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.
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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.
Class of 2008
Gia Wolff (MArch '08) unveils Canopy, a new installation in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. Canopy is 5,500 feet of custom-made ropes hung above and under the bridge, from one end of the hall to the other, as a means to enhance the processional nature of the Turbine Hall and entice the motion of audience members through it and alongside the other performers and participants. The piece aims to transform Herzog & DeMeuron’s architectural space for the Turbine Hall into a carnival space reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer’s carnival stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the world-famous Sambadrome.
Classes of 2010 & 2011
Kera Lagios (MArch 2010), Jon Sargent (MArch 2011) and Jeff Niemasz (MArch 2011) are members of the company Solemma, known for developing the DIVA-for-Rhino software plug-in, which started as a research project at the GSD led by professor Chrisoph Reinhart. On October 2, 2014, Solemma will be hosting the 3rd DIVA Day Environmental Technology and Design Symposium in Seattle, WA.
Class of 2012
E2A Architects of Zurich won the international competition for the new headquarters of the Berlin based newspaper TAZ. The project is being led by André Albuquerque Passos (MArch ‘12). For the first phase, E2A was selected among 312 firms to be on a group of 25 offices for the second phase of the proposal submission. This group of 25 offices included some of the world’s leading practices (BIG, Staab, Max Dudler, etc). The site is on one of the most important axis of Berlin, the Friedrichstrasse, and is right next to the Jewish museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. Read more about the competition here and here.
Classes of 1976 & 1977
Last month, GSD alumni from the classes of 1976 and 1977 convened in Chicago for the 2014 AIA Convention.
In the photo from left to right are: Darrell Fitzgerald (MArch '77), George Kunihiro (MArch '76), William Wilson (MArch '77) and Kevin Triplett (MArch '76).
Class of 1978
Stan Clauson (MLA '78) has been elected president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association. He took office on July 1, 2014. Stan heads a private planning and landscape architecture firm in Aspen, Colorado. He also is chair of the Landscape/Land Use Planning Professional Practice Network for the ASLA.
Class of 2014
Simon Battisti (MArch '14) has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Albania. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, and Simon will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.
Class of 1950
Blanche Lemco van Ginkel (MCP '50) received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from McGill University in Montreal at Spring Convocation. She had earlier received an award from the City of Montreal for "exceptional contribution to Montreal's heritage."
Class of 1979
Andie Cochran (FASLA, MLA '79) has been honored with the 2014 Design Medal, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Class of 1996
Surfacedesign, Inc. and its principals James A. Lord (MLA '96), Roderick Wyllie (MLA '98) and Geoff di Girolamo received the Architectural League of New York's 2014 Emerging Voices Award, recognizing North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.
Class of 1998
Karen Lu (MArch '98) received the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Young Architect Award for exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning, and education.
Class of 2009
Christoph Ibele (MArch '09) has joined the St. Louis office of HOK as a design professional, working on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Chemistry-Biology Building. Prior to HOK, Ibele worked at Radius Track Corp.
Class of 2014
Simon Battisti (MArch '14) has been selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Albania. The Fulbright program is the US government's flagship foreign exchange program.
Class of 1959
America's Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race (Lexington Books, 2014), edited by Chester Hartman (AB ’57, MCP ’59, PhD ’67), is out now.
Class of 1979
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, the firm led by Andie Cochran (MLA ’79), was awarded the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. The National Design Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation and lasting achievement.
Class of 1985, 1999, 2009
A team from Sasaki Associates—featuring GSD alums Dennis Pieprz (MAUD ’85), Martin Zogran (MAUD ’99) and Ming-Jen Hsueh (MLA ’09, MLAUD ’09)—was honored with the Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Excellence Award for their work on the Songzhuang Arts and Agriculture City master plan in Beijing, China. The award was presented during the 2014 APA National Planning Conference.
Class of 2005
Geoffrey von Oeyen (MArch ’05) of the Los Angeles-based firm, Geoffrey von Oeyen Design, was one of six winners of the 2014 Architectural League Prize for young architects and designers. The prize recognizes provocative and exemplary work and provides a public outlet for for the exchange of their ideas.
Class of 2013
Danish Kurani (MAUD ’13) was profiled in last month's edition of New Learning Times. Danish also gave a lecture at Teacher's College about the relationship between the built environment and urban schools. Watch the lecture here.
Christin To (MArch ’13) and partner Hugo Martinez of the firm
MAT-TER Design + Build Studio received first place in the "Designing Resilient Schools" international competition presented by Open Online Academy. The duo won for their proposal for the Guiuan National High School in the Philippines, which will be implemented later this year in collaboration with the Department of Education and Architecture for Humanity in the Philippines in support of the Typhoon Haiyan victims and community. Learn more about the project here.
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 2000
Ben Russin (AIA, MArch ’00) recently joined the Washington D.C.-based firm, Bowie Gridley Architects, as a project architect.
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.
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.
William W. Landsberg (MArch ’38)
Richard P. Dober (MCP ’57)
Vladimir "Braco" Music (MAUD ’64)
Brooks Critchfield (MArch ’93)