GSD Reunion Weekend 2017

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/13/2017 - 10/14/2017

  • Location
  • Gund Hall
  • 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA

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The GSD Classes ending in 2′s and 7′s will be celebrating their reunions with a festive weekend in Cambridge, MA! Meet faculty and students, see how the GSD, Harvard Square, and Boston have changed, and reconnect with your classmates and fellow alumni. Spouses/guests welcome.

For questions, please contact Sarah Knight at alumni@gsd.harvard.edu or 617.384.5276.

To view a list of your classmates who have already RSVP’d, please click here.

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REUNION SCHEDULE


Schedule as of 9/19/2017; subject to change. Please refer to the final schedule in your registration packet for all locations.

Thursday, October 12

Pre-Reunion Option: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Rethinking Pei: A Centennial Celebration
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
More information can be found on the GSD webpage here.

 

Friday, October 13

Pre-Reunion Option: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00  p.m. Rethinking Pei: A Centennial Celebration
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
More information can be found on the GSD webpage here.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration, Course Observation, and Tours
Gund Hall Lobby

Observe students live with instructors. Stay tuned for more information on class options.

Optional tours of Gund Hall

Fabrication Lab – Rachel Vroman MArch ’10
Gund Hall Basement
From hand tools to robotics, a tour of the fabrication facilities available to GSD students, including CNC machines, the Wood Shop, laser cutters, and 3D printing. Students may not draw by hand exclusively anymore, and the drafting tables now are desks with computers, but models made from wood, foam, paper, and other materials, are still a key part of the GSD educational experience.

Special Collections- Ines Zalduendo MArch ’95
Frances Loeb Library, Lower Level
Special Collections enables original research, scholarly access, and academic inquiry. Notable holdings include the Le Corbusier Research Collection, and manuscript papers and drawings of eminent designers and planners, such as Josep Lluis Sert, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Charles Eliot, John Charles Olmstead, Eleanor Raymond, Hugh Stubbins, and Dan Kiley. GSD master’s theses and a number of student papers of merit are also housed in the Special Collections Department.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All Reunion Class Reception
Stubbins
Class members and their guests are welcome to reconnect. Catch up with old friends, check out the latest exhibit in the lobby of Gund Hall, and meet before heading off to dinner.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dinner (by class, informal, and on own)

 

Saturday, October 14

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
Gund Hall Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. All Reunion Class Morning Session
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
Welcome, review the day’s events ahead, and hear from GSD leadership.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Alumni Panel
Hear from a multi-generational panel on life during, and after, the GSD.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Department Breakout Sessions
Informal discussions and Q&A sessions with leadership from each of the program areas. Hear directly from faculty involved in the department’s direction, research and pedagogy, and recruitment and advising of current students.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Pecha Kucha by Class

Pick up brown bag lunch in the lobby of Gund, proceed to your assigned room to enjoy time with your classmates and learn what they’ve been up to over the years.

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Tour Activities

See what’s new (or new again) on Harvard Campus, in Cambridge, and in Boston

Architectural Boat Tour - A 90-minute tour of Boston and Cambridge from the Charles River and Boston Harbor. Sights include the Custom House, Prudential Building and Hancock Tower, as well as contemporary designs. This tour is narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot, and is co-sponsored by the BSA Foundation.

Walking tour of the Seaport District - Discover the new developments in the Seaport District during a walking tour led by Beth Niemi MArch ’87, of Elkus Manfredi.

Student-Led Tour of Fogg Museum - The Harvard Art Museums’ renovation and expansion unites the three Harvard Art Museums remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s responsive design preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate twenty-first-century needs. View the current exhibitions and explore the University’s incredible collection. This tour of the Fogg’s Galleries will be led by a Harvard University undergraduate student.

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reunion Reception and Dinner
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall
Return to a transformed Piper Auditorium, a place of lectures and review, for a festive and celebratory dinner. Participate in photos taken by class, enjoy an evening with classmates and a time to reminisce and reconnect.

 

Sunday, October 15

Classes are free to organize informally – no scheduled program.

Tour a classmates’ project

Get brunch in the Square

Do a classic Boston activity as a group

Check out “WE ALL” a design-build installation at the Grove in North Allston (Google Map)


WHERE TO STAY

Map of Cambridge area hotels.

The Harvard Visitor’s Travel Portal is available. Services include hotel booking at discounted Harvard rates, car rentals, and other ground transportation services, campus tour reservations, maps, and directions.

The Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
1.800.882.1818 / 617.864.1200

The Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden Street
1.866.500.0293 / 617.547.4800
For Harvard rate, use code “HVD.” Rate subject to availability.

The Harvard Square Hotel
110 Mt Auburn Street
1.800.458.5886 / 617.491.222

The Hotel Veritas
1 Remington Street
1.888.520.1050 / 617.520.5000

Irving House at Harvard 
24 Irving Street
1.877.547.4600 / 617.547.4600

Harding House at Harvard
288 Harvard Street
1.877.489.2888 / 617.876.2888

Doubletree Suites Boston
400 Soldiers Field Road
1.800.874.0663 / 617.783.0090
Complimentary shuttle to Harvard Square available.

Le Meridien Hotel
20 Sidney Street
1.800.543.4300 / 617.577.0200

Mary Prentiss Inn
6 Prentiss Street
617.661.2929

Courtyard by Marriott, Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive
1.888.236.2427 / 617.492.7777
$5.00 shuttle to Harvard University available.

Best Western Plus Hotel Tria
220 Alewife Brook Parkway
1.866.333.TRIA / 617.491.8000
Call for Harvard rate. Rate subject to availability.
Complimentary Shuttle to Harvard Square available from 7am-10am.

The Marriott Residence Inn Cambridge
120 Broadway, Six Cambridge Center
1.800.331.3131 / 617.577.254

Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel
50 Broadway
1.800.228.9290 / 617.494.6600


WHERE TO EAT

Map of Harvard Square area restaurants.

AMERICAN

Alden & Harlow40 Brattle Street

Beat Brasserie13 Brattle Street

Grafton Street Pub & Grill1230 Massachusetts Avenue

Harvest44 Brattle Street [on the walkway]

Harvard Faculty Club20 Quincy Street

Henrietta’s Table in The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street

Park Restaurant & Bar59 JFK Street,

Temple Bar American Bistro1688 Massachusetts Avenue

ASIAN

Hong Kong Restaurant, Lounge, Night Club1238 Massachusetts Avenue

Wagamama – Cambridge Harvard Square, 57 JFK Street

ITALIAN

Toscano – Harvard Square, 52 Brattle Street

MEXICAN

Border Café – Cambridge, 32 Church Street

SEAFOOD

Legal Sea Foods – Charles Square, 20 University Road

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