Current Doctoral Students
Harvard Doctor of Design students constitute a group of select students with a great variety of research interests. The program is intended for persons who wish to enter teaching, research and advanced careers in the theory and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, urban form and technology; or the analysis and development of cities, landscapes and regions with emphasis on social, economic, ecological, transportation and infrastructural systems. Further, students may wish to conduct research in the area of digital technologies within such context.
In addition to their studies, doctoral candidates are involved in many aspects of the school. Among other activities, they hold Research or Teaching Fellowships and organize speaker series, conferences,and journals.
Ozlem Altinkaya Genel is a first year DDes student. Her doctoral research focuses on urban expansion at a regional scale. She is particularly interested in the urbanization of the Middle East, therefore exploring the nascent peripheral territories.
She has participated in research projects on the urban transformation of Istanbul. In 2010 she worked as an assistant curator for the exhibition called “Istanbul 1910-2010: The City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture Exhibition” and prepared the section on “Urban Implosion: 1950 -1983”. Her work benefits from various disciplines including urban sociology, environmental history, urban geography; engages diverse research methods such as GIS systems, remote sensing images and data visualization.
As an architect she also has experience on the operational field. She worked freelance/part time in various offices, including Nevzat Sayın Mimarlık Hizmetleri and Tuncer Çakmaklı Architects. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mimar Sinan University of Fine arts. She graduated summa cum laude from Istanbul Bilgi University with a Master of Architectural Design degree in 2008.
The goal of Nicole Beattie’s doctoral study is to identify the ways in which the design of our built environment and policymaking can facilitate humans’ vital relationship to sunlight and thus our health.
Nicole’s research covers three distinct areas: The Industrial Revolution as a historical precedent for understanding dark and densely populated communities and the important health and housing policies that emerged as a consequence of these conditions; The Modernist Movement, as the design community’s answer to these unhealthy and dark living spaces; Rapidly Urbanizing Centers, a contemporary example, focused in Chile, to address whether novel designs can emerge to stem the growth of unhealthy built environments in rapidly urbanizing centers.
After receiving her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania, Nicole’s interests in environmental health factors led her to medical research. She worked at NYU, examining different genetic and environmental factors in asthma incidence. In 2008, Nicole was part of a research group that traveled the Amazon River to study the infrastructural development at sites throughout the region. This research resulted in an architecture studio she taught in Quito, Ecuador in conjunction with a studio in Temuco, Chile.
Joëlle Bitton is a new media artist, a human-computer interaction researcher and a traveller.
She looks at the mediation of technologies in human relationships and their potential social impact, recently at Culture Lab, Newcastle University and previously at MIT Media Lab Europe, Dublin with the projects "RAW" and "Passages". Her history postgraduate degree from the University of Sorbonne, "Les Machines de l'Imaginaire" describes the impact of emerging technologies and networks on the 19th century European society.
In 2000, she co-founded an experimental collective in Vienna, “Superficiel" in support of works that explore the ideas of surface, screen, and body movement as interfaces. In addition, she leads an international career as an interaction designer, for cultural institutions (Le Louvre, Grand Palais…) and for businesses (Harry Winston, Alain Ducasse…). Other fields of expertise include teaching, conducting participatory workshops, curating events and managing projects.
Her DDes research at GSD looks at the democratisation of digital fabrication processes announced as the next revolution of everyday uses of technology. She studies what the fabrication of objects allows for individuals or communities to imagine and to conceive.
She also co-organizes Dorkbot Paris.
Daniel Daou is a Doctor of Design student developing his thesis on Synthetic Ecology, a field of visionary spatial production lying at the intersection of architecture, engineering and the environment concerned with the implications of civilization's long term perpetuation.
He holds a B.Arch from the Universidad Iberoamericana graduating top of his class in 2006. He was a visiting student at the M.Arch II program at SCIArc, a fellow from the National Council for Science and Technology and recognized as a Young Artist by the National Fund for Culture and Arts. In 2011, with the support from the Fulbright program and the Brockman Foundation, he obtained a Master in Science of Architecture Studies and a Master in City Planning with an Urban Design Certificate from MIT.
He was a Unit Chief at the Secretariat of Urban Development and Housing in Mexico City, and has been involved in over 40 projects spanning a dozen countries working both independently and for private firms. As a curator and researcher, he was involved with the 2006 Venice Biennial and the 2007 Lisbon Triennial among others. Additionally, he has been research assistant, teaching faculty, lecturer and critic at the Iberoamericana, MIT and U Penn, and, over the last eight years, has written over 30 essays on the nature of design for several publications.
Ling Fan born in Shanghai, now is based in Beijing to practice spatial art and architectural design. His approach has always been studied, analytical and strategic in nature. He intervenes into issues of urbanism and architecture with design, writing and teaching. Ling Fan graduated from Princeton University with a Master of Architecture degree. He founded FANStudio (www.fatflatfloat.com) to practice spatial experimentation and architectural design in 2010 and also teaches at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded Art Special Prize by China Scholarship Council in 2011, Focus on Talent Project by Martell Art Foundation in 2011, China Contemporary Young Critic Award by Art Obervation in 2009. He just finished a solo exhibition at 798 CU Space, Beijing. His works have been exhibited at Today Art Museum, Beijing; 2009 World Designer Congress; 2009 Gwangjiu Art and Design Biennale, Korea; 2008 Shanghai Art Biennale among others. His works and writings have been recently published at 306090, A+U, Abitare, AREA, Art Bazaar, Domus, FRAME, Interior Design, iLook, Pidgin, T+ A, UED, Urban Flux.
Ali Fard received his Master of Architecture degree from University of Toronto in 2011. Prior to that, he studied Art, Art History, and Communication Culture at University of Toronto’s Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology, where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in 2007.
Ali has worked with Lateral Office and KPMB Architects in Toronto, and Saucier + Perrotte Architects in Montreal. His work and research explore contextual application of technologies in response to the environment and socio-economic structure of the territory they occupy. Ali has been a guest critic at University of Waterloo and has presented his work in New York, Anchorage, Rotterdam, Casablanca, Montreal, and Toronto. His work has been featured in Azure, Domus, and the upcoming issue of Bracket: At Extremes. Ali’s recent work on spatial typologies for integration of information and communication technologies within public spaces of Sub-Saharan Africa is currently on display at NAI as part of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR).
Ali’s doctoral research at the GSD will investigate the spatial byproducts of information networks and their subsequent importation and translation in developing countries of Asia and Africa.
ChengHe Guan is a doctoral student at GSD, Harvard University. His research focuses on the correlation between urbanization process and spatial pattern analysis in China and other East Asian Countries. Licensed in California with American Institute of Architect, ChengHe worked for Fumihiko Maki in Tokyo, Sun Hung Kai Properties in Hong Kong, CDA construction in Nassau, and China Development Bank in Beijing. His experiences include Architectural & Urban Design, real estate development, construction management, and primary land investment.
As a research associate for Professor Peter Rowe in the past two years, ChengHe worked on the pre-war Korea Peninsula urbanization study, Shanghai transportation and urban expansion analysis, and Housing & Urban Intensity research. He also served as a teaching assistant for “Field Studies in Real Estate, Planning, and Urban Design” with Professor Richard Peiser; and “Building Technology” and “Innovative Japanese Architecture” both with Professor Mark Mulligan. Recently his team has won the best site-planning award in the 2012 Urban Land Institute Hines competition.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from Southeast University, a Master degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master in Design Study from Harvard University.
Saira Hashmi is currently pursuing a Doctor of Design degree in GSD. Her research focuses on designing an optimal water infrastructure model for sustainable cities that embodies the culture and the environment with a focus in the MENA region – test case is Abu Dhabi region, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
She is developing a model that will help in maximizing reuse of water sources, minimizing the water consumption by investing in appropriate and efficient set of water saving technologies within the city along with unconventional water resources. This will include the quality of water received from desalination plants along with environmental, social, economic and political constraints and policies. The proposed model will help in pricing water and in the evaluation of future water demands.
Saira holds a B.Sc. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and she received her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University. She has extensive teaching experience and has received numerous teaching fellowships from various graduate schools at Harvard, including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, among others. She organized the 2011 water sustainability workshop with Professor Steve Caton that focused on the current global water crisis.
Faye Antonia Hays' work is on surface, texture and sound in architecture and cinema. To date her research has centered on the films of Chris Marker, Michelangelo Antonioni, Yasijuro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Pedro Almodóvar and others, as well as Tschumi’s Parc de la Villette. Surface operations explored are those addressing questions of the urban. These include screen surfaces, surfaces of interiority, transgressive surfaces and surfacing memory.
Faye has been an adjunct lecturer at Northeastern University and a teaching fellow for GSD courses in urban design, urban planning, visual constructs, architectural & urban theory and history. She has conducted research for the Divine Comedy exhibition, for GESU’s study of cities along the Arab/Persian Gulf, and has worked as Design Facilitator for an IDEO J-Term design workshop at Harvard. Faye has spoken about cinema & architecture at the GSD, Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and Veritas University of Costa Rica. She is also a musician, installation artist and filmmaker.
Jianxiang Huang is a LEED accredited architect, a certified city planner (AICP), and a scholar on climate adaptation planning and sustainable design. His research focuses on the assessment of urban microclimate and thermal comfort at neighborhood scale. He is developing a GIS-based model to examine the impact of microclimate on occupant behaviors, public health as well as property values in dense urban context.
Professionally, Huang has worked on many award winning planning and design projects including the post-flood neighborhood plan in Cedar Rapids, campus master plan for university of Maine, and sports facilities for 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. His work ranges from regional plans, urban redevelopment, design guidelines, campus plans, research parks, shopping malls, and sports facilities.
Prior to Harvard, Huang earned a Master in City Planning from MIT, and a M.Arch and a B.Arch from Tsinghua University. He serves on the board of directors of the International Association of China Planning (IACP). Huang is also a violinist and a canoeist on the Charles.
Kristen Hunter is a published scholar and real estate development strategist whose research concerns urban redevelopment, public-private partnership deal structuring and economic development outcomes. Additional areas of interest include sustainable urbanism, infrastructure finance, institutional and non-profit development, and socially responsible investment. She is a 2011 Pension Real Estate Association Scholarship recipient.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Kristen was a Teaching Associate in Real Estate Finance and Public and Private Development at the GSD. She concurrently authored a series of case studies on best practices in the delivery of federal construction projects for the U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service, serving as Assistant Instructor at the agency’s semi‑annual academy. Previously, she managed the initiation, repositioning, and implementation of infill development projects in Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods. She is a licensed construction supervisor, real estate broker, and LEED Accredited Professional.
Kristen received a master’s degree with distinction in Real Estate and Project Management from the GSD, earning the Gerald M. McCue Medal for highest overall academic record and the Ferdinand Colleredo‑Mansfeld Prize for superior achievement in real estate studies. She also holds an M.A. in Medieval Chinese History from Cornell University and an A.B. cum laude in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.
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Du T. Huynh is a senior lecturer at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) in Vietnam. His research interests cover urban economics, infrastructure development, and finance. He has authored or co-authored a number of policy studies including a study of the national shipbuilding strategy in 2006 that prompted a prime ministerial review. Most recently, he wrote a study of a government plan to build a high-speed rail link between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).
Du joined FETP in 2003 after completing the one-year program in applied economics and public policy. From 1996 to 2004, he held multiple positions in the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, one of the largest state-owned banks in the country. He received his first BS degree in civil engineering from Da Nang Technology University in 1996, and his most recent degree is the master of public administration from Harvard Kennedy School in 2010. He is a recipient of the first prize in the editorial and commentary subject of HCMC Journalist Association, and the third prize of the Olympic Mechanics Contest of Danang Technology University.
Daniel Ibanez is a licensed architect and urban designer who received his Masters of Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in 2007. In addition, he holds a Master in Advance Architecture from the Institute for Advance Architecture of Catalunya. In 2012, he completed a Masters in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a fellow and Fulbright Scholar of the Fundación La Caixa, where he was awarded the Dimitris Pikionis Award for best academic performance in his program.
Daniel is the co-founder of margen-lab, a cross-disciplinary team that conducts research activity on innovation in the intersection of design, technology and ecology. Daniel combines his professional activities with a strong academic focus through ongoing research and teaching at important academic institutions such as ETSAM, IAAC, MIT and currently at Harvard-GSD.
As research assistant at the GSD, he has been engaged in two major projects; The Ecological Urbanism App—an iPad application sponsored by the Dean’s Office, that aims to compile and exhibit the most relevant contributions to the field of urbanism, landscape and ecology through an interpretive digital experience; and, secondly, The Third Coast Atlas—a forthcoming book edited by Charles Waldheim, Clare Lyster and Mason White which examines urbanization in the Great Lakes region. Both research projects are relevant to Daniel’s own research which explores the metabolism of cities, or in other words, the co-dependency of the urban phenomenon and geographies and ecologies that support it, with particular attention to crisis periods and how they have originated new urban forms as result of new metabolic reconfigurations.
Diego Ibarra is President of EA Buildings, an international environmental design consulting firm specializing in advanced building performance simulations and LEED consulting. Through his firm Diego is involved in over 18,000,000 square feet of projects, including commercial office towers, industrial facilities, high-rise residential, retail and academic facilities. His experience on building simulations includes a broad set of advanced simulation techniques and tools, including energy, daylight and LCA analysis. His teaching experience includes over twenty lectures and workshops on these topics, as well as many LEED trainings in the Unites States and abroad. Diego has also been a speaker at renowned conferences, such as, Building Simulation 2009 (Glasgow) and 2011 (Sydney), the International Radiance Workshop 2008 (Boston) and Greenbuild 2008 (Boston), among others.
His doctoral research focuses on the effective application of building performance simulations in the early stages of design. Specifically, it explores to what extent a validated simulation sequence may improve the accuracy of simulation results and effectively improve building performance. Diego is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master in Design Studies in Sustainable Design from Harvard University. He completed graduate studies on Bioclimatic Design in Madrid, Spain and holds an MArch and BArch from the University of Chile. Diego also holds a position on the Board of several institutions and companies involved in the construction industry.
Sanghoon Jung is now studying urban design and planning in the GSD’s DDes program. He earned his B.S. in Civil, Urban, Geosystem Engineering and M.S. in Urban Design, both at Seoul National University in South Korea. After that, he worked in several new town projects in South Korea and in other countries at Han-A urban research institute (Seoul) before joining DDes. His research interest concerns international transfer of urban planning and design from East Asia to other developing countries. Specifically, he is researching how Western planning and design principles and practices were transferred to South Korea and how they have been evolved in accordance with Korean local circumstances. Eventually, he tackles how this expertise accumulated in South Korea is re-transferred and localized to other countries such as Vietnam. With his research, he intends to understand the mechanism of transfer of planning and design expertise and the tensions between transferred planning knowledge and local circumstances.
Nikolaos Katsikis is an architect and 3rd year DDeS candidate. His design and research interests focus on the intersection between technological advancements, urban infrastructures and the built environment beyond the metropolitan scale.
He holds a 5-year professional degree in Architecture Engineering (with highest distinction) and an MSc on "Architecture - Space Planning" from the National Technical University of Athens where he has also worked as a Teaching Fellow (2007-2008). He is a registered architect in Greece since 2006 and has taken part in several international architectural competitions both as an individual, and as an associate architect collaborating with Sakellaridou & Papanikolaou Architects.
His recent research in the Doctor of Design program (2009-) examines the role of networked mobility infrastructures on the contemporary urban condition and the processes of sociotechnical transitions and changes in relation to urban and regional morphology. Through an interdisciplinary approach bringing together urban studies and history of technology studies, the notion and agency of design is questioned as a means to revisit the potential of the contemporary urban and regional infrastructural landscape to accommodate (or deny) change. His research has been presented in several conferences in Europe and is supported by the Fulbright Foundation and the Alexandros Onassis Foundation.
Saehoon Kim graduated from Seoul National University in 2003 with a BS (distinction) and MS in Architecture, subsequently earning his MDesS in Urbanization and Housing at the GSD in 2009. His doctoral research is about spatial patterns of urbanization, land use change, and environmental resources in China and in the Asian region. He served as a research assistant for Professor Peter Rowe on projects such as "Urbanization and Urban Sustainability in China." He was awarded the Penny White Fellowship by the Penny White Projects Fund Selection Committee on his research titled "Villages in Transition: Water Scarcity and Rural Landscape." Prior to the DDes program, he worked at cross-regional planning authorities such as Seoul Development Institute and the Boston Redevelopment Authority Urban Design/Planning Department. He was a project designer at BAUM Architects from 2003 to 2006, and was invited to exhibit a landscape design project titled "Ecological Urban Void" in the Gwangju International Biennale Exhibition in 2002. In recognition of his future promise in urban studies, the Kwanjeong Educational Foundation, the largest foundation in Korea, is sponsoring his studies at Harvard. He is also a LEED accredited professional.
Nathan King is a designer and lead researcher in the GSD Design Robotics Group where his investigation stems from an interest in user-assembled building systems. He seeks to understand the nature of computer‐controlled manufacturing and its relationship to building assembly and material systems with a particular focus on additive manufacturing technologies. With a background in Art and Art history, Nathan holds Masters Degrees in Architecture and Industrial Design from Virginia Tech and his primary research interests lie at the intersection of the two disciplines. Nathan has significant studio teaching experience and has exhibited, published, and lectured extensively. As part of his ongoing research into design solutions for Deployable Infrastructural Support for Science and Education, Nathan led a student team in the deployment of a prototypical mobile field laboratory in western Tanzania. Nathan was awarded a GSD Community Service Fellowship with the Mass Design Group to develop innovative building technologies for use in the design and construction of a series of healthcare facilities in Rwanda, Uganda, and Haiti. Recently, Nathan developed a Design Robotics Laboratory at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, led the Ceramics 2.0 cluster at the 2012 Smart Geometry workshops, and established the Commonwealth Fabrication Consortium, a collaboration between the Center for Design Research at Virginia Tech and the fabrication laboratories at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Wanda Katja Liebermann's research examines the ways in which the meanings of disability become materialized in the built environment and how this connects to discourses and practices of citizenship. Her work in the Secondary Field of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School supports a crossover between architecture and scientific knowledge production.
In the last year she has presented her research in the US and abroad, including a paper at the first Dutch Disability Studies conference in Amsterdam. She will give a paper entitled, “Body Building: Architectural Narratives of Dis/ability” (also the working title of her dissertation) at the upcoming 2011 meeting of Society for the Social Studies of Science. Wanda received a 2009 HUD Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant; she was a 2010-2011 John R. Meyer Fellow of the Joint Center for Housing at Harvard University; and most recently she received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.
Wanda is a California licensed architect. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from the College of Environment Design at the UC Berkeley, where she was an adjunct studio instructor from 1996 to 2007. In 2010 she taught a studio at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Matan Mayer is an architect and a life-cycle analyst. His research studies material recovery levels in envelope and structural building components through the use of building information modeling and other digital platforms. His past research focused on adaptive skin systems for arid environments and development of formwork-free composite shells. He has been a member of the Harvard Design-Robotics-Group since 2010, working on industry-sponsored projects and contributing to the development and teaching of “Lifecycle Design”, a material-centered research seminar. His work has been presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale and the United States Department of Energy. Mayer was previously a research fellow at the Composite Construction Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as well as the Emerging Material Technologies Group at The University of Arizona. His professional experience includes large-scale transportation projects and his team has recently been shortlisted for the design of a national library in Jerusalem. A LEED AP, Matan holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tel Aviv University and a Master in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. He is a recipient of the AIA Excellence in Design Award and the Peter Rice Prize for innovation in structural design.
Taraneh Meshkani has recently completed her Master of Architecture from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She also earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Azad University of Tehran. During her studies in Iran, she worked in several architectural firms and she has experience working on large-scale commercial projects. In 2008, she received the Professional Experience Program Award from the University of Toronto and was rewarded internships at Morphosis Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. She has had the experience of working at Morphosis Architects before the completion of her degree. She is the recipient of the 2009–2010 Toronto Society of Architects scholarship. This scholarship rewards a thesis project that demonstrates an innovative approach to city building and urban form. Taraneh has also received the 2010 Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence for her thesis project. Her thesis aims first at identifying public spheres that are products of socio-political shifts, and second at investigating the possibility of architecture participating as an active element in affecting these shifts.
Dimitris Papanikolao is an inventor, designer and maker, and currently a DDes student at Harvard GSD. He has been a researcher at the Smart Cities group of MIT Media Lab, from where he will earn a MSc in Media Arts and Sciences this summer. Dimitris also holds a MSc in Design and Computation from MIT as a Fulbrighter, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece, where he worked professionally as a licensed architect.
Dimitri’s multidisciplinary work integrates fabrication, digital/physical computing, and behavioral economics to create responsive infrastructure ecosystems. At Media Lab he co-developed Mobility on Demand, a self-organizing vehicle-sharing system that uses incentive mechanisms to optimize performance, claimed by Time magazine as the best automotive invention of the year 2007, and winner of the 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge award in 2009.
Dimitris has taught courses and organized workshops, exhibitions, and lectures across the U.S.A. and Europe. His work has been part of peer-reviewed conferences such as the International Conference on Complex Systems, the MIT Computational Sustainability, and the eCAADe Conference; exhibitions such as the Ecological Urbanism and the Icsid World Design Congress in Singapore; and books such as Reinventing the Automobile from the MIT Press and the upcoming Infrastructure Sustainability and Design from Routledge.
Daekwon Park is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional, who has received his MDesS degree in Technology at the GSD in 2012. During the time at the GSD, Daekwon focused on design technologies including computational design, responsive environment design, digital fabrication processes, and advanced material systems. In addition to taking hands-on courses relating to these areas, he has furthered his knowledge and experience through numerous teaching and research assistant positions at both Harvard and MIT.
Prior to the GSD, Daekwon has practiced in various countries around the world including USA, Australia, China, and more recently worked as the director in Korea for Populous (formerly HOK Sport). During this time he has independently lead all the projects in Korea including the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium, Gimpo Sports town master plan and Ansan Baseball dome project. In parallel with this career, Daekwon has also established his award winning multi-disciplinary design practice meta-territory_studio [www.daekwonpark.com] in 2008 and has been actively participating in various design competitions, exhibitions and publications.
Andrew Payne is a licensed architect who received his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in May of 2005. Prior to that, he studied architecture at Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002.
Andrew has worked for architectural firms such as Richard Meier & Partners, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and CCS Architecture in New York and San Francisco. He was recently awarded runner up in the 2009 Metropolis magazine Next Gen Competition for his patent pending heat sensitive energy independent ventilation system titled, The Air Flow[er]. His work explores embedded computation and parametric design and he has lectured and taught extensively throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, Andrew co-authored a publication with Rajaa Issa titled, The Grasshopper Primer which provides an in-depth look at the Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino.
More recently, Andrew and Jason Kelly Johnson published Firefly—a set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper, the Arduino micro-controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the digital and physical worlds, and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors and more. His doctoral research at the GSD will explore how recent advancements in technology can help architects create spaces and systems that have a capacity to meet changing individual, social, and environmental demand.
Pablo Perez Ramos is a first year Doctor of Design candidate at the GSD. His research focuses on the communicative opportunities of landscape architecture, particularly the new formal and compositional languages that result from the incorporation of richer aesthetic discourses as well as more social content into the field of contemporary ecology.
Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the ETSAMadrid since 2006, where he has been invited as guest lecturer several times. More recently he received his Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard GSD. His academic trajectory has been consecutively granted with the Fundación Caja Madrid Scholarship in 2010 and the Fundación La Caixa Scholarship in 2011. His independent work as an architect has been also awarded in several international competitions of architecture and urbanism, including Ecobarrios 2006 and the Waterfront Masterplan for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2009. He has taught advanced architecture studios at the BAC, and before coming to the United States he was Teaching Fellow for two years at the “Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos” at ETSAMadrid.
Felix Raspall is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Design and an Associate at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Professional Degree in Architecture from University of Buenos Aires.
His research studies forms of architectural production that are particular to Latin America and proposes modes in which digital technologies can be appropriately applied to it specificities. Focusing on informal, unplanned and self-help construction, Felix investigates widespread yet understudied modes of construction in the region. The main goal of his research is to develop design tools and workflows that allow for technological innovation while taking into account the valuable knowledge embedded in Latin America’s material culture. His thesis proposes that a smart use of digital technologies can strengthen singularities of local traditions, expand their scope, and add value to the production of its environment. Current interests and topics of future work include digital design and fabrication, traditional building methods in Latin America, and construction strategies in informal settlements.
Felix has been recipient of numerous awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the deFortabat Scholarship, the CPAU prize, the Winchester Prize and the Peter Rice Prize.
Jason Rebillot is an instructor in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the principal of Work Group No. 58. His research centers on the spatial, material, and organizational effects that contemporary processes of state restructuring have on metropolitan form and function. Currently being written at Harvard, his doctoral dissertation catalogs a set of corresponding urban practices that have emerged in the wake of this scenario, most notably among the polycentric urban networks of Western Europe. From 2005-2010, Rebillot was a full-time faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver, offering numerous design studios and theory seminars on architecture, landscape and urban design, and directing international programs in Rome and Shanghai. During his appointment there, he received an award for excellence in teaching from the university and was named ‘Instructor of the Year’ by the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Rebillot has published writings in outlets such as MONU (Magazine on Urbanism) and Landscape Journal and has delivered a series of public presentations on the topic of contemporary urbanism. He has been an invited design critic at several schools including Woodbury University, Harvard University, UCLA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tongji University (Shanghai) and Southeast University (Nanjing). Rebillot holds degrees in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was awarded the ARCC Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research.
Holly Wasilowski Samuelson believes that design excellence and high building performance are complimentary goals. With a background in architecture and a technical research path, she hopes to help bridge the divide between design and engineering to improve energy efficiency in buildings. With the support of her DDes advisor, Christoph Reinhart, Holly's research focuses on improving the usefulness of computer energy simulation for architects and building owners.
She presented this research at the Building Simulation 2009 conference in Glasgow where it won the ARUP prize for best paper on building simulation application. Holly currently serves as president of the Boston chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. Her work has been awarded research grants from the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative.
Holly earned a BArch from Carnegie Mellon and an MDesS in Sustainable Design from the GSD along with the Gerald M. McCue Medal for highest academic record. After eight years of professional experience as an architect and sustainable design consultant, Holly discovered her true passion is teaching. Ultimately, she hopes to teach building technology in an architecture school.
Jihoon Song is a second year DDes student under the sponsorship of a Samsung Scholarship. As an architect and urbanist, he has been interested in architectural and urban issues in metropolitan settings. Currently his research focuses on mega-event experiences and their urban impact in East Asian cities. He aims to shed light on the physical interventions made through the development projects for the Olympic Games beyond the political emphasis on those events.
He has recently participated as a research and production assistant in the publication of Cheonggyecheon: The City and the Stream, a book evaluating the process and impact of the Cheonggyecheon Restoration project in Seoul. Currently, he is working on a paper covering the recent changes in the planning of Olympic Parks. His other research includes “Three-Minute Speech on Design,” published in Korea.
Jihoon received his BS and MS in Architecture at Seoul National University, and his MAUD at Harvard University. He worked as an architect and urban designer at Heerim Architects and Planners for a number of projects in various scales from small buildings to master plans. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Heeyeun Yoon holds a BLA from Seoul National University, Korea and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked for 6 years as registered landscape architect and an urban designer with LEED accreditation at James Corner field Operations and Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC. She took a lead designer role in various projects such as the High Line section 2, Fresh Kills Park 3B contract in New York as well as senior designer role in the 188-hectare Duas Barras retreat and reforestation initiative on the coast of Brazil; South Hudayriat Islands, an urban master plan and ecological strategy for a new sector of the city of Abu Dhabi built on man-made islands.
She taught design studio classes at Seoul National University and University of Seoul as well as summer design camp sponsored by Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture. As a design practitioner, she won number of competitions including Yong san Park idea competition with her project team. Her research focuses on the relationship between urban revitalization and landscape architecture projects from economic point of view.