GSD Class Notes
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Class of 1983
Gary Jay Paul (MArch ’83) invites GSD alumni to join in on an amazing week in the Veneto where a small group will view first-hand the work of Andrea Palladio, visiting the villas with private tours (and meals in several of the villas) by the villa owners, a day in Vicenza starting at the Palladian Museum with the Museum director Guido Beltramini. Professor Beltrami will also conduct a day tour of the Palladian Churches of Venice ending with a boat ride through the Venetian Lagoon to the Villa Malcontenta. The tour includes visits to the Palazzo Te in Mantua by Guilo Romano, the Villa Nani with its Tiepolo frescos, and the Brioni cemetery by architect Carlo Scarpa. Great hotels and amazing food and wine are all included! Organized in conjunction with Elaine Hirschl Ellis of ArtsandCraftsTours.com. Anyone interested in the trip should contact Gary via email at GJPaul@GaryPaulCompany.com for more details and pricing.
Class of 2004
Pierre Alain Trévelo (MDesS ’04) with his partner Antoine Viger-Kohler of TVK Architectes Urbanistes in Paris, France, completed in 2013 the redevelopment of Place de la République, now the largest pedestrian square in the city. The project team also composed of Christian Weier, landscape architect (MLA ’04), and GSD Professor Martha Schwartz.The redevelopment of Place de la République is based on the concept of an open platform with infinite urban uses. To learn more about the project, download the press release.
Class of 1991
Nader Tehrani (MAUD ’91), Daniel Gallagher (MArch ’91) and Katherine Faulkner (MArch ’93) of the design firm NADAAA received an Unbuilt Architecture Award for the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design; Unbuilt Architecture Citation for New Hampshire Retreat; Progressive Architecture Citation for University of Melbourne FABP; and a People's Choice Award for Macallen Building at the 3rd Annual BSA Design Gala, which was held on January 30, 2014.
Class of 2001
Nahyun Hwang (MArch ’01) and David Eugin Moon (MArch ’01), founders of NHDM, a collaborative practice for design and
research in architecture and urbanism, are giving a lecture entitled "The Reprogrammable City" on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 as part of Cornell's Department of Architecture Spring 2014 Lecture Series. The lecture takes place at the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium at Cornell University and begins at 5:15 p.m.
Class of 2009 & 2013
Shu Lai Talun (MArch ’09) of CBT Architects and Sophia X. Chang (MArch ’13) are collaborating on producing an interactive runway extravaganza, which will also feature music mixes by Jeffrey Olinger (MArch ’09) and wearable art by Jessica Rozenkranz who attended the GSD for a year. Slated for Saturday, April 12, 2014 at The Uniun, located in Somerville's Union Square neighborhood, the public will be invited to try out hair and make-up services and clothing provided by local-area businesses, walk the runway, and have their pictures taken in an installation design by Sophia. The concept for the fashion show was conceived as a response to the Somerville Arts Council's call for "creative individuals to create, produce and manage cultural events that would reinvigorate the artistic and business landscape in Union Square," which is in part sponsoring the event. The grant received from the Arts Council will cover the event space rental, but the team is seeking additional funds to cover the cost of materials for the stage and fabric installation piece. Anyone interested in donating may do so on Kickstarter.
Class of 2010
Kevin Wronske (MDesS ’10) and his company Heyday Partnership was featured in an article titled "Luxury Homes that are Better, Not Bigger" in the Feb. 6, 2014 issue of the Wall Street Journal.
Class of 2011
Davis Buckley Borden's (MLA ’11) exhibit "Landscape Proposal Per Day" is currently on view at Voltage Coffee and Art in Kendall Square, Cambridge. David's work is being showcased as part of the Artclash Collective's Boston Fun-A-Day 2014 group show. The exhibit runs through April 5, 2014.
Class of 2012
An exhibit curated by Stephen Fan (MArch ’12) entitled "SubUrbanisms: Casino Company Town, China Town" is currently on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut. Featuring infographics, photographs, maps, and architectural representations and speculations by Stephen Fan in collaboration with graphic designer Shane Keaney, the exhibition explores casino urbanization, workers' communities, and the contested suburban landscape through the lenses of architecture, landscape and planning, as well as anthropology, geography and contemporary critical art practices. The exhibit accompanies a publication that includes contributions from Stephen Fan and Shane Keaney, Society of Architectural Historians President Abigail Van Slyck, anthropologist Ellen Pader, historian Chloe Taft, and architect Aron Chang (MArch ’09). A symposium will be held on March 29 at the Lyman Allyn and Connecticut College. The exhibit will run through May 12, 2014.
Class of 1958
R.L. Sutnar (MCP ’58) had the honor of presenting the Ladislav Sutnar Prize to the 2013 laureates at a ceremony which took place at the Pilsen City Hall on November 12, 2013. The L.S. Prize, named after R.L.'s father Ladislav, a Czech/American known in the U.S. as the progenerator of communication graphics, is awarded by the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia to Czech and international artists for outstanding performance and merit in the field of fine arts, especially applied arts and design in connection with pedagogical work. This year, there were five recipeints, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and the Smithsonian Institution.
Class of 1991
The work of John Ronan (MArch ’91) is currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Iterations: John Ronan’s Poetry Foundation, looks into the design process of the award-winning Poetry Foundation building by his firm, John Ronan Architects, and presents a range of work related to the building, from a sequence of concepts and sketches to the final presentation model. The exhibition run through March 30 in Gallery 24.
Robert LaValva (MArch ’91) was featured in the New York Times on Jan. 24 about the trials and tribulations of his efforts to revive public markets in Lower Manhattan. The article details his battle with a major developer over the fate of the old buildings that once housed the Fulton Fish Market.
Class of 1992
Shih-Fu Peng (MArch ’92) and Róisín Heneghan (MArch ’92), founders of Heneghan Peng Architects, announced their firm had the winning design for the National Center for Contemporary Art's (NCAA)
new building at Khodynskoye Polye in Moscow. The plan calls for a tall structure made up of oddly sized layers that will jut out from a central column, creating a number of open terraces to be used as green spaces. The museum's new site will house permanent and temporary exhibitions, a large hall for up to 800 people, and two smaller auditoriums. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Heneghan Peng won the final selection in a six-month long international contest that saw more than 900 applications. The building is expected to be completed in 2018.
Class of 2005
Dan Brunn, AIA (MArch ’05), graduated with an MA in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2005 and established his firm, Dan Brunn Architecture, that same year. Recently, Dan has received major media attention for his design of the Flip Flop House in Venice, CA. It has been featured in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Confidential, and Ocean Home Magazine (that included a profile of Dan and his practice). In addition, Flaunt magazine asked Dan to design a dining banquet table for the article called, "To Live, To Fight, To Dine, To Die."
Class of 2009
Quilian Riano (MArch ’09) is one of three recipients of the 2014 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. Presented by the Vilcek Foundation, the prize each year recognizes foreign-born individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements early in their careers. All of the winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City this spring.
Class of 2011
Hiroshi Jacobs (MDesS ’11) was honored with a 2014 AIA Associates Award. Presented by the American Institute of Architects, the award is the highest level of recognition given to members of the organization each year. Read more about Hiroshi and the award.
Class of 2013
Qi Su (MDesS ’13) announced that his thesis won the Digital Design Prize, which he is now pursuing as a startup. You can view a video of it here.
Class of 1954
Frank Schlesinger FAIA (MArch ’54) announces that his firm Schlesinger Associates Architects was presented with a 2013 Award of Merit from the D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the design of Three Tree Flats, an affordable living apartment house located at 3910 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
Class of 1978
Nelson Chen (AB ’75, MArch ’78) has been appointed professor of practice in architecture and director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has practiced in Hong Kong since 1987 as principal architect of Nelson Chen Architects Ltd., an award-winning design firm. His design work was recently published in the monograph Nelson Chen Architects – Context and Community (Watermark Publications, UK).
Lehrer Architects, the practice founded by Michael Lehrer (MArch ’78), was honored as a finalist in Interior Design magazine’s annual Best of Year Award in the outdoor category for their work on two Los Angeles projects designed for communities: Spring Street Park and Potrero Heights Community & Senior Center. Spring Street Park was also one of 20 national projects to be nominated for the 2013 People’s Design Award given by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and received an Award of Excellence from the Los Angeles Business Council for exceptional contribution in the landscape architecture category. Additionally, Potrero Heights Community & Senior Center received an Honor Award from the Southern California Development Forum.
Class of 2005
Shannon Bassett (MAUD’05) has had her paper accepted for publication and presentation at the 102nd Annual ACSA Meeting: GLOBALIZING ARCHITECTURE. The meeting will be held April 10-12, 2014 in Miami Beach, FL. Entitled "Designing The Village Tapestry-New Architectural Agency(ies) of Community Building and Design," Shannon will present during the session, "Realizing the Right to the City: Architectural Methodologies as Agents of Change,"
based on a design grant which she conducted for the City of Bradenton Redevelopment Agency in Bradenton, Florida. Additionally, she continues to serve as an elected board member for the International Association for China Planning.
Class of 2008
Jordan Brandt (Ddes ’08), technology futurist at Autodesk, was recently featured in Bloomberg Business Week in an article titled “Autodesk’s Idea to Knit the Hyperloop Out of Carbon Fiber.” Read the article here.
Class of 1988
The October 2013 issue of Architect Magazine highlighted two recent projects led by GSD alums. Rick Peterson (MArch '88) and Don Schieferecke, principals of the Denver-based firm OZ Architecture were featured in an article about their attempt to reinvent McMurdo, a utilitarian science outpost in the wilds of Antarctica where much of the research in recent years has focused on climate change. Read about their work here.
Ecker Architekten, the Buchen, Germany-based firm run by Robert Piotrowski (MArch '88) and partner Dea Ecker, were noted for their redesign of a student center tucked into an existing complex at Eckenberg Academy, giving the German school its first taste of new design in a half century. Read about the project here.
Class of 2011
The MASS Design Group, co-founded by Michael Murphy (MArch ’11), was honored with a Buro Happold Effectiveness Award 2013 for their Butaro Doctor’s Housing in Rwanda. Presented each year by World Architecture News, the award recognizes and celebrates designs which have made a positive impact on society. The Butaro Doctor's Housing provides invaluable on-site physician housing in an area where doctor retention is a constant challenge. After opening in 2012, the four duplexes have inspired dignity, fostered community and fomented sustainability of the Burera District's rural healthcare system.
In addition, Michael was featured in the November issue of The Atlantic. The magazine asked leading figures in technology, science, medicine and design for nominations on who they consider to be today’s greatest inventors. Designated by Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo, Michael was amongst a group of distinguished nominees. Including Janette Sadik-Khan (commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation), Jack Dangermond (founder, Environmental Systems Research Institute), and Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO, Amazon).
Class of 1978, 1976, 1974, 1969
GSD alumni John Shields (MArch, MAUD ’74), Mark Favermann (MCRP ’78), Anthony Pangaro (MArch ’69, LF ’76) and Peter Vanderwarker (LF ’97) were part of a team honored with a Clearwater Award for their work on Esplanade 2020 A Vision for the Future. Comprised of leading Boston design and planning specialists, the volunteer group was charged with taking a fresh look at every element of the Esplanade and spent more than a year crafting a vision of what the park could become. Presented by the Waterfront Center, the Clearwater Award recognizes grass-roots and volunteer work by individuals or groups for the betterment of their community and its waterfront. The team accepted their award at the center’s annual conference, which took place in Davenport, Iowa on Sept. 25-28.
Class of 1988
Alex Washburn (MArch '88), author and chief urban designer of the New York City Department of City Planning, celebrated the release of his new book, The Nature of Urban Design. Cited by the New York Times as “a handbook for transforming cities in light of climate change,” Alex takes lay people on an illustrated and highly accessible tour of urban planning, from the High Line to the subway system. GSD alumni and friends receive a 20% discount off The Nature of Urban Design by entering code 4DESIGN when ordering online through the book’s publisher, Island Press. For more information, visit Island Press.
Class of 1997
Cliff Garten (MLA '97), sculptor and founder of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, California, unveiled the Ken Hahn Bridge, a 150-foot-long channel that marks the entry into the Baldwin Hills Conservancy in Los Angeles. Cliff transformed the bridge into a community gateway through a series of undulating anodized aluminum panels, forming the elevations of its deck. The integration of art into the bridge provides an enhanced pedestrian experience and serves as an iconic entry to the Conservancy, while addressing the north and south bound traffic passing under the bridge on La Cienega Boulevard.
Class of 2009
The work of Dave Shanks (MArch '09) and his design partner Michael Alexander is featured in the exhibit Conditions/Environments, currently on view through Nov. 15 at the BSA Space in Boston’s Fort Port Channel. The exhibit brings together the results of the Add-on’ 13 competition, which was organized by the BSA Cape and Islands Network to generate ideas for affordable and multigenerational dwelling units on the Outer Cape. Dave and Michael were named finalists and awarded second place for their project Year’rounder House, an entirely new, yet highly conceptual prototype dwelling for Wellfleet. Conditions/Environments also features the work of Williamson Chong, the Toronto-based firm led by fellow GSD alums Betsy Williamson (MArch '97) and Shane Williamson (March '99) along with their partner Donald Chong, for their project titled Dog Trot.
William W. Landsberg (MArch ’38)
Richard P. Dober (MCP ’57)
Vladimir "Braco" Music (MAUD ’64)