MASS Design Group, Co-Founded by Alan Ricks MArch ’10 and Michael Murphy MArch ’11, Wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award
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
Michael Murphy MArch ’11 delivered an opening day keynote at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando. His speech, entitled “Anticipate Need: Design That Cares,” explored the role of architects and architecture today. Murphy currently serves as executive director of MASS Design Group, the Boston-based design collaborative he co-founded with fellow GSD alumnus Alan Ricks MArch ’10. With work in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Americas, MASS seeks to design “innovative buildings that improve people’s lives in measurable ways.”
Read more about Murphy’s AIA keynote address.
Image courtesy of AIA.
posted May, 2017
Trumark Urban Managing Director Arden Hearing AMDP ’11 is the feature of a recent profile in Forbes. Launched by Hearing in 2012, Truman Urban has undertaken such projects as The Pacific, a 76-unit former dentistry school turned luxury condominium in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. “A strong real estate market is obviously helpful for delivery luxury product,” Hearing tells Forbes. “But for us, the critical component is being able to offer a timeless and unique product executed at the highest level.”
Image courtesy of Trumark Urban.
posted April, 2017
John Ronan MArch ’91 and Theaster Gates LF ’11 Receive 2017 Architecture Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
John Ronan MArch ’91 and Theaster Gates LF ’11 have been honored with 2017 Architecture Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chosen from a group of 27 individuals and practices nominated by the Academy, the 2017 honorees will receive their awards at an annual celebrate in May. Members of the jury included: Elizabeth Diller (chairman), Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, James Polshek, Robert A. M. Stern, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.
Ronan received his award in the category of “an American architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction.” Juror Tod Williams praised his work saying, “with elegance and rigor, John Ronan continues Chicago’s history of serious architecture of national and international significance.”
Gates, who was honored in the the category of “an American who explores ideas in architecture through any medium of expression,” is founder of the Rebuild Foundation, which works to transform urban spaces through art and design.
Photos courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
posted March, 2017
David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 is a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at the Harvard Forest where he explores the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?” Over the course of the year, Borden is creating a variety of art and design driven science-communication projects with ongoing research initiatives and contributing to the Harvard community through applied creativity, workshops, talks, and exhibitions at the Harvard Forest and beyond. Borden’s Fellowship program employs a model of stewardship that merges aesthetics, environmental awareness, and communication media. Learn more about his work as a Charles Bullard Fellow here.
Borden and his work at the Harvard Forest are featured in a recent Harvard Gazette article, “Creative path through Harvard Forest: Bullard Fellow brings passion for conservation to his work.”
Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer, courtesy of the Harvard Gazette.
posted March, 2017
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