Class of 1985

Alumni Honored at 7th Annual BSA Design Awards Gala

Henry Cobb AB '47, MArch '49, Matthew Kiefer LF '96, Roger P. Ferris MDes '93, LF92, Sheila Kennedy MArch ’85, J. Frano Violich MArch ’84, Grace La AB '92, MArch '95, James Dallman MArch '92, Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91

The Boston Society of Architects celebrated its 2017 Design Award recipients at a gala on January 18, 2018. A number of Harvard University Graduate School of alumni and their firms were recognized, including Henry Cobb AB 47, MArch 49 who received the 2017 BSA Award of Honor.

Other alumni honored include Matthew Kiefer LF ’96 (BSA Honorary Membership); Roger Ferris + Partners, firm of Roger P. Ferris LF 92, MDes 93 (Category: Housing Design, Project: Green House, Client: Private (award)); Kennedy and Violich Architecture, firm of Sheila Kennedy MArch ’85 and J. Frano Violich MArch ’84 (Category: Small Firms/Small Projects Design Awards, Project: Meister Consultants Group—A Cadmus Company Offices, Clients: Meister Consultants Group (award)); La Dallman Architects, firm of Grace La AB 92, MArch 95 and James Dallman MArch 92 (Category: Unbuilt Architecture and Design, Projects: Industrial Capriccio: Floating Garden (honor award) and Waterlily Landing (citation)); and NADAAA, firm of Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 (Category: Unbuilt Architecture and Design, Project: Justice in Design (award); Category: Honor Awards for Design Excellence, Project: Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge with John Wardle Architects, Client: Major Projects Victoria (honor award)).

See the full list of 2017 Design Award winners.

Read more about the Gala.

Image courtesy of the Boston Real Estate Times.

posted January, 2018


Rick Corsini MAUD ’85 Firm Wins AIA|Los Angeles Design Award

Rick Corsini MAUD '85

Corsini Stark Architects, the firm of Rick Corsini MAUD ’85, has been recognized with an AIA|Los Angeles Design Citation Award for their work on the Ayzenberg Group’s offices in Pasadena, CA. Their design consists of a dynamic building renovation and addition in connection to three-story and one-story buildings occupied by the office. It constitutes the first phase of the Ayzenberg Group’s urban campus expansion.

Photo by Steve King.

posted January, 2018

Corsini Stark Architects

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:


Honor Awards

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

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


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)


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)


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

stanford asla

GSD Alumni Honored with 2017 Progressive Architecture Awards

Jennifer Bonner MArch '09, Joshua Prince-Ramus MArch '96, Sharon Johnston MArch '95, Mark Lee MArch '95, Thom Mayne MArch '78, William O'Brien MArch '05, Edwin Chan MArch '85, Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91, Katherine Faulkner MArch ’93, Daniel Gallagher MArch ’91

The work of Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni was recently recognized with 2017 Progressive Architecture Awards from Architect magazine. The jury, which included GSD alumna Jennifer Bonner MArch ’09,  was tasked with finding the best examples of works that “represent design that pushes the envelope, novel methods of representation, and an exploration of humble building types that can make peoples’ lives better.” Winning projects from firms led by GSD alumni include:


Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
New York
REX, led by Joshua Prince-Ramus MArch ’96

Menil Drawing Institute
Johnston Marklee, led by Sharon Johnston MArch ’95 and Mark Lee MArch ’95


Bloomberg Center
New York
Morphosis Architects, led by Thom Mayne MArch ’78


Mask House
Ithaca, N.Y.
WOJR, led by William O’Brien MArch ’05

True North
EC3, led by Edwin Chan MArch ’85

New Hampshire Retreat
Bethlehem, N.H.
NADAAA, led by Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 in collaboration with partners Katherine Faulkner MArch ’93 and Daniel Gallagher MArch ’91

Image courtesy of Architect magazine.


posted March, 2017

architect p a

Dennis M. Finley MArch ’85 Named Project Manager at Bowie Gridley Architects

Dennis M. Finley MArch ’85

Dennis M. Finley MArch ’85 has been named a project manager at Bowie Gridley Architects. A practicing architect since 1982, Finley joined the firm in 2006 and was named an associate in 2010. He currently works on projects at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is completing a master plan for the Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida.

April 2014

posted December, 2016

Dennis Pieprz MAUD ’85, Martin Zogran MAUD ’99, and Ming-Jen Hsueh MLA ’09, MLAUD ’09 Receive Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award

Dennis Pieprz MAUD ’85, Martin Zogran MAUD ’99, and Ming-Jen Hsueh MLA ’09, MLAUD ’09

A team from Sasaki Associates—featuring GSD alums Dennis Pieprz MAUD ’85Martin Zogran MAUD ’99, and Ming-Jen Hsueh MLA ’09, MLAUD ’09—was honored with the Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award for their work on the Songzhuang Arts and Agriculture City master plan in Beijing, China. The award was presented during the 2014 APA National Planning Conference.

May 2014

posted December, 2016

Songzhaug Arts and Agriculture City