Class of 1998

David De Celis MArch ’98 Selected for Mayor’s Arts Task Force, City of Cambridge

David De Celis MArch ’98

David De Celis MArch ’98, has been selected to join the newly formed Mayor’s Arts Task Force (MATF) for the City of Cambridge, MA. The group brings together artists and designers from a range of disciplines, as well as specialists in creating spaces for the arts, to help solve issues facing Cambridge’s creative community. An architect, hispanic, resident of Cambridge, and father of three, De Celis will bring his unique background and expertise to the Task Force. He is currently serving his 3rd year as Chair of the City’s Public Art Commission. The MATF will meet the 2nd Thursday of every month, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, through June 2019.

Read the full press releaseLearn more about the Task Force. Follow Task Force progress.

Image: De Celis, outside his office, DCVL Design, in Somerville, MA (provided).

posted November, 2018


Toni L. Griffin LF ’98 Selected as 2018 Richard Theodore Greener Academia Award Recipient

Toni L. Griffin LF ’98

Toni L. Griffin LF ’98 has been nominated and selected by this year’s Harvard Black Graduation Committee as the Richard Theodore Greener Academia Award recipient. Toni L. Griffin is the founder of Urban Planning and Design for the American City, based in New York.  Through the practice, Toni served as Project Director the long-range planning initiative of the Detroit Work Project, and in 2013 completed and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation. Most recent clients include working with the cities of Memphis, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh.

The Richard Theodore Greener Academia Award is named for the first Black Harvard student to graduate (1870), this award is for a Harvard member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has demonstrated a commitment to discovering, enhancing, and promoting modern areas of study about Black people(s) that directly impact and strengthen the Black communities within the African diaspora.

For more about Toni L. Griffin click here.

posted May, 2018


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

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Alumni Receive 2018 Graham Foundation Grants for Exhibitions, Publications, Research

Zeina Koreitem MDes '16, John May MArch '02, Eric Bunge MArch '96, Mimi Hoang MArch '98, Kenny Cupers PhD '10, Rami El Samahy MArch '00, Michael Kubo MArch '06, Alexander Robinson MLA '05, Neyran Turan DDes '09, Bradley Cantrell MLA '03, Marielsa Castro Vizcarra MDes '17, Brian Goldstein PhD '13, Ana Maria Leon Crespo MDes '01, Sun-Young Park MArch '08/PhD '14, Sara Zewde MLA '15

Fifteen designers, artists, historians, and others from the GSD alumni community have been selected to receive 2018 Graham Foundation Grants. Announced on April 5, the Graham Foundation’s 2018 Grants to Individuals present $534,850 in new grants to support 74 projects by 111 individuals and collaborators who are “engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment,” the Foundation writes.

Alumni projects include exhibitions, publications, and research. Among the winners are GSD faculty Zeina Koreitem MDes ’16 and John May MArch ’02, who received a grant for the exhibition “Under Present Conditions,” produced through their Los Angeles-based firm, MILLIØNS. (“Under Present Conditions” will be on view at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles from January 11 through April 26, 2019.)

The funded projects were selected from over 600 proposals and represent a diverse group of individuals and collectives, including architects, artists, choreographers, historians, and filmmakers who hail from around the world.

Other GSD alumni awardees include:

Eric Bunge MArch ’96

Mimi Hoang GSD ’98

Kenny Cupers PhD ’10

Rami El Samahy MArch ’00

Michael Kubo MArch ’06

Alexander Robinson MLA ’05

Neyran Turan DDes ’09

Bradley Cantrell MLA ’03

Marielsa Castro Vizcarra MDes ’17

Brian Goldstein PhD ’13

Ana Maria Leon Crespo MDes ’01

Sun-Young Park MArch ’08/PhD ’14

Sara Zewde MLA ’15

Read the full list of 2018 Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals via the Graham Foundation’s announcement.

Image: MILLIØNS (Zeina Koreitem & John May), Collectives II, 2016–. Courtesy of the artists.

posted April, 2018

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David De Celis MArch ’98 Begins Third Year as Chairman of City of Cambridge Public Art Commission

David De Celis MArch '98

David De Celis MArch ’98 is celebrating his second anniversary, and beginning his third year, as Chairman of the City of Cambridge Public Art Commission (PAC). A member of the Commission since 2013, De Celis is a longtime advocate for the visual and performing arts. He founded DCM Design, a multi-disciplined design firm based in Cambridge, MA, in 1997, and recently established a new professional partnership, DCVL Design, with Amy Van Lauwe. PAC’s six member commission provides guidance and advice for the administration and implementation of the City’s Public Art/Percent-for-Art Ordinance.

Read the full press release.

Image: De Celis visits the first completed art project in Cambridge during his tenure as Chair of PAC, On the Other Side by artists Chat Travieso and Yeju Choi. Provided.

posted March, 2018


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

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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

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Eric Kramer MLA ’98 Named Partner at Reed Hilderbrand

Eric Kramer MLA '98, Gary Hilderbrand MLA '85, Douglas Reed MLA '81, Beka Sturges MLA '04, Kristin Frederickson MLA '06

Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture, the firm founded by Principals Gary Hilderbrand MLA ’85 and Douglas Reed MLA ’81, has elevated Eric Kramer MLA ’98 to partner, along with three others.

Kramer joined Reed Hilderbrand in 2000, and has since worked on a variety of projects, including for the Clark Art Institute, Duke University, and the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts of Kansas City, MO. He is currently leading the firm’s design for the renewal of the plaza surrounding Boston’s City Hall at Government Center. Kramer received an ASLA Honor Award for research on urban soils, and serves on the editorial advisory board of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Other members of Reed Hilderbrand leadership include Associate Principals Beka Sturges MLA ’04 and Kristin Frederickson MLA ’06.

Read more.

Image courtesy of Reed Hilderbrand. 

posted June, 2017


Heather Woofter MArch ’98 Named Director of Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design

Heather Woofter MArch '98

Heather Woofter MArch ’98 has been named the new director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Woofter currently serves as a professor at the Sam Fox School, where she has chaired the graduate architecture program since 2010. She previously taught at a number of schools, including for the Career Discovery program at the GSD.

Woofter is also the founding director and owner of Axi:Ome llc, an architecture, urbanism, landscape, and design firm based in St. Louis.

Read more about Woofter and her new appointment.

Image by Joe Angeles; courtsey of Washington University. 


posted June, 2017


Surfacedesign, Inc. Partners Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 and James Lord MLA ’96 Win Cooper Hewitt Design Award

Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 and James Lord MLA ’96.

Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 (left on photo below) and James Lord MLA ’96 (right on photo below) partners at Surfacedesign were selected as recipients of the 18th Annual National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. The landscape architecture award is given to an individual or firm for exceptional and exemplary work in urban planning or park and garden design. Surfacedesign is a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco.

Founded in 2001, the award-winning practice creates dynamic parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens. James A. Lord, Roderick Wyllie, and Geoff di Girolamo, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, urban designers, and architects, provide innovative design solutions for a wide range of projects, including the Smithsonian Master Plan, Auckland International Airport, Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Plaza, and IBM Plaza Honolulu. Integral to the philosophy of the practice, Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways.

Read more about Surfacedesign, Inc. and the National Design Awards.

Image courtesy of Cooper Hewitt.


posted June, 2017


Francis Reiner MLA ’98 Named Partner at DMR Architects

Francis Reiner MLA ’98

Francis Reiner MLA ’98, PP, LLA, has been named a partner at DMR Architects, the 4th largest architecture firm in New Jersey. This is the first time DMR Architects has named partners in its 25-year history. Since joining in 2008, Reiner has led the firm into the dynamic area of municipal planning, designing innovative redevelopment plans for Hoboken, Hackensack, Bayonne, East Orange and elsewhere. 

Image courtesy of DMR Architects. Partners clockwise from left: Francis Reiner, Pradeep Kapoor, Kurt Vierheilig, Gregg Stopa, Charles H. Sarlo, Lloyd Rosenberg


posted April, 2017


Kristina Hill PhD ’97, GSA ’98 Discusses Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels at the Hammer Museum

Kristina Hill PhD ’97, GSA ’98

Kristina Hill PhD ’97, GSA ’98 participated in a panel discussion on urban adaptations for rising sea levels at the Hammer Museum, co-presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Watch a video of the talk.

March 2015

posted December, 2016

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Karen Lu MArch ’98 Receives AIA Minnesota Young Architect Award

Karen Lu MArch ’98

Karen Lu MArch ’98 received the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Young Architect Award for exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning, and education.

posted December, 2016

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James A. Lord MLA ’96, Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98 Firm Receives Emerging Voices Award

James A. Lord MLA ’96 and Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98

Surfacedesign, Inc. and its principals–James A. Lord MLA ’96, Roderick Wyllie MLA ’98, and Geoff di Girolamo–received the Architectural League of New York’s 2014 Emerging Voices Award, recognizing North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.

June 2014

posted December, 2016

Emerging Voices

David De Celis MArch ’98 BAC Studio Presents Exhibition with CAC

David De Celis MArch ’98

The upper-level architecture studio class at Boston Architectural College led by David De Celis MArch ’98, in collaboration with the Cambridge Arts Council (CAC), presents an exhibition that demonstrates possibilities for how architecture can make the arts more visible, more relevant, and more accessible within urban centers. In four stages, the exhibition will evolve over the course of three months. De Celis and his students will use Gallery 344, located on the 2nd floor of the City Hall Annex (344 Broadway) in Cambridge, MA, to show their process of exploring how strategic infusions of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design can transform a community. The exhibit runs March 16-May 29. For more information, visit the CAC’s website.

April 2015

posted December, 2016

Juan Bautista Frigerio MAUD ’98 Designs new Buenos Aires City Hall

Juan Bautista Frigerio MAUD '98

Juan Bautista Frigerio MAUD ’98, a partner at Foster + Partners, was the lead designer for Buenos Aires’ new City Hall. Unveiled on April 1, 2015, the building houses offices for the mayor and the city’s 1,500 employees. Spanning an entire city block in Parque Patricios, the new building contributes to the revitalization of the neighborhood and combines an environmentally efficient design with an innovative, highly flexible internal arrangement of terraced office floors. Learn more about the project.

August 2015

posted December, 2016


Toni L. Griffin LF ’98 Appointed Professor in Practice of Urban Planning

Toni L. Griffin LF ’98

Toni L. Griffin LF ’98 has been appointed Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, effective January 2016. Griffin will also lead a Design Lab at the Harvard GSD. She has spent the last five years as Professor of Architecture and Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She previously served as Distinguished Professor and Chair of Real Estate Law and Urban Planning at University of California, Berkeley, and Scholar in Residence for the Department of Urban Planning at Michigan State University. At the GSD, Griffin formerly served as an adjunct associate professor (2009-2011) and a design critic (2006-2009).

January 2015

posted December, 2016

Toni L. Griffin LF '98

Karen A. Lu MArch ’98 Honored with National AIA Young Architects Award

Karen A. Lu MArch ’98

Karen A. Lu MArch ’98 has been honored with the national AIA Young Architects Award. She is currently employed at HGA Architects and Engineers in Minneapolis, MN. The national AIA Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of his/her architectural career. Lu will receive the awards at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia.

February 2016

posted December, 2016

Karen Lu

Gregory Haley MAUD ’98 to be Design Resource for 66th Mayors’ Institute on City Design Conference

Toni L. Griffin LF ’98

Gregory Haley MAUD ’98 has been invited to be a Design Resource for the 66th Mayors’ Institute on City Design Conference, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors with support from United Technologies, which aims to transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. In addition, an article by Haley on Industry City in Brooklyn was published in the Fall 2016 issue of Oculus.

October 2016

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Takashi Yanai MArch ’99 and Patricia Rhee MArch ’98 Firm Receives AIA National Award

Takashi Yanai MArch ’99 and Patricia Rhee MArch ’98

Takashi Yanai MArch ’99 and Patricia Rhee MArch ’98 are both Partners at Ehrlich Architects. The firm has recently received the AIA’s highest honor, the 2015 National AIA Firm Award. Recognized for sustained design excellence, as well as exemplary firm culture, this honor will be officially bestowed at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta this May.

April 2015

posted December, 2016

AIA Firm Award

Alex Krieger MCP ’77 and Toni L. Griffin LF ’98 Named to United States Commission of Fine Arts

Alex Krieger MCP ’77 and Toni L. Griffin LF ’98

President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint two Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni and faculty members to the United States Commission of Fine Arts: Toni L. Griffin LF ’98, professor in practice of urban planning, and Alex Krieger MCP ’77, professor in practice of urban design. The seven-member Commission of Fine Arts is an independent federal agency tasked with advising the President, Congress, and the federal and District of Columbia governments on select matters of design and aesthetics. It was established by Congress in 1910 as a permanent body to advise the federal government on matters pertaining to the arts and national symbols, and to guide the architectural development of Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: United States Commission of Fine Arts webpage

November 2016

posted November, 2016