Class of 2015

Work by Ten Recent GSD Alumni Published in Architectural Portfolio How-To from Margaret Fletcher MArch ’97

Devin Dobrowolski MLA '16, See Jia Ho MArch '15, Ahmed Hosny MDes '15, Jia Joy Hu MLA '17, Chase Jordan MArch '17, Flavio Sciaraffia Marquez MLA '15, Saurabh Mhatre MDes '15, Fani Christina Papadopoulou MArch '16, Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra MLA'17, Michelle Shofet MLA '16, Margaret Fletcher MArch '97

Portfolio work from ten recent GSD alumni–Devin Dobrowolski MLA ’16, See Jia Ho MArch ’15, Ahmed Hosny MDes ’15, Jia Joy Hu MLA ’17, Chase Jordan MArch ’17, Flavio Sciaraffia Marquez MLA ’15, Saurabh Mhatre MDes ’15, Fani Christina Papadopoulou MArch ’16, Alberto Embriz de Salvatierra MLA’17, and Michelle Shofet MLA ’16–has been published in the new book, Constructing the Persuasive Portfolio: The Only Primer You’ll Ever Need, by Margaret Fletcher MArch ’97. Their contributions were selected from over 10,000 pages of portfolios submitted by students for possible inclusion. Notably, Hu’s portfolio is included as a full case study and is featured in its entirety in the publication.

Constructing the Persuasive Portfolio is a  step-by-step guide to learning the art of designing a compelling and effective architectural portfolio. It includes 400 portfolio examples from 55 designers representing 50 schools nationwide.

Fletcher currently serves as Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

posted October, 2017

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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.

jennifer ly

posted October, 2017

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Robot Designed by Team Including Rossitza Kotelova MArch ‘15 Featured on the Today Show, The Economist, and More

Rossitza Kotelova MArch ‘15

Rossitza Kotelova MArch ‘15 is a designer at Piaggio Fast Forward where she is the lead designer on exterior features of the robot Gita, interfacing between design, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Gita, the team’s first product, was recently featured on the Today Show, and in The EconomistWired, the Boston Globe, as well as in other media outlets. Kotelova was one of four team members first hired at Piaggio Fast Forward and has the unique experience of participating in the evolution of the company as well as the creation of Gita from concept sketch to fully functioning prototype.

While at the GSD, Kotelova was selected to participate in the ETH Zurich exchange program, where she worked with pioneering robotic fabrication architects Gramazio & Kohler on complex timber structures. After returning to Harvard, she continued to investigate design through robotics, working with a team to develop the Robotic Roller which strives to eliminate the mold necessary in manufacturing variable surface ceramic tiles. She was an architectural design intern at SHoP Architects in NYC, SCB Architects in Chicago, and E2A Architekten in Zurich. Kotelova continues to apply her architectural training by leading the efforts on spatial projects taken on by Piaggio Fast Forward, including the company’s office space which was featured on BostInno’s Office Envy.

Photos courtesy of Kotelova.

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posted March, 2017

Rosie Kotelova

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

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Dima Rachid MLA ’15, Aziz Barbar MDes ’16, and ChengHe Guan MDes ’12, DDes ’16 Enter B-More Resilient Design Competition

Dima Rachid MLA '15, Aziz Barbar MDes '16, and ChengHe Guan MDes '12, DDes '16

A GSD team of students and recent alumni won the Most Innovative Design award from AIA Baltimore, for a project titled “Wet Corridor.” Dima Rachid MLA ’15, Aziz Barbar MDes ’16, and ChengHe Guan MDes ’12, DDes ’16 entered the 2015 B-More Resilient Design Competition, and focused on “rethinking East Baltimore’s infrastructural resilience as a means to social welfare.” Read the full description and see images here.

December 2015

posted December, 2016

B-More Resilient Baltimore

Sara Zewde’s MLA ’15 Work Featured on Nextcity.org

Sara Zewde MLA '15

The work of Sara Zewde MLA ’15 at the GSD and in Rio de Janeiro has been featured on nextcity.org, in a piece titled “How a 29-Year-Old Designer is Reinventing the Urban Monument.” Sara began the work in Rio as an undergraduate, and continued during her time at the GSD, funded in part by her scholarship from the Olmsted Scholars Program. Read about Sara’s journey and her designs for Valongo Wharf and the African Heritage Celebration Historical and Archaeological Circuit.

November 2015

posted December, 2016

Sara Zewde

Jason Rebillot DDes ’15 Named Associate Professor at the Woodbury University School

Jason Rebillot DDes ’15

Jason Rebillot DDes ’15 has been named Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Los Angeles.

posted December, 2016

Jason Rebillot

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