Class of 2014

Harvard GSD Alumni from Puerto Rico Write Letter Protesting Against Land Use and Zoning Board

Pedro Manuel Cardona Roig MAUD ‘91 Hugo Colón MLA ‘13 Manuel Antonio Colón Amador MLA ‘14 Irene Figueroa-Ortiz MUP & March I ‘15 Nataniel Fúster MAUD ’96 & DDes ‘99 Fabiola Guzmán Rivera March I ‘18 Yanick Lay Fumero MLA ‘18 Eduardo M. Llinás Messeguer MAUD ‘13 Maria Victoria Mateo MLA ‘11 Oscar Oliver Didier MAUD ‘06 Judith Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ‘13 Gabriella S. Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ‘16 Ángel Y. Rodríguez Colón MAUD ‘11 Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola MArch I ‘14 Héctor Tarrido-Picart MAUD & MLA ‘15 José Juan Terrasa Soler MLA ‘07 Emmanuel Torres MAUD ‘14

17 Harvard GSD Alumni from Puerto Rico have assembled as a group to protest the limited civic engagement and transparency in the reviewal process behind the adoption of significant and potentially detrimental changes to the island’s Zoning Maps, led by the Planning Board of Puerto Rico. Together, they wrote an open letter to María del C. Gordillo Pérez, chairwoman of the Planning Board.

The group is made up of the following alumni:

Pedro Manuel Cardona Roig MAUD ’91

Hugo Colón MLA ’13

Manuel Antonio Colón Amador MLA ’14

Irene Figueroa-Ortiz MUP & March I ’15

Nataniel Fúster MAUD ’96 & DDes ’99

Fabiola Guzmán Rivera March I ’18

Yanick Lay Fumero MLA ’18

Eduardo M. Llinás Messeguer MAUD ’13

Maria Victoria Mateo MLA ’11

Oscar Oliver Didier MAUD ’06

Judith Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ’13

Gabriella S. Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ’16

Ángel Y. Rodríguez Colón MAUD ’11

Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola MArch I ’14

Héctor Tarrido-Picart MAUD & MLA ’15

José Juan Terrasa Soler MLA ’07

Emmanuel Torres MAUD ’14

In the past months there was a recent upsurge in democratic mobilization to demand transparency and democracy in the way politics and business are conducted in Puerto Rico. This led to the recent resignation of Governor Ricardo Roselló and will likely lead to fundamental changes to the political and institutional structures of the Caribbean island.

While these mass civil protests were taking place, the Planning Board of Puerto Rico conducted most of the public hearings for first-time proposed major revisions to the Zoning Maps. In addition, the Planning Board failed to provide key information and a suitable timeline for a comprehensive examination by all the parties affected by the zoning changes, including the island’s 78 municipalities. Some of these zoning changes go against the interest of vulnerable communities, the ones most affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

To read the letter in Spanish click here and for English click here

posted August, 2019


European Forum Alpbach Recognizes Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 as Emerging Leader

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) recognized Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 as Emerging Leader. Lukas is the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an undisciplined non-profit think-tank and investigative design practice dedicated to the interrogation of cross-scalar agency to expose hidden systems and intangible agenda within the built environment. At the upcoming EFA Alpbach in Motion Summit, a get-together for next gen leaders in a solution-focused dialogue around changes for the European economic system, Lukas will critically discuss the role of physical infrastructure in the making of economies and social relations.

Established in 1945, EFA is an interdisciplinary annual forum for science, politics, business, and culture, connecting international decision-makers from all sectors of society to address the relevant socio-political questions of our time. The EFA Alpbach in Motion Summit connects committed people from various business backgrounds (start-ups, social enterprises, creative industries, etc) to impart knowledge of structural problems and to spark new ideas. As an incubator for new leadership, the summit aims to encourage its young leaders to bring change and new ways of acting into their industries and networks.

posted June, 2019


Sekou Cooke MArch ’14 Curates and Designs Center for Architecture Exhibition on Hip-Hop Architecture; Opening Reception Oct 1, 2018

Sekou Cooke MArch '14

Sekou Cooke MArch ’14 has curated and provided exhibition design for the upcoming AIA New York Center for Architecture show “Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture.” Opening on October 1, 2018, the exhibition explores the spaces produced from the expression of hip-hop and the people–students, academics, and practitioners–at the heart of this emerging architectural revolution. An opening reception is scheduled for October 1, 2018 (register).

Cooke is based in Syracuse, New York where he is Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture and has a professional practice, sekou cooke STUDIO. His current research centers on the emergent field of Hip-Hop Architecture. He is a member of the GSD Alumni Council.

Image courtesy of the Center for Architecture.

posted September, 2018

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Alumni Receive 2018 Graham Foundation Grants for Exhibitions, Publications, Research

Zeina Koreitem MDes '16, John May MArch '02, Eric Bunge MArch '96, Mimi Hoang MArch '98, Kenny Cupers PhD '10, Rami El Samahy MArch '00, Michael Kubo MArch '06, Alexander Robinson MLA '05, Neyran Turan DDes '09, Bradley Cantrell MLA '03, Marielsa Castro Vizcarra MDes '17, Brian Goldstein PhD '13, Ana Maria Leon Crespo MDes '01, Sun-Young Park MArch '08/PhD '14, Sara Zewde MLA '15

Fifteen designers, artists, historians, and others from the GSD alumni community have been selected to receive 2018 Graham Foundation Grants. Announced on April 5, the Graham Foundation’s 2018 Grants to Individuals present $534,850 in new grants to support 74 projects by 111 individuals and collaborators who are “engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment,” the Foundation writes.

Alumni projects include exhibitions, publications, and research. Among the winners are GSD faculty Zeina Koreitem MDes ’16 and John May MArch ’02, who received a grant for the exhibition “Under Present Conditions,” produced through their Los Angeles-based firm, MILLIØNS. (“Under Present Conditions” will be on view at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles from January 11 through April 26, 2019.)

The funded projects were selected from over 600 proposals and represent a diverse group of individuals and collectives, including architects, artists, choreographers, historians, and filmmakers who hail from around the world.

Other GSD alumni awardees include:

Eric Bunge MArch ’96

Mimi Hoang GSD ’98

Kenny Cupers PhD ’10

Rami El Samahy MArch ’00

Michael Kubo MArch ’06

Alexander Robinson MLA ’05

Neyran Turan DDes ’09

Bradley Cantrell MLA ’03

Marielsa Castro Vizcarra MDes ’17

Brian Goldstein PhD ’13

Ana Maria Leon Crespo MDes ’01

Sun-Young Park MArch ’08/PhD ’14

Sara Zewde MLA ’15

Read the full list of 2018 Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals via the Graham Foundation’s announcement.

Image: MILLIØNS (Zeina Koreitem & John May), Collectives II, 2016–. Courtesy of the artists.

posted April, 2018

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Sonja Cheng MArch ’15, Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 Win 2017 Burnham Prize

Sonja Cheng MArch '15, Jennifer Ly MArch '14

Sonja Cheng MArch ’15, Jennifer Ly MArch ’14, and Max Obata have been awarded first place in the 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome. Sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Club, this year’s competition asked designers to reconsider the relevance of the dome in the context of the abandoned St. Stephen’s Church in Chicago. The winning proposal, “New Waters” reconstructs the ground plane and dome to create a new public pool within the existing church – providing a new environment for recreation, relaxation and spectacle. The pool has the ability to regenerate the neighborhood while creating an intimate and playful public space. The public swimming pool has had a contested history in America dating back to the 19th century. It first emerged as a place for personal hygiene and then evolved into a site of public tension through gender, economic, and racial divide. Today, Chicago manages 49 outdoor pools and 28 indoor pools. The new pool joins this existing, established network, but offer a new spatial environment that juxtaposes between the new and the old.The jury members consisted of Penelope Dean, Sarah Herda, Sharon Johnston MArch ’95, and Brian Lee MArch ’78.

In conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennale, the winning proposal and other entries are exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center through October 14th. More information here.

Images provided.

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posted October, 2017


Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 Named 2017 Rotch Scholar

Jennifer Ly M'Arch '14

Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 has won the 2017 Rotch Travelling Scholarship, an annual two-stage design competition that supports architecture research based travel for at least six months abroad. Managed by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA), this year’s competition garnered over 110 entries in the first stage and resulted in five finalists in the final stage. Ly was recognized for her project New Common. She currently lives in California and works for the firm Foster + Partners.

Images courtesy of Jennifer Ly.




posted April, 2017


Linda Zhang MArch ’14 Named Harry der Boghosian Fellow by Syracuse University School of Architecture

Linda Zhang MArch '14

Linda Zhang MArch ’14 has been named the 2017-2018 Harry der Boghosian Fellow by Syracuse University School of Architecture. Established in 2015, the fellowship allows a junior faculty to spend a year working on design related research while teaching at the School. Zhang is currently a Fellow in Residence at the Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) in Berlin.

“I am humbled and honored to be awarded the Boghosian Fellowship,” says Zhang. “As an emerging practitioner early in my career, this is a unique and invaluable opportunity to work with students, faculty, and the Syracuse community to pursue my design research interest and propel it into unchartered territory.”

Read more here.

Photo courtesy of Archinect.

posted April, 2017

Linda Zhang

Bethany Lundell Garver MAUD ’14 Elected Northeast Regional Director of ACSA

Bethany Lundell Garver MAUD '14

Bethany Lundell Garver MAUD ’14 has been elected Northeast Regional Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of over 200 member schools. Her three-year term will begin on July 1, 2017.

Garver currently serves as education director at the Boston Architecture College where her responsibilities include leading the CityLab Intensive program. “I most look forward to joining the 23 other ACSA member schools throughout the Northeast by acting in response to these critical issues. Together, we can increase partnerships between the academy and practice, expand opportunities for design stewardship among diverse populations, and develop new educational models for a wide range of learners,” Garver told the BAC in an article about her ACSA appointment. Read the full BAC announcement here.

Image courtesy of the BAC.

posted March, 2017


Quardean Lewis-Allen MArch ’14 Named to Forbes ’30 Under 30’

Quardean Lewis-Allen MArch '14

Quardean Lewis-Allen MArch ’14 was named to the 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30″ list in the Social Entrepreneurs category. He is the founder of Made in Brownsville, which brings mentors working in creative fields in New York City to train young people ages 14 to 24. Through 12-week apprenticeships, they’re taught skills in science, technology, math, art, or design.

posted January, 2017

Quardean Lewis-Allen

Julie Kaufman MArch ’07 wins Rotch Prize, Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 Runner-Up

Julie Kaufman MArch ’07 and Jennifer Ly MArch ’14

Julie Kaufman MArch ’07  is the winner of the Rotch Prize. Kaufman, who works for BIG in New York, was last year’s runner-up. This year’s runner-up, Jennifer Ly MArch ’14, currently works for David Adjaye. Although many women have been awarded the Rotch Prize in the past, this is the first year where they have had women take both winner and runner-up places.

April 2015

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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

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Conor O’Shea MLA ’12, MDes ’14 Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT

Conor O’Shea MLA '12, MDes ’14

Conor O’Shea MLA ’12, MDes ’14 has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program in the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Trained as a landscape architect and urbanist, Conor teaches design, history, and theory in IIT’s emerging landscape architecture program. His research focuses on logistics as a driver of contemporary urbanization and ecologies. For more information please visit:

September 2014

posted December, 2016

Conor O'Shea

Anthony Khoi AMDP ’14 Featured in “Retail Leisure International Magazine”

Anthony Khoi AMDP '14

Anthony Khoi AMDP ’14, President and CEO of CEFIC and Aerium Turkey, is featured in the April 2015 issue of Retail Leisure International Magazine, one of the most well-known international publications focused on retail and retail real estate sectors. Read the article here.

posted December, 2016

Ling Fan DDes ’14 Selected as Aspen Institute China Fellow

Ling Fan DDes '14

Ling FanLing Fan DDes ’14, founder and CEO of, has been selected as an Aspen Institute China Fellow. This is a prestigious program “to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up and build a progressive, prosperous ‘good’ society in an increasingly globalized world community.” Fan the first Fellow since its establishment with a design background. His works of environmental art and interaction design have been exhibited and published globally.

July 2016

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Sekou Cooke MArch ’14 Highlighted in “Architectural Record”

Sekou Cooke MArch '14

Sekou Cooke MArch ’14, was highlighted by Architectural Record for “Making the Case for Hip-Hop Architecture,” mentioning his presentation, “Towards a Hip-Hop Architecture: New York Edition,” which was distilled from a two-day symposium held at Syracuse last March. “Hip-hop came out of very specific architectural space, Cooke said. The grid becomes this thing that’s confining, that now has to become a backdrop upon which to create a new identity.” Click here to read the article.

posted December, 2016

Kangil Ji MArch ’14, Jinhyun Jun MLA ’14, and Minkyung Song MAUD ’14 Win First Place in Sejong Daero Historical Cultural Space Design Competition

Kangil Ji MArch '14, Jinhyun Jun MLA '14, and Minkyung Song MAUD '14

A team of three GSD Alumni won first place in the “Sejong Daero Historical Cultural Space Design Competition” held by the Seoul Government. Kangil Ji MArch ’14, Jinhyun Jun MLA ’14, and Minkyung Song MAUD ’14 won with their entry, titled “Seoul Chronicle,” out of a field of 80 entries from 19 countries. The team previously won the Grand Price for the Seoul Urban Design Competition in 2013. For more information on the competition, click here.

posted December, 2016


Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 Selected as Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14, currently working for Herzog & de Meuron Architekten in Switzerland, has been selected as Global Shaper (Founding Member) at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Bern Hub. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Community is a global network of city-based Hubs developed and led by people between the ages of 20 and 30 who have shown great potential for future leadership roles toward serving society. Global Shapers undertake projects to generate a positive impact within their local community.

March 2015

posted December, 2016

WEF Global Shapers Community

Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 Shortlisted in Architectural Review’s Global Architecture Graduate Awards

Jennifer Ly MArch ’14

Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 has been shortlisted for her thesis project “exabyte, zettabyte, yottabyte…” in the 2014 Architectural Review‘s Global Architecture Graduate Awards from over 650 international entries. This year’s competition jury comprised of Elia Zenghelis, Sam Jacob, Deborah Saunt and Alexandra Stara. Her thesis project, advised by Associate Professor Florian Idenburg, examines the civic role of contemporary digital infrastructure through a monument in Lower Manhattan.

January 2015

posted December, 2016

Architectural Review Global Architecture Graduate Awards

Ling Fan DDesS ’14 Named Inaugural Design Trust /M+ Design Fellow

Ling Fan DDesS ’14

Ling Fan DDesS ’14 was named the inaugural Design Trust /M+ design fellow. His project, titled “Hong Kong as an Archetype: Revisiting Modernist Ideas of the City and its Urban Forms,” was chosen out of 40 other applicants in the running. Fan will receive a monthly stipend of HK $40,000 for six months to focus on an archetypal interpretation of Hong Kong’s modernist urban forms. Exploring the dialectics surrounding the complex phenomenon of urbanization, poised between two major concepts of political power and economic power, Fan seeks to illuminate a critical understanding of the idea of a contemporary Chinese city in its varying incarnations.

December 2014

posted December, 2016


Heidi Cho MAUD ’14, MUP ’14, Edward Meng MUP ’14, and Tiffany Obser MArch ’14 Receive Impact KAEC Fellowship

Heidi Cho MAUD ’14, MUP ’14, Edward Meng MUP ’14, and Tiffany Obser MArch ’14

Recent grads Heidi Cho MAUD ’14, MUP ’14, Edward Meng MUP ’14, and Tiffany Obser MArch ’14 are taking part in an intense five months of work and research in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), Saudi Arabia, as part of the new Impact KAEC Fellowship. The trio are the first graduates to embark on the fellowship as part of New Cities Foundation’s Cityquest initiative to shape the future of brand new cities globally. The fellowship was designed as a unique opportunity for top international graduates to gain on-the-ground work experience in one of the most ambitious new city projects in the world. Meet the fellows and learn more about the initiative here.

November 2014


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Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 Appointed Co-Director for AA/RMIT Visiting School Broken Hill

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 has been appointed Co-Director for the AA/RMIT Visiting School Broken Hill with Fionnuala Heidenreich in Australia. The AA/RMIT Visiting School Broken Hill, jointly organized by the AA School of Architecture and RMIT University, will treat the remote and rural urbanscape of Broken Hill in the Australian New South Wales as a site of experimentation.

posted December, 2016

Lukas Pauer

Simon Battisti MArch ’14 Selected for Fullbright U.S. Student Award

Simon Battisti MArch ’14

Simon Battisti MArch ’14 has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Albania. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, and Simon will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.

July 2014

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Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 Appointed Associate Lecturer at RMIT University

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14

Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14 has been appointed Associate Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at RMIT University in Australia named ’globally renowned architect and urbanist’ and ‘youngest member of faculty’ (permanent staff) leading design studios, co-teaching history/theory seminars, supervising thesis students, and conducting original research.

posted December, 2016

Lukas Pauer

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