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GSD Class Notes

Stay connected with GSD alumni and friends all over the globe through Class Notes. Learn what’s happening with your classmates and the broader GSD community and keep them up-to-date on your activities.

To submit a Class Note, email us your name, class year and news or announcement to alumni@gsd.harvard.edu. We are happy to include information of both a professional and personal nature.

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APRIL 2014

Class of 1974
Ellen McCarthy (MCP 74) was appointed by Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray to serve as director of the D.C. Office of Planning. Ellen, who is also a lecturer in Georgetown University's Masters in Professional Studies Program in Urban and Regional Planning, brings more than 40 years of experience to the position. She begins her role on April 14, 2014.

Class of 1979
Professor Julia Smyth-Pinney (MArch 79), retired in December 2013 after 32 years of teaching at the University of Kentucky's School of Architecture. She will be moving to Rome this summer to complete a book project on the Palazzo della Sapienza and Borromini's church of S. Ivo.

Class of 1985
Dennis M. Finley (MArch 85) has been named a project manager at Bowie Gridley Architects. A practicing architect since 1982, Dennis joined the firm in 2006 and was named an associate in 2010.
He currently works on projects at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is completing a master plan for the Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida. 

Class of 1994
Mikyoung Kim (MLA 94), principal of the Boston-based firm Mikyoung Kim Design, was recently featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal which profiled three landscape architects. Read the article here.

Class of 2001
Nahyun Hwang (MArch 01) and David Eugin Moon (MArch 01)'s firm N H D M won an Honor Award in the Project category in the 2014 AIANY Design Awards for (No) Stop Marconi, a project that reconceptualizes the spatial and political potentials in the reuse of vacant towers in the context of post-bubble Rotterdam. N H D M is a design and research office for architecture and urbanism based in New York.

Class of 2013
Michael J. Smith (MArch 13) was recently awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching at Harvard University.

MARCH 2014

Class of 1975
Mark Francis 
(MLAUD ’75) received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley for his “extraordinary contributions to the academy and profession of landscape architecture.” The award was presented at UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium on March 14, 2014.

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 1990
Last year Steven Learner (MArch 90) launched the Collective Design Fair, a new fair dedicated to curating a selection of the best in 20th century and contemporary design in New York City. The second edition of the fair, Collective 2, will be opening this May with an even larger roster of exhibitors from around the world, and cultural partners such as the Glass House, the New Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt.

Class of 1991
John Ronan Architects, the Chicago-based firm led by GSD graduate John Ronan (MArch 91), will be the design architect on the Illinois Institute of Technology's planned Ed Kaplan Family Institute for
Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on the university's main campus in Bronzeville, IL. The project--a $40 million, 100,000-square foot facility which could begin as early as summer 2015 with a completion date anticipated in 2017--will become part of the campus designed by Mies Van Der Rohe.

Class of 1994
Jennifer Luce (MDesS ’94), principal and founder of Luce et Studio Architects, will be giving a talk, "Inhabiting the Space of Empathy," on Thursday, April 17, 2014, 5 p.m., at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. 

Class of 1995
Mark Pasnik (MDesS ’95) was recently honored with a 2014 AIA Young Architects Awards. Each year, the Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership
and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. Read more about Mark here.

Class of 1997 & 1999
Williamson Chong, the Toronto-based architecture and design firm of Shane Williamson (MArch ’99), Betsy Williamson (MArch ’97), prinicpals, and their partner Donald Chong, announces it has been selected by the Architectural League of New York for its Emerging Voices Award. They will present their work in a lecture on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Scholastic Auditorium in New York (557 Broadway). Each year the Architectural League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices Award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. View the complete list of past winners where there are many GSD graduates represented.

Class of 1999
Karen M’Closkey’s (MLA 99) book Unearthed: the Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) received a John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, awarded by the 
Foundation for Landscape Studies “for recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies.” Additionally, PEG office of landscape + architecture, the firm where she is a principal along with co-founder Keith VanDerSys, received a 2013 PEW fellowship in the arts. PEG is the first landscape architecture office to be awarded the fellowship since its inception in 1991. PEG was also named one of Metropolis Magazine's "Select Ten," which identifies the next generation of thought leaders in the field of design.

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

A-Typical Plan, a book edited by Jeannette Kuo (MArch 04) which features projects and essays on identity, flexibility and atmosphere in the office building, was recently named one of 2013's "Most Beautiful Swiss Books" in a competition hosted by the Swiss Ministry of Culture.

Class of 2013
Danish Kurani (MAUD 13) has been invited to join the World Cities Summit Young Leaders and its inaugural symposium in recognition of his contribution to the field of urban liveability and sustainability. The World Cities Summit Young Leaders is a new initiative by the World Cities Summit envisioned to be the networking platform for
young urban leaders to spearhead change in their respective cities. He joins a group comprised of 153 global recipients of this honor. 


Class of 1988
Alexandros Washburn (MArch ’88), former chief urban designer of New York City, announced his new professorship and research center at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The Center for Coastal Resilience (CRUX) is dedicated to the proposition that cities can increase their resilience to extreme events while simultaneously improving their quality of life.

Class of 1990
Anmahian Winton Architects, the Cambridge-based firm led by GSD Alumni Council member Nick Winton (AIA, MArch 90) and Alex Anmahian (AIA, MArch 90), is a 2014 recipient of the AIA Institue Honor Awards for Architecture for the Community Rowing Boathouse in Boston, MA. The project was also featured in a CNN video profiling the “11 coolest buildings in North America.” The firm also received a 2013 Award for Design Excellence from the BSA for the Red Rock House in Red Rock, NY.

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)

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