Loeb Fellows, save October 13-16 for the 2016 Fall Study Tour to the San Francisco Bay Area
The Lifelong Fellowship
Once a Loeb, always a Loeb. When a Fellow completes the Fellowship year, he or she joins over 400 alumni/ae in an unparalleled worldwide network of professional colleagues. Fellows are considered alumni of the Graduate School of Design as well as the Loeb Fellowship and are invited to participate in GSD alumni events.
At the core of this network is the Loeb Fellowship Alumni/ae Council. The LFAC consists of a delegate from each Loeb class and a set of officers who meet annually to plan activities that extend the connections and mutual learning among Fellows. Examples include:
- Alumni/ae Council Grants
- Annual Loeb Alumni/ae Fall Study Tour
- Annual Memorial Luncheons
- Loeb Anniversary Reunion and Symposium every 5 years
- William A. Doebele Fellowship in Community Design
Alumni/ae Council Grants cover travel costs to convene Fellows for events that benefit the community of the host Fellow. This year the Grant Committee of the Alumni Council is offering two kinds of grants for this years round of projects: typical grants fostering collaboration among Loebs and a special round in the arena of creative placemaking to be awarded in collaboration with ArtPlace America.
The deadline for both types of grants is March 11. Successful grants will be announced by April 8th.
- Guidelines for Alumni Council Grants
- Special Guidelines for Creative Placemaking Grants
- Grant Application
Read the 2014 Alumni Council Grant project reports:
The Annual Loeb Alumni/ae Fall Study Tour brings Fellows together to explore a great city guided by the alumni/ae of that city.
The 2015 study tour was combined with the Loeb 45th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Weekend in Boston with the theme Designing For Change: Towards Equity and Resilience. Watch a selection of the events on video and read about them in the LOEBlog.
The Annual Memorial Luncheons gather Loeb alumni/ae of a particular city on the first Friday of December. The events commemorate the annual luncheons held by John and Frances Loeb for the Fellows in their Park Avenue apartment in New York City. These events are self organized by groups of Loebs in many cities around the globe. It is a chance to catch up on recent work, forge new friendships, and network.
On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Loeb Fellowship in 2010, the LFAC led a fund raising effort among all Loeb alumni and generated funds to endow the William A. Doebele Fellowship in Community Design. The Fellowship was inaugurated in 2013.
Administered through the Office of Career Services, the Fellowship provides a stipend for a current GSD student to bring design and planning skills to a Community Service Fellowship Summer Internship in a non-profit or governmental organization. The 2016 Fellows are:
- Megan Marin (MDes in History and Philosophy of Design ‘17)–Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC
- Charlotte Leib (MLA I ’18)–Urban Farming Institute, Boston
- Andres David Quinche (MUP ‘17)–Office of Planning, Washington, DC
View Bill Doebele's acceptance speech
Just as the Fellows play an active role in the academic life of the Harvard Graduate School of Design during their year in residence, the alumni/ae continue to be a resource for the school after their time in Cambridge. Fellows participate on competition juries and on mid-term and final studio reviews, give guest lectures, serve as mentors, hire students for internships and employment and host events in their home communities.
In addition to these formal activities, the relationships built during the year of residency and the many other alumni/ae activities result in the unlimited potential for professional connections and growth.
A new Loeb Fellows Alumni Database is under construction to assist alumni to connect to the Fellowship network. The Database will be accessed through the LOEBlog.