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 second year DDes student. Her doctoral research focuses on the regional development around the Sea of Marmara in Turkey and its interactions with the Mediterranean throughout the history. 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.
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.”
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; and the 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 Bitton is a new media artist, a human-computer interaction researcher and a nomad. She looks at the mediation of technologies in human relationships and their potential social impact, previously at Culture Lab, Newcastle University and at MIT Media Lab Europe, Dublin, with the projects "RAW" and "Passages" among others. She holds a postgraduate degree in history from the University of Sorbonne and her thesis "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 art and design 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, and curating events. She also co-organizes Dorkbot Paris.
Her DDes research looks at the democratisation of digital fabrication announced as the next revolution of everyday uses of technology. She experiments with interactive processes to produce objects.
She is the recipient of the Arthur Sachs Foundation fellowship.
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Somayeh Chitchian is a first-year DDes student. Her research focuses on the socio-spatial patterns of changing urban neighborhoods. She will explore how—in a constant process of in/exclusion—diasporic cultural subjects, throughout history, have (re)appropriated the urban sphere and social realm for the purpose of place-making and identity formation. She has presented her research at Northeastern University’s graduate conference “Migration, Mobility, and Movements: Crossing Borders in World History” (March ‘13), and will also present at Harvard Divinity School’s “Ways of Knowing” (October ‘13).
Somayeh, a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fellow, holds a Master in Design Studies in Critical Conservation, with distinction, from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her years in the Netherlands, she has practiced as an architect at several firms in both Amsterdam and The Hague, where she collaborated on various residential and cultural projects, as well as the design of advanced building envelopes. And for the past two years she has been engaged in various projects as a Teaching and Research Assistant at Harvard GSD, GSAS, and HarvardX; The Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism (GESU); The Architectural Imagination, the first GSD online history-theory course; and project management for MDesS Critical Conservation track.
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 BArch from the Universidad Iberoamericana, graduating top of his class in 2006. He was a visiting student at the MArch 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. Over the last eight years, he has written over 30 essays on the nature of design for several publications.
Ling Fan, born in Shanghai, is based in Beijing practicing 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 he also teaches at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded the Art Special Prize by the China Scholarship Council in 2011; the Focus on Talent Project by Martell Art Foundation in 2011; and a China Contemporary Young Critic Award by Art Observation 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; and 2008 Shanghai Art Biennale, among others. His works and writings have been published at 306090, A+U, Abitare, AREA, Art Bazaar, Domus, FRAME, Interior Design, iLook, Pidgin, T+A, UED, and Urban Flux.
Ali Fard is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research interests include organizational capacities of regional infrastructures and their spatial products, socio-economic as well as political and environmental dynamics of networked urban conditions, and multiscalar opportunities and agencies afforded to design practices for systematic intervention within this expanded field. Ali’s doctoral research at the GSD will investigate the multifaceted spatial dynamics of global information and communication networks and their subsequent importation and translation in Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian contexts.
Ali holds a MArch from University of Toronto and has worked with a number of design practices, most recently at Lateral Office in Toronto and Saucier + Perrotte Architects in Montreal. Ali's work and writing has been featured in Domus, Azure, MONU, and MAS Context, and he has been a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo and Harvard GSD.
The endeavours of Wendy W. Fok’s research-based projects are dedicated to the creation of designs interlaced within the principals of procedural-based mathematics, logics, and material studies, within the field of architecture, digital media, and design. Her doctoral research will be an investigative approach between computational innovation and ethical application of technical methods within digital fabrication and commodisation.
Wendy has a Master of Architecture / Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with a concentration in Economics (Statistics), from Columbia University. Along with her studio and architectural collaborative (atelier//studio WF | WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC), Fok is also a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, enforcing and leading the Digital Media and Design Program at the Gerald D Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston. Fok has also been invited to tutor at several Architectural Association (AA) Visiting Schools, among other prestigious design workshops internationally.
On her spare time, Fok is the founder and administrator of (C)ODE-(C)OLLECTIVE (a collective forum for Grasshopper, Rhino, Parametric Modeling, and other digital media / design tools, which pose as an educational and developing archive site to formulate the critical utility of digital design), an Associate Member of the HKPDA (Hong Kong Parametric Design Association), Special Editions Editor of IJAC (International Journal of Architectural Computing), and Contributing / Overseas Editor for the a+a magazine (published by the Architectural Society of China).
Jonathan Grinham is a project designer and digital technologist. As a first year DDes student, his research aims to advance the knowledge of programmable material for optimal energy composite building systems. His past research agendas track themes in interactive and responsive environments, embedded computation, computational design, and fabrication workflow automation. Jonathan has been published extensively and has been invited to exhibit research locally and internationally. He was previously a visiting lecturer at Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning, where he led graduate studios in emerging design technologies and was a faculty leader for the school’s 2013 Solar Decathlon project. His professional experiences range from super-tall to residential; notable projects include the design of a fiberglass composite pavilion for a transportation hub in Washington, DC. Jonathan holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture degrees from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Virginia Tech. His graduate studies included lead design of the Eclipsis Screens for the 2010 EU Solar Decathlon winning Lumenhaus and the formation of interdisciplinary technology research lab, PARTeE. Through these initiatives Jonathan has received multiple awards including, AIA 2012 Honor Award for Architecture, VSAIA 2010 Prize for Design Research & Scholarship, and 2010 XCaliber Award for Excellence in Technology-assisted Teaching.
ChengHe Guan’s research interest is on rapid urbanization process that shapes future cities. Built on the experience based urban planning strategy, he proposes a quantitative approach to aid the decision making process in the era of Big Data. Through spatial simulation, urban modeling, remote sensing, and accessibility analysis at city as well as regional levels, he is building a multidisciplinary methodology to study urban network and ecological network. The application of the research includes policy evaluation & recommendation, sensitivity analysis, and suitability study etc.
ChengHe is a consultant for the World Bank Urban Development Sector, a research fellow for Professor Peter Rowe, and a registered Architect in California. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at Harvard University, Tsinghua University, Tongji University, renowned research institutes, and international conferences.
He holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Southeast University, a Master in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and 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 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 an 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 BSc 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.
“If you’re waiting for permission to be great, then you’re in the wrong place,” is the mantra of Vaughn Horn, Doctor of Design student. He is an NCARB-certified LEED Accredited Professional and licensed architect in his native California, who has presented and published research on integrating the UNITY-3D gaming engine for Building Information Modeling, as well as sustainable solutions for Olympic and World Cup venues, and disaster-resistant portable structures. Currently his focus examines how quality of life in cities is affected by Fordism and Post-Fordism, including adaptive reuse of defunct automobile assembly plants and dealerships.
Throughout his career, Vaughn has maintained membership in the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects, and amassed pedagogical and practical experience on an array of projects including stadia, residential, educational, commercial, and retail buildings. In 2002, he earned his B-Arch degree from the University of Southern California. He then earned an M-Arch degree from Syracuse University in 2005. Moreover, he became the first Tuskegee University professor to be named Educator of the Year by the American Institute of Architecture Students, bestowed at the 2012 AIAS FORUM in Savannah, Georgia.
Kristen Hunter is a doctoral candidate in Real Estate Finance and Urban Development. Her dissertation research concerns urban redevelopment public‑private partnership deal structuring, financial performance, and economic development outcomes. Additional interests include sustainable urbanism, institutional and non-profit development, and socially responsible investment.
An experienced development manager and LEED AP, Kristen has completed a variety of projects in Boston’s inner city, and currently provides strategic advisory on complex urban redevelopment projects in domestic and overseas markets. Since 2010 she has taught Real Estate Development and Finance as well as Public and Private Development at the GSD. She was the recipient of the 2012‑2013 GSD Student Forum Teaching Fellow Award.
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.
Daniel Ibanez is a licensed architect and urban designer who received his Masters of Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (UPM-ETSAM) in 2007. In addition, he holds a Master in Advance Architecture from the Institute for Advance Architecture of Catalunya (UPC-IAAC) In 2012, he completed a Masters in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (HARVARD-GSD) as a fellow and Fulbright Scholar of the Fundación La Caixa, where he 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 researching and teaching at important academic institutions as ETSAM, IAAC, MIT and currently, at Harvard-GSD.
At the GSD, Daniel has been engaged in the Urban Theory Lab as Research Manager, at the New Geographies Lab as member of the Editorial Board for the New Geographies Journal, at the Dean’s Office as Research Assistant leading the development of the Ecological Urbanism App. He is also the co-editor of the Third Coast Atlas, a forthcoming book co-edited with Charles Waldheim, Clare Lyster and Mason White which examines urbanization in the Great Lakes region, and co-editor with Iñaki Ábalos of a book publication entitled “Thermodynamics Applied to High-Rise and Mix-Use Prototypes”. All these research engagements are relevant to Daniel’s own research which explores how socio-metabolic relations are embedded in design disciplines. Under the preliminary title of “Metabolic Urbanism” his thesis attempts to collate and explain the different understandings of urban metabolism with particular emphasis on the relations between bio-physical and social processes in order to create an epistemology of metabolism for design capable of reloading material, morphological and representational aspects to it.
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.
Aleksandra Jaeschke is a practicing architect and a DDes student. Her research engages issues of all-inclusive sustainability and integrated performance in architecture. She focuses on system-based design processes and combines biologically inspired strategies with computer-aided methods with the aim of bridging across scales and domains in search of spatial and ecological innovation.
Aleksandra is the co-founder of AION / www.a-i-o-n.com, an architectural practice based in Italy where she holds a professional licence. She received her AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London in 2005. Aleksandra is the recipient of the Europe 40 Under 40 Award for 2011 conferred by the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design & Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum. In line with her professional work, she has managed numerous design workshops and contributed to various publications, amongst them: the AD issue “Versatility & Vicissitude”, “Cupole per Abitare” and “Parametrico Nostrano.”
Together with AION, she participated in the “27/37 Exhibition of Young Italian Architecture” at the Italian Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, and was part of the "ARCHITEKTUR!” conference series held at the MAXXI Museum in Rome in 2012. In 2013 AION held a solo exhibition “Eco-Machines” in the Wroclaw Museum of Architecture in Poland.
Nikolaos Katsikis is an architect and urbanist and DDeS Candidate. His research seeks to contribute to an expanded understanding of the relation between cities and hinterlands building upon the notion of the Hinterworld. His interests focus on the intersection of conceptual and methodological models from urban and economic geography with regional morphology and design.
At Harvard GSD he is research associate at New Geographies lab and Urban Theory lab working on a metageographical analysis of Planetary Urbanization and has organized conferences on Regionalism and the Mediterranean and the Limits of the Urban. Since 2012 he is on the editorial board of New Geographies journal and co-editor of the forthcoming New Geographies 06 Grounding Metabolism.
Previously he has worked as a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate at National Technical University Athens and GSD and has instructed studios at Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. He is a registered architect in Greece (2006) practicing architecture and urban design as an individual, and as an associate architect. He holds a Professional degree in Architecture with highest distinction (2006) and a Master of Science in Architecture and Spatial Planning (2009) from National Technical University Athens.
Nathan King is a designer and lead researcher in the GSD Design Robotics Group where his investigation involves the development of novel ways of making through strategic process intervention and workflow development. His current research seeks to understand the nature of computer‐controlled manufacturing with a particular focus on Design Robotics and 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 is currently an Instructor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he teaches courses related to digital design, fabrication, and transformable design methods. Professionally, Nathan holds the position of Director of Design Research with the MASS Design Group where he collaborates on the development and deployment of innovative building technologies during the design and construction of health care infrastructure in the developing world. Recently, Nathan established a Design Robotics Laboratory at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, in collaboration with University of Innsbruck’s REX|LAB was selected as a workshop co-chair for the 2014 International Conference on Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design, and is currently co-author of two forthcoming books on Ceramic Material Systems and Tectonic Machines.
Matan Mayer is an architect and a doctoral candidate in building technology. His research interests cover novel manufacturing and assembly techniques of envelope and structural building components. He has been a member of the Harvard Design Robotics Group since 2010, working on industry sponsored projects and contributing to the development of “Lifecycle Design”, a material-centered research seminar. Matan’s past research focused on adaptive skin systems for arid environments and development of lean composite shells. He was previously a research fellow at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart, the Composite Construction Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Emerging Material Technologies Group at the University of Arizona. Matan’s professional experience includes work on airports, rail terminals and museum projects. Most recently, his team won an international design competition for a national library in Jerusalem. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a B.Arch. degree from Tel Aviv University as well as a MDesS 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 is a Doctor of Design student at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is also a doctorate fellow in the Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment.
Taraneh has completed her Masters of Architecture from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Azad University of Tehran. During her studies in Toronto, she received the Professional Experience Program Award and received internships at two major architectural firms, Morphosis Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. She is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Toronto Society of Architects scholarship and the 2010 Canadian Architect student Award of Excellence for her thesis project.
Taraneh is currently working on the possibility of social media as a new networked public sphere. She has recently presented her research and participated as an organizer and coordinator in many conferences such as “MediaCities,” “From Tahrir to Tehran: Public Space Redefined,” “Research as Practice: the first Doctor of Design Symposium” and “Emerging Models of Planning Practices, Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar” among others.
Dimitris Papanikolaou 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 licensed architect (NY), a LEED accredited professional and a design technologist who has received his MDesS degree in Technology at the GSD in 2012. Daekwon has extensive experience in large scale sports and entertainment facility design and has practiced in various countries around the world including USA, Australia, and China. More recently, he worked as the director in Korea for Populous (formerly HOK Sport), independently leading all the projects in Korea including the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium. In parallel with this career, Daekwon has also established his multi-disciplinary design practice meta-territory_studio and has been actively participating in various design competitions, exhibitions and publications.
Academically, Daekwon has been engaging in a wide range of teaching and research opportunities at Harvard, MIT, and EPFL. During this time, he has actively collaborated with Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard), Design Robotics Group (GSD), Responsive Environment and Artifacts Lab (GSD), High-Low Tech Group (MIT Media Lab), Changing Places Group (MIT Media Lab), and Media and Design Laboratory (EPFL). Daekwon’s research studies the intersection between design, digital technology and biotechnology with an emphasis on how it influences the way the built environment is designed, built, and occupied.
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 demands.
Pablo Perez Ramos is a licensed architect graduated at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in 2006. He also received a Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2012. His academic trajectory at the GSD has been granted with the Fundación Caja Madrid Scholarship and the Fundación La Caixa Scholarship. He has worked as an associate architect with several firms of architecture in Madrid, and his is independent work as an architect has been awarded in various international competitions of architecture, landscape and urbanism, including Ecobarrios 2006and 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 several years at the “Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos” in ETSAMadrid.
Pablo is currently a second-year Doctor of Design candidate at the GSD. His research focuses on the incorporation of richer aesthetic discourses and more social content into the field of scientific ecology, and on the formal implications these discourses have in contemporary landscape architecture design. Pablo is also a Research Fellow at the New Geographies Lab and editor of the New Geographies journal at the GSD.
Felix Raspall is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Design. 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 material production that challenge conventional disciplinary methods. It focuses on informal, unplanned and self-help construction, widespread yet highly understudied modes of production. The main goal of his doctoral research is to develop design tools and workflows that can appropriate the adaptability, resilience and opportunism of informality while promoting material and technological innovation. Current and future research topics include digital design and fabrication, building methods in Latin America, and production 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 a designer and educator currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where his research centers on the construction of a political and institutional framework to contextualize the increasing proliferation of diffuse urban settlement patterns. As an educator, Rebillot is an adjunct assistant professor at UC Denver, where he taught full-time from 2005 to 2010, offering numerous design studios and seminars on architecture, landscape, and urban design. During that time, he received a faculty award for excellence in teaching and was named “Instructor of the Year” by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Maintaining an adjunct faculty position with the university, he now directs a research initiative on global design practice, for which he also coordinates and delivers an urban design studio each summer in Shanghai, China.
Rebillot has published writings in outlets such as Landscape Journal and MONU/Magazine on Urbanism, and has delivered numerous public presentations on the topic of contemporary cities. He has been an invited critic at design schools in the U.S. and abroad, and spent close to a decade practicing with several notable firms including Garofalo Architects in Chicago prior to launching his own office and his teaching career. Rebillot holds degrees in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he was awarded the ARCC Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research.
Carolina San Miguel is a licensed freelance architect, urbanist and designer. She holds a BA in Architecture & Urbanism from Instituto Metodista Izabela Hendrix, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2003). She has a Master´s degree in Strategic Design, from IED São Paulo, Brazil (2007). After some time working in Basel, she completed her Advanced Master´s degree in Architecture, Specialization in Housing, with emphasis in Ecological Regional Urban Planning, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, Switzerland (2010).
In between Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Basel, Serra do Cipó, Oslo, Zurich and now Cambridge, she has been working within different fields of the design process, ranging from Interior to Ecological Urban Design projects, with professional and research experiences in the areas of Architecture, Housing, Urban Design and Regional Urban Planning, Sustainable Tourism, Construction, Interior Design and related areas.
She runs her own office that focuses on Design in Housing, connected to Ecological Urban Planning and kids in situation of risk. As a former Professor in three universities in Brazil, she is mainly interested in how vulnerable situations of social and environmental risk appear and the effects of this in urban cores and nature. She is a doctoral student at the GSD, with a full scholarship from brazilian government through the Science without Borders Program, investigating, among other fields, on how to reverse processes of environmental damage of natural areas neighboring urban vulnerable communities, creating new sets of balance between the natural and built environment, through new geographies, social psychology, and urban ecology.
Jihoon Song is a Doctor of Design student in urban planning with architecture and urban design background. His research interests encompass various issues with respect to urban form and livability, including open space planning, mixed-use, neighborhood planning, and walkability. Embracing GIS and other recently developed data gathering and analysis techniques, his research aims to expand and strengthen spatial understanding regarding those topics. He co-authored a paper examining impacts of commercial use on residential property values for the 2013 AESOP-ACSP conference. Currently, he works on a dissertation which analyzes and evaluates open space distribution in the East Asian cities.
Jihoon holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Seoul National University and a master’s degree in architecture and urban design (MAUD) from Harvard University, the Graduate School of Design. He has been supported by Samsung Scholarship since 2008. Before he started education at Harvard University, he practiced architecture at Heerim Architects and offered courses on architectural design and history at Bucheon University in Korea. He also participated in the publication of Cheonggyecheon: The City and the Stream(2010) and Methodological Notes on the Spatial Analysis of Urban Formation(2012).
Heeyeun Yoon is a doctoral candidate in Urban Planning and Design/ Landscape Architecture. Her research focuses on the socioeconomic aspect of parks and open spaces in the context of urban revitalization. Her works have been presented in conferences including The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in 2012, Joint Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)/ ACSP in 2013. During the past years in school, she served as a teaching fellow for Public Private Development (Prof. Jerold Kayden), Theories of Landscape as Urbanism, Landscape as Infrastructure: Paradigms, Practices, Prospects(Prof. Pierre Bélanger) and Spatial Analysis of Environmental and Social Systems (Prof. Sumeeta Srinivasan).
Prior to GSD, she has worked for 6 years as a registered landscape architect (Pennsylvania) and 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 in New York, as well as senior designer role in 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 also taught design studio classes at Seoul National University and University of Seoul, and summer design camp sponsored by Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture. As a design practitioner, she won a number of competitions including Yong San Park idea competition with her project team. She holds a BS from Seoul National University, Korea and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jingyi Zhang’s research interest focuses on urban policies in middle-income countries, particularly real estate development, transit-oriented development, affordable housing policies and their economic and social impacts. Her current research involves geographical urban expansion with population expansion in East Asia, and assessing desired level of public infrastructure supply with growing population. Her additional interest includes infrastructure finance, public-private partnership and low carbon cities.
Previously, Jingyi worked at World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department in Washington DC for two years. Her research and operational experience cover the regions of East Asia, Latin America and Africa. Her projects include land value capturing of urban rail, land development strategy to establish Special Economic Zones, promoting tourism through cultural heritage protection and urban regeneration, small town urbanization and municipal finance.
Jingyi holds a master from Harvard Kennedy School in Public Policy and a Bachelor from Peking University with double degree in Economics and Spanish Language and Literature.