Class of 1999

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


Brennan Cox MLA ’05 and Sara Peschel MLA ’99 Firm Shortlisted in Harvey Milk Memorial and Plaza Design Competition

Brennan Cox MLA ’05, Sara Peschel MLA ’99

Groundworks Office, led by partners Brennan Cox MLA ’05 and Sara Peschel MLA ’99, has been shortlisted as one of three finalists for the Harvey Milk Memorial and Plaza Design CompetitionLocated in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, the plaza was dedicated in 1985 as a place to honor politician and human rights leader Harvey Milk. The Memorial and Plaza Design Competition was launched in the spring of 2017 by the Friends of Harvey Milk in collaboration with SF MTA’s accessibility and elevator improvement project. Groundworks Office’s design proposes lifting the plaza towards street level through a complete reorganization of the Muni Station in order to create an “inspiring, vibrant and heroic public space.”

Learn more about the project, view renderings, and give feedback on the competition’s website.

Image courtesy of Groundworks Office.

posted September, 2017


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

Samantha J. Harris MLA ’99 Promoted to Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Samantha J. Harris, ASLA, LEED AP MLA ’99

Samantha J. Harris, ASLA, LEED AP MLA ’99 has been promoted to Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles, CA. She joined the firm in 1999 and plays an integral role in many prominent landscape architecture commissions, moving easily from commercial, retail, institutional, and municipal installations to high-end residential projects. She has led water conservation efforts with the internal Slow Landscape Initiative to address California’s drought issues. She is an active member of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the United States Green Building Council. Rios Clementi Hale Studios has earned an international reputation for its collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach, establishing an award-winning tradition across an unprecedented range of design disciplines. Since 1985, the architects, landscape architects, planners, and urban, interior, exhibit, graphic, and product designers at Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been creating buildings, places, and products that are thoughtful, effective, and beautiful.

March 2016

posted December, 2016


Eric J. Jenkins MDes ’99 Promoted to Full Professor at The Catholic University of America

Eric J. Jenkins, AIA, MDes ’99

Eric J. Jenkins, AIA, MDes ’99 was promoted to Full Professor at The Catholic University of America this summer. He continues to direct the graduate Urban Practice concentration which looks at the interplay of architecture and urban design at multiple scales.

September 2016


posted December, 2016

Dr. Peter L. Laurence MArch ’99 Book on Jane Jacobs Featured in The Atlantic and More

Dr. Peter L. Laurence MArch ’99

Becoming Jane Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania Press), a new book by Dr. Peter L. Laurence MArch ’99, was featured in the November issue of The Atlantic. Nathaniel Rich described it as “a close, vivid study of Jacobs’s intellectual development.” In September, economist Tyler Cowen wrote that Becoming Jane Jacobs was “definitely one of the best books of the year.” In addition to press coverage, Peter has recently spoken and been invited to speak about his book and research, and to participate in symposia and master-classes, at the Technological University of Delft; Cooper Union; UC Berkeley Center for New Media; San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association; the Eldridge Street Museum in NYC; the Boston College Carroll School of Management; University of Virginia School of Architecture; and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Becoming Jane Jacobs, which highlights the great urbanist’s debut at the 1956 Harvard Urban Design Conference, started as Peter’s Master’s thesis at the GSD in 1999. For more information visit Peter is now the Robert Mills Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Clemson University School of Architecture.

November 2016

posted December, 2016

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