Frances Loeb Library Colloquium

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Event Description

Hosted by the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Faculty Colloquium Series provides a venue for GSD faculty members to launch newly published books, discuss recent or in-process publications or research in which they are currently engaged, or present their thoughts on pedagogy and innovative approaches to teaching.

Upcoming Events

Invisible Topographies: Exploring the Impact of the Unseen

Clay Starr, Renia Kagkou, Shiori Sasaki, Bruce Boucek, Yun Fu and Enrique Mutis in conversation
Thursday, February 29, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Clay Starr, Renia Kagkou, and Shiori Sasaki are leading Esri’s global strategy on GIS in Architecture, Urban Design, and Planning. They are joining Bruce Boucek and GSD Faculty on Thursday, February 29th, 2024, in the Frances Loeb Library to discuss current and emerging technologies that impact architecture and the contemporary design fields. They will be sharing Esri’s strategy and goals for the industry including the technologies and trends that are reshaping the industry. They want to engage the GSD community in dialogue, critique, and insights on how spatial data, analytics, and modern digital workflows can positively impact our communities, our people, and our planet.


Clay Starr is Esri’s Architecture, Urban Planning & Design Lead. He is responsible for setting the overall strategy on how GIS enables designers and planners to radically improve their response to the challenges they face, deliver data-driven results, and generate new and better outcomes through the geographic approach. He’s been in the Architecture and Engineering firms for over 20 years leading digital transformation and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University’s School of Architecture.

Renia Kagkou is a Senior Solution Engineer at Esri’s AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) team, where she develops workflows that leverage GIS to support Architecture, Urban Design, and Planning. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) and a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology (MDes ULE) from Harvard GSD, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.

Shiori Sasaki, AIA is an Industry Consultant and Strategic Advisor at Esri, supporting AEC firms and infrastructure owners. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union and a Master of Science in Construction Management from NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Bruce Boucek started at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in November of 2019 as the GIS, Data and Research Librarian. He is a professional urban geographer by training and temperament and provides expertise in spatial information science, data analysis, and cartographic production. He has a life-long passion for maps and the visual presentation of data.

Yun Fu is an architect and partner of Semester Studio, a design and research office for buildings, objects, and neighborhoods. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Enrique Mutis is an architect pursuing a Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard GSD. With over a decade of experience in multi-housing, healthcare, and urban-scale projects across global geographies, Enrique’s current academic focus is to find unexpected spaces for equitable urban growth in major city centers.

Previous Events

Thinking and Building on Shaky Ground
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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

One year after ChatGPT: How will generative AI shape teaching and learning?
Sebastian Schmidt Dalzon in conversation with Jose Luis García del Castillo, Stephen Gray, Curry J. Hackett, Sabrina Osmany, Carole Voulgaris, Charles Waldheim & Andrew Witt

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Sharing Tokyo
Mohsen Mostafavi in conversation with Michelle Hauk, Seng Kuan, Ann Tanaka & Sky Araki-Russell
Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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Dean Sarah Whiting in conversation with Petar Bojanic, Snezana Vesnic & Paul Guyer
Friday, November 3, 2023

A Discussion on Data and Why it Matters in Design
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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Technical Lands: A Critical Primer
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March 28, 2023

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March 21, 2023

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November 18, 2022

BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions
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Mise-en-Scène: The Lives and Afterlives of Urban Landscapes by Chris Reed and Mike Belleme
With Sara Zewde

March 9, 2022

Cyclical City: Five Stories of Urban Transformation by Jill Desimini
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The Kinetic City & Other Essays by Rahul Mehrotra
With Sarah Whiting

November 29, 2021

The Materiality of Architecture by Antoine Picon
With Ron Witte

November 18, 2021

Radical Normal: Propositions for the Architecture of the City by Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani
With Seng Kuan
September 23, 2021

Studio Ecologies: Designing Landscape Architectural Education for Unpredictable Futures edited by Rosalea Monacella & Bridget Keane
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November 20, 2020

Working in Mumbai by Rahul Mehrotra
With Eve Blau and Mark Lee

November 13, 2020

A Glossary of Urban Voids by Sergio Lopez-Pineiro
With Jill Desimini
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