are explored at the GSD—Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87, Daniel D’Oca MUP ’02, and Farshid Moussavi MArch…

Greetings from the Department of Urban Planning and Design (UPD) at the GSD

Dear UPD Alumni,It’s been my great pleasure to connect with so many of you at various GSD alumni gatherings and planning events over the course of the last few years. I am grateful for the support and vitality of our robust alumni community; the GSD is a better place because of your engagement. Despite our global…

Alumni Q&A: Sameh Wahba MUP ’97, PhD ’02, KSGEE ’13

Alumni Council member Sameh Wahba MUP ’97, PhD ’02, KSGEE ’13 is a true Harvard citizen with his Master in Urban Planning (MUP) degree from the Graduate School of Design (GSD), his PhD from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and completion of the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education’s International Finance Corporation Infrastructure Executive Program.

Alumni Q&A / Ed Meng MUP ’14

Ed Meng MUP ’14 is a Senior Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (San Francisco Bay Area). Hear from him about his time at the GSD and his career path.

Alumni Q&A / John Taylor MUP ’06

John Taylor MUP ’06 is International Project Manager, National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme (NUPRP), UNDP Bangladesh. Hear from him about his time at the GSD and his career path.

Alumni Q&A / Jared Katseff MUP ’15

Jared Katseff MUP ’15 is Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company, Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice. Hear from him about his time at the GSD and his career path.

Alumni Q&A / Aldarsaikhan Tuvshinbat MUP ’15

Aldarsaikhan Tuvshinbat MUP ’15 is Senior Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (San Francisco Bay Area). Hear from her about her time at the GSD and her career path.

Master in Urban Planning Degree Program Faculty News: Spring 2017

Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory, has recently published three books that focus on the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological dimensions of urban questions. These include Critique of Urbanization: Selected Essays (Basel: Bauwelt Fundamente Series, Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016), Teoría urbana crítica y políticas de escala (edited and translated by Alvaro Sevilla-Buitrago; Barcelona: Icaria, colección Espacios Críticos,…

Stephen Ross: Reimagining Manhattan’s West Side

Real estate pioneer Stephen M. Ross visits the GSD to discuss his latest megaproject: Hudson Yards, which aims to transform Midtown Manhattan’s far West Side—one of the last undeveloped areas in New York City.

Urbanism + Citymaking: Confronting the Challenges of Modern-day Cities

The School’s generous donors are acknowledging the GSD’s leadership in topics related to urbanism and citymaking. Whether through the establishment of a fellowship honoring a former faculty member, or for a student to study affordable housing, or the generous gift of two friends in support of a new design prize in real estate, GSD donors are sustaining the School’s ongoing commitment to the essential challenges facing cities today.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Redesigning Design Contests

Conference examines pluses, minuses of having firms bid for interesting work, but with no guarantee of results.

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.

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.