Leadership Giving: Josep Lluís Sert Council



Join a circle of donors who believe in the transformational power of design education.

The Josep Lluís Sert Council is a community of annual leadership donors who are committed to supporting the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, its students, and the future of design education. Sert Council members play an integral role in helping to advance the GSD’s preeminent status and provide essential funding to support our students, faculty, and degree programs.



Members are committed to supporting the GSD through annual leadership gifts. 


Donors who support the Harvard Graduate School of Design with annual leadership gifts are recognized through the Josep Lluís Sert Council. There are four different levels of giving:

  • Associate (annual contributors of $1,000 to $4,999 and adjusted levels for recent graduates)
  • Partner (annual contributors of $5,000-$9,999)
  • Principal (annual contributors of $10,000 or $24,999)
  • Dean’s Circle (annual contributors of $25,000 or more)


In recognition of their annual leadership support, members are invited to attend exclusive events, receive publications and communications, participate in special opportunities and are acknowledged in the annual Giving report.

Sert Council members provide the GSD with immediate-use support. 


Members of the Josep Lluís Sert Council provide the School with immediate-use support, enabling the School to attract the most ambitious and talented design students while developing an environment where faculty bring innovation to their teaching and research. Annual Giving opportunities include:

  • GSD Fund
  • A Degree Program Fund (MArch, MLA, MAUD, MDes, MUP)
  • Dean’s Innovation Fund
  • Dean’s Fund for Real Estate
  • The Frances Loeb Library

There are additional opportunities for supporting the GSD and joining the Sert Council. To learn more, please contact us.

Join fellow Sert Council members at events throughout the year.


Members of the Josep Lluís Sert Council are invited to a series of events throughout the year to participate in thought-provoking industry conversation. Each year, the GSD Sert Council hosts 5-7 events that bring together GSD alumni and friends in an interesting space for a compelling conversation. Many of our events feature GSD faculty, Harvard faculty, GSD students, or local alumni leaders. Past event locations include Boston and Cambridge, MA, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC.

About Josep Lluís Sert



Josep Lluís Sert, Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, was a globally recognized architect and visionary leader whose unique perspective on cross-disciplinary training has become a hallmark of the School. Under his tenure, the GSD initiated the world’s first urban design degree, which continues to define the field on a global scale. The School is committed to building on Sert’s legacy by addressing complex issues around the world. The Josep Lluís Sert Council is an important component in fulfilling this ambitious goal.