Class of 2010

MASS Design Group, Co-Founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

Alan Ricks MArch ’10, Michael Murphy MArch ’11, David Saladik MArch '10

MASS Design Group, the Boston-based design collaborative co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 (shown second from the right) and Michael Murphy MArch ’11 (shown at center), has won the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture Design. The practice’s leadership team includes Director of Design David Saladik MArch ’10 (shown second from the left).

“This incredible distinction places us in the company of many of the designers we find most inspiring in America and we could not be more honored to be chosen among them,” MASS said in a statement. Now in its 18th year, the Awards honor “design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement,” according to the program’s website.

Read more about MASS and the National Design Awards.

Image courtesy of Cooper Hewitt.

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

Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11 Organized and Curated “A Shelter for Architecture” Along with Partners; GSD Alumni Contributed

Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11, with Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos and Dimitra Tsachrelia, organized and curated “A Shelter for Architecture,” for the Greek Institute of Architects in New York [GIANY]. The event negotiated the general discourse on shelter and explored the idea of shelter as a concept through diverse lenses. “A Shelter for Architecture” staged events ranging from architectural exhibitions to talks and presentations, artistic performances, and installations.

Ignacio G. Galan MArch ’10, Nikos Katsikis DDes ’16, Dimitris Papanikolaou DDes ’16, Zenovia Toloudi DDes ’11, Dimitris Venizelos MAUD ’15, and Christina Yessios MAUD ’11 were among the contributors to the event.


posted February, 2017

A Shelter for Architecture -   GIANY

Megan Panzano MArch ’10 Firm Profiled by ARCHITECT Magazine

Megan Panzano MArch '10

StudioPM, the Boston-based firm of Megan Panzano MArch ’10, design critic in architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, was profiled by ARCHITECT Magazine.

posted January, 2017

Megan Panzano

MASS Design Group, Co-Founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Honored with a Buro Happold Effectiveness Award

Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Alan Ricks MArch ’10

The MASS Design Group, co-founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, was honored with a Buro Happold Effectiveness Award 2013 for their Butaro Doctor’s Housing in Rwanda. Presented each year by World Architecture News, the award recognizes and celebrates designs which have made a positive impact on society. The Butaro Doctor’s Housing provides invaluable on-site physician housing in an area where doctor retention is a constant challenge. After opening in 2012, the four duplexes have inspired dignity, fostered community and fomented sustainability of the Burera District’s rural healthcare system. In addition, Michael was featured in the November issue of The Atlantic. The magazine asked leading figures in technology, science, medicine and design for nominations on who they consider to be today’s greatest inventors. Designated by Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo, Michael was amongst a group of distinguished nominees. Including Janette Sadik-Khan (commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation), Jack Dangermond (founder, Environmental Systems Research Institute), and Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO, Amazon).

December 2013

posted December, 2016


Jihoon Kim MArch ’10, Pilsoo Maing MAUD ’11, Donghwan Moon MAUD ’11, and Taehyung Park MLA ’14 of Studio MMK + P Won Competition by Seoul Metropolitan Government

Jihoon Kim MArch ’10, Pilsoo Maing MAUD ’11, Donghwan Moon MAUD ’11, and Taehyung Park MLA ’14

Jihoon Kim MArch ’10, Pilsoo Maing MAUD ’11, Donghwan Moon MAUD ’11, and Taehyung Park MLA ’14 of Studio MMK + P have recently won an international competition by Seoul Metropolitan Government—the International Competition for Nodeul Dream Island. Nodeul Island is an artificial island situated on Han River in Seoul which has been abandoned and forgotten for about 40 years. The team will work on this symbolic project starting in August 2016.

August 2016

posted December, 2016

Studio MMK Nodeul Maeul

Kimberly Garza MLA ’11 and Andrew tenBrink’s MLA ’10 Proposal Selected as Winner of Pitch for Change Competition

Andrew tenBrink MLA '10 and Kimberly Garza MLA '11

A proposal from Kimberly Garza MLA ’11 and Andrew tenBrink MLA ’10 of ATLAS Lab to activate Sacramento’s riverfront, The Dune, was selected as the winner of the Pitch for Change competition. Pitch for Change is part of the Emerge Summit Conference (largest young professional conference in Northern California), organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Metro Edge Young Professionals program. The proposal is featured in Sactown Magazine. Additionally, ATLAS Lab donated Peak Experience (pervasively displayed at the Market Street Prototyping Festival) installation to Playland at 43rd Ave. Playland at 43rd Ave. is part of San Francisco’s ‘Pavement to Parks’ initiative to test the possibilities of underused areas of land by quickly and inexpensively converting them into new pedestrian spaces. Read more here.

Also, ATLAS Lab received ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award for Peak Experience landscape installation.

April 2016

posted December, 2016

The Dune ATLAS Lab

MASS Design Group Founders, Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Featured on CNN

Alan Ricks MArch '10 and Michael Murphy MArch '11

MASS Design Group, founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11 , was recently featured in the CNN article “‘Bauhaus Of Africa’ Promises New Golden Generation Of Design Talent.” “The African Design Center will open its doors in Kigali, Rwanda later this year, courtesy of international architecture behemoth MASS Design Group, tasked with training a new generation of architects capable of building the continent’s future,” writes the publication.

February 2016

posted December, 2016

Bauhaus Africa

Solemna Members, Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13, Jon Sargent MArch ’11 and Jeff Niemasz MArch ’11, Host 3rd DIVA Day Environmental Technology and Design Symposium

Jon Sargent MArch ’11, Jeff Niemasz MArch ’11, and Aurgho Jyoti MDes '13

Kera Lagios MArch ’10, Jon Sargent MArch ’11 and Jeff Niemasz MArch ’11 are members of the company Solemma, known for developing the DIVA-for-Rhino software plug-in, which started as a research project at the GSD led by professor Chrisoph Reinhart. On October 2, 2014, Solemma will be hosting the 3rd DIVA Day Environmental Technology and Design Symposium in Seattle, WA.

August 2014

posted December, 2016

Diva Day

Kevin Wronske MDes ’10 Featured in Wall Street Journal

Kevin Wronske MDes ’10

Kevin Wronske MDes ’10 and his company Heyday Partnership was featured in an article titled “Luxury Homes that are Better, Not Bigger” in the Feb. 6, 2014 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

posted December, 2016

Architectural Leage of New York Honors Rania Ghosn DDes ’10 and El Hadi Jazairy DDes ’10

Rania Ghosn DDes ’10 and El Hadi Jazairy DDes ’10

The Architectural League of New York has honored Rania Ghosn DDes ’10 and El Hadi Jazairy DDes ’10 with its annual prize for young architects and designers. Design Earth, a collaborative practice led by Ghosn and Jazairy, is one of six architecture and design practices selected for the 2016 prize. The award is given to architects and designers who are no more than 10 years out of school.

Ghosn and Jazairy founded Design Earth in 2010. The work of DESIGN EARTH investigates the geographies of technological systems, such as energy and trash, to open a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism. Their recently published Geographies of Trash (ACTAR, 2015) was awarded an ACSA Faculty Design Award. They have exhibited their work at a number of venues; this year they will take part in the Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, curated by GSD Alums Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen, and the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.

During the time they spend in the doctor of design program, Ghosn and Jazairy were founding editors of the journal New Geographies and editors of respectively NG2: Landscapes of Energy and NG4: Scales of the Earth. Ghosn is currently Assistant Professor at MIT School of Architecture and Planning and Jazairy is Assistant Professor at University of Michigan.

May 2016

posted December, 2016

Rania Ghosn