Class of 1988

Ann Beha LF ’88 Architects To Lead Houghton Library Renovation

Ann Beha LF ’88

An upcoming renovation to Houghton Library will modernize its research and teaching facilities, expand its exhibition galleries, improve physical access to its spaces and holdings, and create a more welcoming, inviting, and accessible environment. Houghton is working with Ann Beha LF ’88 Architects and partnering with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Office of Physical Resources and Planning on the two-year project.

The renovation represents a key component of a larger vision for the rare books library, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year. It serves as a research center and teaching laboratory for students and faculty across many disciplines that use primary sources, hosting nearly 300 class visits each year and programming a series of exhibitions and events that draw a range of visitors from across Harvard and surrounding communities. To expand its reach vastly, the library’s digitization efforts have placed its collections within reach of researchers around the world.

For the full article visit the Harvard Gazette here

posted January, 2019


GSD Alumni Involved in Resilent Home Challenge: Jaya Kader MArch ’88; Sameh Wahba MUP ’97, PhD ’02, KSGEE ’13; Ivan Shumkov MArch ’08; and Pablo Allard MAUD ’99, DDes ’03.

Jaya Kader MArch '88, Sameh Wahba MUP '97, PhD '02, KSGEE '13, Ivan Shumkov MArch '08, and Pablo Allard MAUD ’99, DDes ’03.

Over 23 million people lost their homes to natural disasters in the past 10 years. On December 14, the international Resilient Homes Design Challenge, a project organized by the World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb, GFDRR and UN-Habitat, successfully concluded. Over 3,000 professionals from over 120 countries participated in the Challenge, resulting in over 300 team submissions. A jury of international experts selected three winning designs for each of the three scenarios.

Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank, and flown into Washington DC, and other selected global venues. Winning designs could also eventually inform resilient housing or reconstruction work for World Bank-funded projects in places like the Caribbean, South and East Asia, etc. View the list of winners here and the press release here.

Several GSD alumni were involved with the Challenge. Head of Jury was GSD Alumni Council member Sameh Wahba MUP ’97, PhD ’02, KSGEE ’13, who serves as the Director for Urban Territorial Development and Disaster Risk Management for The World Bank Group. Pablo Allard MAUD ’99, DDes ’03the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the GSD, was also a member of the Jury. Additionally, Ivan Shumkov MArch ’08 is CEO and Founder of Build Academy.

GSD Alumni Council member Jaya Kader MArch ’88, founder and principal of KZ architecture, and her team at KZ architecture were named a winner. The proposed dwelling by KZ architecture is fabricated in its majority out of bamboo, a low cost, highly sustainable and renewable building material, widely available worldwide, lightweight, durable, flexible, easily cultivated and harvested. Its quick growth and easy handling make it an ideal material for beautiful low-cost housing. The criteria for selection included pragmatic designs that suited the local cultural context and whose construction process would use local materials and enable local employment rather than requiring significant external expertise and materials. Resilience and cost-effectiveness aside, sustainability, simplicity, cultural adequacy, and the creation of a sense of ownership through community involvement were accordingly major considerations and a common theme in the final selection process.

posted January, 2019


Jill Neubauer MArch ’88 Named “Mentor in Design” by Design New England; Profiled in Residential Design Magazine

Jill Neubauer MArch ’88

Jill Neubauer MArch ’88, founder of Cape Cod-based firm Jill Neubauer Architects, was named one of five “Mentors in Design” by Design New England. The honor includes a feature in the magazine’s July/August 2018 issue. This issue also includes a 10-page spread entitled “Tree House” about one of Neubauer’s recently completed homes on Buzzards Bay.

Additionally, Residential Design, the only national professional publication devoted to residential architects and custom builders, featured Neubauer last January in its “Pro-file Design” series. The article, entitled “Architecture That Grabs the Heart,” offers a look at how Neubauer’s upbringing inspires her work as a designer and chronicles some of her residential projects.

Founded in 1994, Jill Neubauer Architects is a 10-person, high-end residential firm with an emphasis on sustainable materials and design. It is a longstanding member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Image by Dan Cutrona. Provided.

posted September, 2018

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Eleven Alumni Elevated to AIA College of Fellows 2018

Jonathan Barnes MArch '86, Eric Bunge MArch ’96, Chris Cooper MArch ’98, William B. Gallagher Jr. MAUD '86, Leonard Kady MArch '89, Rick Peterson MArch '88, Naomi Pollock MArch '85, Christopher Shears MArch ’80, James Susman MDes '88, Louis Wasserman MArch '74, Ellen Watts MArch '79

Eleven GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows. The honor recognizes architects who have “achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” A ceremony honoring the new fellows will take place on June 22 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

Congratulations to:

Jonathan Barnes MArch ’86

Eric Bunge MArch ’96

Chris Cooper MArch ’98

William B. Gallagher Jr. MAUD ’86

Leonard Kady MArch ’89

Rick Petersen MArch ’88

Naomi Pollock MArch ’85

Christopher Shears MArch ’80

James Susman MDes ’88

Louis Wasserman MArch ’74

Ellen Watts MArch ’79 

Read the AIA press release.

Image courtesy of the AIA College of Fellows.

posted April, 2018

AIA college of fellows

Susan Jones MArch ’88 Publishes Book on Mass Timber

Susan Jones MArch '88

A new book by Susan Jones MArch ’88Mass Timber: Design and Research–looks at the relatively new technology of Mass Timber. A leading expert on Mass Timber in the United States, Jones shares some of the pioneering work and research she has done with her Seattle-based architecture practice atelierjones and her University of Washington students over the past six years. Projects include her own family’s home, a church, and a twelve-story tall Timber Wood Innovation tower on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

Learn more about Mass Timber: Design and Research. 


posted February, 2018

susan jones mass timber

Matthew Winkelstein MArch ’88 Named Senior Associate at BAR Architects

Matthew Winkelstein MArch '88

Matthew Winkelstein MArch ’88, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Senior Associate at the San Francisco-based firm, BAR Architects. A leader in BAR’s sustainable and integrated design initiatives, Winkelstein brings over 25 years of experience in domestic and international architectural and planning projects, including mixed-use, multifamily residential and community design projects to the role. Some of his recent projects include 1601 Mariposa, a mixed-use urban infill project with 8,000 sf retail for Related California; 38 Dolores Street for The Prado Group, with 81-units over a Whole Foods; and the 218-unit transit-oriented Dublin Station in Dublin, California for UDR, Inc.

Photo courtesy of BAR Architects. 

posted June, 2017

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Joseph Cincotta MArch ’88 Firm Wins World Architecture News Award

Joseph Cincotta MArch '88

LineSync Architecture LTD, the firm of Joseph Cincotta MArch ’88, has been awarded a World Architecture News 2016 Small Spaces Award in the Temporary Category for its project Wheel Pad. This is the first international award for Cincotta and LineSync Architecture LTD, a 11 person firm in the one-stop-light historic village of Wilmington, Vermont owned by Julie Lineberger EdM ’82.

Wheel Pad is a 200 sq.ft. accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be attached to an existing home. It is an affordable, eco-friendly non-toxic, immediately available living space offering privacy, and supporting the independence of individuals with mobility issues. The design comes in both temporary and permanent models. Wheel Pad was started in 2015 to respectfully and supportively provide transitional and permanent housing for anyone needing accessible living accommodations in a socially conscious and environmentally friendly way as economically as possible.

Photo by Carolyn Bates Photography, courtesy of LineSync Architecture LTD. 

posted March, 2017

Wheel Pad

Project by Robert Piotrowski MArch ’88 and Dea Ecker in Architect Magazine

Robert Piotrowski MArch ’88

Ecker Architekten, the Buchen, Germany-based firm run by Robert Piotrowski MArch ’88 and partner Dea Ecker, were noted for their redesign of a student center tucked into an existing complex at Eckenberg Academy, giving the German school its first taste of new design in a half century. Read about the project here.

November 2013

posted December, 2016

Eckenberg Assembly Hall

Architect Magazine Highlights Work of Rick Peterson MArch ’88 and Don Schieferecke

Rick Peterson MArch ’88

The October 2013 issue of Architect Magazine highlighted two recent projects led by GSD alums. Rick Peterson MArch ’88 and Don Schieferecke, principals of the Denver-based firm OZ Architecture were featured in an article about their attempt to reinvent McMurdo, a utilitarian science outpost in the wilds of Antarctica where much of the research in recent years has focused on climate change. Read about their work here.

November 2013

posted December, 2016

McMurdo Rendering

Alexandros Washburn MArch ’88 Accepts Professorship at Stevens Institute of Technology

Alexandros Washburn MArch ’88

Alexandros Washburn MArch ’88, former chief urban designer of New York City, announced his new professorship and research center at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The Center for Coastal Resilience (CRUX) is dedicated to the proposition that cities can increase their resilience to extreme events while simultaneously improving their quality of life.

February 2014

posted December, 2016

Alexandros Washburn

William Huang MArch ’88 Accepts ULI Award on Behalf of City of Pasadena

William Huang MArch ’88

On October 24, 2014, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Tewillinger Center for Housing recognized the City of Pasadena, CA with the 2014 Ralph C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards given for the nation’s most outstanding housing policy at its fall meeting in New York City. Pasadena’s recognition was based on its housing policy and programs which have resulted in the development of over 5,000 housing units in transit-oriented areas, including 1,370 units of affordable and workforce housing. Pasadena’s commitment to its housing vision, community engagement, and informed dialog has produced a highly integrated and effective mix of goals, policies, and programs for its 2014-2021 housing element plan. Specifically mentioned in the application were Pasadena’s Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Ordinances, fee waivers for affordable housing,, and Project HOUSED, the City’s housing first program for the chronically homeless.

October 2014

posted December, 2016

w. huang

Bob Piotrowski MArch ’88 and Dea Ecker Work Featured in DETAIL Architecture

Bob Piotrowski MArch ’88

A project by German firm Ecker Architekten, run by Bob Piotrowski MArch ’88 and his wife Dea Ecker, was recently featured in DETAIL Architecture. Read the article here.

January 2015

posted December, 2016

Eckenberg Assembly Hall

David Heymann MArch ’88 Published New Book, “My Beautiful City Austin”

David Heymann MArch ’88

David Heymann MArch ’88 recently published the book, “My Beautiful City Austin” (John Hardy Publishing, Houston). Read about the book and order here. Heymann also shares that an essay he wrote about Stephen Holl’s design proposal for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston was published at OffCite. Additionally, a set of photographs he took this summer was featured in The Arctic Circle program, published at Places Journal.

March 2015

posted December, 2016

My Beautiful City Austin

Sean Chiao MAUD ’88 Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Sean Chiao MAUD ’88

Sean Chiao MAUD ’88 has been elevated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows for 2016. “The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” The 2016 Fellows will be honored during a ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention.

February 2016

posted December, 2016

AIA college of fellows