Class of 1999

Nate Cormier MLA ’99 Named Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Nate Cormier MLA ’99, Mark Rios MArch '82, MLA '82, Samantha Harris MLA '99

Nate Cormier MLA ’99 has joined the leadership of Los Angeles-based Rios Clementi Hale Studios as a Principal. He previously spent two decades working on parks, nature preserves, transit station areas, educational and research facilities, and public spaces for large and small firms in Seattle and Los Angeles, including SvR Design Company and AECOM.

“As a new principal landscape architect, Nate brings incredible energy and depth to our team,” firm founder Mark Rios MArch ’82, MLA ’82 said in a press release. “His divergent interests—from Japanese gardens to the future of urbanism—will expand our practice and lead us in new directions.”

Samantha Harris MLA ’99, who attended the GSD with Cormier and serves as a Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios added, “I was always impressed by Nate’s career path, dedication, design talent, and deep involvement in the profession. This remarkable ability has allowed him—within only two years of moving to Los Angeles—to internalize the complex nuances of practicing in LA.”

Read the full press release.

Image courtesy of Rios Clementi Hale Studios. 

posted May, 2017


Design Firm of Mark Rios MArch ’82, MLA ’82 to Release First Monograph

Mark Rios MArch '82, MLA '82, Samantha Harris MLA '99, Andy Lantz MArch '10

Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the design firm founded in part by Mark Rios MArch ’82, MLA ’82, will release its first monograph in May 2017. Not Neutral: For Every Place, Its Story explores design, location, and memory through a variety of projects undertaken by the L.A.-based firm over the past three decades. It includes a series of essays by the firm’s leadership on their design philosophy, as well as photographs and renderings of Rios Clementi Hale Studios designs.

In March, Samantha Harris MLA ’99, Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and Andy Lantz MArch ’10, Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, visited the GSD for a spring career fair during which they donated an advance copy of Not Neutral to the Frances Loeb Library.

Learn more about Not Neutral.

Not Neutral inside

posted April, 2017

Not Neutral Book

Karen M’Closkey MLA ’99 Book Receives John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize; Firm Receives PEW Fellowship

Shane Williamson MArch ’99, Betsy Williamson MArch ’97

Karen M’Closkey’s MLA ’99 book Unearthed: the Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) received a John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, awarded by the Foundation for Landscape Studies for “recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies.” Additionally, PEG office of landscape + architecture, the firm where she is a principal along with co-founder Keith VanDerSys, received a 2013 PEW fellowship in the arts. PEG is the first landscape architecture office to be awarded the fellowship since its inception in 1991. PEG was also named one of Metropolis Magazine‘s “Select Ten,” which identifies the next generation of thought leaders in the field of design.

March 2014

posted December, 2016

Unearthed Book

Shane Williamson MArch ’99, Betsy Williamson MArch ’97 Firm Receives Emerging Voices Award

Shane Williamson MArch ’99 and Betsy Williamson MArch ’97

Williamson Chong, the Toronto-based architecture and design firm of Shane Williamson MArch ’99Betsy Williamson MArch ’97, prinicpals, and their partner Donald Chong, announces it has been selected by the Architectural League of New York for its Emerging Voices Award. They will present their work in a lecture on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Scholastic Auditorium in New York. Each year the Architectural League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices Award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. View the complete list of past winners where there are many GSD graduates represented.

March 2014

posted December, 2016

Emerging Voices

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

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