Harvard Doctor of Design students constitute a group of select students with a great variety of research interests. The program is intended for persons who wish to enter teaching, research and advanced careers in the theory and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, urban form and technology; or the analysis and development of cities, landscapes and regions with emphasis on social, economic, ecological, transportation and infrastructural systems. Further, students may wish to conduct research in the area of digital technologies within such context.

In addition to their studies, doctoral candidates are involved in many aspects of the school. Among other activities, they hold Research or Teaching Fellowships and organize speaker series, conferences,and journals.

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Suleiman Alhadidi is an architect and engineer. He is a researcher at the Material Processes and Systems Group (MaP+S) at the GSD. He is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Alhadidi runs his own architecture practice “O(n) Studio” with an aim to design and build more efficient, intelligent, and sustainable buildings and cities. He practiced architecture in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East and worked before at several well-known architectural institutions and practices such as: MIT Media Lab, Melbourne University, RMIT University, SIAL, Coop Himmelblau, BVN, and HASSELL. During 2016–2018, Suleiman took an elected position in the administration council of The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. He has served as reviewer and contributor for several architecture journals and conferences such as ACADIA, the Journal of Architectural Education and CAADRIA. He authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on architecture, urban design and technology.

During the last 15 years, Suleiman received more than 25 awards for his research, design and academic achievements. Suleiman is currently one of the American Australian Association 2018 Scholars. His doctoral research at Harvard focuses on robotic buildings with an aim to provide affordable smart buildings that encompasses environmental and spatial design, in particular, he is investigate the current need for flexible co-working spaces and the understanding of the future of workspace. Being a multidisciplinary advocate of architecture, computation and engineering, he aims to build transformable spaces using robotic technologies and smart methods.


Sulaiman Alothman is a first year Doctor of Design student. His studies focus on areas of digital fabrication, computation, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. His current research includes the use of robotics for 3D printing clay-lattices with the implementation of sensory technologies and machine learning for optimized workflows. His research— published in ACADIA and ROB|ARCH conferences— is supported by the Material System and Processes (MaP+S) group and sponsored by the Kuwait Foundation of the Advancement of Science (KFAS).

Sulaiman has been teaching and directing the Architectural Association Visiting School (AAVS) program in Kuwait since 2015, a design and built workshop that culminates in the construction of inhabitable pavilions in indoor spaces. He has been a visiting researcher at the Self-Assembly Lab in MIT and has taught courses related to computational design and digital fabrication at Kuwait University.

Sulaiman is a co-founder of Morphospace studio, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Kuwait. He has coordinated and co-directed the design of several digitally-driven projects and interactive installations in Kuwait. He has worked for an award-winning international office in Kuwait on high-rise buildings.

Recently, he graduated from the Master in Design Studies (MDes) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He also holds a Master of Architecture (MArch) in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association and a Bachelor of Architecture (with distinction) from the University of Arizona.


Spyridon AmpanavosSpyridon Ampanavos is a third year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a researcher at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. His research explores ways in which humans and artificial intelligence systems engage in a synergetic design process. In his doctoral work he is using machine learning methods to support environmental building design in the early design process.

Other recent projects include Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality applications (headsets, smartphones), web and software development for environmental data and coastal simulations, connected urban food systems.

Spyridon holds a Master in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and a Master in Design Studies in Technology with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has worked as an architect in Greece and has taught design and programming at NuVu Studio innovation school in Cambridge, MA. His recent work includes research conducted at Autodesk and Adobe.



Bauranov_Aleksandar picAleksandar Bauranov is a licensed civil engineer and doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he explores the relationship between cities, mobility and autonomous vehicles.

Aleksandar was a researcher at NEXTOR, an aviation research institute, where he worked on projects led by the FAA and NASA on the modernization and automation of the National Airspace System. Coupled with his experience in transportation planning and urban design, Aleksandar has a keen perspective on the challenges of integrating autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles into the urban environment. His other recent projects tackled a variety of interdisciplinary topics in transportation, economics and operations research. Aleksandar regularly publishes papers in scientific journals and presents his research at international conferences. He is skilled in machine learning, data science, and data visualization.

Aleksandar is a founder of Urbanova, a consultancy that specializes in transportation planning and economics. Aleksandar holds a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Belgrade.


Ignacio CardonaIgnacio Cardona focuses his studies on creative methodologies of design research to weave together fragmented urban fabric in the cities of the Global South in order to promote social equity, particularly in areas often characterized by being highly conflictive and violent. The work intends to address issues of urban informality, fragmentation, connectivity and social equity in urban environments that although very dense are nevertheless highly malleable and hold potential for effective intervention.

Ignacio is an Architect (Universidad Simón Bolívar / 1998) and cum-laude Magister of Urban Design (Universidad Metropolitana / 2003) and Founder of AREPA: ARCHITECTURE, ECOLOGY & PARTICIPATION an important Venezuelan think tank that has become a reference on urban phenomena in Latin-American, that has developed several projects with the philosophy to articulate the technical knowledge of design with felt needs of communities.

Before starting the Doctor of Design and Harvard GSD, he developed a career as professor in the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela) for ten years In Studios about architecture and urban design, and as advisor of more than 90 thesis of undergraduate and graduate students. Ignacio also has been Visiting Professor in the Magister of Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana (Caracas, Venezuela), and in the Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, USA).

He has presented lectures and papers in seminars and peer-reviewed publications from cities like Barcelona, Boston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Delft, México City, Nairobi, New York, Puebla, and Santiago; and he has won several awards including a Fellowship in Urban Design for the study of systems of streams in Caracas (IDB, 2002), Honorable Mention in the International competition of urban and social projects (CAF, 2012), Finalist in the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (UCLG,2016), the EB1 Visa of Extraordinaries Abilities (USCIS, 2017), and the New York City Summer Fellowship of the IPA Institute of Public Architecture (IPA, 2018).


Yonghui Chen is a second-year DDes student with a background in urban planning and urban design. Focusing on urban conservation theory and practice, his doctoral research explores critical conservation strategies applicable to contemporary cities with particular emphasis on industrial heritage. Prior to entering the DDes program, he received a Master in Design Studies at the Harvard GSD. He is interested in using spatial analytics methods to examine urban issues.

During the past two years, he was granted the Outstanding Student Award of the Year in 2017 by the Eris Development Center and Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis, for the project using spatial analysis models to predict pedestrian route choice around Cambridge subway stations; He worked as a research assistant at the GSD City Form Lab, translating Andres Sevtsuk’s Urban Network Analysis: Tools for Modeling Pedestrian and Bicycle Trips in Cities which has been published in China; His projects were selected in the 16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management. After receiving the 2019 Harvard GSD Real Estate Research Grant, he is now expanding his research interest into urban economics and exploring how historic conservation is impacted by socioeconomic forces


Chieffalo_Michael picMike Chieffalo is a doctoral student, architect, and former planning commissioner. His current research question broadly engages the role(s) of nonhuman animals in histories and theories of urbanization, specifically using livestock as a lens to critique a pervasive anthropocentrism in Western urban theory.

Holding a B.Arch from Roger Williams University, a post-professional M.S. in architecture from Columbia University, and an Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology focused MDes (Distinction) from Harvard, Mike has extensive academic training in architecture and urban social sciences. He is also an experienced architect in practice, with high-level involvement across many project types. In addition to his professional experience, Mike served as a Planning Commissioner in Norwalk, CT from 2009-2012. He was previously a Research Assistant in the Urban Theory Lab GSD; Teaching Fellow in Neil Brenner’s History and Theory of Urban Interventions course; and Teaching Assistant in the inaugural design studio for the Master in Design Engineering program at Harvard. He currently sits on the editorial board at New Geographies Journal; serves as an adjunct faculty at Roger Williams University; and is co-editor of the recently released New Geographies 10: Fallow.


Somayeh Chitchian is an architect, urban researcher and doctoral student at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. Her research focuses on the extended corridors of migratory circulation and uses a logistical lens as both a material and theoretical tool towards a respatialized approach to migration research's inherent methodological nationalism. Somayeh's work lies at the intersection of critical urban theory, migration research, border- and logistics studies, and is guided by de/postcolonial thought, critical race theory, and radical cartography as its overarching framework of analysis. The central question guiding her doctoral work is: How does the contemporary logistics space (re)produce its political figure on-the-move—i.e., “the migrant”?

Somayeh is a trained architect (B.Arch and M.Arch) from Delft University of Technology in the Netherland and holds a Master in Design Studies degree (MDes) in Critical Conservation (with distinction) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her masters thesis research “Middle Eastern Immigration Landscape in America” won Harvard ESRI Development Center’s Student of the Year Award in 2014. During her years in the Netherlands, she practiced as an architect at several firms in both Amsterdam and The Hague, where she collaborated on various residential and cultural projects, as well as the design of advanced building envelopes. At Harvard, she has held various appointments as teaching and research fellow.

From 2015-2019, she held a doctoral fellow position at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany, working towards her doctoral dissertation.


Sang-Yong Cho is an urbanist, technologist, and currently is a doctoral student at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His doctoral research focuses on the intersection of landscape-based adaptation to promote bilateral agreements. He is working with public and private sector involving territorial planning choices to enhance local resiliency through engagement technologies. His work converges on scenario planning analytics, pro-environmental behavior dimensions, boundary spanning, environmental management decision making, and eco-industrial development. He has worked on sustainable development projects with state agencies, NGOs, research institutes, and local government agencies in the United States and South Korea. He has also practiced as a landscape planner working on sustainable development projects in Latin America. He holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the GSD.


Daou_Daniel picDaniel Daou studies the relationship between design, political ecology, and the philosophy of science. His thesis, Synthetic Ecology: Design and the Ecological Imaginary, explores the relationship between the design disciplines and the ecological imagination from 1972 onward and the ways in which the ecological metaphor can help reconsider an emancipatory project for architecture today.

At Harvard, he has been a Fellow of the Energy Council at the Center for the Environment and a member of New Geographies’ editorial board from 2013 to 2018 where he co-edited the ninth volume of the journal. Over the last decade, he has contributed over 60 essays on design for several magazines and journals including Domus Mexico, Arquine, Thresholds, Lunch, and New Geographies. He holds a Licentiate in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he graduated top of his class. He also holds a Master in City Planning and Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Aisha S. Densmore-Bey has benefited from over nineteen years of professional experience in the field of architecture. She has written articles and has organized or been a panelist at various symposia discussing architecture and design, including Build Boston/ABx and the national American Institute of Architects Convention. She also wrote, produced, and directed the architectural film short The Built Perception: Boston. Aisha runs a Boston based eponymous creative office that specializes in architecture, interiors, lighting design, graphic design, film, and art.

Aisha is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Associates Award, and has been featured in Architect Magazine, ArchDaily, Design Bureau, Apartment Therapy, and the Lifework Blog of iconic furniture company, Herman Miller.

Developing and encouraging the next generation of designers, Aisha founded Future Prep 101: How to Prepare Teens for Design Careers™, a half-day seminar which exposes high school students and their parents to multiple design disciplines. Recently Aisha has partnered with the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. to develop programming centered around her children’s book, Who Made My Stuff? Miles Learns About Design.

Aisha is a DDes student who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Florida A&M University, and a Master Of Science in Strategic Design and Management from the Parsons School of Design. While at Harvard, Aisha is exploring the intersection of art, culture, architecture, housing policy, and gentrification.

Boya Guo is a cultural geographer and urban historian with an interest in how cultural powers shape the built environment and vice versa. Trained as an urban planner, she is also interested in conservation, planning, and urban morphology in the consumer society and contemporary media-driven time. In particular, her current researches focus on Chinese conservation history and philosophies, socialist spatial practices and the phenomenon of architectural mimicry and themed space in China since 1990s. Her works have been presented at annual conference of Royal Geographical Society with IBG in 2018, Royal College of Art Conference “Spatialised Governmentality: China and the Global Context” in 2018, Goethe-Institue Beijing “Whatever Works, Whatever It Takes” symposium in 2019. She also co-organized the Harvard DDes 2018 conference “[RE]FORM” in which nine worldwide prominent scholars repositioned the discourse of urban form within contemporary urban theory. Her study and research at GSD have been supported by Harvard Asia Center, Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Ash Center China Programs. Boya holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in urban planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Peking University, and a Master in Design Studies degree from the Harvard GSD focusing on Critical Conservation. Boya has also been actively engaged with China-related academic activities within and beyond GSD. She is currently the vice president of Harvard Visual China: a student organization dedicated to the study and promotion of Chinese art.


Jung Min (Ellie) Han is a second year doctoral student seeking strategies for architectural sustainability and energy-efficient building design. She navigates interoperable building simulation software for architects to use in creating flexibilities between building performance analysis and early design decision-making. Her doctoral research, advised by Prof. Ali Malkawi, focused on tool development for Building Performance Simulation (BPS). She takes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning as her primary methodologies for advancing the feasibility of software.

Jung Min holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Korea National University of Arts, a Master of Science in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and a Maser in Design Studies with a concentration in Energy and Environments from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Before starting the DDes program, she worked at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (at GSD) and the Intelligent Workplace Lab (at CMU) as a research assistant. As a student and researcher, she developed several BPS tools to help architects with sustainable design decision-making on topics ranging from the building to urban scales of implementation. Along with her academic engagement, her journal and conference papers on building performance and simulations have been published and presented at conferences sponsored by the International Building performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).



Vaughn Horn holds an architectural license in his native state of California and in his new home, Massachusetts. His dissertation research focuses on applying architectural tools to improve substandard housing through an examination of cultural moments in the U.S. public housing program, from its origins in the Great Depression to present day. His other research interests and pursuits in academia, the nonprofit sector, and in the architectural practice span 20 years on an array of project types in which he has served in academic administration roles and mid-senior level management roles.



Xiaokai Huang is a doctoral candidate in urban and real estate studies at Harvard. His research concerns the field of real estate development and urban development under China’s transitioning economy. In particular, he explores the role of state-owned enterprises in the real estate development sector and their impacts on urban development from the perspective of political economy. Related field covers real estate finance.

Xiaokai’s research has been widely granted by the Harvard Real Estate Study Grant, Harvard Asia Center and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is also a FIABCI Scholar awarded by the FIABCI foundation, which aims to support students in international real estate study.

Prior to joining the DDes program, Xiaokai worked at Sasaki Associates as an urban planner with the responsibility of developing strategic urban and regional planning for municipal governments and some of the largest private developers in China. From 2015 – 2016, Xiaokai, as a research consultant at a consulting practice, worked closely with a municipal government in Southern China and its Development and Reform Commission, and co-developed a comprehensive report regarding development potentials of 24 towns in the city. Xiaokai is now working as an intern consultant for the Development Research Centre of State Council, P.R.China, with main focus on the cross-border e-commerce in China and its potential impact on China’s economy.


Hunter_K_photoKristen Hunter‘s research concerns innovative public‑private financing mechanisms to stimulate urban regeneration and economic development. Additional interests include sustainable urbanism, institutional and non-profit development, and socially responsible investment.

An experienced development manager and LEED AP, Kristen currently provides strategic consulting for complex urban development projects in domestic and overseas markets. She authored a series of case studies on best practices in the delivery of federal construction projects for the U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service, where she served as an Assistant Instructor at the agency’s semi-annual academy.

Since 2010 she has taught Real Estate Development and Finance, as well as Public and Private Development, at the GSD. She was the recipient of the 2012‑2013 GSD Student Forum Teaching Fellow Award. As an extension of her teaching, Kristen advises student teams participating in a variety of regional and national urban development competitions.

Kristen received a master’s degree with distinction in Real Estate and Project Management from the GSD, earning the Gerald M. McCue Medal for highest overall academic record and the Ferdinand Colleredo‑Mansfeld Prize for superior achievement in real estate studies. She also holds an M.A. in Medieval Chinese History from Cornell University and an A.B. cum laude in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.


Daniel IbanezIbanez-Moreno_Daniel pic is a Spanish practicing architect and urbanist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He is currently a Doctor of Design student at the Harvard GSD and research fellow at the Harvard Office for Urbanization and the Urban Theory Lab. Daniel’s overall research critically seeks to frame the design disciplines in relation to broader socio-ecological interdependencies through cross-disciplinary studies in the field of urban metabolism. As part of his academic efforts, Daniel has organized conferences on Projective Views on Urban Metabolism (Harvard GSD, 2014) and Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (Harvard GSD, 2014) and Heliomorphism (Harvard GSD, 2016). He is author/editor three book publications: New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (HUP, 2014); Third Coast Atlas (forthcoming Actar, 2015); and Wood Urbanism: From Molecular to Territorial (forthcoming, Actar, 2018). His articles have been featured in the Harvard Design Magazine, PLOT, urbanNext, Mies Crown Hall Americas publication, Ediciones ARQ, or LIGA DF.

Additionally, Daniel holds two other academic affiliations. He is an assistant professor at Rhode Island School of Design in the School of Architecture, and co-director of the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB), at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya in Valldaura, Barcelona. Since 2017, Daniel has been advising the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank in the housing and urban development projects in Latin America.

He is co-founder and director of the design firm Margen-Lab, a transcalar targeted office invested in the developing more ecologically powerful and materially exuberant architecture and urban design with projects in USA, Spain, Chile, and China. Margen-Lab has been awarded first prizes in national and international competitions, and it has exhibited its work on design venues such as the Biennale di Venezia 2012, the Oslo Architectural Triennale 2013, or the Design Biennial Boston among others.

Daniel received his Masters of Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in 2007 with honors. Also, he holds a post-professional Master in Advanced Architecture from IAAC with distinction. In 2012, he completed a Masters in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Daniel's grants for academic research include Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies, Fundación La Caixa Fulbright Fellowship, Real Colegio Harvard Complutense Scholarship and the Harvard GSD Dimitris Pikionis Award, Penny White Research Scholarship and the Dean´s Merit Award.


Ikpefan_Esesua picAs a second year DDes student, Esesua Ikpefan’s work aims to advocate the importance of the spatial dimensions of inequality and marginalization in Lagos, Nigeria. Her research sees the built environment as both an informer of conflict and identity, as well as a reflection of these issues. She focuses her work on the intersection between heritage, identity, and inequality in Nigeria’s urban centers.

Her past research through the Master in Design Studies in Critical Conservation at the Harvard GSD, examines the colonial, religious, and cultural practices that together have formed current governmental and societal biases towards Nigeria’s urban poor. This research focuses on how heritage and narratives of history and place, and its built environment, can become tools for urban inequality and exclusion. Her work assesses how claims of ownership and authenticity are performed in contestation over limited urban space in Lagos, Nigeria. It confronts popular hierarchies of place and persons in Nigeria, questioning who a given society sees as valuable enough to have a right to urban space, and why.

Esesua also holds a B.F.A. in Environmental and Interior Design form Syracuse University. She has worked since in architectural design, as well as in media editing and production, instructional assisting, and certified tutoring. She currently holds a position as a Research Assistant at the Just City Lab, and is serving as the Logistics Committee Lead for the 2019 Black in Design Conference.


Koeva_Elitza picElitza Koeva’s practice is in the intersection of fine art, media and architecture. Her research focus, triggered by her experience of living in Tokyo, explores how virtually-enhanced urban space alters perception by interrogating the role of art, digital media technologies and the city in their respective and inter-related production of subjectivity. The analysis would cast light on how artistic & design practice engenders people’s engagement, critical awareness and participatory responses to the virtual cityscape.

Elitza holds a Master's Degree in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo. She has practiced at various art & architectural firms and institutions: OMA, Arata Isozaki & Associates, MAD Architects, MOT (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and Junya Ishigami. At MOT, she worked on Oscar Niemeyer and Yoko Ono exhibitions. While at OMA/AMO, she was part of the exhibition team of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition / Fundamentals (Venice Architecture Biennale, 2014). Prior to Harvard, Elitza was a research fellow at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD), ETH Zürich. At ETH, she explored the convergence of art, philosophy, quantum physics and coding. Elitza is a recipient of the Monbusho scholarship from the Japanese Government, the Fulbright and Thanks to Scandinavia grants, as well as of the ETH CAAD 2017 research fellowship.


Yihao Li is a first-year DDes student with a focus on urban planning and policy. His research focuses on the political economy of industrial park development along key transportation corridors in developing Asia. Previously, he worked as a land policy consultant at the World Bank, researching comparative land and urbanization policy. Yihao also worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School and co-authored a case on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a major infrastructure and regional connectivity initiative. Yihao has a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a concentration on political and economic development, and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in international relations and economics. Yihao is often called upon by various news media to comment on current affairs. Yihao grew up in Beijing and has been living abroad since 2005.


Jingping Liu is a doctoral student focusing on the community and housing issues in P. R. China, especially the evolution and retrofit of work-unit (Danwei) communities that were built during 1950s to 1980s. She aims to figure out reasonable and applicable retrofit strategies for the work-unit community in the country by studying the morphology evolution process of specific work-unit community cases in Nanjing, with the self-organizing theory as a supporting theory and typo-morphology approach as the primary methodology.

Before coming to Harvard, she was a graduate student at Southeast University, P. R. China. There she participated in a “Twelfth Five-Year” National Key Technology R&D Program of China, and she was mainly responsible for the key technologies of community planning in areas with dense watercourses. She got her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Zhengzhou University and Master of Architecture degree from Southeast University in China.

Jingping has been awarded a scholarship from China Scholarship Council (CSC) to pursue her doctoral study at Harvard. She has coauthored the paper Quantitative Study on the Evolution Trend and Driving Factors of Typical Rural Spatial Morphology in Southern Jiangsu Province, China, which was published in Sustainability in 2018. She made an oral presentation in the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conferences 2016, Seoul. She participated in the Venice Biennale Sharing & Regeneration Exhibition 2016 with the team work Living Construction.


Lopez Melendez_Miguel picMiguel Lopez Melendez is a fifth-year Doctor of Design candidate. His dissertation studies how the philosophical term “autonomy” redefined the formal, and thus disciplinary, parameters of architecture and contributed to the polarization of architectural theory during the second half of the 20th century. It claims that the assumption that autonomy implied detachment (isolation) rather than engagement (commitment) was symptomatic of a debate that focused on the history of architecture and relegated the history of autonomy. His dissertation titled “Autonomy and Urbanism” studies the culture inherent in “autonomy” as well as the alliance between autonomy and urbanism in the context of the urban consciousness of the 21st century.

Miguel holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He worked in FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise, TEN Arquitectos of Enrique Norten and Tecnologico de Monterrey, where he collaborated as Design Studio Instructor. At Harvard, he has worked in several research projects such as the Housing Surplus Project (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Topaz Project (Monterrey, Mexico) and A Sustainable Future for EXUMA (Bahamas). Besides working on his doctoral research, he works as Research Assistant for the former Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.


Mojdeh Mahdavi is an urban designer and registered architect. She is currently a Doctor of Design student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where her work is supported by GSD Dean’s merit, Iranian Scholarship Foundation and P.E.O Foundation. At the GSD, she is also the co-editor of the twelfth volume of the DDes annual journal, New Geographies 12: Commons. Mojdeh received a research-based (mention recherche) Post-Master degree in Architecture and Urbanism from École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris LaVillette, ENSAPLV, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from University of Tehran where she was graduated with honors.

Before the GSD, Mojdeh practiced urban and architectural design in Paris, Tehran, and Almaty in well-established firms as well as experimental design groups. Her work has been presented in conferences in Paris, Tehran, Zurich, and Montreal. During several years of professional and academic experience, she has gained extensive knowledge in civic engagement, public participation and community empowerment in the process of urban development. Since her collaboration with Tehran Urban Innovation Center in 2016, where she is currently a partner, she has examined the efficiency of a combination of off-line and online methods as well as digital technologies in the complex process of participation. Currently, as a Bloomberg fellow in City Leadership Initiative, she uses this practical knowledge in community engagement and ICT and urban intelligence engendered opportunities in helping Syracuse’s office of Accountability, Performance and Innovation to devise a socially-conscious, inclusive, and economically-responsive smart city plan.

Mojdeh’s research at the GSD investigates how spatialized urban intelligence and emerging digital technologies change the nature and structure of urban governance and public interfaces. She looks at the ways through which urban governments prepare for implementation of smart infrastructure and smart technologies, create new growth-coalitions and revise their relationships with citizens. Mojdeh’s broader research engages with the evolving relationships between urbanization, politics, urban governance, urban intelligence and their effects on sociopolitical capacity of the society.


Trained as an Architect, Nusrat Jahan Mim from Bangladesh, is a first-year graduate student in the Doctor of Design program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). Her research work is focused on studying the socio-economic politics embedded in resource-constrained contexts of the Global South and designing novel and creative spaces to facilitate an inclusive and democratic participation of the marginalized communities there. Her work draws upon cutting-edge critical literature in Architecture, Urban Design, and South Asian Feminism, and addresses the contemporary struggles of marginalized communities within the globalized project of modernization, urbanization, and digitization.

Nusrat holds a Master of Architecture from Syracuse School of Architecture with the A.I.A Henry Adams Medal and Certificate for achieving the highest academic rank. Her studies at SyrArc was supported by Design TA fellowship, Teaching Assistantships, and Creative Work and Research Grants. She is currently involved with Third Space Research Group at the DGP, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Toronto. She also worked with BRAC (the largest global NGO) in cyclone resilient housing project for fishermen communities and with Oxfam in culturally sensitive washing facilities project for Rohingya refugee women in Bangladesh. She received her B.Arch from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where she worked as a lecturer and design studio teacher for one and a half years after her graduation. She has received several international awards including Lafarge-Holcim Award for sustainable construction (Next Generation), Laka International: Architecture that Reacts etc.


Jeffrey NesbitJeffrey S Nesbit is an architect, urbanist, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is founding director of the experimental design group Haecceitas Studio and research fellow in the Office for Urbanization, directed by Charles Waldheim and Mohsen Mostafavi. His research focuses on processes of urbanization, infrastructure, and the evolution of the defense landscape. Currently, Nesbit is studying the 20th century spaceport complex at the intersection of architecture and aerospace history. He has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on infrastructure and urbanization and is co-editor of Chasing the City: Models for Extra-Urban Investigations (Routledge, 2018), Rio de Janeiro: Urban Expansion and Environment (Routledge, 2019), and currently working on the forth-coming New Geographies 11 Extraterrestrial (Actar, 2019). Nesbit previously taught architecture and urban design as an Assistant Professor, along with leading a number of studios and theory seminars at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Texas Tech University. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University.


Xuanyi Nie is a third-year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His dissertation explores the integration between healthcare industry and urban development through medical-education-research campuses (MERCs), envisioned as an urban typology to integrate economic growth and the provision of public services in Chines cities. He is currently a research fellow for the China Health Partnership at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, specifically focusing on financing and property acquisition for private healthcare facilities in Chinese cities. He is also a member of the China Healthcare Architecture Association (CHHA) in Beijing. His has research experiences on topics including land policies, municipal finance, rural development and informal economy. His research projects have been supported by the Harvard GSD, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard Asia Center, and FIABCI Scholarship Foundation.

Xuanyi's work benefits from both his academic and professional experiences. He has served as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for both urban theory and architecture classes. Prior to joining the doctoral program at Harvard GSD, he has worked at KPF, Kengo Kuma and Associates, New York Department of City Planning and NBBJ in Boston. He has done extensive research on land policy and informal economy in the Middle East and South East Asia. His work has been featured on various platforms, including Boston Society of Architects, Outside Art Fair in New York City and LUX design festival in New Zealand.

He has been invited to present his work at various conferences including the Future City Summit 2019 in Hong Kong and Bali, the 2019 International Conference on China Urban Development at Peking University Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the 13th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference, the 2019 Shanghai International Young Scholar Forum at Tongji University, the 11th Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference at Rutgers University, the 11th Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and the 1st Annual Urban Planning Conference at Alabama A&M University. Xuanyi received his Master of Architecture Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.


Norman_Sarah_pic convertedSarah Norman studies self-actuated forms and systems, with particular interest in geometries exhibiting ranges of transformations; explored through additive 3D printing processes in multiple materials and robotics. In research at Harvard, she currently collaborates with Martin Bechthold and the Materials Processes and Systems Group (MaP+S) at the GSD; and James Weaver at the Wyss Institute for Biological Engineering.

With over ten years of experience as an interdisciplinary designer on civic, cultural, institutional and infrastructural projects, Sarah formerly worked in New York with Rafael Viñoly Architects, Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Santiago Calatrava. Her international projects include complex facades, grid shells, membrane structures, pedestrian bridges, slender spires and various complex/special structures.

Having taught most recently at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) as a visiting fellow, Sarah has also taught design studios and technology/theory courses at Parsons School of Design, The New School, and University of Michigan. She has also been an invited visiting critic for reviews at Columbia University, University of Virginia, Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Sarah earned her MArch I from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), an MFA in Product Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and undergraduate degree concentrations in studio art, art history, journalism and photography.

Andreina Seijas studies the urban night. In other words, how cities can become safer, more inclusive and productive by creating quality spaces for work and leisure not only during the day, but also at night.  Her doctoral research analyzes how day-night dynamics are changing over time, and the institutional arrangements—such as the emerging role of ‘night mayors’—that cities have to manage and shape nocturnal environments. By performing a comparative analysis of three systems of nocturnal governance—the laws and institutional arrangements to oversee night-time activity in Amsterdam, London and New York—her work hopes to shed light on the emerging field of night-time planning and policy.

Andreina is a Venezuelan communications professional and public policy analyst with more than 10 years of experience managing communication and policy strategies for the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has a Communications degree from Universidad Católica Andres Bello (Caracas), an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, and a Master in Public Administration and Non-Profit management from New York University.

Before entering the DDes program, Andreina worked as a consultant for the Housing and Urban Development Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. Previously, Andreina was the Information Manager for the Mayor’s Office of the Chacao Municipality in Caracas, worked as Policy Associate at Americas Society/ Council of the Americas and Editorial Associate for policy journal Americas Quarterly in New York City.

Andreina has presented lectures and papers in seminars and international conferences organized by McGill University, Leiden University, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Her work was also featured at the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Valparaíso, Chile. Watch her TEDx talk and learn more about her research project at www.andreinaseijas.com.


Smachylo_Julia picJulia Smachylo is an urban designer as well as a registered urban planner in Canada and the United Kingdom. As a doctoral candidate at Harvard, she is a member of the Urban Theory Lab, a Canada Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and is pursuing a secondary degree in Critical Media Practice, which integrates media production into her academic work. Her research responds to an increased awareness and shift towards valuing natural capital in research and policy, as well as the growing influence of non-state actors such as environmental organizations, landowners, and the private sector in shaping landscapes in response to climate change.  Using film as a method of investigation, her recent work focus on woodland areas in the province of Ontario, Canada, documenting incentivized managed forests to reveal the extent to which these landscapes are tied to the social, economic and political histories of production and conservation within the region.

Julia has a BA in Geography from Queen’s University, a Master of Science in Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Toronto. Before coming to Harvard, Julia worked in planning, landscape and urban design offices in London and Toronto, and in 2014 she was deputy curator of the Canadian exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture entitled Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 with Lateral Office.  Julia is the co-editor of the latest issue of the journal New Geographies Fallow (2019). Other recent publications include Agents of Design: Incentivized Conservation in Southern Ontario’s Private Forests (in) Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (2018), and her work with Lateral Office on the book Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory (2017).  She has been an invited critic at a variety of universities in Canada and the US for landscape, urban planning and urban design studios, and has taught core studio courses at both Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo.


Tannebaum_Ashley picAshley Tannebaum engages in research at the Graduate School of Design by examining how evidence-based design can strategically foster the construction of therapeutic environments to support academic and social growth. More specifically, Ashley aims to identify and investigate which innovative design strategies can be most effectively implemented to support health and promote the meaningful learning process in dynamic higher education environments.

Before beginning her studies at Harvard, Ashley practiced as an architect for several years. During this time, she developed academic, civic, and healthcare projects in all stages of design throughout the state of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture + Health from Clemson University – the latter of which included an empirically-based thesis project funded through multiple grants which sought to explore effective behavioral healthcare environments for adolescents and identify specific design strategies to facilitate the therapeutic milieu.


Sara Tepfer is a first-year doctoral student at Harvard, where she studies design for energy performance and human health in the built environment.

Before coming to Harvard, Sara worked as a consultant at Arup, where she held a multi-disciplinary role on a diverse range of nationally and internationally recognized projects. Her work included sustainable materials consulting for several aviation and hospitality projects, as well as daylighting and building energy simulation, sustainability masterplanning, and materials lifecycle assessment for multiple project types, from corporate campuses to healthcare to civic projects.

Sara holds an MSc in Architecture with a focus in building science from UC Berkeley and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Oregon. Her masters research studied methods for characterizing the lifecycle human health impacts of building materials. It was supported by grants from the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment, the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, and the US Green Building Council. Outcomes from her thesis were published in the American Institute of Architect’s Prescription for Healthier Building Materials: A Design and Implementation Protocol in 2018 and have been presented at conferences and universities across the US.



Tish_Daniel picDaniel Tish is a designer and researcher who investigates responsive architectural environments through the lens of behavioral materiality. His research develops computational methods for the design and simulation of self-actuating materials, as well as novel processes for their robotic additive manufacturing. Daniel’s recent projects have included additively manufactured cable-net structures at a variety of scales, from kinetic gallery installations with programmable topologies to functionally-graded chair surfaces. His work has been published as a part of recent ACADIA, Fabricate, Rob|Arch, and IASS conferences, as well as in the book Towards a Robotic Architecture and the journal TAD.

Daniel was recently a Lecturer at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, where he taught digital fabrication. He also led an intensive summer masterclass at the University of Technology Sydney. Daniel has worked in the research offices of RVTR in Ann Arbor and murmur in Los Angeles, as well as in commercial firms in Chicago and St. Louis. Daniel received his Master of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis with a self-guided special major in Sustainable Design.


Tomholt_Lara picLara Tomholt studies the design of future artificially intelligent buildings to increase efficiency and sustainability. She views the future smart home as one systemic entity that becomes interactive, focusing her research on the intersection of artificial intelligence, architecture, sustainability and biomimicry. Alongside her doctoral research at the GSD, she is involved in materials research for the GSD’s ALivE group and robotics research at the Harvard Microrobotics lab, both affiliated with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Lara holds a BSc and MSc degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences from Delft University of Technology and studied a semester at Polytechnic University of Milan. She participated in multiple projects of The Why Factory (part of MVRDV), a think-tank that researches urban and architectural futures. She worked as an intern at Benthem Crouwel Architects, after which her research and data visualization were presented at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2014. Her previous work consists of a wide range of visionary designs and design tools based on diverse issues and developments in the world. Her interests include sustainability, parametric design, biomimicry, robotics, and data visualization. laratomholt.nl


Guy Trangoš is a South African architect, designer and urban researcher. He is a founding partner in Meshworks Architecture and Urbanism, and co-editor of New Geographies 11: Extraterrestrial. His doctoral research investigates the infrastructural, spatial and political implications of large science projects on landscapes and society.

Guy’s broader research considers the evolving relationships between urbanization, society, science, technology, and outer space. He has written on these and other themes for numerous publications including Folio (forthcoming 2019), Perspecta, Scenario Journal, The Architectural Review, City Journal, Canadian Architect, and Architecture South Africa. He has also written in popular media on cities and architecture. In 2015, Guy co-edited the book ‘Movement Johannesburg’, and has authored chapters in other edited volumes.

Guy works commonly in multidisciplinary teams, and has been instrumental in award-winning architectural, research and graphic design projects. He has most recently been employed as a researcher at LSE Cities, a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, a researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, and a Teaching Fellow at the GSD. He has also been a guest lecturer and critic at numerous institutions.

Guy holds a MSc. in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Architecture (Professional) from the University of the Witwatersrand.



Juan Pablo UgarteUgarte_Juan pic is a fifth year DDes candidate. He holds an Architecture degree from Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard GSD. Juan Pablo’s doctoral research seeks to advance our understanding of the design cognition processes that underlie model making. Using post-cognitivist theories of the mind and eye tracking technology, he is designing and conducting experiments to record and analyze the gaze behavior of designers during exploratory model-making tasks. The results of these experiments may shed light on how designers think when they physically materialize their ideas, which in turn may help inform the future development of robotic tools that support and enhance designers’ creative thinking.


DSC_0367Hanne van den Berg is an urban planner and designer specialized in urban resilience, adaptation to climate change, participatory planning and (urban) decision-making processes and tools. As a Fulbright Fellow and doctoral researcher at the GSD, Hanne studies adaptive and participatory approaches to urban (climate) resilience. She focuses on the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities and ways to achieve more equitable adaptation to climate change.

Before coming to Harvard, Hanne worked as researcher/advisor at the Dutch applied research institute of Deltares, where she was involved in the development of climate adaptation and urban resilience strategies and tools for the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Mexico and the United States. This included a two-year relocation to Singapore to strengthen Deltares´ knowledge alliance with the National University of Singapore. She has furthermore worked for architecture and urban design offices in London and in the Netherlands.

At the GSD, she has been a Teaching Fellow for a Design and Planning Studio on urban justice in Pittsburgh; Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; as well as a Thesis Preparation course for Urban Design and Urban Planning students. She has acted as Thesis Director for students in the Urban Planning and Urban Design program and served as guest critic for numerous reviews at the GSD and externally. Her teaching experience furthermore includes a position as Studio Tutor at Delft University of Technology.

Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles and conference publications, as well as assistance on a book publication on Singapore’s blue-green infrastructure with her Harvard GSD primary advisor (expected in 2019) and co-authorship of another book on urban grids and blocks with the same advisor (expected in 2019).

Hanne holds an MSc degree in Urban Planning and Design from Delft University of Technology (cum laude), an MA and BA degree in Architecture from the University of Cambridge (Honours) and a BSc in Natural Sciences from University College Utrecht (summa cum laude).


Liang Wang is an architect and urban designer. He is currently a Doctor of Design candidate and a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Educated and practiced internationally as both a designer and a scholar, Liang’s design research and practice speculate on the relation between architecture and the city by focusing on urban design and large-scale architectural projects. His teaching and scholarship concern history and theory of urban form, superblock development and modernity, as well as architecture and the idea of the city in East Asia.

Liang’s on-going doctoral research investigates the space and politics of superblock and its relation to the idea of urban form historically and theoretically in the context of the Chinese cities. Liang is the recipient of the Peter G. Rowe Scholarship of Harvard University, and his research is sponsored by the Harvard GSD, Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, the David Rockefeller Center of Harvard University, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and the Harvard Asia Center. In line with his research work, Liang is the author of the book The Chinese Block: Searching for A New Spatial Construct (Forthcoming in 2020), and the co-author of the book Urban Blocks and Grids: History, Technical Features, and Outcomes (Scholars' Press, 2019). He is also the co-editor of the new issue of Harvard GSD’s New Geographies journal (Forthcoming in 2020). In addition, Liang has contributed to multiple book publications including Sao Paulo: A Graphic Biography (The University of Texas Press, 2018), Regular City in Chongqing (Harvard GSD, 2018), Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design (ORO Editions, 2019), HOUSUS: Housing Tomorrow (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields, 2017) among others. At the GSD, Liang teaches as a teaching fellow for core urban design lecture course. He has been a guest critic at the Harvard GSD, RISD and the China Academy of Art. Prior to the GSD, Liang has worked at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, SOM in New York, BIG in Copenhagen, and WW Architecture in Houston.

Liang holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with distinction from the GSD where he was awarded the Harvard GSD Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize and the Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design. He also holds a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University where he won the Morris R. Pitman Award in Architecture and the Fondren Research Award. Liang received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, where he was the recipient of the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Education of China.



Jung Hyun Woo is an architect, urban designer, and planner specializing in spatial analytics for transit development plan and its design. Her doctoral dissertation concerns a multidimensional evaluation for Transit Oriented Development associated with infrastructure, walkability, culture, public realm, economies, and design. She developed an empirical research method with spatial network analysis tools in which a model projection for assessment of TOD impacts on a city and its urban qualities.

She is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds a Master degree in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology concentration from the Harvard GSD. She earned an Advanced Master of Architecture at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

Along with her practice, she worked at Relational Urbanism Office in London, MVRDV in Rotterdam, and SIAPLAN in Seoul. She taught an urban design core studio at the Berlage Institute in TU Delft (2012-2013) and was invited as a guest critic and lecturer in different countries. She has served as a teaching fellow and a research assistant at the Harvard GSD since 2015. She has published a research article in Kerb Journal 23: Digital Landscape (RMIT University, 2016) and her “Green Line- The Ecological Trajectory of Broadway in Manhattan” design project has been widely reported by the professional news media, such as NY Daily News, Abitare, Dezeen, and Business Insider. Her work has appeared in various publications, including the Vertical Village (MVRDV, NAI Publishers & Equalbooks, 2012), and Sketches for a National History Museum (SUN Publishers, 2011.)


Wu_Lonfeng picLongfeng Wu is a doctoral candidate with a background of urban planning and landscape architecture. He is interested in the ecological and social services of green space in contemporary urbanization typically in the developing world. Currently, he is writing a dissertation on how the spatial distribution and formation of urban-rural green space effect its ecological as well as socioeconomic contributions during the rapid urban expansion in Beijing metropolitan area. Relying on data construction and consumption from various sources with the support of GIS techniques and quantitative analysis tools, Longfeng is targeting a more efficient planning approach to improve the performance of the future urban-rural green spaces.

Longfeng holds a Master in Design Studies concentrated in Urbanism Landscape Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design. His researches have been granted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard Asia Center, the Penny White Fund, Geology Society of America, and Harvard Center for Geographical Analysis. He also received scholarship from China Scholarship Council for the doctoral study. Before in GSD, he received a Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Engineering in Urban Planning from Beijing Forestry University. He has been involved in various scales of landscape design and planning projects closely working with several renowned landscape architects in China.


Dingliang Yang, a fourth year DDes candidate, is an architect and urban designer from China. He received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design Degree with distinction at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was awarded Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize and Paul M. Heffernan Fellowship. He also holds a bachelor’s degree of architecture with highest honor of Chu Kochen Medal from Zhejiang University in China.

Yang is the author of Urban Grids: Handbook for City Design (ORO, 2019), Zhengzhou: from Rail-City to Metro-Polis (AR+D, 2019), Regular City in Chongqing (Harvard GSD, 2018) and Savannah: Rethinking the Multi-Scalar Capacity of the City Project (Mariscal, 2018), Shanghai Regeneration: Five Paradigms (AR+D, 2016), Hangzhou: Grids from Canal to Maxi-Block (AR+D, 2016) and forthcoming book Townization: In Search of New Paradigm of Urbanization in China (Springer, 2019). His most recent writings are included in CITY, EL CroquisMechanics in EngineeringTime+Architecture, Taiqian: The Countryside as a City (Harvard GSD, 2015), Cities and Urban Plans in the 21st Century (AMB, 2014), and Xiamen: The Megaplot (Harvard GSD, 2013). Besides his academic work, Yang is the founding partner of VARY DESIGN, conducting practices at different scales both in US and China. He has won various awards, inclusive of Architizer A+Awards and The American Architecture Prize, and his works have been widely published and exhibited, including Venice Biennale, Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing Design Week and China International Architectural Decoration and Design Art Fair and Architecture and Design Museum.

Yang's dissertation is entitled “Between the Past and Future: the Transformation of the Pearl River Delta”.


Seok Min Yeo is a Korean landscape urbanist and research fellow at the Office for Urbanization. Yeo completed his Master in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Landscape Architecture Thesis Prize for his project Wild: Manhattanism Unhinged. He also holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University School of Architecture, where his project – Crazy Long: A Sticky Landscape Infrastructure – received the Dean’s Citation for Thesis Design. Yeo’s work leverages ecological phenomena to propose novel design methods, with a special interest in the relationship of the sun and the built form of the city.

At the Harvard GSD department of landscape architecture, Yeo has been a teaching associate for design thesis, and guest lecturer and critic for representation courses and design studios. At the Boston Architectural College, Yeo has co-taught design studios both at the graduate and undergraduate programs. Before coming to Harvard, he held design positions at Payette and Safdie Architects.


Yu_Jeongmin picJeongmin Yu is a doctoral candidate with research interests in informal settlements in highly developed East Asian cities. Focusing on the period from the 1940s to the present, her study explores the various forms and histories of informal settlements, with a particular focus on rooftop housing. Rooftop housing, which in most instances are illegally built and inhabited, is a common occurrence throughout East Asian cities. Jeongmin’s research will explore its architectural typology, current demographics, relation to formal housing, role in society, and its future with the potential developments on the local and regional level.

Previously, Jeongmin worked at the Architecture & Urban Research Institute (AURI) in Korea and at the NYC Department of City Planning in the Urban Design Department. At AURI, she worked on an affordable housing project under South Korea’s Park administration (2013-2018), and constructed a database for Han-Ok (traditional Korean housing) remodeling. She was a teaching fellow and a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Korea University.

Jeongmin holds a BA in Architecture from Columbia and a MLA from the GSD. Her master’s thesis proposed ways to improve the vulnerable housing and infrastructure in South Korea’s Daldongnaes (informal settlement areas). The project explored ways to minimize the residents’ inconvenience throughout the upgrade process, preserve the site’s local fabric, and promote a heightened sense of community.


Boya Zhang is a Chinese architect with an interest focused on interactions between urban form and its environs shaped by cultural and political forces. As a doctoral student at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he has been a member of Office for Urbanization since early 2018, where he works on the core team for several scenario-based design research projects in the context of agricultural modernization for new town planning in the Chinese countryside. His research engages with the global discourse of agrarian urbanism, in particular as a response to the urgency of alternative ways of interpreting dynamic rural conditions. Currently, he is studying Chinese urban-rural transformation history through the lens of urban-rural relations and spatial organization shifts with particular political/economic drivers behind. Boya holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Tsinghua University, and a post-professional Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD. Prior to pursuing the doctoral degree, he worked for architectural offices in Beijing, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Boston.