Loeb50: 50 (More) Years of Fellowship

The Loeb Fellowship is pleased to present a series of events broadcast to audiences via Zoom.

*This event will be ONLINE ONLY. For security reasons, virtual attendees must register. Scroll down to find complete instructions on how to register.

Event Description

In celebration of our 50th anniversary year, the Loeb Fellowship presents the first in a series of online public programs designed to advance critical conversations on the social consequences of the built environment.

Featuring Loeb Fellowship Curator John Peterson LF ’06, Curator Emeritus James Stockard LF ’78, and moderated by Tau Tavengwa LF ’18, this inaugural conversation —50 (More) Years of Fellowship— will reflect on the conditions that precipitated the founding of the program, the work Loeb Fellows have done over the last half-century to advance positive social outcomes, and how practitioners can find new approaches to tackling global challenges.

Through the Loeb50 series, curated by Tau Tavengwa, Founder and Co-editor of Cityscapes magazine, the Loeb Fellowship will convene conversations about the critical issues of today, and around our shared commitment to building more just, equitable, and sustainable environments. 


John Peterson, LF ’06, architect, educator and activist, is Curator of the Loeb Fellowship. Peterson is the founder of Public Architecture, a national nonprofit organization based in San Francisco whose 1+ program challenges architecture and design firms to pledge a minimum of 1% of their time in pro bono services to nonprofits in need and has attracted participation from over 1500 firms nationwide. Peterson’s work has appeared in several books and publications, including The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Architect, Metropolis, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Peterson led the architectural practice Peterson Architects from 1993 to 2010 and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and California College of the Arts. He holds degrees in fine arts and architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow in 2006.

James Stockard, LF ’78, an expert in affordable housing and community development, retired in 2014 from the role of curator of the Loeb Fellowship, which he held for 16 years. As a principal with the Cambridge-based consulting firm Stockard & Engler & Brigham, he has worked with nonprofit groups and public agencies across the country on such issues as affordable housing development, property management, neighborhood revitalization, and supportive service planning. Stockard has taught courses on housing policy at MIT’s School of Architecture, Tufts University and the GSD. He is the co-author of Managing Affordable Housing, and wrote the epilogue in New Directions in Uban Public Housing. Stockard is an alumnus of the Loeb Fellowship Program and also earned a Master of City Planning degree from the GSD.


Zimbabwean born Tau Tavengwa, LF ’18, is the cofounder, curator and editor of Cityscapes Magazine, a hybrid journal/magazine print title focused on cities and urban life across Africa; Latin America and South Asia. Each issue of the magazine presents nuanced stories and analysis focused on cities and urbanism across the South and the people working, thinking, and fighting to make them more liveable and equitable. Tavengwa is currently a Visiting Fellow (2019-2021) at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and a Research Fellow (2019-2021) at Max Planck Institute for Religious and Diversity Studies. Tavengwa is a board member of Terreform’s UR Books and is a member of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Awards Nominations Committee of the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

How to Join

Register to attend the conversation here.  Once you have registered, you will be provided with a link to join the event via Zoom. This link will also be emailed to you.

Only viewers who are attending the conversation via Zoom will be able to submit questions for the Q+A. After the event has ended, a transcript will be available upon request.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].