Megan Panzano is a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she currently coordinates and teaches in the first semesters of the graduate and undergraduate programs. She is the designer and co-curator of the recent GSD exhibition on housing, Living Anatomy.
Panzano graduated cum laude from Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with honors in 2004. In 2010, she received her Master of Architecture with distinction from the GSD, where she was the recipient of the John E. Thayer Award for outstanding academic achievement. She was also the 2010 winner of the GSD’s James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize for her thesis design of a new architectural type that explored the home as an inhabitable archive – an integral site of object curation and living.
Through her independent practice, studioPM, Panzano is currently working on an assembly of projects addressing spaces of change across a range of architectural scales. She previously worked as a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Utile, Inc. where she completed projects of diverse scale, including a highway de-elevation master plan, new townhouses in South Boston, and office space constructed of reclaimed materials in Charlestown. Prior to her education at the GSD, she worked closely with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown at Venturi, Scott Brown + Associates in Philadelphia.
Panzano has taught architecture studio, concurrent with practice, for the past five years at both Harvard and Northeastern University. She has also served as an invited critic at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple and Drexel Universities, Tufts, Boston Architectural College, Yale University, MIT, and at the GSD. Her design research has been published as a feature in Mark Magazine, Wallpaper, Bauwelt, Domus, Arch Daily, and the Boston Globe, among other publications, with a forthcoming essay on contemporary housing design in Harvard Design Magazine No. 41, Fall/Winter 2015. Her design work has been exhibited in the Cite de l’architecture show in Paris in addition to several Boston academies.