Class of 2011

Katarzyna Balug (MUP ’11 and current PhD candidate) Co-Curates Show at Boston Society of Architects Space

Katarzyna Balug (MUP ’11 and current PhD candidate in Urbanism and Architecture) is the co-curator of The New Inflatable Moment, on view at the the Boston Society of Architects Space through September 30, 2017. The show focuses on experimental and utopian practices that deploy inflatables, and how their imagination is informed by space technologies and innovations in engineering.

On August 22 William Horgan from Grimshaw will describe the process of envisioning and creating the Eden Project in Cornwall (UK) which is featured in detail in the BSA Space exhibition. RSVP here.

Image courtesy of BSA.

posted August, 2017


Jorge Colón MDes ’11 Named New Director of Interior Architecture and Design at CO Architects

Jorge Colón MDes '11

Jorge Colón MDes ’11, AIA, LEED AP, has been named the first Director of Interior Architecture and Design at Los Angeles-based CO Architects. He brings more than 20 years of experience on a broad range of architectural projects, including running his own firm, LÓNdesign. Colón has also lectured, taught, served on design juries, and led student tours of cities in the United States and Latin America. Read the full press release.

Photo courtesy of CO Architects.

posted May, 2017


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


Michael Murphy MArch ’11 Delivers Opening Day Keynote at AIA Conference

Michael Murphy MArch ’11

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

Murphy AIA Headshot

Arden Hearing AMDP ’11 Profiled by Forbes

Arden Hearing AMDP '11

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.”

Read the full profile.

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, Theaster Gates LF '11

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.

Learn more.

Photos courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

posted March, 2017

American Academy of Arts and Letters