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Professional News from GSD Alumni

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

To submit to Professional News, 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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MAY 2015

Class of 1978
Mark Favermann MCRP ’78 of Boston-based firm Favermann Design, was interviewed for a segment on local TV station WCVB about his 2005 public art project, which is permanently on display at Audubon Circle on Beacon Street, where Boston meets Brookline. Designed by Favermann in his carriage house design studio, the piece features 20 birds, all local species, crafted from aluminum and welded and painted like a car. The birds, which sit on lamp posts, are designed to last and makes for a unique gateway to Boston. Watch a video of the segment here.

Class of 1987
Allison Williams LF '87 was honored with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Read more about the award and about Williams here.

APRIL 2015

Class of 1977
Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 worked with Dr. Bill Ferris Ph.D., former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and historian at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Dr. Kenneth Janken Ph.D., interim director of the Center for the American South, to organize and conduct a workshop on historic Black towns and settlements. The workshop, which took place April 6-7, 2015 on UNC’s campus, addressed a range of strategic topics, including land use law, economic cultural tourism, community health, cultural food ways, entrepreneurship, archival preservation, and physical historic preservation. Fly began his research and study of historic Black towns and settlements while studying under John Brinckerhoff Jackson at the GSD. Read more about the event here.

Class of 1997 & 2001
The Nature3.x: Where is Nature Now? symposium was convened by Professor Matthew Tucker MLA '01 at the University of Minnesota on April 17-18. The event focused upon the examination of the pressing ecological dilemmas associated with the Anthropocene epoch and offed speculative trajectories for future landscape architecture critical practice. Nearly 200 landscape architects, architects, artists and environmental activists attended the symposium. Speakers included Professor Tucker as well as Kate Orff MLA '97, author Emma Marris, documentary filmmaker Andrew Blackwell, artist Buster Simpson and artist Koert vanMensvoort. The symposium also included a pre-symposium "Culvertized" workshop led by Tucker and Simpson, which focused upon the concept of bluespace and urban headwaters to retrofit urban stormwater infrastructure.

Class of 1998 & 1999
Takashi Yanai MArch ’99 and Patricia Rhee MArch ’98 are both Partners at Ehrlich Architects. The firm has recently received the AIA’s highest honor, the 2015 National AIA Firm Award! Recognized for sustained design excellence, as well as exemplary firm culture, this honor will be officially bestowed at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta this May.

Class of 2003
Anuraj D. Shah MArch '03 has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Cutting Edge Home. Shah joined the firm in August 2014 and brought with him 15 years of experience as a studio artist, residential and institutional designer, and project manager. Shah had previously exercised his architectural training at Gilman Guidelli & Bellow Company, Marc Truant & Associates, Anmahian Winton Architects, and Hashim Sarkis Architecture & Urban Design as a project manager and project designer.

Class of 2005
The American Academy in Rome announced that Alexander Robinson ASLA MLA '05 was honored as a 2015-2016 Rome Prize fellow. The Rome Prize, which provides significant time, research materials, and studio space at the academy’s recently restored Villa Aurelia in Rome, has long been a coveted honor. Described as “life changing” and “transformative” by the 1997–1998 fellow Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA, it is also a way of benchmarking where and how the concerns of landscape architecture converge with currents in the arts and humanities. Along with a cohort of musicians, writers, artists, scholars, and architects, the new landscape fellows will liveand work in Rome for six months to a year.

Class of 2007
Zaneta Hong MLA ’07, lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the GSD, will be the editor of Platform 8, to be released in Fall 2015. In the coming weeks and throughout the summer, she will work closely with a team of GSD students to produce Platform 8 and the related Spring 2016 exhibition. Since joining the GSD faculty in 2012, Hong has been named a Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow and received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Along with Michael Leighton Beaman, she is curator of the exhibit, Landformation Catalogue, on view in the Loeb Library through May 15th. Hong graduated from the GSD’s Landscape Architecture program in 2007, prior to which she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cornell University. Before her GSD appointment, she was a lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the Materials Lab Curator at the University of Texas, Austin School of Architecture, where she initiated, designed, and developed the online materials website and database along with the Advanced Materials Research Lab and Gallery.

Class of 2013
Anthony Khoi AMDP '13, President and CEO of CEFIC and Aerium Turkey, is featured in the April 2015 issue of Retail Leisure International Magazine, one of the most well-known international publications focused on retail and retail real estate sectors. Read the article here.

MARCH 2015

Class of 1988
David Heymann MArch ’88 recently published  the book, “My Beautiful City Austin”, (John Hardy Publishing, Houston). Read about the book and order here.

Class of 1990 & 1997
Kristina Hill MLA ’90, PhD ’97, GSA ’98 participated in a panel discussion on urban adaptations for rising sea levels at the Hammer museum, co-presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. To watch a video of the panel discussion, click here.

As of June 2015, Associate Professor Katherine Orff MLA '97 will assume the directorship of the Urban Design Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. A faculty member who has been a key part of both the Urban Design Program and the School for many years, Kate is an internationally renowned award-winning practitioner focused on urban design in the era of climate dynamics. Read more here.

Class of 1991
This year’s AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture honors Thomas Luebke MArch ’91, for his steadfast leadership of the United States Commission of Fine Arts during a time of unprecedented change for the federal core of the District of Columbia.

Nader Tehrani MAUD ’91 has won his 16th P/A Award for the Ordos 20+10 Office Complex. To see the project, click here.

Class of 2008
Eugenio Simonetti MAUD ’08, has completed the second of two LEED office towers in Santiago de Chile. The Costanera Lyon 2 was exhibited at the 14th Venice Biennale, and is a featured project at the XIX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism 2015 Bienale this April in Valparaiso.

Classes of 2008 and 2011
Constantine Bouras MAUD ’11,with Evita Fanou, Electra Kontoroupi, Ioannis Oikonomou, Foteinos Soulos, and Dimitra Tsachrelia, curated an exhibition of projects by young Greek architects practicing in New York for GIANY [Greek Institute of Architects in New York]. Mr. Bouras, Christina Yessios MAUD ’11, and Ioannis Kandyliaris MArch '08 were among the contributors to the exhibit. To read more, click here.

Class of 2014
Lukas Pauer MAUD ’14, currently working for Herzog & de Meuron Architekten in Switzerland, has been selected as a Global Shaper (Founding Member) at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Bern Hub. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Community is a global network of city-based Hubs developed and led by people between the ages of 20 and 30 who have shown great potential for future leadership roles toward serving society. Global Shapers undertake projects to generate a positive impact within their local community.


Class of 1980 and Class of 1986
The Tennessee ASLA Chapter presented Ritchie Smith MLA '80 and Lissa Thompson MLA '86 an Honor Award for their design of the Pedestrian Plaza at the Memphis International Airport. Their firm, Ritchie Smith Associates, was recognized at the chapter’s annual meeting in Chattanooga. Read more about the project here.

Class of 1993
Andrew P. Phillips MArch '93 was featured in a story about rituals in Newsworks, the online home of public radio broadcaster WHYY News. Phillips, a licensed architect and full-time design teacher at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philiadelphia, spoke about the importance of rituals in his high-performance workplace. Read the story here


Class of 1982
agps architecture in Zurich and Los Angeles, headed by Sarah Graham MArch '82, Marc Angelil (former GSD faculty member, 1983-1987), and Manuel Scholl, has been selected as a finalist in the Helsinki Guggenheim Museum competition. The winning project will be announced in June 2015.

Class of 1988
A project by German firm Ecker Architekten, run by Bob Piotrowski MArch '88 and wife Dea Ecker, was recently featured in DETAIL Architecture. Read the article here

David Heymann MArch '88 shares that an essay he wrote about Stephen Holl’s design proposal for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston was published at OffCite. Additionally, a set of photographs he took this summer was featured in The Arctic Circle program, published at Places Journal.

Class of 1989
The ASLA San Diego chapter presented Spurlock Poirer—the firm of GSD alumnus Martin PoireMLA '89, prinicpal—the President's Award for their work on the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA, and the Award of Merit for the United States Courthouse Annex located in the heart of San Diego. The awards are given each year to honor the best landscape architecture of the San Diego region. 

Class of 1991
Architect Magazine visited the office of NADAAA for a video profile of the firm for its "Architect Visits" series. In the video, principals Nader Tehrani MAUD '91 and Kate Faulkner, AIA explain how their research and in-house fabrication is posing a challenge to the building industry to rethink methods of production. Watch the video here

Class of 2013
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston has published "Working Water," the research and speculative landscape work produced by Michael Ezban MLA '13 while he was in residence at the museum as the 2014 Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies.

"Working Water" brings the fish farm to the perennial discourse on designed productive landscapes in the discipline of landscape architecture. The work explores contemporary and historical models of aquaculture landscapes where recreation, conservation, waste management and cultivation are enmeshed in the public realm. Working Water concludes with the speculative design of Quabbin Fishery, a 240-acre aquaponic and angling landscape in central Massachusetts. Quabbin Fishery anchors a proposed regional network of ecological fishery landscapes that expand the utility of some of the state's greatest assets: its freshwater reservoirs.

Class of 2014
Jennifer Ly MArch ’14 has been shortlisted for her thesis project “exabyte, zettabyte, yottabyte…” in the 2014 Architectural Review‘s Global Architecture Graduate Awards from over 650 international entries. This year’s competition jury comprised of Elia Zenghelis, Sam Jacob, Deborah Saunt and Alexandra Stara. Her thesis project, advised by Associate Professor Florian Idenburg, examines the civic role of contemporary digital infrastructure through a monument in Lower Manhattan.


Class of 1961
Don Richardson MLA '61 and Guy Rando MLA '61 held a mini reunion for the Class of 1961 in Reston, Virginia over the Thanksgiving weekend. Read more about the reunion and how to reconnect with the Class of 1961 here

Class of 1983
Studio Gang, the firm run by Jeanne Gang MArch '83, was selected by the American Museum of Natural History to design a six-story addition to its sprawling complex along Columbus Avenue in New York. The project should be completed as early as 2019, the museum's 150th anniversary.

Class of 2002
“La Ascensión del Señor” Church in Seville, Spain by AGi architects—the firm of Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea MArch '02 and Nasser Abulhasan MArch '02, DdesS '07has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture–Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

It is the official architecture prize of the European Union. For each two-year period, nominations are submitted for the Jury’s consideration by an independent group of experts.This project was recently recognized with the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2014 in the Completed Buildings Religion category, announced in early October in Singapore.

Class of 2009
Lior Galili MArch '09 presented her research paper "Times Square’s Street Section and the Ghosted Silver Screen," in the Mediated City - LA Conference, hosted by Woodbury University. Galili's paper is a further development of her thesis project at the GSD under the guidance of Professor Michael Hays and Professor Peter Rowe, and with the kind support of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative (REAI). The paper will further be published in the Architecture MPS online journal and in an forthcoming book following the Mediated City - LA Conference.

Class of 2014

Ling Fan DDesS '14 was named the inaugural Design Trust /M+ design fellow. His project, titled "Hong Kong as an Archetype: Revisiting Modernist Ideas of the City and its Urban Forms," was chosen out of 40 other applicants in the running. Fan will receive a monthly stipend of HK$40,000 for six months to focus on an archetypal interpretation of Hong Kong’s modernist urban forms. Exploring the dialectics surrounding the complex phenomenon of urbanization, poised between two major concepts of political power and economic power, Fan seeks to illuminate a critical understanding of the idea of a contemporary Chinese city in its varying incarnations.


Class of 2007
José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA '07 just published a book chapter entitled “The Caribbean Landscape Cyborg: Designing Green Infrastructure for La Parguera, Puerto Rico.” It is Chapter 20 of the book Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts between Nature and Design, released November 6, 2014 by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, London. The book is a review of contemporary ideas on green infrastructure theory and design, with examples from across the globe. More information and the table of contents are available here. 

Class of 2013
Danish Kurani MAUD '13 was a speaker at the Group of National Experts on Learning Environments in Genoa, Italy. Organized by the OECD’s Center for Effective Learning Environments, the meeting brought together education policymakers and school construction authorities from 20 countries. Kurani’s presentation was titled “Spaces for Learning and Innovation: The Design Process” and explored his recent projects for New York City Public Schools.

Class of 2014
Recent grads Heidi Cho MAUD '14, MUP '14, Edward Meng MUP '14, and Tiffany Obser MArch '14 are taking part in an intense five months of work and research in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), Saudi Arabia, as part of the new Impact KAEC Fellowship. The trio are the first graduates to embark on the fellowship as part of New Cities Foundation's Cityquest initiative to shape the future of brand new cities globally. The fellowship was designed as a unique opportunity for top international graduates to gain on-the-ground work experience in one of the most ambitious new city projects in the world. Meet the fellows and learn more about the intitiative here


Class of 1988

William Huang MArch '88, Director of Housing and Career Services, City of Pasadena.

On October 24, 2014, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Tewillinger Center for Housing recognized the City of Pasadena, CA with the 2014 Ralph C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards given for the nation’s most outstanding housing policy at its fall meeting in New York City. Pasadena’s recognition was based on its housing policy and programs which have resulted in the development of over 5,000 housing units in transit-oriented areas, including 1,370 units of affordable and workforce housing. Pasadena's commitment to its housing vision, community engagement, and informed dialog has produced a highly integrated and effective mix of goals, policies, and programs for its 2014-2021 housing element plan. Specifically mentioned in the application were Pasadena’s Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Ordinances, fee waivers for affordable housing, PasadenaHousingSearch.com, and Project HOUSED, the City’s housing first program for the chronically homeless.  

Class of 1991, 1996 & 2003
Woods Baget, the global design and consulting firm featuring two GSD alums, Patrick Daly MArch '91, Director and Executive Chairman for the North American division, and Riki Nishimura MAUD '03, Director of Urban Strategies, was honored with a 2014 Merit Award for Urban Design. The firm won for their project Shenzhen Hybrid City in Shenzhen, China. 

On another note, Riki and Patrick, with James Lord MLA '96, worked on a paid competition for the design of the City of Mesa City Center in Arizona. They presented their work to the mayor, city council and the people of Mesa in August. Results will be announced later this month. In the meantime, check out their concept for the project here and here

Class of 2013
Kenya Endo MLA '13 received a 2014 Holchim Award for his project titled, "Machine Landscape: Coal Mining Sites for Hydro-Pump Electricity Storage." Presented by the Holchim Foundation, the award honors "international examples of sustainable construction" each year. Kenya's project was developed while at the GSD during a fall 2012 studio, "Energy Landscape 3.0" with Philipp Oswalt and Theo Deutinger as studio instructors. See all the all winners here


Class of 2012 & 2014
Conor O'Shea MDesS '14, MLA '12 has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program in the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Trained as a landscape architect and urbanist, Conor teaches design, history, and theory in IIT's emerging landscape architecture program. His research focuses on logistics as a driver of contemporary urbanization and ecologies.

For more information please visit: http://arch.iit.edu/study/mla or www.ceoshea.net.


William W. Landsberg MArch ’38

William Breger MArch '45

Samuel T. Hurst
MArch ’49

Richard P. Dober MCP ’57

Vladimir "Braco" Music MAUD ’64

Thomas Sutherland MArch '87

Brooks Critchfield MArch ’93

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