Class of 2011

Canadian Centre for Architecture Lauches Audio Documentary by Víctor Muñoz Sanz MAUD ’11

Víctor Muñoz Sanz MAUD '11

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal has launched “Off:Re:Onshore,” an audio-documentary conceived and developed by Víctor Muñoz Sanz MAUD ’11. Created during his Emerging Curator residency at the CCA (2015-2016), the project explores “the legacy of industrial offshoring, the effects of corporate actions on the built environment of labour, and the role of architecture in bringing closer ideas of work and the good life.” It draws on research Sanz completed as the GSD’s 2011 Druker Fellow (learn more about his project, Networked Utopia: A Global Survey of the Urban Legacy of the Bat‘a Shoe Company’s Satellite Cities). 

Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87, professor of urban design and planning at the GSD, is featured. 

Find more information, including the audio file, here.

posted February, 2018


Installation by Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11 Featured at Tallinn Architecture Biennale

Constantine Bouras MAUD '11

Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11, with collaborator Evita Fanou, participated in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale with the installation Water Circle[s]. The installation shows research on the issue of water management through a constructed equivalent of a natural wetland. The proposed park prototype constitutes an urban drainage corridor – with permeable surfaces – that decreases the rate, velocity, and volume of surface water runoff in cases of heavy rainfall.

Image provided.

posted October, 2017

Water Circles 2 - C.Bouras &  E.Fanou

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

David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 Featured in Harvard Gazette

David Buckley Borden MLA '11

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

David Borden

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

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


Davis Buckley Borden’s MLA ’11 Exhibit on Display at Voltage Coffee and Art

Davis Buckley Borden MLA ’11

Davis Buckley Borden‘s MLA ’11 exhibit “Landscape Proposal Per Day” is currently on view at Voltage Coffee and Art in Kendall Square, Cambridge. David’s work is being showcased as part of the Artclash Collective’s Boston Fun-A-Day 2014 group show. The exhibit runs through April 5, 2014.


posted December, 2016


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

David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 Awarded Studios at Mass MoCa / Assets for Artist Residency

David Buckley Borden MLA '11

David Buckley Borden MLA ’11 has been award a Studios at MASS MoCA / Assets for Artist residency. Mr. Borden’s place-based art and design project explores the urban ecology of North Adams with a focus on the cultural relationship between local residents and the Hoosic River. Informed by research and community outreach, Mr. Borden’s project aims to highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena by means of accessible art and design.

posted December, 2016


Karthik Dondeti MDes ’11 and Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13 Participate in “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” Exhibition

Karthik Dondeti MDes '11 and Aurgho Jyoti MDes '13

Aurgho Jyoti MDes ’13 and Karthik Dondeti MDes ’11 were part of the “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” exhibition in February 2015 at Alliance Francaise, New Delhi. Jyoti and Dondeti showcased their architecture and design research works and were amongst five architects selected to be a part of the three-week exhibition. “20 UNDER 35: Design X Design” is an annual exhibition organized by Alliance Francaise de Delhi and Studio IF showcasing the work of Indian designers to facilitate a reading of the emerging trends across various design based creative industries in India. The exhibit attempts to share design philosophies, working methods and future aspirations of the 20 shortlisted designers under the age of 35. Five architects, five graphic designers, five product designers and five fashion designers complete the pool of 20 exhibiting their work. As its premise, it is a platform to communicate with the society at large about the role of designers as makers of cultures and civilizations. The exhibition brings together designers, architects and public in general to establish a dialogue about design.

posted December, 2016


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

Alpa Nawre MLAUD ’11 and Christina Milos MLA ’11 Awarded Inaugural Mellon Fellowships

Alpa Nawre MLAUD '11 and Christina Milos MLA '11

Alpa Nawre MLAUD ’11 and Christina Milos MLA ’11 have been awarded the inaugural Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. Ms. Milos is currently engaging in her studies at Dumbarton, exploring Nigeria’s productive landscapes and how they can engage in future urbanization processes. Ms. Nawre will study at Dumbarton in Spring ’16, where she will document the multi-functional use and adaptability of the water landscape systems in India–of ponds, and river and canal edges which compel the rethinking of the design of rigid, mono-functional, and culturally-disconnected urban water infrastructure today. Read more and see the full list of Dumbarton fellows here.

October 2015

posted December, 2016

Erin Kelly MLA ’11 Joins City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department

Erin Kelly MLA '11

Erin Kelly MLA ’11 has recently joined the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department as the Lead Landscape Designer in the Office of Strategic Planning. She is excited to continue her work operationalizing land revitalization in Detroit through this new role. Erin began working in Detroit through the GSD’s Community Service Fellowship in June 2010. Listen to a podcast about one of Erin’s recent projects, the Field Guide to Working With Lots ( here.

May 2016

posted December, 2016

Erin Kelly

GSD Alumni Win Field Constructs Design Competition

Bradley Cantrell, MLA '03, Stefano Andreani MDes '13, Craig Reschke MLA '15, Ziyi Zhang MLA '14, Jonathan A. Scelsa MAUD '11, Jennifer Birkeland MLA '11, and Erin Wythoff MLA '14

Invivia, the research and technology research lab featuring Bradley Cantrell MLA ’03, Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and Director of MLA Degree Program at the GSD; Allen Sayegh MDes ’96, Associate Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the GSD; Stefano Andreani MDes ’13; Craig Reschke MLA ’15; and Ziyi Zhang MLA ’14, was one of four winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) for their project “99 White Balloons.” FCDC invited architects and designers worldwide to share their most inventive ideas for a temporary outdoor installation that will be exhibited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas. Other GSD-affiliated winners included Jonathan A. Scelsa MAUD ’11, Jennifer Birkeland MLA ’11,  and Erin Wythoff MLA ’14 for  their conception of “Duck Blind in Plain Site.” Read more about the competition and the winning ideas here.

August 2015

posted December, 2016

Field Constructs Design Competition

Andrew Zientek MLA ’11 Joined Weiss/Manfredi as Senior Project Architect

Andrew Zientek MLA ’11

Andrew Zientek MLA ’11 joined Weiss/Manfredi as a Senior Project Architect to help lead projects that reside at the intersection of landscape and architecture. For the past five years since graduating, Andrew has balanced teaching (GSAPP, GSD, CCNY), a landscape architecture office, and a studio art practice.

posted December, 2016

Michael Murphy MArch ’11 Presents “Architecture That’s Built to Heal” at TED Conference

Michael Murphy MArch '11

Michael Murphy MArch ’11 presented at the annual TED conference in Vancouver. In this eloquent talk, entitled “Architecture that’s built to heal,” Murphy shows how he and his team look far beyond the blueprint when they’re designing. Considering factors from airflow to light, theirs is a holistic approach that produces community as well as (beautiful) buildings. He takes us on a tour of projects in countries such as Rwanda and Haiti, and reveals a moving, ambitious plan for The Memorial to Peace and Justice, which he hopes will heal hearts in the American South.

September 2016

posted September, 2016