“The GSD is the leading design school in the world, and we have plans to advance this leadership to an even more extraordinary level. These plans will require support from us, from our industry, and from the broader community of those who believe that design is an essential and transformational force in society. One of the most important goals of the Campaign is to build stronger ties to our alumni community, as these relationships will help extend the school’s pedagogy to the profession, and bring the profession back into the school.

Support from our 12,249 alumni will make a big difference. Please consider making your GSD Fund gift today. Thank you.”

Phil Harrison FAIA LEED AP
GSD Campaign Committee Co-Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Perkins+Will
MArch ’93 AB ‘86

Two pictures: Finished Horizon House and Horizon House planning  

more ways to support the GSD


Empower the next generation of architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, designers, researchers, and educators with a donation to the Harvard  University Graduate School of Design (GSD) Fund. Your contribution will provide immediate resources to our talented and determined students - giving them the opportunity to freely imagine and create in a community that encourages excellence. Donations to the GSD Fund provide financial aid grants to both domestic and international students, ensuring the most talented students from around the globe can attend Harvard. 


As the Graduate School of Design takes a larger leadership role in shaping the future of cities, our commitment to global studio work, research, scholarly publications and exhibitions, and reimagining professional practice has expanded to unprecedented levels. The Dean's Innovation Fund enables alumni and friends who share this commitment to invest in groundbreaking new initiatives. Your gift to this fund will help the GSD pursue innovation without constraint.

Thank you for your consideration.

To give online, visit our secure online giving page. If you would prefer to mail your gift, please make your check payable to the Harvard Graduate School of Design and direct it to:

Graduate School of Design
c/o Office of the Recording Secretary
Harvard University
124 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA  02138

To make your gift by phone, call 617-495-1750.

 We offer many ways for you to support the GSD:

Annual Report and Donor Honor Roll 2013
The Annual Report  presents the GSD’s many statistics, initiatives and activities from the past year in one volume. The Donor Honor Roll  acknowledges with gratitude, our donors who made gifts between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Please remember to make your gift this year and appear on our 2014-2015 donor report.

Josep Lluís Sert Council for Annual Leadership Giving
The Josep Lluís Sert Council for annual leadership giving recognizes those alumni and friends whose generosity makes a deep impact on the GSD, our students, and the future of design. Sert Council members can make an annual leadership gift in support of any area at the GSD. The entry-level donation for Sert Council membership is scaled based on graduation year or affiliation with the GSD. For friends of the School and graduates of the Class of 2003 and earlier, membership begins with a donation of $1,000 or more. Classes of 2005 – 2009 are recognized with a contribution of $250 and classes 2010 – 2014 with a $100 donation.

In gratitude for their leadership support, members are invited to a series of exclusive events that provide special access to the latest projects, spaces and concepts in the built environment while fostering relationships with peers and the GSD.

In addition to several other events, the Sert Council can look forward to coming together in the spring of 2014. Past events include:

• Exhibition viewing and reception celebrating AlivE at INVIVIA LAB and GALLERY in Cambridge with Martin Bechthold, Professor of Architectural Technology, and Allen Sayegh, Associate Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology.

• A private tour of the UN Secretariat building renovation by Michael Adlerstein LF’86, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Capital Master Plan.

• A special presentation and private tour of the new Renzo Piano designed Fogg Art Museum before it opens to the public with Tom Lentz, Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museum, and Charlie Klee, Principal, Payette.

• A site visit to DC’s hippest and vibrant new mixed-use space – CityCenter DC - with Armstrong Yakubu from Foster + Partners, and Bill Alsup from Hines Construction.

• A visit to the offices of Obscura Digital and IwamotoScott with Travis Threlkel, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Obscura Digital, Lisa Iwamoto MArch ’93, Principal, IwamotoScott, and Craig Scott MArch ’94, Principal, IwamotoScott.

Make your gift today by clicking here. You can now choose to make easy monthly or quarterly automatic payments. For more information about the Josep Lluís Sert Council, please contact Nicole Freeman at 617-469-1400 or nfreeman@gsd.harvard.edu.

Josep Lluís Sert, GSD faculty member and dean from 1953-1969, was a globally recognized architect and teacher whose unique perspective on cross disciplinary training has become a hallmark of our school. He initiated the world’s first degree program in urban design at the GSD. It is our hope that Sert Council members will build on his legacy by helping us create opportunities for innovative teaching and a school environment that produces nothing less than design excellence.

Planned Giving
Planned giving offers strategies that allow you to enhance your financial objectives, provide for your family, and to be generous to the Harvard Graduate School of Design at the same time.

Planned gifts can:

  • Provide a predictable income for life for you and family members
  • Generate a charitable tax deduction for a portion of your gift
  • Help you avoid upfront capital gains taxes and save on gift/estate taxes
  • Allow you to benefit from the expert investment management performance of Harvard Management Company at no cost
  • Permit you to provide a much larger gift to the GSD than you might have thought possible

Alumni and friends who have made planned and estate gifts for the Harvard Graduate School of Design are welcomed as members of the H. Langford Warren Society, a group of 100 alumni and friends.

The society is named for H. Langford Warren, founding Dean of Harvard’s School of Architecture and President of the Society of Arts and Crafts. Dean Warren was an important link in the chain of individuals who contributed to the architectural practice, theories of design, and the teaching of architectural history in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century.

Just as Dean Warren fostered a close collaboration with the craftsmen who enhanced his buildings, members of the H. Langford Warren Society collaborate with the GSD today to ensure tomorrow’s future.

Benefits of membership include invitations to exclusive events and recognition in donor rolls and select GSD publications.

Further information can be found on the University Planned Giving website or by contacting 617-495-4315.

Additional Giving Opportunities

Alumni and friends of the GSD have varied interests, and the GSD offers an array of specific programs and activities that require support. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific philanthropic goals or interests with you. For further information, contact Beth KramerAssociate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations.

For more information, please contact us by email at give@gsd.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-495-4315 with additional questions.

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