Class of 1979

Alumni Bring Solar Power to Puerto Rico; Featured in Architectural Record, Miami Herald

Jonathan Marvel MArch '86, Walter Meyer MLAUD ‘03, Jennifer Bolstad AB ‘98, MLA ‘02, José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA '07, Jerold S. Kayden AB '75, JD '79, MCRP '79

A team of GSD alumni are involved in Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a project launched after Hurricane Maria to bring solar generators to the most under-served areas of the island with the long-term goal of promoting solar electric energy for every household in Puerto Rico. Jonathan Marvel MArch ’86 (Project Co-founder and Director of Logistics and Installation), Walter Meyer MLAUD ’03 (Project Co-founder and Strategy Director), Jennifer Bolstad AB ’98, MLA ’02 (Project Co-founder and Director of Administration and Finances), and José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA ’07 (Director at Marvel Architects San Juan, Puerto Rico) are members of the Resilient Power Puerto Rico team, which operates under the nonprofit Coastal Marine Resource Center. Their work has been featured in a number of news outlets, including Architectural Record, the Miami Herald, AIA blog (interview with Marvel), the Architect’s Newspaper, and the Huffington Post.

In October, Terrasa-Soler participated in the GSD event “Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico: Lessons for Future Urban Disasters,” moderated by Jerold S. Kayden AB ’75, JD ’79, MCRP ’79, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, and organized by the Department of Urban Planning & Design, the MDes – Risk & Resilience concentration, and the course “Land Use and Environmental Law.”

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Marvel via AIA.

posted November, 2017

Jonathan marvel

Alumni Work Recognized with 2017 ASLA Professional Awards

Andrea Cochran MLA '79, Megumi Aihara MLA '07, Mikyoung Kim MLA '92, Andrea Cochran MLA '79, Lin Peng MLA '12, Stephen Stimson MLA '87, Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85, Douglas Reed MLA ’81, Bruce Jett MLA '92, Charlotte Barrows MLA '06, Leo Alvarez MLA '81, Ralph Johnson MArch '73, Gordon Gill MArch '93, Katharyn Leah Hurd MLAUD '12, Charles Birnbaum LF '98

The work of Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni is well represented in this year’s American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards, which recognize the best of landscape architecture from the United States and around the world. Winners received their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles last October. Those honored include:

GENERAL DESIGN CATEGORY

Honor Awards

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79Megumi Aihara MLA ’07 (Windhover Contemplative Center)

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 (Chicago Botanic Garden: The Regenstein Learning Campus)

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN CATEGORY

Award of Excellence

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79, Lin Peng MLA ’12 (Birmingham Residence)

Honor Award

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79 (Telegraph Hill Residence)

Stephen Stimson MLA ’87 (Northeast Harbor, a Restoration on Mount Desert Island)

Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture, led by by Principals Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85 and Douglas Reed MLA ’81 (Proving Grounds – A 20-Year Education in American HorticultureAgrarian Modern – The Recovery and Renewal of Manatuck Farm)

Bruce Jett MLA ’92 (Northpoint Apartments)

ANALYSIS AND PLANNING CATEGORY

Honor Award

Charlotte Barrows MLA ’06 (The Olana Strategic Landscape Design Plan: Restoring an American Masterpiece)

Leo Alvarez MLA ’81Ralph Johnson MArch ’73 (Waterfront Botanical Gardens)

Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture, led by by Principals Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85 and Douglas Reed MLA ’81 (Conservation at the Edge – Prototyping low-intervention conservation in the Patagonian wilderness)

Gordon Gill MArch ’93 (Positioning Pullman)

Katharyn Leah Hurd MLAUD ’12 (Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan)

COMMUNICATIONS CATEGORY

Charles Birnbaum LF ’98 (The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin)

More information, including the full list of 2017 winners.

Photo: Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford University, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture.

posted November, 2017

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Lolly Tai MLA ’79 Book Featured in Harvard Magazine’s Off the Shelf

The Magic of Children’s Gardens: Inspiring through Creative Design, a book by Lolly Tai MLA ’79, is featured in the July-August issue of Harvard Magazine. It appears in the Off the Shelf series, which highlights recent books with Harvard connections. Tai is professor of landscape architecture at Temple.

See images from the book and learn more.

Image courtesy of Amazon. 

posted July, 2017

lolly tai book

Julia Smyth-Pinney MArch ’79 Retires from University of Kentucky

Julia Smyth-Pinney MArch '79

Professor Julia Smyth-Pinney MArch ’79 retired in December 2013 after 32 years of teaching at the University of Kentucky’s School of Architecture. She will be moving to Rome this summer to complete a book project on the Palazzo della Sapienza and Borromini’s church of S. Ivo.

April 2014

posted December, 2016

Andrea Cochran FASLA, MLA ’79 Firm Receives Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

Andrea Cochran MLA '79

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, the firm led by Andie Cochran FASLA, MLA ’79, was awarded the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. The National Design Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation and lasting achievement.

May 2014

posted December, 2016

Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards

Andrea Cochran FASLA MLA ’79 Honored by ASLA with Design Medal

Andrea Cochran MLA '79

Andrea Cochran FASLA MLA ’79 has been honored with the 2014 Design Medal, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

June 2014

posted December, 2016

ASLA Design Award

Frank Christopher Lee MAUD ’79 Transformation of the Strand Hotel

Frank Christopher Lee MAUD '79

Frank Christopher Lee, FAIA MAUD ’79 recently transformed the famed Strand Hotel in Chicago into a 63-unit apartment complex. Link to read more in Crain’s Chicago Business.

February 2016

posted December, 2016

Lee, Frank (chris) photo

Mia Lehrer FASLA, MLA ’79 to Speak at the Architectural League of New York

Mia Lehrer MLA '79

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 with a lecture titled Recalibrating the City: Advocacy by Design, as part of the Architectural League’s Current Work series features the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.

February 2016

posted December, 2016

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, MLA '79