Announcing the fall 2018 public program, featuring Michael Van Valkenburgh, Hannah Beachler, Shirin Neshat, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and many others

An image of Naval Cemetery Landscape by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Photo: Max Touhey. Thomas Woltz presents a lecture at the GSD on November 8.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design announces its fall 2018 public program, offering a lecture from Michael Van Valkenburgh, a conversation with Hannah Beachler, and an interview marathon led by Hans Ulrich Obrist, among many others. View the complete fall 2018 public program below, or via the GSD’s events webpage.

On September 5, the GSD’s fall program opens with a conversation led by GSD faculty Eve Blau and Robert Pietrusko, to introduce the exhibition Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative. The exhibition arrives at the GSD this fall after prior stops in Berlin, Istanbul, and Mumbai. Among other designers participating in the fall 2018 program are architects Alison Brooks, presenting on September 17, and Carla Juaçaba, who will lecture on October 2. Urbanist Kees Christiaanse will present a talk on September 14, followed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh, who will deliver the GSD’s annual Olmsted Lecture on October 25, and Thomas Woltz, who will speak on November 8.

Artists, curators, policymakers, and others will bring a dynamic range of perspectives on design and culture to the GSD’s program. Among them are Christopher Hawthorne, newly appointed chief design officer for the City of Los Angeles, who will give a lecture on October 9, and philosopher and anthropologist Bruno Latour, who will deliver the Senior Loeb Scholar Lecture on October 16. Graphic designer Irma Boom will present the fall Open House Lecture on November 1. Through the GSD’s Rouse Visiting Artist Program, film production designer Hannah Beachler will speak on October 4 with film scholar and curator Jacqueline Stewart; artist Fritz Haeg, artist Nils Norman, and curator Julieta González will discuss the artists’ recent commission at the Museo Jumex on October 23; and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist will lead an interview marathon at the GSD on November 30.

The full public program appears below, and in the coming weeks can be viewed on the GSD’s events calendar. Please visit the GSD’s home page to sign up to receive periodic emails about the School’s public programs, exhibitions, and other news. Past Harvard GSD events can be viewed on the School’s YouTube channel.

Harvard GSD Fall 2018 public program

Eve Blau and Robert Pietrusko, with Laura Kurgan, Lev Manovich, and Jeffrey Schnapp
September 5
Blau is Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form at the GSD, and Pietrusko is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD. On the occasion of the opening of their exhibition Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative, Blau and Pietrusko will lead a conversation with Laura Kurgan, Lev Manovich, and Jeffrey Schnapp.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen
September 7
Architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen founded their eponymous studio in Concepcion, Chile, in 2002.

Anna Puigjaner: Wheelwright Prize Lecture
September 11
Puigjaner is an architect, founder of Barcelona-based MAIO, and winner of the GSD’s 2016 Wheelwright Prize.

Kees Christiaanse
September 14
Christiaanse is an architect and planner and founder of KCAP.

Alison Brooks
September 17
Brooks is an architect whose practice, Alison Brooks Architects, is based in London.

The Open University’s Course A305 and the Future of Architecture Education, with Lisa Haber-Thomson, K. Michael Hays, John May, and Mirko Zardini
September 19

Ranjani Mazumdar
September 20
Mazumdar is an independent filmmaker and associate professor of cinema studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Nora Akawi
October 1
Akawi is an architect, curator, and researcher working in New York and Amman, Jordan.

Carla Juaçaba
October 2
Juaçaba is a Brazilian architect and winner of the first arcVision Prize, an international award for women in architecture.

Hannah Beachler with Jacqueline Stewart
October 4
Beachler is a film production designer whose film credits include Black Panther (2018), Moonlight (2016), and Lemonade (2016), among many others. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and among other topics has written about cinema and black urban modernity. She also directs the South Side Home Movie Project in Chicago and is co-curator of the L.A. Rebellion Preservation Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Mohammad al-Asad
October 5
Al-Asad is a Jordanian architect and architectural historian. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman.

Christopher Hawthorne
October 9
Formerly the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hawthorne is the recently appointed chief design officer for the City of Los Angeles.

Sou Fujimoto
October 11
Fujimoto is a Japanese architect and founder of Sou Fujimoto Architects.

PRACTICE: Outside In | Inside Out
October 12
The GSD’s Practice Platform convenes this symposium to highlight potential avenues for the growth and constitution of practice, as well as the issues currently at stake within the profession of architecture. Participants include: Alison Brooks, Aaron Cayer, Randy Deutsch, Sawako Kaijima, Jesse M. Keenan, Grace La, Mark Lee, Robert Pietrusko, Edward Sancho Pou, Mack Scogin, and Neena Verma.

Bruno Latour
October 16
Latour is a French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist, especially known for his work in the field of science and technology studies, and he is the GSD’s 2018-2019 Senior Loeb Scholar.

José Esparza
October 18
Esparza is the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), and was a finalist for the GSD’s 2018 Wheelwright Prize.

Marty Poirier
October 22
Poirier is a landscape architect and partner at PWP Landscape Architecture.

Fritz Haeg, Nils Norman, and Julieta González
October 23
Julieta González, artistic director at the Museo Jumex in Mexico City, will be in conversation with artists Fritz Haeg and Nils Norman about their collaborative project, Proposals for a Plaza. The design for the artists’ project was guided by the 1977 book A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, authored by architect, theorist, and GSD graduate Christopher Alexander.

Michael Van Valkenburgh: Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture
October 25
Landscape architect Van Valkenburgh presents the GSD’s annual Olmsted Lecture.

How to See Architecture: Bruno Zevi – The Centennial Symposium
October 26
On the occasion of the centenary of Zevi’s birth, this symposium is organized to reflect on the legacy and enduring significance of the GSD alumnus’ work.

Elisa Silva
October 29
Silva is a Caracas-based architect and winner of the GSD’s 2011 Wheelwright Prize.

Irma Boom: Open House Lecture
November 1
Boom is a renowned graphic designer who specializes in book design.

Jan Boelen
November 7
Boelen is the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art, and artistic director of Atelier LUMA.

Thomas Woltz
November 8
Woltz is the principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Anna Heringer 
November 13
Heringer is an Austrian architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Development.

The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design: The High Line
November 14 & 15
On the occasion of recognizing the High Line with the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, the GSD hosts an evening reception and daytime panel discussion.

Stanislaus Fung 
November 15
Fung is a lecturer in landscape architecture at the GSD who has written extensively on Chinese landscape architecture and architecture in both traditional and contemporary contexts.

Yara Sharif
November 19
Sharif is a partner at Golzari-NG Architects in London and a lecturer at the University of Westminster.

Shirin Neshat
November 27
Neshat is an Iranian visual artist based in New York City.

November 29
HHF Architects is Tilo Herlach, Simon Hartmann, and Simon Frommenwiler. Their work ranges from urbanism and large-scale construction to public pavilions and interior design, and they have realized numerous projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Hans Ulrich Obrist
November 30
Obrist is a curator, critic, and historian, and is artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries in London.

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