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.
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 14th annual Study Tour to Cleveland, Ohio, in October 2012 was an enormous success with 45 Loeb Fellows and affiliates attending. The program for the tour was curated and hosted by India Pierce Lee (LF 2009), Program Officer at the Cleveland Foundation, and Kathy Barrie (LF 1994), Principal, Barrie Projects, with help from their Cleveland colleagues.
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.
The Loeb Anniversary Reunion and Symposium occurs every five years, when alumni/ae converge on Cambridge for a time of study, conversation, reconnection and FUN. The next Anniversary Reunion will be the 45th Anniversary of the Loeb Fellowship in fall 2015.
On the occasion of the 40thAnniversary 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. This Fellowship will provide a stipend for a current GSD student to bring design and planning skills to a summer internship in a non-profit or governmental organization. The inaugural Doebele Fellow will be selected for a summer internship in 2013. This program is administered through the Office of Career Services at the Graduate School of Design.
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.
Loeb Fellows and alumni/ae are invited to connect to the Fellowship network via the Loeb Fellows Alumni Database. A password is required to access the database.