Josep Lluís Sert Council


The Josep Lluís Sert Council is a dynamic circle of donors to the GSD who believe in the transformational power of design. Through their annual donations, members create opportunities for innovation in teaching and research, helping to shape design in the 21st century. Support from Sert Council members plays an integral role in helping to advance the GSD’s unique status as a place where practice, pedagogy, research, and design are brought together to challenge assumptions, test new and provocative ideas, and develop innovative answers to pressing questions.

In recognition of their contribution to the GSD, Sert Council members are invited to private, curated events around the globe. Each event showcases the work of alumni, students, faculty, and leading practitioners who create meaningful impact in unique and thoughtful ways. For a current offering of Sert Council events, please click here.

The entry-level donation for Sert Council membership is scaled, and you can direct your gift to any of the GSD’s Annual Giving opportunities, including the GSD Fund, the Dean’s Innovation Fund, a Degree Program Fund, or the Friends of the Francis Loeb Library. You are invited to join the Sert Council members by making an annual contribution to the GSD at one of the following amounts:

  • GSD Alumni who graduated ten years ago or more are invited to join with a donation of $1,000 or more.
  • GSD Alumni who graduated between five and ten years ago are invited to join with a donation of $250.
  • GSD Alumni who graduated in the last five years are invited to join with a donation of $100.
  • Harvard University alumni and friends of the GSD are invited to join with a donation of $1,000 or more.

About Josep Lluís Sert
Josep Lluís Sert, GSD faculty member and Dean from 1953-1969, was a globally recognized architect and teacher whose unique vision of cross-disciplinary training has become a hallmark of our Harvard’s pedagogy. Under his leadership, the GSD initiated the world’s first urban design degree. The GSD’s commitment to building upon Sert’s legacy by addressing complex issues around the world through the lens of multiple design disciplines integrated with social responsibility continues to this day.

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