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  • Alumni Q&A: Jungyoon Kim MLA ’00 and Yoonjin Park MLA ’00 of PARKKIM

  • Jungyoon (Yuni) Kim MLA ’00 and Yoonjin Park MLA ’00 are Founding Principals of PARKKIM. This Spring, they are Design Critics in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) co-teaching the option studio “Korea Remade: Alternative Nature, DMZ, and Hinterlands” with Professor Niall Kirkwood.


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  • Architectural Imagination HarvardX Course to Launch in February 2017

  • K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, associate dean for Academic Affairs, and interim chair of the Department of Architecture

    Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this Graduate School of Design (GSD) HarvardX free massive open online course (MOOC) offered via the edX platform, you will have exclusive access to a GSD alumni cohort to continue your design studies. The ten module course will start February… Read More »

  • Industry Giving: Advancing the Global Discourse on Design

  • Grounded Visionaries Fellowship Reception, GSD

    Leading global design firms recognize the value in investing in the future of design education. As the premier design school, regularly leading rankings in our core disciplines, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design has a history of leadership and innovation that sets the standard for design education. Our alumni become principals at some the most respected firms, directing innovative work around the globe.

  • Call for Applicants: Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship

  • Daniel Kiely Fellowship

    The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley… Read More »

  • Tax-Free IRA Rollover Permanently Extended

  • On Friday, December 18, 2015, Congress passed the IRA charitable rollover provision of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which included permanent reinstatement of the IRA charitable rollover opportunity. Under this legislation, qualified donors may make outright gifts of up to $100,000 per year to Harvard from their IRA and avoid taxation… Read More »

  • An Engaged Community: 2015-2016

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    The impact of the GSD alumni community spans the globe with expanding opportunities for thought-provoking discourse and building rewarding connections with fellow alumni and the School.

  • Global Challenges Need Designers

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    With your help, the GSD can continue to bring the most talented students to Harvard to explore, analyze, and confront the global challenges facing society today and in the future. Your donation to the GSD Fund provides immediate support to the activities and experiences which are hallmarks of a GSD education.

  • Harvard GSD Receives Consequential Grounded Visionaries Gifts

  • From left: Lorraine Smith; Phil Harrison, AB ’86, MArch ’93, Perkins+Will Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chair of the GSD’s Grounded Visionaries campaign; Nnenna Freelon; Phil Freelon, Managing and Design Director at Perkins+Will; John K. F. Irving AB ’83, MBA ’89, Co-Chair of the GSD’s Grounded Visionaries campaign; and Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.

    This Fall, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) received three significant gifts supporting key priorities for the GSD’s $110-million-plus Grounded Visionaries campaign—student fellowships and endowed professorships. This support will enable the GSD to continue to attract, enroll, and support the brightest and most talented scholars who will be the leaders in transforming the social… Read More »

  • Landmark Gift Supporting Professorships and Student Fellowship

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    The GSD has received a consequential, multi-tier, multi-million dollar gift from the Robert P. Hubbard AB ’51 Trust of 1980 to endow the intellectual underpinnings of the School’s world-class faculty and to boost student access to a design education through an endowed fellowship.

  • Fall 2016 Engagements

  • Ines Zalduendo MArch ’95 opened the Special Collections at the Frances Loeb Library to share how the collections are advancing the GSD’s disciplines by connecting interests of researchers to resources in the library during Reunion.

    The GSD welcomed a host of alumni and guests to campus in September and October for an exceptional roster of alumni events, exhibitions, and public lectures.

  • Alumni Q+A: 2016 Reunion Participants

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    For the October GSD Alumni Q+A, we asked four alumni to reflect on their experience attending their 50th, 30th, 10th, and 5th reunions during the 2016 Reunion weekend in Cambridge. Their responses reveal what they find most surprising about current student work, how the GSD’s innovative studio model and transdisciplinary approach are uniquely training students… Read More »

  • Celebrating and Honoring Dame Zaha Hadid

  • From left: Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Mahdi Amjad, Patrik Schumacher, Xin Zhang, and Elia Zenghelis at “Zaha Hadid: A Celebration.” Photo credit: Zara Tzanev.

    This year, the global design community mourned the passing of Dame Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), the first female recipient of both the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004) and the RIBA Gold Medal (2016). As her untimely passing saddened friends, clients, and admirers, her legacy inspired the GSD to find a way to celebrate her extraordinary contributions to… Read More »

  • Urbanism + Citymaking: Confronting the Challenges of Modern-day Cities

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    The School’s generous donors are acknowledging the GSD’s leadership in topics related to urbanism and citymaking. Whether through the establishment of a fellowship honoring a former faculty member, or for a student to study affordable housing, or the generous gift of two friends in support of a new design prize in real estate, GSD donors are sustaining the School’s ongoing commitment to the essential challenges facing cities today.

  • Imagining a New Model for Cross-disciplinary Design

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    Interdisciplinary, experimental design is integral to the work of Sheila Kennedy, FAIA, MArch ’84 and J. Frano Violich, FAIA, MArch ’84. Their firm, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA MATx), located in Boston’s emerging Newmarket District, has established a new model for practice that integrates material research with the practice of architecture.

  • Dean Mostafavi Talks Innovation with Blueprint Magazine

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    As the GSD looks ahead to an ambitious academic year of groundbreaking initiatives, including our inaugural class of Design Engineering students and broadening research agenda, the topic of innovation is salient. Dean Mostafavi sat down with Blueprint magazine to talk innovation, invention, and collaboration. I think a lot of the time when you talk about innovation,… Read More »

  • Alumni Q+A: Allyson Mendenhall AB ’90, MLA ’99

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    As the Chair of the GSD Alumni Council, Allyson Mendenhall AB ’90, MLA ’99, is passionate about the Council’s role as ambassadors to the greater alumni body and for current students who are “alumni-in-training.” She also serves as a GSD Appointed Director to the Harvard Alumni Association working to raise the School’s profile. In support of her aspiration… Read More »

  • Alumni Council Shaping Engagement of the GSD Community

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    With the aspiration of promoting engagement of the alumni community and advancing the Graduate School of Design’s impact in the world, the Alumni Council is the primary representative body of the GSD. These distinguished practitioners and academics are highly engaged in contemporary design, planning issues, and their communities’ professional, governmental, civic, and business affairs. Council… Read More »

  • A Preview of GSD Reunion 2016 | 9/30-10/1

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    GSD Reunion 2016 classes: 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2011   GSD reunion classes will descend on the hub of design discourse, Gund Hall, on September 30-October 1, 2016 for a festive weekend marking their 5th to 60th reunions and those years in between. We hope you… Read More »

  • Take the Annual DesignIntelligence Survey

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    We are proud of the GSD’s leading position in the 2016 DesignIntelligence “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” rankings; our architecture and landscape architecture programs were named first in the nation, reinforcing the GSD’s exceptional ability to prepare our graduates for professional practice. Our architecture program has ranked first for 14 of the past 15… Read More »

  • GSD’s Inaugural Fellowship Reception

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    The GSD held its Inaugural Fellowship Reception on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, which honored the contributions of fellowships and financial aid support for GSD students. This powerful evening in Piper Auditorium convened 33 donors, friends, and faculty with 84 students who were mutually inspired by stories of impact and inspiration. During the Reception, Bart Voorsanger MArch ’64 shared… Read More »

  • Alumni Q+A: Ila Berman MDes ’91, DDes ’93

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    In August 2016, Ila Berman MDes ’91, DDes ’93 will join the prestigious list of GSD alumni who have been appointed to deanships in recent years when she assumes the role of Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Other GSD alumni in deanship roles include: Amale Andraos MArch ’99 of Columbia University Graduate… Read More »

  • Spring Alumni Happenings @ the GSD

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    In April, there was much to celebrate with the GSD’s Inaugural Fellowship Reception on Wednesday, April 13, which honored both the contributors to and recipients of fellowships for financial aid for GSD students. This powerful evening in Piper Auditorium convened 33 donors, friends, and faculty with 84 students who were mutually inspired by stories of… Read More »

  • Ten Years of Honoring GSD Unsung Heroes

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    The Unsung Hero Book Prize, given annually by the GSD Alumni Council, honors students who make a difference in the Graduate School of Design (GSD) community without recognition from others.

  • Enhancing the GSD’s Global Impact with Option Studios

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    As the premier design school, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has a legacy of leadership, innovation, and social responsibility. Fueled by the visionary leadership of Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, leading-edge faculty, and a talented student body, the GSD is increasingly exploring vital, global issues through its growing span of option studios. Utilizing a comprehensive… Read More »

  • GSD Recent Graduate Giving Challenge

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    Financial aid is a prerequisite for design education. Help the GSD achieve 300 donors to the GSD Fund that will unlock $25,000 from an anonymous alumna of the GSD. Join fellow alumni in meeting this challenge, helping to grow your support for the 90% of the GSD’s students with financial aid. Make your impact count today…. Read More »

  • GSD Student Videos

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    The GSD attracts the most talented, creative, and wildly ambitious students. Hear from 12 students about their passions, pursuits and career plans.

  • The Impact of Fellowships on Students

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    Three GSD architecture students have relished participating in the School’s Studio Abroad program, studying the interplay between architecture and urbanism in Basel, Berlin, and Tokyo, as the first three recipients of the David Kenneth Specter Fellowship. In 2014, Patricia Brown Specter, and sons Matthew and Evan, decided to celebrate the life and career of David… Read More »

  • Real Estate @ Harvard GSD

  • Dear Alumni and Friends, I am writing to share with you some of our current initiatives and commitments in relation to the study and development of real estate at the GSD. During the past few years, I have had the privilege to meet many individuals and organizations involved in investing in, developing, and constructing important… Read More »

  • Zaha Hadid, 1950–2016

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    The GSD celebrates the life and contributions of Zaha Hadid. Hadid first taught at the GSD in 1986 as a Design Critic in Architecture, and then again in 1994 as Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor of Architecture. She last spoke at the School in 2013. Zaha Hadid will be remembered for her creativity, her persistence, and her loyalty… Read More »

  • Students Exploring the Productive Failure in Design with Harvard×Design

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    “A beautiful failure in which the reach exceeds the grasp.” -Keith Krumwiede, Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology The Harvard×Design Conference, the annual exploration of all things design, centered its 2016 conference on the process of productive failure. “Failure×Design,” held on Saturday, February… Read More »

  • GSD Winter Events around the Globe

  • London: Collaboration: The Lineage of an Architectural Practice (left to right standing): Chris Wilkinson, Andrew Morris, Eva Jiřičná, Ricky Burdett, Philip Gumuchdjian, Ivan Harbour, Hanif Kara, Richard Rogers, Mike Davies, Farshid Moussavi, K. Michael Hays, and Laurie Abbott. (left to right squatting): Graham Stirk and Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

    The year has been off to a vibrant start for our community bringing together alumni, friends, and distinguished speakers for stimulating conversation and thought-provoking discourse. Over 400 GSD alumni and friends from around the world connected with colleagues and the GSD during ten events in Berkeley, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Taipei, and Cambridge…. Read More »

  • New GSD Faculty Appointments of Four Alumni

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    Dean Mohsen Mostafavi recently announced faculty appointments and promotions—all of whom are GSD alumni. The appointments will strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of cutting-edge pedagogy and research at the GSD. In the Architecture Department, Jeannette Kuo MArch ’04 was appointed Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture. In the Urban Planning Department, the appointments include Daniel D’Oca… Read More »

  • Alumni Q+A: Susannah C. Drake MArch ’95, MLA ’95

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    Making urban environments more resilient is a charge taken on with urgency for many city leaders, the United Nations, and recently the Rockefeller Foundation with its 100 Resilient Cities initiative. For over a decade, Susannah C. Drake MArch ’95, MLA ’95, has tackled challenges of resiliency and ecologically productivity with her firm DLANDstudio, an award-winning… Read More »

  • Three GSD Alumni Recognized by the Architectural League of New York

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    Three alumni of the GSD have been elected for one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture: The Architectural League of New York’s 2016 Emerging Voices. Jon Lott MArch ’05, design critic in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Alex Anmahian MArch ’90 and Nick Winton MArch ’90, principals and co-founders… Read More »

  • Hear From Dana McKinney MArch ’17, MUP ’17

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    Dana McKinney MArch ’17, MUP ’17, reflects on her spring 2016 studio experience.    I am both a designer and a planner, pursuing concurrent degrees in the Architecture and Urban Planning and Design Departments. I came to the GSD because it emphasizes interdisciplinary study. The environment has challenged me, inspired me, and reaffirmed my desire… Read More »

  • GSD and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners collaborate on London symposium

  • London: Collaboration: The Lineage of an Architectural Practice (left to right standing): Chris Wilkinson, Andrew Morris, Eva Jiřičná, Ricky Burdett, Philip Gumuchdjian, Ivan Harbour, Hanif Kara, Richard Rogers, Mike Davies, Farshid Moussavi, K. Michael Hays, and Laurie Abbott. (left to right squatting): Graham Stirk and Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

    The Harvard Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD), with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), is pleased to announce the symposium Collaboration: The Lineage of an Architectural Practice, to be held Thursday 17 March from 4.00pm – 8.00pm at the Leadenhall Building in London. RSHP’s history offers a remarkable lens on the task and the potential of… Read More »

  • 2/24 Jakarta Design Lecture Photos

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    Photos from the 2/24 design lecture, Elective Affinities: Architecture Across Scales in the Contemporary City, given by Felipe Correa MAUD ’03, and reception in Jakarta. Felipe Correa MAUD ’03 is Associate Professor of Urban Design also serves as Director of the Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban… Read More »

  • Get Hired! (No Promises) Panel and Reception Connects Students and Alumni

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    On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, over 100 GSD students and recent graduates filled Piper Auditorium for Get Hired! (No Promises) panel discussion and reception. Alumni and friends from the GSD’s core disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, and design studies shared their expertise on the hiring process and career navigation. Sponsored by Development and… Read More »

  • The Office for Urbanization: A Conversation with Charles Waldheim

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    In November, the GSD launched the Office for Urbanization, a trans-disciplinary initiative designed to focus the intellectual and practical capabilities of the School on a range of applied design research projects attendant to the contemporary city. The Office’s founding director, Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, is enthusiastic about the Office’s capacity for impact through topical projects

  • Alumni Q+A: Ralph Johnson MArch ’73

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    Designing some of the world’s most respected cultural institutions at global design firm Perkins+Will has garnered Ralph Johnson MArch ’73 much national and international acclaim. Johnson is a humble visionary who was honored to hear the news in October 2015 that he was elected to the National Academy – an institution devoted to building and sharing the heritage of the arts in America – for his profound contributions.

  • GSD Community Tops DesignIntelligence Rankings

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    DesignIntelligence’s 2016 ratings recognize the GSD for excellence in education and education administration. The architecture and landscape architecture programs were named first in the nation in its 2016 “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” ranking. Additionally, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and three notable alumni were named to DesignIntelligence’s “25 Most Admired Educators” list. DesignIntelligence’s annual survey,… Read More »

  • Fall Event Highlights

  • Ronald M. Druker, president of the Druker Company, with GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi with Architect Norman Foster.

    The GSD recently hosted a number of events engaging with alumni and friends in Miami, New York, and Cambridge. On campus, the fall lecture series continued with distinguished speakers like the inaugural lecture of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities featuring Norman Foster held on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Just two days later, on November 7, 2015,… Read More »