Fellowship Initiatives and Partnerships
Since 2002 the Loeb Fellowship has partnered with the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence to produce the Bruner Loeb Forum. The goal of the Forum is to advance thinking on a wide variety of challenges facing cities, and to make the experience and imagination inherent in Rudy Bruner Award winners and in the work of Loeb Fellows available to practitioners and policymakers across the country. Each event is produced with local partners, who insure the integrity and relevance of the forum’s structure and agenda.
The question of Urban Equity–who needs it, what does it look like, how do we achieve it, what role can design play?–was the focus of the 2014 Bruner Loeb Forum, which took place in Boston in November. The event was co-produced with Enterprise Community Partners, collaborating with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation and Fairmount Indigo Line CDC Collaborative. Read posts about the Bruner Loeb Forum in the LOEBlog.
Loeb Fall Study Tour
Each year since 1998 the Fellowship together with a committee of Loeb Fellows from the destination has organized an alumni field trip to a great American city or place. These trips afford a “Loeb’s eye view” of a city. The group is hosted by the local Loeb Fellows, who organize an intensive program of meetings and conversations with city officials, planners, local professionals, artists, cultural leaders and others. Over 600 Fellows have attended these trips and benefited from the insights of the local Loeb Fellows into their places, as well as the innovative projects they and their colleagues have initiated. In 2015 the tour was combined with the Loeb 45th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. Read reflections and see videos of the event in the LOEBlog.
Senior Loeb Scholars
A recent initiative of Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, the Senior Loeb Scholars program invites prominent scholars and practitioners whose expertise is outside the normal disciplines of the school or whose practice displays a unique focus, for a short-term residency at the GSD. The central event is a major lecture, however the Scholars also connect with students across disciplines through more intimate and informal seminars and conversations. In addition they spend time with the current class of Loeb Fellows. The 2016 Scholar was artist David Harvey. See all the Senior Loeb Scholars.
Spring Study Tour
For over 15 years the current class of Fellows has embarked on an international study tour to discover insights from practitioners and projects abroad. The earliest travel was to cities where a Loeb Fellow lived and could host the group, assisting with connections to local officials, university departments and local practitioners. In 2011, when Rahul Mehrotra became chair of urban planning and design, he encouraged the Fellowship to become imbedded in the culture of an option studio, to travel with the students to the site, engage with and mentor students and participate in midterm and final reviews. Since then Loeb classes have joined two studios to Mumbai and four studios to Mexico for a rich experience for both students and Fellows. In 2016 the Loebs accompanied a studio led by Diane Davis and Jose Castillo, Housing in Merida Yucatan: the urban and the territorial. The Loebs captured their experiences in a photo essay.
Annual Loeb Lecture
For the past 10 years a Loeb alum or a close collaborator of the Fellowship has delivered the Annual Loeb Lecture on the Friday before the Annual Meeting in May. Past lecturers have included Barbara Hoidn (LF ’00), Toni Griffin (LF ’98), Carter Wiseman (LF ’85), Rahul Mehrotra (professor and chair of the department of urban planning and design), Reese Fayde (LF ’79), Jim Stockard (LF '78), Cathleen McGuigan (LF '93) and Inga Saffron (LF '12). In 2016 curator John Peterson moderated a conversation entitled Good Intentions and the Aesthetics of Privilege with a panel of current and incoming Loebs. It engaged Loeb alumni and students in a spirited and wide-ranging debate about the role of design in achieving social equity and the responsibility of the academy to keep the issue at the forefront of scholarly activity.