Past Events


GSD Events during AIA National Convention, Atlanta

May 14, 2015
Atlanta, GA

The GSD will be hosted two events in Atlanta for the AIA National Convention! 

GSD Alumni Reception 
Lord Aeck Sargent Office

Join Dean Mohsen Mostafavi in Atlanta at this year’s AIA convention as we celebrate our GSD alumni award recipients and new AIA Fellows.

Design Excellence After-Party at the High Museum of Art
High Museum of Art, Anne Cox Chambers Gallery Space

Takashi Yanai MArch ’99 and Patricia Rhee MArch ’98, Partners at Ehrlich Architects, invite you to celebrate Ehrlich Architects receiving the 2015 AIA National Firm Award! Please join these GSD alumni at the Design Excellence After-Party which will follow the Design Excellence in 2015: The AIA Committee on Design Reception. Space is limited.

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GSD Alumni Tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral

April 14, 2015
New York, NY

Hosted and led by GSD Alumni Council Member Jeff Murphy '86, Partner, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects. Joining him as guides are Rolanda Kraeher MArch '95, Associate, and Eduardo Llinas-Meseguer MAUD '13, Designer, also of Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects. The firm is leading the design team for the $175M St. Patrick's Cathedral restoration project. The work includes full conservation of the exterior and interior building fabric, construction of a nine-well geothermal mechanical plant, installation of a new mist fire suppression system, expansion of space and integration of landscaping for the Cathedral's planted terraces.

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GSD Alumni Reception at APA
April 20, 2015
Seattle, WA

The GSD will be hosting a reception for alumni and friends at the American Planning Association Conference in Seattle. Professor Ann Forsyth, Director of the GSD's Master in Urban Planning Program, will welcome the group and provide updates from the School.

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GSD Lecture on Gropius and Breuer + Alumni Reception
April 9, 2015
Cambridge, MA

Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, will deliver a lecture entitled "Learning from the Americas: Gropius and Breuer in the New World," with responses from the GSD's Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, and Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory. This lecture is part of the series "Then and Now: Walter Gropius and the Lineage of the Bauhaus," sponsored by the Breger Fund in Honor of Walter Gropius.

Following the lecture there will be a reception for GSD alumni in the Loeb Design Library.

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GSD Reception Bejing
March 15, 2015
Beijing, China

Thanks for joining GSD alumni community and colleagues for a reception in Beijng. Dean Mohsen Mostafavi welcomed the audience, provided updates from the School, and spoke about the growing presence of the GSD in China. Click here to view photos on facebook.

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Harvard Design: Miami
Alumni + Friends Weekend
December 6-8, 2014
Maimi, FL

Join Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, GSD faculty, and alumni during Art Basel Miami Beach for an engaging three days of panels, site visits, and professional engagement opportunities. You can sign up for a single session, a day, or the entire weekend. Looking forward to seeing you in Miami!

For more info and registration, click here.

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GSD Alumni Reception at ULI
October 22, 2014
New York, NY

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is heading to the Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting in New York City. We invite you to connect with your GSD and Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative colleagues at our annual reception.

6:30 - 8:30 PM

The Royalton New York
Forty-Four Space
44 West 44th Street
New York, NY

With remarks from:
Jason Kalisman AB ’01 + REAI Founding Member
The Talisman Group Investments + The Morgans Hotel Group

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GSD Alumni Reception to Welcome Loeb Fellows
October 16, 2014
New Orleans, LA

GSD NOLA alumni invite you to a welcome reception for at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Studio, recipients of the 2014 AIA National Firm Award. Location: Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 3150, New Orleans

Featuring Special Guest Speaker:
Irvin Mayfield:The Art of Building Good Ideas, Cultural Ambassador of New Orleans and Founder of the New Orleans Jazz Institute

Cocktails: 6:00pm – 6:30 pm, meet and greet regional GSD alumni
Reception: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm, GSD alumni to be joined by Loeb Fellows

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AMDP Annual Alumni Program
July 24 – Annual Dinner at Harvard Club of Boston, Back Bay
July 25 – AMDP Alumni Programs, GSD

Please contact Sharon Lembo in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at slembo@gsd.harvard.edu with any questions.

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“Synthesis Across Scales” – GSD Alumni and Friends Reception

Tokyo, Japan

Please join Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni at a special presentation and celebration at the conclusion of a two week student workshop led by

Felipe Correa MAUD '03
Associate Professor of Urban Design, GSD
Director of the Urban Design Program

Co-hosted by:
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Hosei University, Keio University, Kogakuin University, Meiji University, University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba, Waseda University and Mori Building Co., Ltd.

Friday, July 4, 2014
1800 - 1900 Overview of workshop and review of student work
1900 - 2100 Alumni and Friends Reception

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GSD Reception - AIA Convention in Chicago
June 26, 2014

The Harvard GSD will be heading to the heart of America’s architectural epicenter for the AIA Convention in Chicago. Please join us for a reception on Thursday, June 26 at the offices of our host, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Connect with your GSD alumni community and meet new friends. Gordon Gill MArch ’93, founding partner of AS+GG, and Phil Harrison MArch ’93, president and CEO of Perkins+Will, will provide opening remarks for the evening.

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Harvard Global Networking Night
Monday, June 23, 2014

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The Harvard Alumni Association invites you to join hundreds of local alumni and thousands of alumni worldwide for Global Networking Night. It is a great opportunity to explore and expand your Harvard Network; the last event drew more than 5,000 alumni in 71 cities! 

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GSD Korea Alumni and Admitted Students Reception
Friday, June 13, 2014

GSD Korea would like to cordially invite you to an Architectural FORUM at SKM Architects. It will be an evening of presentation and discussion of current architectural discourse and projects by fellow alumni and current students. Not only will it be an opportunity to RECONNECT but also WELCOME the newly admitted students! - Jae Uk Chong, President, GSD Korea

Special Guests:

Professor Ali Malkawi, Professor of Architectural Technology
Beth Kramer, Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations

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Harvard DISrupt! Water (In)Security

June 6, 2014
San Diego, CA

Harvard DISrupt! is back once again to disrupt conventional thinking, and to take on the PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS, BARRIERS and BREAKTHROUGHS to the environmental, socio-political, economic, and health problem of our time

National, regional, and local experts in public health, agriculture, national security, environmental planning and government have been asked to define the problem, debate their solutions, and identify the breakthroughs needed for a thriving, sustainable future.

ModeratorTomas Morales, HLS '88, Morales Baldwin LLP, Regional Water Quality Control Board
Keynote: Dr. James Shine, Harvard University School of Public Health
Panelists: Henry Abarbanel, PhD, Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, and Research Physicist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Ben R. Drake, Winegrower; California State Board of Food and Agriculture
Additional panelists invited to be announced

This event is sponsored by GSD | SD, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Club of San Diego, and support from the Harvard Alumni Association.

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Alumni Welcome BBQ for Graduating Students
May 23, 2014
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Gund Hall, Cambridge, MA

As part of Harvard’s 363rd Commencement, we will be hosting a week of celebrations for the graduates.  We invite all alumni to meet the Class of 2014 at a BBQ on the front porch of Gund Hall. At the event you reconnect with fellow alumni and also view the Harvard GSD Commencement exhibition in the lobby of Gund Hall. 


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GSD Alumni Reception - 2014 APA Conference

April 28, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
Atlanta, GA

The GSD is heading to Atlanta in April for the 2014 APA National Planning Conference. Please join us for a private alumni reception and meet Ann Forsyth, Professor and Director of the Master in Urban Planning program at the GSD on Monday, April 28, 7-9 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Professor Forsyth will make welcoming remarks at 7:20 p.m.

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Platform 6 Book Launch
New York, NY

Presentation by alumni and GSD Platform 6 student editors McKenna Cole (MLA '13) and Lauren Elachi (MLA '13). Followed by a discussion with Rosetta S. ElkinGSD Platform 6 editor and lecturer in landscape architecture; Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural Technology and co-director of the Master of Design Studies Program.

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GSD Alumni Reception

Tokyo, Japan

Hosted by Dean Mostafavi.

Invite to Tokyo Alumni Reception with Dean Mostafavi

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Alumni Insights: Justin Fowler and Anthony Acciavett
"Manifest 2 In Progress: The Architecture of Religion"


Loeb Library, Gund Hall, Cambridge, MA

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

GSD Alumni Insights

Currently in development, issue no. 2 of Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism takes up the issue of architecture and religion in the Americas. This salon series discussion with the editors of Manifest and participants from the Harvard community will consider such questions as: How does one mark the other? What are the spatial results of the impulse toward congregation and the individual desire to find a direct link to something beyond one’s self? How do religious institutions impact the politics of the built environment? How does architecture give face or meaning to religion? How does religion, however we might understand it, shape the formation of American landscapes and push back against regimes of national sovereignty, neoliberal economics, and cultural secularism? What is the architecture of religion?

Read the full description 

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GSD SF Beer & Dogs

Wednesday, January 29th
San Francisco, CA

Flyer for GSD SF Beer & Dogs 1/29/14

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Harvard Global Networking Night

January 13, 2014

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The Harvard Alumni Association invites you to join fellow local alumni for Global Networking Night on Monday, January 13, 2014. Global Networking Night is a great opportunity to explore and expand your Harvard Network; the last event drew more than 4,000 alumni in 60 cities!

Held in local establishments around the world, Global Networking Night events are designed to provide networking opportunities in a fun, relaxed setting. Attendance is free, and registration is now open. Locations will continue to be added through early January. 


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Hardhats on the Highline, 11/5/2013
A Site Tour of the New Home for the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney is constructing a new building which will open to the public in 2015. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, built by Turner Construction and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the new site will vastly increase the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, providing the first comprehensive view of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.

Presented by the GSD Alumni Relations Office and the GSD Alumni Council

Event Details

4 p.m. Tour the Museum site 

Gansevoort Hotel
New York, NY 10016

6-7 p.m. Lecture: The Building of the New Museum, Renzo Piano Studio and Turner Construction
7-8 p.m. Reception

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ASLA Annual Conference - GSD Symposium and Reception, 11/15-11/18/2013

Boston, MA

GSD Conference: "Airport Landscape : Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age
Keynote address,Thursday, 11/14/2013, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Symposium followed by a GSD Alumni reception & exhibition viewing, Friday, 11/15/2013, 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Alumni Reception, Friday, 11/15/2013, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of and for landscape. Airports have never been more central to the life of cities, yet they remain peripheral in design discourse. Landscape architects have recently reasserted their historic claims on the airfield as a site of design through a range of practices. Airport Landscape presents these practices and the projects that support them. The exhibition assembles work from a number of the world’s leading landscape architects for the ecological enhancement and design of both operating and abandoned airfields. The conference gathers leading designers and scholars from a range of disciplines including keynotes by Peter Galison, Adriaan Geuze, and Christophe Girot.

Convened by Charles Waldheim and Sonja Dümpelmann, Harvard Graduate School of Design

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GSD Alumni Insights Lecture, 11/14/13

GSD Alumni Insights

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Piper Auditorium

Alex Krieger (MCPUD '77), Professor in Practice of Urban Design and member, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia and member, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

Thomas Luebke (MArch '91), FAIA, Secretary, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

Supported by the Rachel Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lectureship Fund.

The Alumni Insights lecture and discussion series is co-hosted by GSD Development and Alumni Relations and was created to recognize the work of Harvard GSD alumni and to give current students an opportunity to hear about the diverse careers and achievements of the school's graduates.

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GSD SF Walking Tour, 11/13/13


Poster for GSD SF Walking tour November 13 2013

Drinks and merriment to follow at

The House of Shields
39 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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ULI Fall Meeting GSD and REAI Reception, 11/7/2013

Please join the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Real Estate Academic Initiative for a reception at the Urban Land Institute Chicago 2013
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago 221 North Columbus Drive Caspain/Caribbean Room 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Register Now

Questions: Please contact Cynthia Henshall at 617.496.1570 or henshall@gsd.harvard.edu

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GSD Student Exhibit and Opening Reception Saturday, November 2-Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Missing Link: Lower Lea Valley to the Thames White Building Event Space (Queen’s Yard White Post Lane, E9 5EN London)

Opening reception takes place on Saturday, November 2 at 6 p.m.

GSD students showcase their work on alternative urban design futures in London with an exhibition titled Missing Link: Lower Lea Valley to the Thames. The exhibition brings together the results from students who took part in visiting professor Günther Vogt’s fall 2012 option studio at the GSD. Students were challenged by Vogt to take a radically subjective position on the future of the Lower Lea Valley based on a comprehensive analysis of the site and its social, spatial, ecological and economical particularities.

The exhibition will take place from November 2 through November 5 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 2 at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. View exhibition details here.

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Harvard Club of Chicago hosts

Dialogue with Professor Bing Wang, 11/5/2013

5:30 - 7:30 PM McDermott, Will & Emery 227 W. Monroe St., 45th Floor Chicago

“China Urbanizes: Process and Challenges"

5:30 p.m. - Wine & cheese reception 6:00 p.m. - Program followed by Q & A 7:15 p.m. - Conclude

Dr. Wang is Director / Area Coordinator for the Master of Design (MDes) Real Estate and the Built Environment concentration at the GSD. She is a core faculty member for Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative and serves as a faculty member in Harvard's Executive Eduation programs sponsored by the GSD, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School.

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Recent Grads: Seattle Reception, 10/24/2013



Recent Grads text positioned verticallyHarvard GSD Recent Graduates from
classes 2004-2013 met up at a reception hosted by
John DeForest (MArch '94) and Nils Finne (MArch '80)
Cactus at South Lake Union
350 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Thursday, October 24 2013



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Recent Grads San Francisco: GSD SF Kick Off West Coast Beer & Dogs, 10/10/2013

Kicking off GSD SF with a West Coast Beer and Dogs at

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

All alumni welcome!

Check out the GSD SF LinkedIn group for more info and to connect with other Bay Area GSD alums.

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Recent Grads Boston: Fall Mixer, 10/8/2013

Jenny French MArch '11, Vaibhav Jain MDesS '13, Nina Chase MLA '12, David Buckley Borden MLA '11 and fellow Harvard GSD Recent Graduates (2004-2013) met for a mixer with cash bar at

Tip Tap Room
138 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

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GSD Class of 1988 25th Reunion, 10/4-10/6/2013

New York, NY

Thanks to all who made it to New York for the Class of 1988 25th reunion.

Group picture of the members of the class of 1988 after dinner at the Harvard Club of New York

Class of 1988 25th Reunion Schedule:

Friday, October 4:
Cocktail Party, Hosted by Timothy Haynes MArch ’88 at his home in Soho

Saturday, October 5:

Custom Tour of Central Park

Class of 1988 Dinner, Harvard Club of New York

Optional events:

Saturday, October 5:
AIA Walking tour: West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center


Self-guided tour of The High Line

Sunday, October 6:
AIA Boat Tour of the Island of Manhattan

25th Reunion Organizing Committee:
Peter Coombe, Susan Desko, Alessandra Dini, Sanford Edward, Timothy Haynes, Tom Jin, Susan Jones, Shelby Pruett, Ross Wimer and Jaya Zebede

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GSD Alumni Reception, 9/25/2013

GSD Alumni Reception during the Bienal de Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, September 25
Estudio X
Pasaje Canard 1188

Inaki Abalos, Professor in Residence and Chair of the Department of Architecture
Rahul Mehrotra, Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design
Felipe Correa, Director, Urban Design Program
Jorge Silvetti, Nelson Robinson Jr. Professor of Architecture
Anita Berrizbeitia, Professor of Landscape Architecture
Renata Sentkiewicz, Design Critic in Architecture

Co-sponsored by:
the GSD Alumni Relations Office, the Loeb Fellowship, PLOT Magazine, and the South America Project

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GSD Studio Reception, 9/23/2013


Hosted by NC-office
117 NE First Avenue
CU-1 Gallery
Miami, FL 33123

13 students along with their professors, Design Critics Mark Lee MArch ’95 and Sharon Johnston MArch ’95, will be spending 3 days in Miami to conduct site work in conjunction with their fall studio - La Strada Novissima - sponsored by Miami Design District Associates LLC.

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Recent Grads: Chicago Happy Hour, 9/18/2013

 GSD Recent Grads logo

Cameron Barradale MLAUD '12, Aldo G. Burcheri MLA '12 and fellow Harvard GSD Recent Graduates (2004-2013) met up for a happy hour at Bridge House Tavern in Chicago.

Chicago Recent Grads at a happy hour around a table

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Colloquium: "Ecology for Land & City: Exploring the Confluences of Landscape, Road and Urban Ecology", 9/13-9/14/2013

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, MA

Free and open to the public
Full schedule and information here


In a bare twenty-five years, landscape ecology, road ecology, and urban ecology have sprung from synergies between ecological science and society’s activities on land. Each field builds its body of theory, models, and principles. Each generates new solutions to slow, even reverse, the cascading land-and-city degradation around us. Each moves arm-in-arm with sister experts, including landscape architects, foresters, urban planners, conservationists, transportation engineers/planners, wildlife managers, hydrologists and architects.

The time has arrived to explore and highlight linkages among the three dynamic fields, both to discover new important patterns and principles, and to catalyze useful applications for a vibrant future. This is the colloquium challenge. Imagine, for instance: viable ecological designs for outer-suburb/sprawl areas; improving or replacing the patch-corridor-matrix model; an optimal arrangement of urban greenspaces for flooding/heat/wildlife/recreation; an ecologically and socio-economically designed regional transportation system; useful equations for flows/movements across land mosaics; spatially optimal flows benefiting both city and ring-around-the-city; an ecologically robust mesh of geomorphic and built patterns; sustainable adaptation for combined urbanization and climate change; and big-picture solutions concurrently addressing many of society’s core goals. Giant needs, many confluences, ripe opportunities.

Landscape, road, and urban ecology synergies promise new visions, as well as novel applications for land and city. This colloquium should open up a cornucopia of ideas, patterns, principles and projected solutions that energize everyone.

Convened by Jane Hutton and Richard T.T. Forman, Harvard Graduate School of Design, in Recognition of the Retirement of Richard T.T. Forman

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Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture: K. Michael Hays, 9/9/2013
Sam Fox School
Washington University in St. Louis

Painting of  Cemetery of San Cataldo, Fondazione Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi, Cemetery of San Cataldo, Fondazione Aldo Rossi

This endowed lecture at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) honors Eugene J. Mackey Jr., a distinguished architect who practiced in partnership with Joseph Murphy, former dean of the School of Architecture. Among other projects, Mackey and Murphy designed WUSTL's John M. Olin Library and collaborated with R. Buckminster Fuller on the design of the Missouri Botanical Garden's Climatron.

The Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture brings significant patrons of architecture to the WUSTL campus. Past lecturers have included Gerald Edelman, Thomas Krens, Jorma Ollila, Emily Pulitzer, Richard Jackson, Eric J. Cesal, Alan Webber, and Stanislaus von Moos.

K. Michael Hays is the Eliot Noyes Professor of Architecture Theory at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His publications include Architecture Theory since 1968 and Architecture's Desire.

Hays' recent work investigates a shift, beginning in the 1970s, from an understanding of architecture as an autonomous aesthetic practice to an understanding of architecture as particular mode of being in the world. His lecture, titled Does Architecture Exist? Speculations on the Shift from Aesthetic Practice to Being in the World, will offer an interpretive model that claims architecture may have an essence as well as an existence.

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Lecture and Reception in Honor of John D. Anderson, 8/22/2013


Mr. John Anderson and friend
JohnD. Anderson (on right) with Charlie Schmidt

Anderson Mason Dale Architects
3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver, Colorado
5:30 p.m. Lecture
Reception to follow

Professor Kiel Moe speaking about his mentor and lecture honoree John Anderson
Professor Moe presenting

The Harvard GSD Alumni Relations Office, GSD Alumni Council and Anderson Mason Dale Architects invited local alumni to a lecture and reception in honor of John D. Anderson (AB ’49, MArch ‘52), by Kiel Moe, GSD Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology, entitled "Maximum Power, Maximum Yield: A Design Agenda for Energy."

Alumni Council Member Allyson Mendenhall addressing the attendees at the Kiel Moe/John Anderson Lecture in Denver  
Alumni Council Member Allyson Mendenhall addressing attendees

All photos by Pam Loomis

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Brooklyn Navy Yard/Terreform ONE Reception, 7/29/2013


Mitch Joachim (MAUD ’02) and Maria Aiolova (MAUD '02)


The Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Relations Office and co-hosts Mitch Joachim (MAUD ’02) and Maria Aiolova (MAUD '02), Co-Founders, Terreform ONE, welcomed GSD alumni at a reception at the temporary New Lab. The New Lab, currently being developed by Macro Sea, will be an 84,00 square foot facility that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and new manufacturing. Our reception took place in the New Lab’s temporary Beta site, with a view of the new building under construction.

GSD Alumni at Brooklyn Navy Yard event July 2013

GSD Alumni at Brooklyn Navy Yard Event July 2013

View of New York City from Brooklyn Navy Yard Event July 2013

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Recent Grads Reception, 7/10/2013

San Francisco, CA
Offices of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

GSD Recent Grads logo

Recent Graduates in San Francisco

GSD Alumni Council Member Andrea Cochran (below, left) welcomed GSD graduates of the classes of 2004-2013 for a reception at her offices. 

GSD Alumni Council Member Andrea Cochran with a Recent Graduate in San Francisco

Recent Graduates in San Fransico
photos: Arlene Kossman

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Recent Grads Happy Hour, 7/10/13

Chicago, IL
Howells and Hood

GSD Recent Grads logo

Chicago-area alums from the classes of 2004-2013 met up at Howells and Hood on North Michigan Avenue. 

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Recent Grads Happy Hour, 7/8/2013

Los Angeles, CA
Wurstkűche Venice

GSD Recent Grads logo

Harvard GSD Graduates from the classes of 2004-2013 got together for a happy hour in Los Angeles.

Group of people at a table

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GSD alumni reception and viewing of Keith Krumweide’s show “Freedomland - 6/27/13

pinkcomma gallery
46 Waltham Street

people looking at the gallery

Freedomland is a collection of drawings that envision an American Dream where Tea Party populism meets landscape urbanism. The drawings demonstrate an example of architectural satire attuned to contemporary realities of politics and economics.

people mingling at pinkcomma gallery


The pinkcomma gallery is curated by Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo (MArch ’06), and Mark Pasnik (MDesS ‘95). pinkcomma strives to make design more pivotal in Boston’s political and cultural discourses. The gallery highlights innovative thinkers of diverse interests who call Boston home.

looking at the window of pinkcomma gallery

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Global Networking Night - 6/25/13

Sites Worldwide

Banner for Global Networking Night sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association

The Harvard Alumni Association invites you to join fellow local alumni for Global Networking Night on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Global Networking Night is a great opportunity to explore and expand your Harvard Network. Read more and find your local city here.

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 AIA Annual Conference: GSD Alumni Reception, 6/21/2013

Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House
Chambers Grant Salon
Denver Performing Arts Complex

Dean Mostafavi addresses a group of alumni at AIA Denver reception 


Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, was joined for a GSD Alumni Reception during this year’s Annual AIA Convention by GSD alumni, including AIA award winners and fellows. GSD Alumni Council member Allyson Mendenhall introduced Dean Mostafavi.

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Creating Resilient Cities: New York Post-Superstorm Sandy

Tuesday, June 11
Harvard Club of New York City

This spring, a course at the Graduate School of Design examined how New York City’s coastal communities could emerge from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy stronger and more resilient than before. The 22 students were challenged to develop design and planning strategies in the face of the complex recovery needs for New York after this major disaster.

The Harvard Club of New York Foundation was a generous supporter of this initiative. They are pleased to host an evening at which selected students and the course’s professor, Joyce Rosenthal, will present their work from the semester to the New York community.

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Platform 5 Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion - 6/10/2013

Takenaka Corporation Tokyo Main Office
1-1-1 Shinsuna Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0075, 2th Floor

Join your fellow Harvard GSD alumni to hear from Mariana Ibanez, Associate Professor of Architecture and Curator, Platform 5, Seng Kuan (AB '98, AM '04, MUP '04, PhD '11), Hiroto Kobayashi (MDS '92, DDN '03), Toru Mitani (MLA '87) and Makoto Shin Watanabe (MAR '79).

Harvard GSD Tokyo Invite

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HBS Charting Your Course Program, 6/5-6/6/2013

Boston, MA

Charting Your Course is a two-day program that uses classroom discussion, team interaction, and self-assessment exercises to help alumnae develop a strategy for blending career and personal life.

This course is for you if:

• You are at a transition point in your career
• You are looking to re-enter the workforce after taking time off
• You wish to reenergize your career

Charting Your Course is now open for registration. Please pass along this information to anyone in your professional and personal network who may be at a similar stage in her career.

Experience a program that has enabled hundreds of women to rediscover their core interests and capabilities. Visit the Charting Your Course website for additional information and to register. Please feel free to contact Patricia Grennen at pgrennen@hbs.eduor 617-495-6582 with questions.

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GSD Korea Architectural Forum - 5/31/2013

Seoul, Korea

Join GSD Korea at 7:00 PM for an evening of presentation and discussion of current architectural discourse and projects by fellow alumni and current studnts.  Not only will it be an opportunity to reconnect, but also welcome the newly admitted students. - Jae Uk Chong, President GSD Korea

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GSD DISrupt!: Power of Design - Energy and the Built Environment, 5/31/13

Energy Innovation Center
San Diego

The Power of Design Poster

The inaugural event in the Harvard DISrupt! Series – a forum for discussing the critical topics facing our planet and our people. We have gathered the leading area experts in the fields of academia,  governance, non-profit sustainable energy advocacy, private sector energy production, to address the topic. Read the full announcement.

  • Opening address by Charles Waldheim, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, John  E. Irving Professor and Chair | Department of  Landscape Architecture
  • Followed by Mayor Bob Filner, Len Hering, Center for Sustainable Energy, and Mike Niggli, President of San Diego Gas & Electric.

 Founded by San Diego Landscape Architect, Martin Poirier, FASLA and San Diego Architect and Energy Innovator, Robert Noble, AIA, LEED AP, DISrupt! is one of the efforts of  the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, San Diego – GSD|SD.  It’s mission is to engage local Harvard alumni in service to the San Diego community – specifically the Power of Design to create positive change toward sound environmental stewardship.

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Harvard GSD Commencement, 5/30/2013

Cambridge, MA

Full details available on Harvard University's Commencement page. Live web-streaming will available on Thursday, May 30th.

Stream the GSD Commencement activities here.

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APA Annual Conference: GSD Alumni Reception, 4/15/2013

Ann Forsyth, Chicago APA, Alumni Reception

At this year's APA conference in Chicago, the planning program hosted a reception attended by around 70 GSD alumni and friends, and featured Professor Ann Forsyth (above, left). The planning program plans to hold these receptions regularly at APA national conferences.

GSD Students, APA Chicago, Alumni Reception
Students and Alumni mingle at the GSD reception at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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Harvard Non-Profit Board and Volunteer Recruitment Fair, 4/3/2013

Harvard Club of Boston

The Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) , Harvard Alumni Association, and Harvard Club of Boston join together in celebrating Harvard’s Global Month of Service by organizing the first-ever Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Recruitment Fair in Boston.  Representatives from over 30 leading community non-profit organizations will be in attendance (full list of participating organizations).

Harvard alumni/ae will learn about how they can support a wide range of projects and find the right level of commitment.   Those interested in contributing as an individual start at 6pm and those interested in becoming Board Member begin at 7pm.

If you have questions, please contact Travis Lovett, Director of the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard College at tlovett@fas.harvard.edu or Mike Fishbein, Director of the Harvard Alumni Association at mike.fishbein@post.harvard.edu

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25th Anniversary Celebration of the Druker Traveling Fellowship

March 1, 2013

Mohsen Mostafavi, Ron Druker, Druker Traveling Fellowship, 25th Anniversary
Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, first row left, Ron Druker, first row second from right, and Druker Fellows

Harvard University GSD celebrated the first 25 years of the Druker Traveling Fellowship with a Symposium featuring two panels of Fellows and GSD faculty.  The first, "The Fellowship Across Decades", moderated by Department Chair Rahul Mehrotra, MAUD '87, featured Bill N. McIlroy, the first recipient in 1987, Janne Corneil, 1995 Recipient, and Frank Ruchala, Jr., 2002 Recipient.  The second, "Current Explorations" was moderated by Felipe Correa, MAU '03, and featured Loreta Castro Reguera, 2010 Recipient, Victor Muñoz Sanz, 2011 Recipient, and Carlos Garciavelez Alfara, 2012 Recipient. 

The Symposium was followed by a reception and exhibition opening: "Form and Pedagogy: An Atlas of the 20th Century University City in Latin America," Curated by Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro, 2012 Recipient/Druker Fellowship Work in Progress, and Faculty Advisor Felipe Correa.

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GSD Alumni Reception for Dean Mohsen Mostafavi

Wednesday, March 20th

GSD Korea, Mohsen Mostafavi


Please join the GSD alumni community to welcome Dean Mohsen Mostafavi to Seoul. The reception is hosted and sponsored by Ken Sungjin Min at SKM Architects.  Come and reconnect with Dean Mostafavi, Harvard GSD Korea Director of Foreign Affairs Kim So Young and other alumni as well as meet the new officers of GSD Korea for the next 2 years.

GSD Korea, Mohsen Mostafavi

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Harvard Serves (Southern California Kick-Off Event)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This is the fourth year of the HARVARD SERVES initative.  This project adds new meaning to the notion of "lifelong learning community," bringing together Harvard Alumni from across the full University into alumni's very own communities. Michael Lehrer (MArch '78) hosted a kick-off event for Harvard Serves in Southern California.  Visit Harvard Serves to submit a project or sign up to volunteer.

Harvard Serves, Southern California, Michael Lehrer

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Harvard GSD Conference on Public Space, 3/7-3/8/2013
Putting Public Space In Its Place
Cambridge, MA

This conference will focus on physical (corporeal, material, tangible) public space, in its many flavors: streets, sidewalks, publicly owned parks, privately owned public spaces, privately managed public parks, and spaces that may appear temporarily, anywhere. Do democracy and equality depend on ample availability of public space? Should public spaces be designed at all? If so, by whom? How should their success be measured? Can the private sector participate without a loss of "publicness"? Are there universals that define the use and appearance of public space no matter where it is located? How can theory best inform practice? Public space scholars, practitioners, and activists will discuss and debate these and other questions with an engaged audience.

Organized by Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus, Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, with the support of Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space at Municipal Art Society of New York, the
Loeb Fellowship Program, and the Rachel Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lectureship Fund.

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 Jack Spengler on The Next Phase of Climate Change, 3/6/2013

Please join Jack Spengler, newly named director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, for a discussion of the current work happening at Harvard on the links between a healthy climate and healthy people as we seek a sustainable path forward.

Our Moment in Time: The Next Phase of Climate Change
As Jim Kim, President of the World Bank said recently, "A four degree warmer world can and must be avoided." Evidence of the so-called Climate Cliff has been recognized for years by the scientific community, and has recently become part of our cultural lexicon. Now that we have consensus around the problem, we need to focus on the solutions to climate change and the benefits of our actions for the earth and ourselves.

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  sert council

An exclusive Sert Council event

432 Park Avenue Presentation by Harry Macklowe, 3/5/2013

Join us for a special presentation by Harry Macklowe, developer of 432 Park Avenue, designed by Rafael Viñoly. This structure will be the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere.
JOSEP LLUÍS SERT COUNCIL for annual leadership giving launched in the fall of 2011 during the GSD’s 75th anniversary celebration. Sert Council recognizes those alumni and friends whose generosity has made a deep impact on the GSD, our students, and the future of design.

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Day Trip to the Getty Center, Los Angeles, 3/2/2013

Harvard Club of San Diego

HCSD club member Marty Poirier FASLA, will lead the tour of the Central Garden and share his insight on the making of this very special place. His firm, SPURLOCK POIRIER Landscape Architects of San Diego served as the landscape architect in collaboration with the artist Robert Irwin in the creation of the Garden.

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Annual Meeting and Lecture, 2/25/2013

Harvard Club of Cincinnati

University Club
401 E. Fourth St., Downtown Cincinnati 

5:30 pm Annual Meeting
6 pm Social Hour with Cash Bar
7 pm Dinner followed by lecture

Building Healthy Communities in the Transition Century
Dr. Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning

As the world urbanizes over the coming decades cities will face new challenges including maintaining healthy populations. Dr. Forsyth will trace the multiple connections between health and place from air quality to physical activity.

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Panel Discussion

Post-Superstorm: Planning and Design After Sandy, 2/21/2013

Post-Sandy Panel, Joyce Rosenthal, Abby Suckle, Walter Meyer

From left: Professor Joyce Rosenthal, Eddie Bautista, Walter Meyer (MLAUD '03), Abby Suckle (MArch '77) and Thaddeus Pawlowski

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Cambridge, MA

New York City has been defined by its 520 miles of coastline, sometimes called the "sixth borough." As the city has developed, its waterfront has been turned from industry to more recreational and residential use. While planning for a rising sea level, the city must now come to terms with the impact of the recent unprecedented storm surge, and meet the demands of recovery. How are the city's conflicting priorities and challenges being addressed by the multitude of city leaders, urban planners, design professionals and design organizations? Moderated by Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Co-coordinator of the Advanced Studies Program in Risk and Resilience, with Abby Suckle MArch '77, FAIA (Abby Suckle Architect; CultureNOW).

Post-Sandy Panel, Walter Meyer

Far right: Walter Meyer (MLAUD '03) talks with students after the panel.

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"A Landscape of Security" Studio Course Discussion with Professor Tom Oslund, MLA '86 and Harvard GSD Students in Washington, D.C., 2/8/2013

Studio Course Event, Washington, D.C., Tom Oslund

Professor Tom Oslund (MLA '86), second from right, speaks

The Studio

The studio focuses on the ways in which landscape can serve as a means of security. The students are charged with creating a facility that would consolidate the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security training center. The mission of Diplomatic Security is “to provide a safe secure environment for the conduct of US foreign policy.” This state of the art training facility will consolidate existing geographically separated training functions into a single location to improve training efficiency and operations. This headquarters will be a place that every person associated with the diplomatic Foreign Service will visit for training purposes including the presidential appointed chief of state. The facility will be located on a 1500 acre site in Nottoway County, Virginia near the town of Blackstone. For a full description of the studio, please click here.

Studio Course Event, Washington, D.C., Tom Oslund

This event is co-hosted by Scott Kilbourn, MArch ’83, Principal and COO International, Perkins Eastman, and member, Alumni Council Alumni, and the GSD Office of Alumni Relations.

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Harvard Club of Boston
374 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

This unique event brings alumni together on one night, in cities around the world. It is a special opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and current students from across the University. Build new connections, reconnect with classmates, share your experiences with students, and welcome recent graduates to your city. Tap into the power of the network!

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