Fall 2016 Engagements

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. Highlights included a tour for recent graduates of the Michael Van Valkenburgh-designed Brooklyn Bridge Park with Nate Trevethan MLA ’01 while Jeanne Gang MArch ’93 and Thom Mayne MArch ’78 spoke on “Heliomorphism” at the Office for Urbanization’s inaugural conference here in Cambridge. Members of the Josep Lluís Sert Council, the GSD’s leadership giving society, were invited to tour the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Building for the Future designed by NBBJ with Alex Krieger MCPUD ’77 and Tom Sieniewicz MArch ’85. This unique opportunity invited guests to learn about the innovative construction and state-of-the-art research spaces that aim to advance patient care and further research by placing the clinicians and scientists side by side. As alumni and friends convened on and off campus, GSD students explored vital, global issues during option-studio travel week, including fair housing in Ferguson, Missouri and the history of the brick in Bogota, Colombia.

Over 100 alumni descended on Gund Hall on September 30 and October 1 for a festive weekend marking their 5th to 50th reunions and years in between. Alumni celebrated the power of design in conversations with leadership from each of the program areas. Exploring the current student experience, Rachel Vroman MArch ’10 detailed the fabrication facilities available to GSD students, from hand tools to robotics, in the GSD’s Fabrication Lab, and Dan Borelli MDesS ’12 discussed the process of translating visual and text-based research and material into a three-dimensional exhibition. 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. Meanwhile, Chris Herbert MPP ’88, PhD ’97 informed how the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University is analyzing housing policy and practices shaped by economic and demographic factors. Rounding out the weekend: An exploration of the Autodesk BUILD Space in the Seaport Innovation District led by Rick Rundell MArch ’86; an architectural tour of the Harvard Art Museums with Justin Lee MArch ’04; and look inside the ongoing renovations at Harvard’s Sert-designed Smith Campus Center (formerly known as Holyoke Center) and how this project will provide Harvard with a welcome front door in the heart of the campus; creating new public spaces for the Harvard community; and collaboration space for students, faculty, and staff.

Recent graduates toured the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park on a tour led by Nate Trevethan MLA '01, associate principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and then gathered at Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar. The event was organized by Kaley Blackstock MArch '15 and Trevor Johnson MUP '14.  The Office for Urbanization’s inaugural conference featured Jeanne Gang MArch ’93 (left) and Thom Mayne MArch ’78 (seated center), who presented a talk entitled “Heliomorphism.” Photographed with Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design (second from left), and Charles Waldheim, Founding Director of the Office for Urbanization and John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture (right). Internationally known for his transformable structures, Chuck Hoberman, Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Design Engineering at the GSD, presented an experience of transformable space and aesthetic possibility with 10° — Le Laboratoire’s 22nd experiment. This exhibit draws on collaborations between Hoberman and researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. Members of the Josep Lluis Sert Council, the GSD’s leadership giving society, were invited to tour the Brigham Building for the Future led by members of the project team from NBBJ. Fall option studio led by Dan D’Oca MUP ’02, “Affirmatively Further: Fair Housing After Ferguson,” challenges students from all departments to think boldly about how architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban design can help affirmatively further fair housing in St. Louis. 2016 Reunion attendees. Alumni from the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006, and 2011 reconnected with the School and fellow alumni during a weekend of tours, student experience presentations, and hearing from GSD leadership.  Rachel Vroman MArch ’10 detailed the fabrication facilities available to GSD students, from hand tools to robotics, in the Fabrication Lab during Reunion. 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. An exploration of the Autodesk BUILD Space in the Seaport Innovation District led by Rick Rundell MArch ’86 during Reunion. Architecture breakout session for alumni with K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, associate dean for academic affairs, and interim chair of the Department of Architecture, during Reunion. Fall GSD ASEAN Alumni Reunion in Singapore with Felipe Correa MAUD '03, associate professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design (fourth from left). Alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered for a reception hosted by Anita Berrizbeitia MLA '87, professor of landscape architecture and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture (right), before the Olmsted Lecture from Peter Latz. Alumni Insights and ChinaGSD lecture by Calvin Tsao MArch ’79. Tsao shared his over 30 years of professional experience with Zack McKown MArch ’79, and practice insights of working in historically/politically sensitive context in China, including the rebuilding of Jingfu Palace Museum in the heart of the Forbidden City, Beijing. The lecture was followed by discussion with Prof. Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD, Guo Boya MDes ’17 and Emerald Wu MArch ’18. Students travel to Bogota, Colombia, “the City of Brick,” to challenge perceived notions of brick in an increasingly digital and networked world during the Fall option studio Brick: Thick/Thin taught by J. Frano Violich, FAIA, MArch ’84.
Alumni Insights and ChinaGSD lecture by Calvin Tsao MArch ’79. Tsao shared his over 30 years of professional experience with Zack McKown MArch ’79, and practice insights of working in historically/politically sensitive context in China, including the rebuilding of Jingfu Palace Museum in the heart of the Forbidden City, Beijing. The lecture was followed by discussion with Prof. Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD, Guo Boya MDes ’17 and Emerald Wu MArch ’18.

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