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 doctoral candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her doctoral research focuses on the regional development around the Marmara Sea in Turkey and its interactions with the Mediterranean and the Black Sea worlds. By deciphering the historical development process around the Marmara Sea, she is hoping to develop a relational understanding of Istanbul’s urban development; thereby contribute to hybrid urbanization theories that transcend city-country dichotomy. Her work benefits from various disciplines including urban history, environmental history, historical geography, urban geography and cartography.
She is also a Research Assistant at the Istanbul portal of Mellon project. Her background in research includes “Istanbul 1910-2010: The City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture Exhibition” in 2010. She worked as an assistant curator and prepared the section “Urban Implosion: 1950 -1983.” Ozlem has experience as a practitioner and has been awarded in architecture and urban design competitions. 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 MArch degree in 2008.
In 2013, she organized “Gezi Park: The Politics of Public Space between Event and Memory Panel” as part of the “Current” series of Aga Khan Program at the GSD. Her recent work “The Marmara Sea and Istanbul in the Ottoman Era: A Perpetual Geo-Historical Interaction” will be presented at “Images of the Other: Istanbul, Vienna, Venice Conference” in September 2014.
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 is a new media artist, a human-computer interaction researcher and a designer. She stages the mediation of technologies in human relationships in various experiences and looks at their potential social impact.
At MIT Media Lab Europe in Dublin, in 2002-2005, in the group ‘Human Connectedness’ she explored the richness of everyday life and intimacy at distance with the projects "RAW" and “Passages”. More recently, she researched the creative uses of technology at Culture Lab, Newcastle University. She's currently a research associate with the DiiP group at EnsadLab, Paris and looked in particular at the ‘misbehaviour’ of objects.
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. She holds as well as Master of Geopolitics from Paris I-Sorbonne and and a Mastère in Multimédia from the Fine Arts School of Paris and Télécom Paris.
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. She has also taken part in various conferences and exhibitions, including numer, ISEA 04 and ISEA 11, CHI 04 (publication of a full paper), EXIT and Operatotale, Centre Pompidou, and Gallery éf, as well as other venues.
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 (such as the the international event Connected Communities in 2011). This year she will co-chair the outreach section of the Women in Design group at GSD. She also co-organizes Dorkbot Paris.
Her DDes research under the working title “Living in the Material World” investigates the affordances of interactive processes in digital fabrication in particular with interfaces that allow a physical proximity between the user and the machine, and the implication of personal data.
She’s the recipient of the Arthur Sachs Foundation fellowship.
Somayeh Chitchian is a second-year DDes student. Her research focuses on the geography of immigration. Exploring the socio-spatial restructurings of ethnic communities, Chitchian investigates new modes of inquiry appropriate to the contemporary challenges of urban governance and diversity. She explores 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. Her research “Middle Eastern Immigration Landscape in America” has won Harvard ESRI Development Center Student of the Year Award. Furthermore, she has presented her work at Northeastern University’s conference “Migration, Mobility, and Movements” (March ‘13) and 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 licensed architect by the Universidad Iberoamericana from where he graduated top of his class in 2006. In the same year, he was awarded as fellow of the National Fund for Culture and Arts and was a visiting scholar at SCIArc's advanced masters program. From 2006 to 2008, he was teaching faculty at the Universidad Iberoamericana and Unit Chief at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Mexico City. In 2008, with the support form the Fulbright-García Robles he was admitted to MIT where he obtained a Master in City Planning, a Master in Science of Architecture Studies, and an Urban Design Certificate.
Daniel enrolled as a Doctor of Design student in 2011 with the support of a fellowship from the National Council for Science and Technology. Under the title of Synthetic Ecology, his research grapples with the multitude of ecological positions—from the philosophy of ecology to ecological economics and from ecological marxism to urban political ecology—and their relationship with the design disciplines vis-à-vis the current climate of social and environmental urgency.
Since 2005, Daniel writes about design topics for a broad audience in magazines such as Fahrenheit, Arquine, and Domus. His academic papers have been published by MIT's Thresholds and UVA's Lunch design journals. He is currently member of the editorial board of the New Geographies Journal, editorial adviser for Domus Mexico, and a fellow of the Energy Consortium at Harvard University Center for the Environment.
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.
Wendy W. Fok trained as an architect, is the creative director/founder WE-DESIGNS, LLC (Architecture/Creative Strategy) and atelier//studio-WF (Spatial Art), and winner of the ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2014), AIA (American Institute of Architects) Dallas “Express Yourself” Women in Architecture Award (2013), Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009), and selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011). Fok has a Master of Architecture and Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Concentration in Economics (Statistics) from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Notably, WE-DESIGNS has been selected by Twenty+Change (co-curated by Heather Dubbeldam and Lola Sheppard) as 1 of 20 Emerging Canadian DesignPractices (2011), while recently Fok has independently been shortlisted as 1 of 13 DX (Design Exchange) Emerging Talent Awards (2013-14) across Canada.
Along with her practice, 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, and a Doctor of Design student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In parallel with her doctoral research, Fok is involved as a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, under the guidance of Prof William “Terry” Fisher of the Harvard Law School, and a pioneer in the DPSI – Digital Problem Solving Initiative (DPSI) Pilot at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her doctoral research is an investigative approach between computational innovation and ethical application of technical methods, within digital fabrication and commodisation, for architecture and design. Fok has also been invited to tutor at several Architectural Association (AA) Visiting Schools, among other prestigious design workshops internationally.
Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo Lopez is an architect, computational designer and technology evangelist. He advocates for a present where tools such as computation and code are as natural to designers as paper and pencil. He enjoys exploring creative opportunities at the intersection of design, technology, data, fabrication and art, with particular interest in complex geometry, collaborative platforms, data visualization and teaching.
He received his Master in Architecture and Master in Technological Innovation from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla. He completed his Master in Design Studies in Technology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as an awardee of the Talentia Fellowship Program by the Andalusian Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment.
Before to coming to the GSD, Jose Luis worked as a structural consultant at Ayesa Engineering, managing construction project in Spain by O.M.A., Mecanoo or César Pelli. Recently, he collaborated as a data visualization specialist at Fathom Information Design, developing interactive interfaces over different media platforms for Samsung, Volkswagen, Nike, Knight Foundation and Robin Hood Foundation among others.
Jose Luis is also the co-founder and director of ParametricCamp, an organization devoted to spreading computational knowledge and methods to designers worldwide. Furthermore, he has organized and taught several workshops on parametric design and creative code in collaboration with different institutions, including Harvard University, SmartGeometry, FabLab Sevilla, UFRGS or Universidad Anáhuac México Norte.
Mariano Gomez Luque is an architect from Argentina, where he graduated with honors. As a Fulbright Fellow, he graduated with Distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2013), where he received both the James Templeton Kelley Prize for Best Final Design Project and the Kevin Kieran Prize for Highest Academic Achievement.
He is the author of the books “Fragmentary Essays: City and Architecture”, “Housing2: Individual + Collective”, “Evolution” and the more recent “12 Contemporary Architects” (Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, 2011). He is also one of the authors of “Horizon House”, an experimental project built in Japan by a GSD Team, after winning the First Prize in the Next Generation Sustainable House in Taiki-Cho International Competition. Most recently, he was a designer in the Exuma Project at the GSD.
As a DDes student, Mariano’s research focuses on the increasingly problematic dichotomy between the urban and the non-urban as categories of spatial differentiation, and aims to develop a method for identifying, typifying and indexing a set of territories that are not part of the logic of the urban, and nevertheless represent a critical –and latent- domain of architectural thinking.
Jonathan Grinham is a trained architect and design technologist. As a DDes student, his research aims to advance the knowledge thermoregulation of buildings through multi-scale programmable material. His past research agendas track themes in interactive and responsive environments, embedded computation, computational design, and fabrication workflow automation. 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 single-family residential buildings.
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 design and 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.
ChengHe is a Teaching Fellow for Professor Peter Rowe on Urban Design Studio in Shekou, Modern Architecture and Urbanism in China, and Urbanization in East Asia Region, a Short Term Consultant for the World Bank Urban Development Sector, and a registered Architect in California. He co-founded Asian Real Estate Association and East Asia Urban Forum, both at Harvard University. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at Harvard University, Tsinghua University, and other renowned research institutes.
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's research concerns urban development 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 currently provides strategic consulting for complex urban development projects in domestic and overseas markets. She 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, where she has served as an Assistant Instructor at the agency’s semi-annual academy.
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. More recently, she led an interdisciplinary team of GSD students to victory in the Tohoku Recovery International Academic Competition. The team’s proposed long‑term economic revitalization strategies for the region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake will be incorporated into an implementation plan to be submitted to Japan’s national Reconstruction Agency.
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.
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 a Doctor of Design candidate. His dissertation From Hinterland to Hinterworld seeks to contribute to an expanded socio-metabolic understanding of the relation between cities and their operational landscapes. At the GSD he is research associate in the New Geographies Lab and in the Urban Theory Lab. He has organized conferences on Urban Metabolism, Regionalism and the Mediterranean and the Limits of the Urban, and is on the editorial board of New Geographies journal and co-editor of New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (HUP, 2014). He holds a professional degree (2006) and a Master in Architecture (2009) from the National Technical University of Athens. His recent work includes contributions in MONU (2014), Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (N. Brenner ed., Berlin: Jovis, 2013) and the forthcoming pamphlet with N. Brenner, Is the world urban? Towards a critique of geospatial ideology (Moscow: Strelka Press, 2014).
Nathan King is a founding member of the Harvard GSD Design Robotics Group, where his investigation involves strategic process intervention and workflow development 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 and his primary research interests lie at the intersection of the two disciplines. Nathan holds an appointment at the Rhode Island School of Design where he is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Foundation Studies and the co-founder the Glass Robotics Lab. In addition to RISD, Nathan has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. Beyond academia, Nathan is the Director of Design Research at the Boston-based firm, MASS Design Group, where he collaborates on the development and deployment of innovative building technologies, medical devices, and evaluation methods for application in the resource-limited settings. Nathan has co-authored forthcoming books on material systems and advanced design technologies, lectured extensively on related topics, and collaborated on a variety of international workshops, research activities, and design initiatives.
Yingying Lu’s research interests cover sustainable urban design, in particular, the interplay of urban form, environmental comfort and resource efficiency. Current research focus is exploration of sustainable urban forms in China for enhanced environmental comfort and resource efficiency through the application of simulation workflows. She is participating an ongoing project Health and Places Initiative Neighborhoods Research led by Professor Peter Rowe and Professor Ann Forsyth. Besides, she worked as a Research Associate in Professor Peter Rowe’s Lab from 2013 to 2014, exploring techniques on the spatial analysis of urban formation, temporal and spatial shifts in population, and transportation accessibility, and studying urban typologies with methods of environmental analysis. She also co-founded Harvard East Asia Urban Forum as an academic platform inviting distinguished scholars and professionals to discuss urban issues and facilitate collaborations.
Yingying studied in the GSD’s MDesS program with a concentration in energy and environment from 2011 to 2013. Before coming to Harvard, she received her Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University. Courses focused on architecture and urban planning. Her thesis “Study on Passive Strategies in the Green Design of ‘Western New City’ Service Center in Tianjin” was awarded Outstanding Master’s Thesis of Tsinghua University in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from North China University of Technology majoring in Electrical Engineering. She worked at Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute, COX Architecture and Chinese Academy of Science Institute of Automation in Beijing.
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 a designer, researcher, and creative technologist. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the DDes program at Harvard GSD, and a recent graduate of the MIT Media Lab. His interests explore the intersection of digital media, economics, and social computing with applications on intelligent cities, mobility systems, and interactive products. At the Media Lab he co-developed Mobility on Demand (MoD), a vehicle sharing system of electric foldable cars that allows users to make point-to-point trips on demand while minimizing parking space (Best invention of 2007 by Time magazine). At Harvard, his research explores the role of incentive mechanisms in creating self-governed MoD systems comparatively to centralized methods of control. Dimitris has also worked at Microsoft Research (MSR) in Redmond WA (Computational User Experiences group) on applications of human-computer interaction and new tangible interfaces on social connectedness. Dimitris teaches at Harvard, MIT, and NYU ITP courses on intelligent mobility systems, DIY product design, interactive strategic games, and lifecycle design. His research has been published in 14 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 4 book chapters, and several exhibitions, and has received numerous academic and industry distinctions including the $10K Harvard’s Deans Challenge, the $100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and the MIT Transportation Showcase Award. Dimitris holds a M.Sc. in Media Arts and Sciences and a SMArchS in Design Computation, both from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece where he worked professionally as a licensed architect.
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.
Pablo Perez Ramos is an architect, landscape architect and Doctor of Design candidate at the GSD. His research focuses in the influence of ecological theory on landscape design. Departing from the existing imbalance between ‘structure’ and ‘process’ in today’s landscape architecture discourses, he explores both cultural landscape formations and landscape design exercises with highly legible spatial configurations that are informed by ecological processes.
Pablo is a licensed architect from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid ETSAM. His work has been recognized in international competitions of architecture, landscape and urbanism, including Ecobarrios 2006 and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Waterfront Masterplan in 2009. Pablo received a Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2012. His research at the GSD has been granted with the Dean's Merit scholarship, the Fundación Caja Madrid scholarship, the Fundación La Caixa scholarship, the Penny White Fund and the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard fellowship. At the GSD, he has been Teaching Fellow in the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. He has taught advanced architecture studios at the Boston Architectural College and at the “Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos” in ETSAMadrid.
He is in the editorial board of the New Geographies journal. His most recent work includes contributions to A Line in the Andes (Harvard GSD, 2012), MONU#20 (2014), and the forthcoming Architecture is All Over (Actar, 2014) and Urban Landscape (Routledge, 2015).
Felix is an architect and design researcher investigating the relationships between design, materiality and technology. He holds a professional degree in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and a post-professional Master of Architecture from Yale University, receiving in both the awards for best academic performance. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Felix has conducted teaching and research in several institutions, including TU Graz, the University of Buenos Aires and the GSD, where he works as project manager at the Materials and Systems Group.
Felix’s work explores innovative modes of design production in which material constraints creatively inform designs, drawing inspiration from the smartness and opportunism often found in local craftsmanship and informal practices. His doctoral research at the GSD develops methods for designing with irregular materials and imprecise construction processes, where the larger uncertainties require active design decisions during construction. It elaborates the conceptual framework and the enabling technologies for design projects that can immediately adapt to the contingencies of the fabrication process. His work involves rethinking the essence of ‘design’ as a real-time negotiation between what is desired and what is readily available, what is fixed in the project and what is left open-ended, and ultimately, what is directly controlled by the designers and what can be programmed into the ‘process’ itself.
Felix runs his professional practice in Argentina, and he has previously worked at international offices including Pelli-Clarke-Pelli and MSGSSS Arquitectos. His research and design work has been published in books and journals and was the recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright scholarship 2008-10, the CPAU prize 2004, the Winchester Prize 2010, and the Amalia de Fortabat Scholarship 2011.
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 candidate in urban planning, whose research interests encompass various social and environmental issues related to the making of livable and equitable cities. Among his specific research topics are open space planning, mixed-use, walkability, and community participation, all of which leads to address broader sociological and public health concerns. While embracing GIS, statistics, and other recently developed data gathering and analysis techniques, his research aims to expand and strengthen spatial understanding regarding these topics.
Working as a teaching and research fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Jihoon participated in the publication of Cheonggyecheon: The City and the Stream(2010) and Methodological Notes on the Spatial Analysis of Urban Formation(2012). He also co-authored a paper examining the impacts of commercial use on residential property values for the 2013 AESOP-ACSP conference. Currently, he is working on a dissertation that analyzes diversity of and accessibility to open spaces in Seoul and Tokyo, two East Asian capital 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. He has been annually supported by the Samsung Scholarship since 2008. Before he began his time at Harvard University, he practiced architecture at Heerim Architects and taught courses on architectural design and history at Bucheon University in Korea.
Jeongmin Yu is a DDes candidate with research interests in infrastructure and housing development in East Asian cities, with a particular focus on evolving urban dwellers’ settlement patterns and lifestyles. Her research seeks a development method that enables sustainable and self-sufficient growth of communities upon completion of these projects.
Jeongmin has worked on a number of projects in Korea and at the NYC Department of City Planning in the Urban Design Department. Notably, during her time with AURI (Architecture & Urban Research Institute), she worked on an affordable housing project under South Korea’s Park administration (2013-2018) and constructed a database for Han-Ok (Traditional Korean-style housing) remodeling. Most recently, she participated in a local development project for Southwest Yangon, Myanmar, at KRIHS (Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements).
Jeongmin holds a B.A in Architecture from Columbia and a MLA from the GSD. Her master’s thesis proposed ways to improve the vulnerable housing and infrastructure in South Korea’s Daldongnaes (informal settlement areas), while promoting a sense of community, both internal and external. The project emphasized ways to preserve the site’s unique ambience and its historical urban fabric, and further highlighted ways to minimize residents’ inconveniences throughout the upgrade process.
Jingyi Zhang’s research interests lie in the field of international housing and land policy and focus on transit-oriented development, affordable housing policies and real estate economics. Her doctoral research studies the impact of public infrastructure investment and land use planning on the housing price and gentrification. She also studied related fields including infrastructure finance, public-private partnership and real estate finance.
Prior to Harvard GSD, Jingyi worked at the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department in Washington DC for two years. Her research and operations cover the regions of East Asia, Latin America and Africa. She worked on projects in multiple fields, among which the land value capturing of urban rail, land development strategies for Special Economic Zones, tourism promotion through cultural heritage protection and urban regeneration, small town urbanization and municipal finance. In the summer 2014, Jingyi interned with the real estate investment and infrastructure investment divisions at the China Investment Corporation (Sovereign Wealth Fund) in Beijing. During her time in Cambridge, Jingyi worked as the teaching assistant and research assistant for several courses and projects.
Jingyi holds a master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in Public Policy and a bachelor's degree from Peking University with a double major in Economics and Spanish.