Career Paths of GSD Alumni
This page serves to describe what people do with a degree from the GSD including what fields they go into, where they live, and what types of organizations they work for. This information was compiled from the Harvard University Alumni database.
You may download a print friendly PDF of Career Paths of GSD graduates with this information including visual charts.
87% of GSD alumni live in the US, with 13% of GSD alumni living abroad.
Within the US, most GSD alumni reside in Massachusetts (25%), California (16%) and New York (15%). Within those states, many GSD alumni can be found in the metro areas of Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
What fields do GSD alumni practice?
This question is best answered according to the program. To learn more about the programs described below, please refer to theAcademic section of the GSD website.
ARCHITECTURE: MARCH I, MARCH II
83% of GSD alumni who graduate from the MArch I and MArch II programs list their primary occupation in the Harvard alumni database as "Architecture/Design."
It is possible that GSD alumni work in several related fields. For instance, many who teach architecture also practice architecture, but the alumni database only allows for one occupation to be listed.
The 16% of alumni in the chart on the PDF of Career Paths of GSD graduates that listed "other" fields as their "primary occupation" included these (as well as other) fields:
- 3% Education/Research
- 3% Business
- 2% Planning/Government
- 2% Real Estate
- 2% Visual Arts/Entertainment
- 1% Building Construction
- 1% Consulting
Where do MArch I and II Graduates work?
MArch I and II alumni work in firms both large and small.
Firms GSD MArch I and MArch II alumni work in include:
- Gehry Partners (Frank Gehry’s office)
- OMA (Rem Koolhaas office), Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Elkus/Manfredi, Cooper Robertson and Partners
MArch I and MArch II students who choose to leave architecture work at places including:
- Fidelity Investments
- National Museum of American Illustration
- National Capital Planning Commission
- World Bank
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: MLA I, MLA II
72% GSD alumni who graduate from the MLA I and MLA II programs list their primary occupation in the Harvard alumni database as "Landscape Architecture" or "Architecture/Design." Other fields can be found on the PDF Career Paths of GSD graduates.
Where do MLA I and MLA II Graduates work?
The 41% of MLA I and MLA II alumni who list Landscape Architecture as their primary field of occupation work at places such as:
Firms: Carol R Johnson Associates., EDAW Inc, EDSA, Hargreaves Associates, the National Park Service, Quennell Rothschild & Partners, Sasaki Associates, SWA Group, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, as well as Organizations: City and county of San Francisco, City of Portland and the National Parks Service
The 31% of MLA I and MLA II alumni indicating Architecture as their primary occupation work at places such as:
- Firms: Gensler, HLW, Peter Walker & Partners, Citicorp Citibank
- Organizations: Golden Gate National Parks Association, Government of Canada, US Forest Service
PLANNING: MUP, MCP, MCRP
The GSD used to offer a Master in City Planning (MCP) and Master in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree. For a time during the 1980's, all planning degree programs moved to the Kennedy School of Government. The GSD restarted its planning program with the Master in Urban Planning (MUP) degree in the 1980's.
Alumni of the planning programs at the GSD pursue a variety of fields after they graduate, although many have to do with design, policy, or the built environment, as reflected in the chart on the PDF Career Paths of GSD graduates.
DESIGN: MDESS IN ALL CONCENTRATIONS
MDesS students pursue several different fields of concentration, which may be viewed on the MDesS program web pages.
MDesS alumni list their primary occupation as:
- 53% Architecture Design
- 12% Real Estate
- 10% Education
Where do MDesS graduates work?
Reflecting the chart of occupations avaiable on the PDF Career Paths of GSD graduates, most MDesS graduates work in design firms as well as other organizations. Below are a few examples of places MDesS students work:
- Universities such as MIT, GSD
- Firms such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, SOM, Grubb and Ellis, Hart/Howerton, EDAW, Accenture
- Organizations such as Urban Redevelopment Authority, State of Massachusetts
DESIGN: DDES IN ALL CONCENTRATIONS
DDes students pursue many fields of concentration. Samples of thesis titles may be viewed on the DDes website:
DDes students listed the following as their primary occupation:
- 52% Education
- 22% Design
- 12% Planning
Where do DDes graduates work?
Reflecting the chart of occupations available on the PDF Career Paths of GSD graduates, most Doctor of Design alumni work in places such as:
- Universities such as Harvard University, University of Colorado at Boulder
- Firms such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, SOM, Grubb and Ellis, Hart/Howerton, EDAW, Accenture, Data Integrity
- Organizations such as United Nations Development Program, Center for Landscape Arch. & Planning, and the City of Phoenix, Planning Dept
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