Class of 1992

Six Alumni Elevated to AIA College of Fellows 2019

Peter Brown AMDP ’13 Stephen B. Cassel MArch ’92 David B. Hill MArch ’02 Samuel Lasky MArch ’97 Patricia Rhee MArch ’98 Richard C. Yancey MArch ’92

Six GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2019 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.”  AIA will formally recognize its 2019 Fellows on June 7 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to:

Peter Brown AMDP ’13
Stephen B. Cassel MArch ’92
David B. Hill MArch ’02
Samuel Lasky MArch ’97
Patricia Rhee MArch ’98
Richard C. Yancey MArch ’92

For the full list of 2019 Fellows, click here.

Image courtesy of the AIA College of Fellows.

posted June, 2019


In Memoriam: Christopher Procter MAUD ’92

Christopher Procter MAUD '92

Christopher Procter MAUD ’92 passed away on November 18th, 2018. He is survived by Bridget and his two sons, Lucien and Sebastien. Christopher’s wife, Bridget Smyth MDes ’93, is the Design Director of Sydney and a former member of the Alumni Council. Christopher Procter graduated from the GSD to then study at the University of South Australia’s Bachelor of Architecture degree, before going on to practice in Sydney, Boston, Oman, Christchurch, Melbourne, and Adelaide.

“The study of architecture opened Christopher’s eyes to expressive possibilities. Many were envious of the fluidity and ease his project work exuded. Architecture proved the perfect fit for him. It provided sustenance for his intellectual and creative appetites and allowed him to exercise them in a realm that he negotiated with great ease – that of fellowship with other beings. His sharp intellect, great wit, and warm heart was appreciated by all; his family, friends, clients, colleagues and the young architects he mentored.” To read more from the remembrance written by Vasilios (Bill) Tsakalos MAUD 89, please click here.

Read Christopher’s full obituary.


posted November, 2018


Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 Receives 2018 ASLA Design Medal

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 is the recipient of this year’s Design Medal  from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon a landscape architect. The Medal recognizes an individual “who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for at least ten years,” according to its website.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized and supported by my peers and clients. This recognition is an amazing moment for me because it not only honors the work of my office, but also highlights the importance of resiliency, restoration, and creative thinking,” Kim said in a press release.

She is founding principal and design director of Mikyoung Kim Design, an international, woman-owned, landscape architecture and urban design firm based in Boston. The studio’s award-winning body of work addresses the most pressing environmental and health-related issues, while creating artful and immersive experiences. Earlier this year, the firm received the National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

In Kim’s nomination materials, author and thought leader Sarah Goldhagen remarked: “Mikyoung shows that landscape design and environmental art can be a public amenity, a social condenser, and a sustainable practice while simultaneously being a poetic art that captures and sustains our all-too-often-distracted attention, confers a graceful sense of play, and instigates deep imaginative thought about the many ways that every day landscapes can enrich peoples individual experience and social congress.” (View all of Kim’s supporting nominations.)

Kim currently serves as a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at the GSD. She led the fall 2017 option studio “Civic Spaces in an Age of Hyper-Complexity: From Protest to Reverie” with Bryan Chou, Design Leader at Mikyoung Kim Design.

Previous GSD alumni winners of the ASLA Design Medal include Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85 in 2017, Andrea Cochran MLA ’79 in 2014, Stuart Owen Dawson MLA ’58 in 2013, Peter Walker MLA ’57 in 2012, Richard Shaw MLA ’76 in 2009, Richard Haag MLA ’52 in 2007, and Lawrence Halprin BLA ’44 in 2003.

posted July, 2018


Firm of Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 Wins 2018 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

Mikyoung Kim MLA '92

Mikyoung Kim Design, the firm of Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92, is this year’s recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. The awards celebrate “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,” according to their website. Mikyoung Kim Design is an international landscape architecture and urban design firm based in Boston. Projects include the Chongae River Restoration, Crown Sky Garden, and Prudential Plaza.

“We’re so honored to receive this recognition from Cooper Hewitt this year. It’s really exciting to be acknowledged for doing the kind of unique work that we love. This award is the ultimate reflection of the creative spirit and dedication of our team, who are some of the most talented designers I’ve had the pleasure with which to collaborate,” said Kim in the firm’s press release.

Kim currently serves as a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at the GSD. She led the fall 2017 option studio “Civic Spaces in an Age of Hyper-Complexity: From Protest to Reverie” with Bryan Chou, Design Leader at Mikyoung Kim Design.

The firm will receive their award at a ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

Image: ChonGae River Restoration Project in Seoul, South Korea.

ChonGae River Restoration Project

posted May, 2018

Mikyoung Kim Design

Alumni Projects Receive 2018 MASterworks Awards

Susannah Drake MArch '95, MLA '95, Stephen Cassell MArch '92, Amale Andraos MArch '99

Projects by three alumni have been honored with 2018 MASterworks Awards from the The Municipal Art Society of New York. The awards celebrate designs that make a significant contribution to the built environment of New York City. DLANDstudio, the firm founded by Susannah Drake MArch ’95, MLA ’95, won “Best Urban Landscape” for the project Gowanus Canal Sponge Park; ARO, the firm of Stephen Cassell MArch ’92, won “Best New Building” for their Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse; and WORKac, the firm of Amale Andraos MArch ’99, won “Best New Urban Amenity” for the Kew Gardens Hills Library project. Recipients will be honored at an event on April 11 that will also toast to MAS’s 125th Anniversary.

Image: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, courtesy of MAS.

posted March, 2018


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


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

Edwin Goodell MArch ’89, Craig Mutter MArch ’92, Jeffry Burchard MArch ’08 Named Partners at Machado and Silvetti

Jeffry Burchard MArch '08, Edwin Goodell MArch '89, and Craig Mutter MArch '92

Machado and Silvetti Associates, the architecture and urban design firm of Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture at the GSD, is now known as Machado Silvetti. In addition, the practice has added four new partners, three of whom are GSD alums: Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer, Edwin Goodell MArch ’89, Craig Mutter MArch ’92, and Jeffry Burchard MArch ’08. After more than three decades of steady, successful practice, Machado Silvetti’s portfolio reflects the diverse scope, scale and breadth of the firm’s experiences. Securing and building on this legacy, the new office structure represents an evolution of the practice while reflecting the persistent quality and spirit of the work. Visit their new website at

June 2015

posted December, 2016