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Firm of Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07 Completes Iconic Residence in Kuwait

Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07

AGi architects, the firm founded by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07, has completed Rock Housesingle-family home located in Abdulla Al-Salem, Kuwait. At the client’s request, the residence’s design serves two purposes: providing maximum privacy to its inhabitants while also brining an iconic new structure to the neighborhood. “The building’s structure is composed of reinforced concrete formed similarly to a folded origami, and the structure rotates around itself creating a central courtyard from which all the spaces in the house are turned towards,” states the project brief.

Learn more.

Photography by Nelson Garrido, courtesy of AGi architects.

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posted October, 2018

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Alumni Honored by Exhibit Columbus with Research Fellowships, Miller Prize, Washington Street Civic Project Leaders

Marshall Prado MArch ’11, MDes '12, Etien Santiago MArch ’11, PhD '19, Alan Ricks MArch ’10, Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Frida Escobedo MDes '12, Ilias Papageorgiou MArch '08, Gina Ford MLA '03, Brie Hensold MUP '07, Elizabeth Timme MArch '10, Paola Aguirre MAUD '11, Helen Leung MPP/UP '11

Alumni across disciplines are being honored by this year’s Exhibit Columbusan annual exploration of Columbus, Indiana’s architecture, art, design, and community.

Marshall Prado MArch ’11, MDes ’12 and Etien Santiago MArch ’11, PhD  ’19 each received 2018-19 University Design Research Fellowships, created to “showcase current research by leading professors of architecture and design and highlight innovative research exploring ways that architecture and design can improve people’s lives and make cities stronger.”

Of the five firms honored with a 2018-19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize, four are led by GSD alumni:

  • MASS Design Group, co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11;
  • Frida Escobedo Studio, founded by Frida Escobedo MDes ’12;
  • SO-IL, led by Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, and Ilias Papageorgiou MArch ’08; and
  • Agency Landscape + Planning, led by Gina Ford MLA ’03 and Brie Hensold MUP ’07

Each firm was selected for “their commitment to the transformative power that architecture, art, and design have to improve people’s lives and make cities stronger.”

Two organizations led by GSD alumna, LA-Más and Borderless Studio, were selected as Washington Street Civic Project Leaders, an award provided to five mission-driven organizations that use “architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives, connect communities, and catalyze efforts to make cities more equitable and sustainable.” LA-Más is co-directed by Elizabeth Timme MArch ’10, founder and Co-Executive Director, and Helen Leung MPP/UP ’11, Co-Executive Director, and Borderless Studio is led by Paola Aguirre MAUD ’11.

Photos courtesy of Exhibit Columbus.

posted September, 2018

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Anh Nguyen MArch ’07 and Partner Win Innovation Competition with Space Colonization Concept

A space colonization concept by Anh Nguyen MArch ’07 and Shawn Chinudomsub of IDAS, Inc. has won the inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition in the architectural/engineering firm category. Their design for a hexagonal masonry unit suitable for assembly in space can be made with indigenous materials and simple hand tools. The award, sponsored by International Masonry Institute (IMI), recognizes former IMI President Joan B. Calambokidis, who retired in 2017.

Winners gathered at an awards ceremony hosted by the awards sponsor, the International Masonry Institute (IMI), and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC) in Miami, Florida on March 6, 2018. (Nguyen (far left) poses with other award winners and Joan B. Calambokidis, former IMI President (center).)

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posted March, 2018

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AGi Architects, Firm of Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02, Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07, Completes Nirvana Home; Launches New Website

Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02, Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07

AGi Architects, the firm of Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07, recently completed Nirvana Home, a 6,000 sqm private residential project in Mesillah, Kuwait. According to the project brief, “inside Nirvana Home, little by little, step by step, the horizon and the sea begin to dominate and the building is marked by a formidable diagonal that displaces matter so as to reach maximum transparency, allowing rooms on different façades to look towards the sea. This strategy generates a string of empty spaces that become three-dimensional courtyards holding gardens at different heights and acting as shared spaces for parents and children.”

The firm also recently launched a new website and corporate image.

Photos by Fernando Guerra. Plan provided.

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posted February, 2018

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Wind Tower by AGi architects, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02, Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07, won Sustainable Project of the Year at Middle East Architect Awards

Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07.

AGi Architects, the international design firm founded in 2006 by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07,  have won the Sustainable Project of the Year at Middle East Architect Awards with the Wind Tower, the first mid-rise housing project in Kuwait. The project, Wind Tower, responds to increasing demands for land in the city by reinterpreting the single-family dwelling typology, utilizing verticality to allow residents to enjoy privacy while also taking advantage of the building’s prime location. 

In addition, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07 were Highly Commended for Principal of the Year while the design firm was shortlisted in the Large Architecture Firm of the Year category.

According to Abulhasan, principal and co-founder of AGi architects, “the whole AGi architects team is very proud of the award granted to Wind Tower, a contemporary building that respects the traditional way of living of Kuwaiti society, and is committed to sustainability, as this award recognizes”.

Learn more about Wind Tower.

Full press release click here.

Image Courtesy of AGi Architects

posted December, 2017

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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:

GENERAL DESIGN CATEGORY

Honor Awards

Andrea Cochran MLA ’79Megumi Aihara MLA ’07 (Windhover Contemplative Center)

Mikyoung Kim MLA ’92 (Chicago Botanic Garden: The Regenstein Learning Campus)

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN CATEGORY

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)

ANALYSIS AND PLANNING CATEGORY

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)

COMMUNICATIONS CATEGORY

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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Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02, Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07 of AGi Architects Complete Residential Tower in Kuwait

Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02, Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07

AGi Architects, the international design firm founded in 2006 by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07, has completed its first mid-rise housing project in Kuwait. The project, Wind Tower, responds to increasing demands for land in the city by reinterpreting the single family dwelling typology, utilizing verticality to allow residents to enjoy privacy while also taking advantage of the building’s prime location. 

Learn more about Wind Tower.

Image Courtesy of AGi Architects

posted August, 2017

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AGi architects, led by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07, Selected for Project in Spain

Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07

“In Natura Veritas” by AGi architects, the international design firm founded in 2006 by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07, has been selected for the renovation and muesalization of 18 Galician-Roman sites in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain.

The proposal takes as its starting point the intrinsic nature of this place: the creation of a space for the preservation of memory in a natural environment chosen as a living place hundreds of years ago. As a natural museum, it recreates the memory of landscape through the maintenance, consolidation and recovery of the lost native vegetation.

 An abstract system composed of different layers is established with the intention of transferring ad hoc knowledge for each of the sites, integrating them into a unique network for the interpretation of the Galician archaeological landscape.

Read the full press release.

Image provided courtsey of AGi architects.

posted February, 2017

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Alums Named to Impact Design Hub’s 40 Under 40

Mia Scharphie MLA '13, Theresa Hwang MArch '07

Mia Scharphie MLA ’13 and Theresa Hwang MArch ’07 were named as Social Impact Design 40 Under 40 by Impact Design Hub. The list recognizes some of the brightest young minds working to design for social good.

posted January, 2017

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Julie Kaufman MArch ’07 wins Rotch Prize, Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 Runner-Up

Julie Kaufman MArch ’07 and Jennifer Ly MArch ’14

Julie Kaufman MArch ’07  is the winner of the Rotch Prize. Kaufman, who works for BIG in New York, was last year’s runner-up. This year’s runner-up, Jennifer Ly MArch ’14, currently works for David Adjaye. Although many women have been awarded the Rotch Prize in the past, this is the first year where they have had women take both winner and runner-up places.

April 2015

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Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07 Firm Awarded Prizes

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AGi architects, led by Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07, received three prizes and an honorable mention at the Middle East Architect Awards (MEAA) on November 25, 2015. Read more and see renderings of the winning designs and awards: Residential Project of the Year for “Scenic House,” Boutique Firm of the Year, Architects of the year, and the “highly commended” “Qatar Courthouse.”

November 2015

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Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07 Firm Nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award

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“La Ascensión del Señor” Church in Seville, Spain by AGi architects—the firm of Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07—has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. It is the official architecture prize of the European Union. For each two-year period, nominations are submitted for the Jury’s consideration by an independent group of experts. This project was recently recognized with the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2014 in the Completed Buildings Religion category, announced in early October in Singapore.

December 2014

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AGi architects, led by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07, Shortlisted for WAF 2015 Awards

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AGi architects, the international design firm founded in 2006 by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 and Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDesS ’07 announced that two of their projects have been shortlisted for WAF 2015 Awards. The Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic will compete in the Completed Buildings Health category while Qatar Courthouse will compete in the Future Project Competition category.

June 2015

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José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA ’07 Published Chapter in “Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts between Nature and Design”

José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA ’07

José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA ’07 just published book chapter titled “The Caribbean Landscape Cyborg: Designing Green Infrastructure for La Parguera, Puerto Rico.” It is Chapter 20 of the book Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts between Nature and Design, released on November 6, 2014 by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, London. The book is a review of contemporary ideas on green infrastructure theory and design, with examples from across the globe. More information and the table of contents are available here.

November 2014

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Zaneta Hong MLA ’07 Named Editor of “Platform 8″

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Zaneta Hong MLA ’07, lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the GSD, will be the editor of Platform 8, to be released in Fall 2015. In the coming weeks and throughout the summer, she will work closely with a team of GSD students to produce Platform 8 and the related Spring 2016 exhibition. Since joining the GSD faculty in 2012, Hong has been named a Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow and received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

Along with Michael Leighton Beaman, she is curator of the exhibit, Landformation Catalogue, on view in the Loeb Library through May 15th. Hong graduated from the GSD’s Landscape Architecture program in 2007, prior to which she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cornell University. Before her GSD appointment, she was a lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the Materials Lab Curator at the University of Texas, Austin School of Architecture, where she initiated, designed, and developed the online materials website and database along with the Advanced Materials Research Lab and Gallery.

posted December, 2016

Platform 8

Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07 and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 Awarded Prize

Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch ’02, DDes ’07 and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02

Nasser B. Abulhasan MArch  ’02, DDes ’07 and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch ’02 of AGi architects were awarded second prize in the Mashhad City Complex competition in Iran in collaboration with the local firm Shift Process Practice. More than 100 design firms submitted their resumes to this competition. A list of 35 was chosen after the assessment. After interviews and visits, a shortlist of 10 was selected to develop their proposals. More information including the press kit of Mashhad City Complex can be found in their press room.

May 2016

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Masshad City Complex

Genevieve Baudoin MArch ’07 Publishes Book, “Interpreting Site: Studies in Perception, Representation, and Design”

Genevieve Baudoin MArch ’07

Genevieve Baudoin MArch ’07, Assistant Professor in Architecture at Kansas State University, published the book Interpreting Site: Studies in Perception, Representation, and Design, through Routledge Press on June 8, 2015. The book considers the relationship between site and architecture through its representation and artifact, examining the methods architects employ in the process of design. More information and the table of contents are available here.

posted December, 2016

Interpreting Site

R. Steven Lewis LF ’07 Named by AIA to College of Fellows

R. Steven Lewis LF ’07

R. Steven Lewis LF ’07 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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