Class of 2008

Alumni Honored by Exhibit Columbus with Research Fellowships and Miller Prize

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

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.”

Photos courtesy of Exhibit Columbus.

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Dongwoo Yim MAUD ’08 Publishes “(Un) Precedented Pyongyang” with Actar

Dongwoo Yim MAUD '08

(Un) Precedented Pyongyang, a new book by Dongwoo Yim MAUD ’08 and published by Actar, looks at “socialist urbanism” in post-Korean War Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, and how space may change in a future market-economy system.

Yim is the principal and co-founder of architecture and research firm PRAUD in Boston, and visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis and adjunct professor at Rhode Island School of Design. His research interest focuses on integral urbanism and architectural typologies that catalyze urban transformation in various urban scales, and his previous publications include “North Korean Atlas,” “Pyongyang, and Pyongyang After,” “Hamhung and Pyongsung” and “I Want to be METROPOLITAN.”

posted June, 2018

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Alumni Honored with 2017-18 ACSA Architectural Education Awards

Renee Cheng AB '85, MArch '89, John Ronan MArch ‘91, Aziza Chaouni GSD '05, Jonathan Rule MArch '08, Jacob Wayne Mans MDes '16, Clare Robinson MArch '01

Six GSD alumni have been honored with 2017-2018  Architectural Education Awards for their outstanding work as architectural educators. They will be celebrated in March at the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting in Denver. In addition, GSD Professor Jorge Silvetti received the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education this year.

ACSA/AIA Practice & Leadership Award

Renee Cheng AB ’85, MArch ’89, University of Minnesota, Professional Practice Class

Distinguished Professor

Renee Cheng AB ’85, MArch ’89, University of Minnesota
John Ronan MArch ‘91, Illinois Institute of Technology

ACSA Collaborative Practice Award

Aziza Chaouni GSD ’05, University of Toronto, “Let’s Talk”

ACSA Faculty Design Award

Jonathan Rule MArch ’08 with Ana Morcillo Pallares, University of Michigan, MUDEM

JAE Best Article Award Design as Scholarship

Jacob Wayne Mans MDes ’16, “Scaling for Non-Expert Production,” University of Minnesota

Clare Robinson MArch ’01, “Scholarship of Design Architecture in Support of Citizenry,” University of Arizona

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Firm of Juan Carlos Vargas MDes ’04, DDes ’08 Opens First Latin America Office; Flavio Sciaraffia MLA ’15 Named Director

Juan Carlos Vargas MDesS ’04, DDes ’08, Flavio Sciaraffia MLA'15

GeoAdaptive, a global think-tank and consulting company founded in 2007 by Juan Carlos Vargas MDes ’04, DDes ’08 (Founding Partner and Managing Principal of GeoAdaptive’s Boston Office), has launched its first office in Latin America. The branch, located in Santiago, Chile, is led by Flavio Sciaraffia MLA ’15 (Partner and Director of GeoAdaptive’s Chile Office), and offers intelligence services and strategy for development and sustainability. This is the third office for GeoAdaptive, which is also located in Boston, MA, and Turin, Italy.

“Chile is a solid platform and, comparatively, the spearhead in Latin America for new paradigms of work strategies, professional services, and problem-solving methodologies,” Vargas said in a press release announcing the new office.

“We decided to establish an office in Santiago, since Chile has a competitive advantage in the region in terms of advanced human capital, which facilitates innovation, a process that is central to our work. In addition, we detected that for both the public and private sectors, the objectives of equality, inclusion, sustainability, and adaptability are integral to economic growth and this unequivocally requires new ways of working that can incorporate multiple levels of information,” Sciaraffia added.

Read the full press release.

Watch the launch video:

Image 1: Relation between street tree-coverage and temperatures. Ricardo Lyon St., Providencia

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Image 2: Analyzing temperatures across Santiago

posted January, 2018

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Proposal by Nancy Hou MArch ’08 and Josh de Sousa MArch ’08 Awarded Second Prize in National Museum of World Writing International Design Competition

A proposal by Nancy Hou MArch ’08 and Josh de Sousa MArch ’08 of the design studio Hou de Sousa, in collaboration with Craig Cook of Archotus, has been awarded Second Prize in the National Museum of World Writing International Design Competition. Organized by the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the international blind competition sought designs for a 230,000 sq ft museum and community center that would explore the history of global writing systems. A total of 126 teams from 40 countries submitted proposals.

The Hou de Sousa design, entitled “Cuneiformed,” reads as an unearthed village where visitors can circulate on open-air plazas that connect museum components. “Rather than employ stereotypical historic architectural forms, we looked for the places where the fundamentals of writing and architecture overlap – solid to void relationships, the trace of gesture on surface, the meaning in the depth of a mark, penetration, or extrusion,” states the project description.

Read coverage from designboom and Archinect.

Images courtesy of Hou and de Sousa. 

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posted October, 2017

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Jayna Zweiman MArch ’08 Welcome Blanket Project Showcased at Smart Museum of Art

Jayna Zweiman MArch ’08

A new participatory project developed by Jayna Zweiman MArch ’08–artist, designer, and co-founder of Pussyhat Project–is the subject of an exhibition at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. Welcome Blanket is a call for hand-crafted blankets that, together, will be made from 3,500,640 yards of yarn–the length of the proposed border wall dividing the United States and Mexico. From July 18 through December 17, 2017, finished blankets will be collected at the Smart Museum where an empty gallery serves as a receiving station. Visitors are invited to spend time knitting in the gallery or participating in other public events planned for the space. Following the collection period, the blankets and accompanying notes from makers will be distributed to refugees and other immigrants in coordination with resettlement organizations. Jayna Zweiman: Welcome Blanket is the first show at the Smart Museum of Art under the leadership of its new director.

The project has been featured in People Magazine, Chicago Tribune (video), and Chicago Tonight, among other media outlets.

Learn more about Welcome Blanket, including how to participate.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Image: Kat Coyle, Come Together blanket design.

posted September, 2017

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Esther Choi MDes ’08 and Marrikka Trotter MDes ’09, PhD ’17 Publish Book, “Architecture Is All Over”

Esther Choi (MDes, ’08) and Marrikka Trotter (MDes. ’09, PhD ’17)

Architecture Is All Over, a book co-edited by Esther Choi MDes ’08 and Marrikka Trotter MDes ’09, PhD ’17, will be released in September 2017 by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. AIAO consists of an array of essays and design proposals from emerging and established scholars and practitioners.

Contributors include Matthew Allen MArch ‘10, PhD ‘20K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture at the GSD; Patty Heyda MArch ‘00; John J. May MArch ’02, Design Critic in Architecture, Co-Director of the Master in Design Studies Program Area Coordinator, History and Philosophy of Design MDes area group at the GSD; Pablo Pérez Ramos MLA ’12, DDes ‘17; Trevor Patt MArch ‘09; Jonathan Tate MDes ‘08; and Andrew Witt MDes ’02, MArch ’07, Assistant Professor in Practice in Architecture at the GSD.

The book is in many ways a follow up to the pair’s first volume, Architecture At the Edge of Everything Else, published by MIT Press in 2010. The project initially took the form of a student publication conceived during their time as graduate students at the GSD. Choi is currently a joint PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University. Trotter recently received her doctorate from Harvard, where she studied architecture, urbanism, and landscape.

More information can be found on the Columbia University Press website.

Image courtesy of Columbia University Press.

 

posted July, 2017

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Alumni Organize Free Panel: _Virtual_Displacement: Viral Voices 2017 (March 30, 2017, AIANY)

Elie Gamburg MArch ’08, Benjamin Gilmartin MArch ’97

On March 30, 2017 the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, co-chaired by Elie Gamburg MArch ’08 and Benjamin Gilmartin MArch ’97, will host a free panel discussion moderated by Jessica Leigh Hester, Senior Editor, The Atlantic (+ CityLab).

WHAT: _Virtual_Displacement: Viral Voices 2017
As the digital revolution has become pervasive in its effect on the practice of our everyday lives, counterintuitively, many new processes born in the digital realm are beginning to find needs to become physical and geofixed. Once ephemeral – occurring only in digital space – now online and new media companies have begun to invest themselves into the design and production of actual retail environments, vehicles, kiosks, and other public interfaces, adding new variables to the built environment and forcing evolution in long-standing conceptions of urban place-making. What had once been described as the accelerating process by which “all that was solid will melt into air” may also set into motion a countervailing effects by which what “was air now turns back into solid” – as digital practices and firms that once existed only virtually bring their data, media, and products back into the physical world.

WHEN: Thursday, March 30th – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

WHERE: Center for Architecture – AIANY, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY

RSVP 

Speakers:
Anand Babu – Chief Operating Office, Sidewalk Labs
Allie Kelly – Executive Director, The Ray
Brian Lakamp – Founder & CEO, Totem Power
Jeff Maki – Senior Director of Innovation and Strategy, Intersection
Luc Wilson – Founder, KPF-UI (Urban Interface)

posted March, 2017

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GSD Alumni Honored with Architectural League of New York’s 2017 Emerging Voices Award

Brian Bell MArch '97, David Yocum MArch '97, Eduardo Cadaval Narezo MAUD '03, Clara Solà-Morales MArch '97, Frida Escobedo Mdes '12, Thomas F. Robinson MArch '00, Jonathan Tate Mdes '08,

Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni were recently honored with Architectural League of New York 2017 Emerging Voices Award. The program spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Winners will lecture in New York City in March 2017 as part of the award program (more information here).

GSD alumni winners include:

Brian Bell MArch ’97 and David Yocum MArch ’97, Principals, BLDGS, Atlanta, Georgia
Eduardo Cadaval Narezo MAUD ’03 and Clara Solà-Morales MArch ’97, Principals, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Mexico City and Barcelona
Frida Escobedo MDes ’12, Principal, Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Mexico City
Thomas F. Robinson MArch ’00, Founding Principal, LEVER Architecture, Portland, Oregon
Jonathan Tate Mdes ’08, Principal, OJT, New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo courtesy of The Architectural League.

 

posted March, 2017

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Alums Organize Free Panel on Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis (Feb. 23, 2017, AIANY)

Elie Gamburg MArch ’08, Benjamin Gilmartin MArch ’97, Robert Pietrusko MArch ‘12, Farzana Gandhi MArch ‘06

On February 23, 2017 the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, co-chaired by Elie Gamburg MArch ’08 and Benjamin Gilmartin MArch ’97, will host a free panel discussion about mass migration and how the design community can respond appropriately to the needs of refugees facing economic distress and environmental degradation. Speakers will include Robert Pietrusko MArch ‘12, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture at the GSD, and moderator Farzana Gandhi MArch ‘06. The event will take place from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012). Learn more and RSVP here.

posted February, 2017

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Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11 Curated and Christina Yessios MAUD ’11 and Ioannis Kandyliaris MArch ’08 Contributed Exhibits for GIANY 

Constantine Bouras MAUD '11, Christina Yessios MAUD '11, and Ioannis Kandyliaris MArch ’08

Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11, with Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos, and Dimitra Tsachrelia, curated the exhibition GRE►NYC for the Greek Institute of Architects in New York [GIANY], an exhibition of projects by young Greek architects practicing in New York. Mr. Bouras, Christina Yessios MAUD ’11, and Ioannis Kandyliaris MArch ’08 were among the contributors to the exhibit.

 

 

 

posted February, 2017

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Firm Founded by Neyran Turan DDes ’09 and Mete Sonmez MArch ’08 Selected as a Winner of Architectural League Prize

Neyran Turan DDes ’09 and Mete Sonmez MArch ’08

NEMESTUDIO, founded by Neyran Turan DDes ’09 and Mete Sonmez MArch’08, is selected as one of six winners the Architectural League Prize 2016. The theme for this year’s portfolio competition, (im)permanence asks how time affects architecture’s assertion of style, methods of assembly, and relationship to program, thereby altering expectations of permanent structures in an impermanent environment. The prize winners will give public lectures in June and their work will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design June 29 to July 30, 2016.

May 2016

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Jordan Brandt DDesS ’08 Featured in Bloomberg Business Week

Jordan Brandt DDesS ’08

Jordan Brandt DDesS ’08, technology futurist at Autodesk, was featured in Bloomberg Business Week in an article titled “Autodesk’s Idea to Knit the Hyperloop Out of Carbon Fiber.”

December 2013

posted December, 2016

Gia Wolff MArch ’08 Unveils Installation at the Tate Modern

Gia Wolff MArch ’08

Gia Wolff MArch ’08 unveils Canopy, a new installation in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. Canopy is 5,500 feet of custom-made ropes hung above and under the bridge, from one end of the hall to the other, as a means to enhance the processional nature of the Turbine Hall and entice the motion of audience members through it and alongside the other performers and participants. The piece aims to transform Herzog & DeMeuron’s architectural space for the Turbine Hall into a carnival space reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer’s carnival stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the world-famous Sambadrome.

August 2014

posted December, 2016

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Eugenio Simonetti MAUD ’08 Competed Costanera 2 Tower in Santiago

Eugenio Simonetti MAUD ’08

Eugenio Simonetti MAUD ’08, has completed the second of two LEED office towers in Santiago de Chile. The Costanera Lyon 2 was exhibited at the 14th Venice Biennale, and is a featured project at the XIX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism 2015 Bienale this April in Valparaiso.

posted December, 2016

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Edwin Goodell MArch ’89, Craig Mutter MArch ’92, Jeffry Burchard MArch ’08 Named Partners at Machado and Silvetti

Jeffry Burchard MArch '08, Edwin Goodell MArch '89, and Craig Mutter MArch '92

Machado and Silvetti Associates, the architecture and urban design firm of Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture at the GSD, is now known as Machado Silvetti. In addition, the practice has added four new partners, three of whom are GSD alums: Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer, Edwin Goodell MArch ’89, Craig Mutter MArch ’92, and Jeffry Burchard MArch ’08. After more than three decades of steady, successful practice, Machado Silvetti’s portfolio reflects the diverse scope, scale and breadth of the firm’s experiences. Securing and building on this legacy, the new office structure represents an evolution of the practice while reflecting the persistent quality and spirit of the work. Visit their new website at machado-silvetti.com.

June 2015

posted December, 2016

Mete Sonmez MArch ’08 to Lead Architecture Studio at Page, San Francisco

Mete Sonmez MArch ’08

Mete Sonmez MArch ’08, Associate Principal / Design Director, has accepted the opportunity to lead the Architecture Studio at Page, a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm, in its San Francisco office. His international portfolio includes science and technology projects, multi-family housing, sports facilities, office buildings, retail and hotels along with mixed used projects for clients ranging from developers and universities to energy companies in the US, Middle East and Asia. More information can be found here.

January 2016

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Nancy Hou MArch ’08 and Joshua de Sousa’s MArch ’08 Firm Selected as Winner of Competition for Dupont Underground

Nancy Hou MArch '08 and Joshua de Sousa MArch '08

Nancy Hou MArch ’08 and Joshua de Sousa MArch ’08′s firm Hou De Sousa has been selected as the winner of the open design competition for a site-specific installation in Washington DC’s Dupont Underground, using thousands of plastic balls to transform a raw, infrastructural space into an unexpected experience. Their proposal “Raise/Raze” re-uses the 650,000 plastic balls that made up “The Beach” (a popular installation hosted by The National Building Museum and designed by Snarkitecture, last summer). Raise/Raze reconfigures these balls into 3x3x3 cubes which can be assembled and disassembled by the public, like a massive live-action game of Minecraft. A complete set of images, as well as a full project description, are available at www.houdesousa.com. This project has received much media coverage including this article in the Washington Post.

March 2016

posted December, 2016

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