Class of 1994

Book Edited by Matthew Cohen MArch ’94 Reconsiders the Often-Misunderstood Subject of Architectural Proportional Systems

Matthew Cohen MArch ’94

Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture: A Critical Reconsideration, a new book edited by Matthew Cohen MArch ’94 and Maarten Delbeke, explores diverse aspects of the important and often-misunderstood subject of architectural proportional systems. The collection of twenty-five essays by leading scholars in the field of architectural history is a result of an international conference on this topic that Cohen organized in Leiden in 2011. It commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the last international conference on this topic, held in Milan in 1951 and organized by Rudolf Wittkower and featuring Le Corbusier. Among the contributors to this volume is James S. Ackerman (via a transcribed interview), at the time of publication the only living participant of both the 1951 Milan conference and the 2011 Leiden conference.

This new exploration of proportional systems is novel and sometimes controversial because it reconceives proportional systems as parts of the rhetorical rather than visual structures of architecture. Thus the editorial premise of the volume casts the widespread belief that proportional systems create beauty in architecture as no more than a centuries-old myth, and instead introduces the notion that proportional systems primarily contribute meaning to architecture, as a quality no less important than visual character in distinguishing architecture from mere building.

Cohen’s investigation of the topic began as part of his master’s thesis at the GSD, under the supervision of Profs. Howard Burns and Jorge Silvetti. He later pursued a Ph.D. in architectural history at Leiden University, where this research continued as his dissertation, which led to the Leiden conference, and ultimately to this volume. Cohen has pursued this research alongside his career as an architect, and more recently Professor of Architecture at Washington State University. His previous book, Beyond Beauty: Reexamining Architectural Proportion through the Basilicas of San Lorenzo and Santo Spirito in Florence, won the James Ackerman Award in the History of Architecture in 2012.

Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture promises to open a new field of study within architectural history, separating the study of proportional systems from its often mystically-infused preconceptions, and setting it on a rigorous scholarly footing. It is published by Leiden University Press, with distribution by Chicago University Press. Browse the table of contents.

posted July, 2019

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Firm of Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93, Craig Scott MArch ’94 Wins 2019 Cooper Hewitt Design Award for Interior Design

Lisa Iwamoto MArch '93, Craig Scott MArch '94

IwamotoScott Architecture, the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm founded by Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93 and Craig Scott MArch ’94, is this year’s recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design. The annual program seeks to “honor and support excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design.” Founded in 2000, IwamotoScott Architecture has worked on a range of projects, from techonology companies to arts organizations, educational insitutuions, and more. Clients include Pinterest, Google, Tishman Speyer, the Vitra Design Museum, MoMA/PS1, SFMOMA, and University of California Berkeley.

In addition to their practice, the couple also teaches: Iwamoto is professor in architecture at UC Berkeley and Scott is professor in architecture at California College of the Arts.

Learn more and browse recent work.

posted June, 2019

IwamotoScott Architecture Cooper Hewitt

Book on Architectural Drawings by Nalina Moses MArch ’94 to be Published Fall 2019; April 24 Book Panel at BAC

Nalina Moses MArch '94

Single-Handedly, a book by Nalina Moses MArch ’94 that takes a close look at architectural drawing, will be published by Princeton Architecture Press this fall, 2019. The book includes 220 hand drawings by more than forty emerging architects and well-known designers, and investigates the continued importance of hand drawing in the digital age. “The powerful yet intimate drawings carry larger propositions about materials, space, and construction, and each one stands on its own as a work of art,” states the publisher.

Moses is an architect and writer living in New York City.

A book panel, featuring several of the contributing architects, will be held at the BAC on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

posted January, 2019

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Book by Andrew Pressman MDes ’94 Brings Design Thinking to the Masses: “Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone”

Andrew Pressman MDes ’94

A new book by Andrew Pressman MDes ’94 offers a practical guide to using design thinking in everyday life, whether you work in a creative field or not. Published by Routledge, Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone seeks to “assist in addressing a full spectrum of challenges from the most vexing to the everyday. It renders accessible the creative problem-solving abilities that we all possess by providing a dynamic framework and practical tools for thinking imaginatively and critically. Every aspect of design thinking is explained and analyzed together with insights on navigating through the process.”

“Andrew Pressman’s exemplary new book is an accessible, readable, and eminently usable introduction to design thinking. The book encourages individual experimentation and flexibility, empowering readers to make the design thinking process their own,” says Marilys R. Nepomechie, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor, Florida International University.

Pressman is an architect, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. He also leads his own award-winning architectural firm in Washington, DC.

Learn more.

posted January, 2019

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Six Alumni Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

Mary Anne Cassin MLA '82 Walter R. Havener MLA '86 Ying-Yu Hung MLA '94 Edward C. Marshall MLA '86 W. Scott Parker MLU '86 David A. Rubin MLA '90

Six GSD alumni have been elevated by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.

ASLA will formally recognize its 2018 Fellows at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO, October 19–22, in Philadelphia.

Congratulations to:

Mary Anne Cassin MLA ’82
Walter R. Havener MLA ’86
Ying-Yu Hung MLA ’94
Edward C. Marshall MLA ’86
W. Scott Parker MLU ’86
David A. Rubin MLA ’90

For the full list of 2018 Fellows click here

posted May, 2018

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Phil Walker MDes ’94 Inducted to AICP College of Fellows; Appointed Planning Accreditation Board Site Visitor

Phil Walker MDes '94

Phil Walker MDes ’94, principal of The Walker Collaborative, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) at the national planning conference in New Orleans in April (learn more and see other 2018 GSD alumni inductees). He was also appointed as a site visitor for the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) to evaluate collegiate city planning programs.

posted May, 2018

Phil Walker

Five Alumni Elected to 2018 Class of the College of Fellows of AICP

John M. Dugan MCP '71, Hazel R. Edwards MAUD '89, William Klein LF '91, Shafik I. Rifaat MArch '65, Philip L. Walker MDes '94

Five GSD alumni have been elected to the 2018 Class of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). The highest honor bestowed upon members by AICP, Fellows are honored for achieving “excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership.” Congratulations to:

John M. Dugan MCP ’71
Hazel R. Edwards MAUD ’89
William Klein LF ’91
Shafik I. Rifaat MArch ’65
Philip L. Walker MDes ’94

There will be an induction ceremony for the Class of 2018 during the National Planning Conference in New Orleans on Sunday, April 22, starting at 4:15 p.m. CT. Learn more.

Image courtesy of AICP.

posted March, 2018

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Dr. Michelle Addington MDes ’94, DDes ’97 Appointed Dean of UT Austin School of Architecture

Dr. Michelle Addington MDes ’94, DDes ’97

Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumna Dr. Michelle Addington MDes ’94, DDes ’97 has been selected as the next Dean of the UT Austin School of Architecture. The first woman to be appointed dean of architecture in the school’s 107-year history, Addington will begin her new role on July 1, 2017. She currently serves as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture, and holds a joint appointment with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Read the full UT announcement.

Image courtesy of Yale University

 

posted March, 2017

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Hani Asfour MArch ’94 to Speak at GSD MEdiNA Event on March 3, 2017

Hani Asfour MArch '94

Hani Asfour MArch ’94 will speak at the GSD on Friday, March 3, 2017, on the work of his firm, Polypod. The event is sponsored by GSD MEdiNA and is open to the public. Details are below.

POLYPOD: A conversation with Hani Asfour MArch ’94

Friday, March 3
12:00 pm
Gund 124

Set in the rich urban culture of Hamra, Beirut, Polypod, a multidisciplinary firm is committed to raising design discourse in its community. Known for its collaborative and creative approach, Polypod works on projects that combine various fields of design including architecture, master planning, interior design, landscape design, branding, web design, graphics, and information design for local and international clients. Polypod’s studio is also home to Polypodium, a space where local and global luminaries are invited in order to bring people together to discuss design ideas and processes.

Hani Asfour is an MIT and Harvard-trained architect who applies design thinking methods as a creative strategic thought leader with over twenty years of experience. He combines a mix of design expertise with entrepreneurship skills, academic depth and hands-on experience. Hani is a founding partner of Polypod and is currently the President of the Beirut Creative Cluster and Adjunct Faculty at LAU, teaching in the departments of Architecture and Foundation Studies.

A GSD MEdiNA event.

posted February, 2017

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Craig Scott MArch ’94 and Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93 Firm Receives AIA Institute 2017 Honor Award; Featured in Architect, Curbed.

Craig Scott MArch ’94 and Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93

IwamotoScott Architecture, founded by Craig Scott MArch ’94 and Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93, recently received an AIA Institute 2017 Honor Award for its design of the new Pinterest Headquarters in San Francisco’s SOMA district, which was completed in collaboration with Brereton Architects. The award news was featured in Architect and Curbed

Other recent awards and news features on the project include:

Other recent professional news from IwamotoScott Architecture includes:

Image courtesy of IwamotoScott Architecture.

posted February, 2017

IwamotoScott Architecture Pinterest HQ

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 Featured in Wall Street Journal

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’94

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92, principal of the Boston-based firm Mikyoung Kim Design, was recently featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal which profiled three landscape architects.

April 2014

posted December, 2016

Mikyoung Kim

Claude Cormier MDes ’94 Inducted into Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Claude Cormier MDes '94

Claude Cormier MDes ’94 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), an honorary organization that includes some 800 artists and designers in the visual arts. Members are nominated and elected by a jury of their peers from all regions of Canada. Since 1880, the RCA has come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. The objectives of the RCA are to encourage, improve, promote, support and cultivate the visual arts through its many activities.

June 2015

posted December, 2016

Claude Cormier

Jennifer Luce MDes ’94 Firm to Design Mingei International Museum

Jennifer Luce MDes '94

Luce et Studio, lead by Jennifer Luce MDes ’94, has been tapped to “design and implement a comprehensive transformation” of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California. The project will result in many changes–renovation of galleries, expanded space for programs, better integrate the cafe and museum store with the museum, as well as a redesign of the administrative, storage and research areas.

December 2015

posted December, 2016

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Andrew Pressman MDes ’94 Publishes Third Book in “Designing” Trilogy

Andrew Pressman MDes ’94

Andrew Pressman MDes ’94 just completed Designing Profits: Creative Business Strategies for Design Practices (Routledge, 2016) with coauthor Maury Nunes. This new book, together with the two others in the “Designing” trilogy (Designing Relationships: The Art of Collaboration in Architecture and Designing Architecture: The Elements of Process), needed to be written to convey the distinctive message that the whole package—doing great design, getting it built, and running a business—are all intensely creative endeavors.

February 2016

posted December, 2016

Designing Profits

Jennifer Luce MDes ’94 Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Jen Luce MDes ’94

Jennifer Luce MDes ’94 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

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Joseph R. Favour MLA ’94 to Head Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Minnesota.

Joseph R. Favour, ASLA, MLA ’94

Joseph R. Favour, ASLA, MLA ’94 was recently named Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. His official appointment begins June 13, 2016. According to Interim Dean Becky L. Yust, Ph.D, “As interim department head over the last year, Joe has done an exemplary job leading the department through successful faculty and staff searches, the yearly budgeting and student recruitment process, as well as working with LA faculty and staff on department priorities. Further, he has been an excellent colleague as a member of the college’s senior leadership group and has been a strong partner in helping move our college forward on a variety of issues.”

May 2016

posted December, 2016

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Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93 and Craig Scott MArch ’94 Firm Wins AIA, IIDA Awards; Featured in Architectural Record, ArchDaily

Lisa Iwamoto MArch '93 and Craig Scott MArch '94

Professional news from IwamotoScott Architecture, the San Francisco-based award-winning architecture and design firm founded by Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93 and Craig Scott MArch ’94:

  • The new 100,100 sf Pinterest HQ workspace in San Francisco, (by IwamotoScott Architecture in collaboration with Brereton Architects) is featured in the August issue of Architectural Record
  • The Pinterest HQ project won a AIA California 2016 Design Award this summer (one of only two awards this year given for Interior Architecture)
  • IwamotoScott’s City View Garage in the Miami Design District was awarded ArchDaily’s Top 100 American Architecture Projects , cited by ArchDaily as follows: “Here we highlight the 100 most visited works of architecture in the US, turning them into case studies and references for millions of architects, students, and journalists that seek the most important, inspiring works of American architecture.”
  • IwamotoScott’s Bloomberg Tech Hub won an AIA San Francisco 2016 Honor Award in Interior Architecture
  • Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott recently gave a tour of the Bloomberg Tech Hub as one of the 2016 IIDA NC Honor Award winners

September 2016

posted December, 2016

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