Student groups are an essential part of life at the GSD. Each year, newly formed groups join long-standing groups in contributing to the academic and social discourse of the school. To obtain or maintain official status, groups must register each fall by submitting a new registration form to the Student Services office, designating leadership officers and proposing a draft plan for their major activities of the year. A mandatory meeting is held at the beginning of each semester detailing the application and budgeting process and covering all relevant school policies.

During the application process, groups in existence for more than two years, with substantial annual activity and leadership at the school, are eligible to be considered for Organization status. These groups are provided additional resources in exchange for additional responsibilities and oversight. Groups that are on the whole somewhat smaller, less active, or more informal, including groups specific to a particular project or activity and new groups seeking to establish themselves at the school, are considered Clubs. Both student organizations and clubs are supported financially through the Student Activities Fee and subject to review by both the GSD Student Forum and the Student Services office.

 

GSD Student Organizations

AASU (GSD African-American Student Union)

AfricaGSD

ChinaGSD

Design Research Forum (DRF)

HUPO (Harvard Urban Planning Organization)

Kirkland Gallery

LatinGSD

MEdiNA

Open Letters

Queers in Design

The Real Estate Development (RED) Club

Womxn in Design

 

GSD Student Clubs

AREA (Harvard Asia Real Estate Association & Asia Trek)

Beer and Dogs

Climate Governance Initiative

Community Development Project (CDP)

DDes Conference Committee

Digital Art Collective @GSD

Game!GSD

Greece GSD

GSBees

GSDance

GSD Arts Group

GSD Christian Fellowship

GSD Soccer

GSD West

GSD World Tea Club (GSTea)

GSD Veterans

The Harvard Real Estate Review

Harvard Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Harvard Student East Asia Urban Forum

Harvard Student Urban Planning Forum

Healthy Places

Hong Kong GSD

Japan GSD

JewSD

Korea GSD (KGSD)

MASS ENGAGE

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

OpenMDE

ORCA (Organizers for Radical Climate Action)

POP^UP

Rowing Club

South Asia GSD (formerly India GSD)

Southeast Asia GSD (SEA)

Spain GSD

Taiwan GSD

Time Matters

Urban GSD

xDesign

YogaGSD

ZenSD

 

GSD Student Organizations

AASU (GSD African-American Student Union)

We are a group of African American, Black, Biracial, Multiracial, and Non-Black students. Our mission is to support the advancements of African Americans in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, design, real estate, urban design, and urban planning. As a group, we cultivate a space of belonging at the Graduate School of Design, in a country that has historically denied (and continues to deny) African Americans such spaces. We believe in the words of activist and scholar Angela Davis, that “when black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.” With this concept in mind, we aim to contribute to the intersectional movement against systemic racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, and classism, re-imagining and re-designing for equitable futures.

Leadership
President: Chandra Rouse
Vice President: Isabel Strauss
Treasurer: Christin Hu
Secretary: Amirah Ndam Njoya
Social Media Chair: Gabriel Ramos
International Relations Chair: MacLean Sarbah
External Relations Chair: Mariah Barber
Social Chair: Andrew Ngure

 

AfricaGSD

AfricaGSD seeks to provide an informative platform for the discussion of African urbanism, architecture, and design. The group seeks to explore relationships among the larger social, economic, and environmental challenges of the continent as a means to identify the relevance of spatial practice within both African and global contexts. A home for Africans and African enthusiasts, this group is both culturally diverse and multidisciplinary in nature.

Leadership
President: Kahira Ngige
Vice President: Amirah Ndam Njoya
Event Liaison: Loyisa Oaqane

 

ChinaGSD

ChinaGSD is the official Chinese student group in GSD. It is established to unite Chinese students and scholars in the GSD and provide a platform for all GSD students to discuss China related topics within and beyond design. Currently we already have had more than 200 members, including current students, scholars, and alumni. We aim to enhance interaction between different disciplines in GSD through social and academic events. ChinaGSD brings a fresh outlook on contemporary China, promotes cultural and social understanding, and expands international diversity of the GSD student body. ChinaGSD will be the executive organizer of the ChinaTrip.

Facebook: ChinaGSD | Instagram: chinagsd_harvard | Wechat: ChinaGSD

Leadership
Co-President: Yuzhou (Andrew) Peng
Co-President: Siyuan Xi
Treasurer: Kun Luo
Event Liaison: Dixi Wu

 

Design Research Forum (DRF)

Design Research Forum (DRF) is a student-run organization formed to highlight design research going on in and around the GSD. Design research is the process of inquiry, ideation, iteration, and illustration that underpins and runs in parallel to the acts of planning, proposing, and implementing design. As such, this work is integral to the work of all students within the GSD but may not always be expressly examined or celebrated. It is in that void that DRF operates, working to facilitate a more complete and nuanced design discourse to the GSD community.

Our weekly Friday meetings convene around research topics relevant to ongoing and prospective research and includes speakers, panels, and thesis PechaKuchas. These meetings are are open to all degree tracks and areas of study. Historically, Design Research Forum was conceived of and founded as a compliment to the Master in Design Studies (MDes) program by MDes students seeking a venue to test and workshop ideas, methodologies, analyses, and works in progress. Given that MDes alone constitute about a quarter of the GSD's population, this organization serves a large swath of students that have historically been underserved. Over time, our agenda has expanded so that DRF is now an outlet and asset for the entire student body, boasting design discussion panels, invited speakers, and thesis presentations by students both past and present.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/designresearchforum/

Leadership
Co-Chair: Pamela Cabrera
Co-Chair: Aurora Jensen
Co-Chair: Stella Rossikopoulou Pappa
Co-Chair: Nicolas Oueijan
Co-Chair: Samuel Maddox

 

HUPO (Harvard Urban Planning Organization)

Our mission is to support planning students and other students at the GSD who want to deepen their appreciation and understanding of planning and design issues. We help GSD students prepare for urban planning careers by supplementing formal coursework with lectures and discussions, workshops with practitioners, and other technical skills training. HUPO provides access to educational and professional opportunities to students at Harvard University to enrich the discourse about planning within Harvard, the Cambridge and area communities, and beyond.

We also work to build a community by increasing social ties for students interested in planning–both within the MUP program itself, and between the GSD programs and other Harvard University and area schools–through a variety of social events. Our actions and events are guided by our desire to create more livable, equitable, and inclusive cities. As future planners, administrators, and designers, we seek to shape the ongoing discussions about the role of planning in communities and elevate the role of planning.

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Co-President: Sidra Fatima
Co-President: Jennifer Kaplan
Treasurer: Catherine McCandless
Communications Chair: McKayla Dunfrey
MUP Class Liaison: Maura Barry-Garland
MUP Class Liaison: Jeremy (Joshua) Pi
GSD + Loeb Liaison: Laura Lopez Cardenas
GSD + Loeb Liaison: Ciara Stein
Community Outreach Liaison: Eleni Marcrakis
Community Outreach Liaison: Mariana Pereira Guimaraes
Alumni Liaison: Andy Lee

 

Kirkland Gallery

KIRKLAND GALLERY is a student organization dedicated to supporting the Harvard Graduate School of Design community and its emerging artists/designers. This is our seventh year as the only student-run gallery on campus and we continue to seek out transdisciplinary proposals that expand the creative discourse within the GSD and the Harvard University community at large.

https://www.gsdkirklandgallery.com/

Leadership
Co-Chair: Ines Benítez
Co-Chair: Eric Moed
Co-Chair: Sampath Pediredla
Co-Chair: Alicia Valencia
Co-Chair: Kathryn Abarbanel

 

LatinGSD

Latin GSD is a student organization with two primary objectives: the discourse of topics that are relevant to Latin America and its diaspora, as well as fostering dialogue between Latin GSD and the diverse student groups at GSD and across Harvard.

Instagram: @LatinGSD | Faceboook: https://www.facebook.com/latingsd/

Leadership
Co-Chair: José Carlos Fernández Salas
Co-Chair: Isabel Preciado
Co-Chair: Maria Veronica Cardenas Vignes
Co-Chair: Paul Caporaso

 

MEdiNA

MEdiNA is a GSD student group representing emerging design matters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). MEdiNA, the arabic word for “city,” covers topics in design, culture and identity within the geography of the Middle East (ME) and North Africa (NA). Our student group promotes multidisciplinary practitioners and their contributions in reshaping the culture of the MENA region. Events engage in the critical study and discourse of contemporary issues producing artistic, architectural and urban creations. MEdiNA explores notions of post-colonial identity in light of regional ethics, geo-political activity, and urban patterns as related to the transformation of cities abroad. More importantly, MEdiNA is a community open to everyone who enjoys sharing the marvelous cultures and traditions of the MENA region.

We thrive on putting the highlight on critical discourses and design studies happening in MENA region as well as social, economic and urban patterns unifying us within our diversity.

https://www.facebook.com/medinagsd/

Leadership
President: Carla Saad
Vice President: Nick Oueijan
Treasurer: Firas Suqi

 

Open Letters

Open Letters is a bi-weekly experimental literary journal whose purpose is to stimulate earnest, personal and thoughtful conversation about architecture through the publication of first-person correspondence. Each print issue presents one open letter (i.e. addressed to a particular party, but intended for publication) or a response to a previous issue, that focuses on a specific topic related to the built environment.

Each open letter is disseminated in hard-copy format within the GSD community and mailed directly to its recipient; all past letters are maintained in a digital archive available to the public. Collaborations with the Harvard Art Museums and the Frances Loeb Library Special Collections archives provide opportunities to discover the prints, publications, letters, and other unique works held within the Harvard collections, while special events with other publications both within and beyond the GSD have in the past have allowed critical, formalized discussions to take place.

Submissions are accepted from students, faculty and staff, as well as from correspondents outside of the GSD. Liberal interpretations of the submission framework and a variety of media are welcome, so long as they can be placed in a No. 10 envelope.

Leadership
President: Milos Mladenovic
Vice President: Jessica Lim
Event Liaison: Francisco Ramos

 

Queers in Design

Queers in Design aims to uplift the practices, voices, and stories of LGBTQ-identifying students, and to make visible the intersections of LGBTQ communities' lived experiences and their academic and professional practice. The group aims to dismantle, interrogate, and provoke change in spaces that exclude, while creating dynamic social spaces that include. Queers in Design welcomes all LGBTQ-identifying people and allies and their participation in any form: from planning and attending social events, to organizing lecture series; from welcoming prospective students at the annual Queer ‘n' Dogs, to leading advocacy projects and research. As the priorities of students and the broader LGBTQ community evolve, we especially welcome the input of new members to reshape the vision for Queers in Design.

Leadership
Co-Chair: Andres Quinche
Co-Chair: Samuel Maddox
Co-Chair: Timothy Webster

 

The Real Estate Development (RED) Club

Open to all students at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the Real Estate Development (RED) Club is an organization that provides students with the resources to further their knowledge and careers in the real estate industry. The RED Club fosters a strong real estate community comprised by members of the GSD, various graduate-level programs at Harvard, university alumni, and the global building industry at large. The Club accomplishes its mission through a variety of events including speaker series, social events, global career “treks,” local site visits, and skill-building training sessions.

http://www.harvardredclub.com/

Leadership
President: Risa Meyers
Director of Events: Zarina Ateig
Treasurer: Dixi Wu
Director of Communications: Christel Jarrouj
Director of Alumni Relations: Adriel Deller
Trek Director: George Zhang
Trek Director: Winston Chang
Trek Director: Maya Kazamel

 

Womxn in Design

Womxn in Design is committed to advancing gender equity in and through design. Led by women, but open to all, Womxn in Design works to make the design field more equitable and open in light of the historic under-representation of women in recognized leadership roles as well as design's critical need for diversity, collaboration, care, and re-centering marginalized voices. Part of that involves working to increase the visibility of and transform conditions around female-identifying designers and to incorporate their experiences and knowledge into our education at the Graduate School of Design. WiD offers a supportive network, a critical forum for discussion, and an open space for generally hanging out and talking about current events at the GSD and beyond. Those who do not identify as female are highly encouraged to join as well.

Womxn in Design organizes around three core objectives: (1) nurturing a supportive community of care on campus, (2) creating opportunities for students' personal and professional development, and (3) public advocacy for systemic change towards gender equity.

Instagram: @womenindesign | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenInDesignGSD  | Twitter: @WID_GSD  | gsdwid.com

Leadership
Co-Chair: Sarah Diamond
Co-Chair: Adelle York
Co-Chair: Cynthia Deng

 

 

GSD Student Clubs

AREA (Harvard Asia Real Estate Association & Asia Trek)

AREA seeks to establish and foster a strong real estate community among the GSD, HKS, HBS, MIT, CBS and other academic institutions interconnected within the global real estate network.

http://www.harvardarea.com/

Leadership
Lau Tatum Lau
Wei Xiao
Boxuan Zhang
Yifan Wang

 

Beer and Dogs

Beer and Dogs is a student group committed to connecting GSD students to one another through a weekly social. It provides a break for students from the demanding and monotonous weekly schedule at the GSD as well as a way to meet students from other disciplines within the design school. Beer and Dogs is an internal GSD community event.

Leadership
Ben Hackenberger
Dana Hills
Ellie Rochman

 

Climate Governance Initiative

The Climate Governance Initiative works to create a space for students across campus to engage with climate governance from spatial, legal, political, economic, and behavioral perspectives. We create events and projects that engage with challenges like climate refugees, coastal retreat, post-disaster recovery, regional and national policy, global governance, and the role of cities and regions in climate action.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harvardcgi/

Leadership
Sanjay Seth

 

Community Development Project (CDP)

The Community Development Project is a cross-school volunteer collaboration between students from the Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Design who work and consult with local municipal agencies and non-profit organizations to find equitable and just solutions to urban challenges. Throughout the course of the year, CDP students work collaboratively on projects that provide concrete support to communities within the New England area and other distressed regions. Teams are made up of 10-15 students, who bring their diverse knowledge, talent, and enthusiasm together to work on a project over the course of the academic year. No prior experience is necessary, just your willingness to work in a team environment.

Leadership
Eleni Macrakis
Ankita Jain

 

DDes Conference Committee

The DDes annual conference is organized each fall by a group of DDes students, in partnership with the Advanced Studies Program office. The theme and specifics of the conference change from year to year.

Leadership
Liang Wang
Boya Guo
Mojdeh Mahdavi

 

Digital Art Collective @GSD

Digital art is not yet fully defined. As body of art that has been derived from the interaction of digital media, machines and mankind, digital art has yet to find a common name. Digital art, digital humanities, interactive art, experience design – where do we draw the line? Additionally, digital art has yet to reach a commercially viable format with the same gravitas of traditional art. With well-funded start-ups like Artsy, [S]edition and Paddle8 trying to manifest digital art and online distribution, it is surprising that in 2016 only 5% of sales were online – primarily in the low-budget segment. Commercial success is critical, as it is in part a testament to an art form’s relevance to society.

This club hopes to take a pragmatic approach to the study of digital art. We will interview artists, invite speakers and organize events inspired by the likes of Ars Eletronica, Mutek Festival and Unsound Festival. Digital art offers an avenue of interaction unprecedented in traditional art: let’s take this element of interaction to Cambridge.

Leadership
Ryan Beitz
Julian Siegelmann
Mindy Seu

 

Game!GSD

Game!GSD is dedicated to providing a safe, stress-free zone for GSD students to play, develop, and critically understand games as a powerful and engaging design medium. We believe that games are important cultural artifacts and vehicles for play/communication that designers should be in literate conversation with. As the GSD’s only community dedicated specifically to games, we cater to the needs of those simply looking to play games and those interested in creating them. As it is understood that to cook well, one must eat well, Game!GSD fosters the creative development of aspiring game developers by facilitating access to mechanically and aesthetically diverse games. Similarly, for those who have no desire to produce games but rather enjoy the delights which come from play and camaraderie, Game!GSD devotes itself to the accessibility of games in an open, judgment-free culture.

Leadership
Nicolas Oueijan
Benjamin Sadkowski
Christin Hu

 

Greece GSD

Greece GSD aims to inform the GSD and the broader community of Harvard about contemporary academic, social and professional initiatives that concern Greece and the broader region of Eastern Mediterranean. Through a series of thematic lectures, social events, panel discussions and exhibitions, this group will attempt to address current issues that are relevant within the above mentioned framework, thus facilitating the exchange of ideas and initiatives.

During the past years, this group has successfully organized a variety of events: an exhibition promoting Greek architectural work that often remains unknown, a panel discussion in order to explore the role of design, innovation and entrepreneurship in times of social and economic crisis, and last year's successful series of lectures by Greek academics and practitioners. This year Greece GSD is re-visiting these issues while diversifying the events in order to engage in a dialogue regarding academic as well as social issues.

Leadership
Angeliki Giannisi
Stella Rossikopoulou-Pappa

 

GSBees

Promoting beekeeping and wild bee ecology at the GSD, in our design considerations and in the wider urban community.

Instagram: @gsdbees

Leadership
Naomi Woods
Susanna Pho
Nicolas Oueijian
Nai Tzu (Anita) Cheng

 

GSDance

GSDANCE connects the GSD community through the medium of dance. It is open to all members of the GSD and provides a space of inclusion free of competition or judgment – the only requirement for membership is the desire to move one’s body. Group activities include, but are not limited to: a weekly open level, multi-style dance class, specialized dance workshops throughout the year, and opportunities for performances/recitals for those interested. GS (just) DANCE!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/829957013780468

Leadership
Claire Djang
Chantine Akiyama

 

GSD Arts Group

GSD Arts Group aims to increase the presence of art within the GSD by inviting artists engaged with design to share their work on campus. Through various events including talks, performances, and video screenings, the group will provide a forum to address overlapping interests between art and design while fostering a sense of community and creative multiplicity.

Leadership
Mindy Seu
Sampath Pediredla

 

GSD Christian Fellowship

The GSD Christian fellowship seeks to support Christians in the practice of their faith at Harvard, to be a forum for Christians to ask questions about the relationship between design and faith, to act as a resource for those interested in the Christian faith, and to provide opportunities for people of all faiths or no faith to dialogue. The fellowship will meet regularly to talk, pray, and take part in joint meetings and activities with the other graduate schools.

http://hgscf.org/contact/

Leadership
Ethan Poh
Xiao He
Anne Stack
Ho In Kuong

 

GSD Soccer

GSD Soccer is a student group that aims to provide a space for all members of the GSD community to engage in organized physical fitness, interact socially outside the context of studio, and advocate for equality of play. GSD Soccer Club’s aim is to provide the financial resources and equipment necessary for GSD members to both play recreationally and compete in graduate school intramural leagues. Through a check-out system, any member of the GSD community will be entitled to borrow equipment for their own recreation. We have three ways to play: 11v11 outdoor at Jordan or Cumnock Fields, 4×4 indoor at Hemenway Gym, and 5×5 outdoor at MLK Elementary fields. You will find that these formats have differing levels of competitiveness and commitment, and we encourage you to find the best fit for you depending on your interests and availability. There is truly a way for everyone to play soccer.

Leadership
Pablo Izaga Gonzalez
Alexandra DiStefano
Adelle York
Eduardo Pelaez

 

GSD West

GSD West is a student group serving a as a means to connect current students who are from and/or are interested in working in the Western U.S., and our neighboring regions and cities in Mexico and Canada.

 

Our primary objective is to bring more speakers and topics to the forefront of academic and professional discussions at the GSD through the organizing of Alumni-Student mixers, lectures, symposiums, and social events.

Leadership
Yoni Carnice
Paul Caporaso
Gabriel Ramos
Cecilia Huber

 

GSD World Tea Club (GSTea)

GSD World Tea Club is a place to share tea cultures from around the world, the traditional to the contemporary. We hold regular workshops in tea-making led by our own GSTea members and affiliates from different countries. Additionally, we host occasional tea tasting events with guest representatives from tea communities. We also organize public performance in tea-making. In our busy lives, a nice change of pace is welcome. Find some peace of mind with us, enjoying a cup of warm (or cold!) tea.

Leadership
Harry Wan Fung Lee
Anson Ting Fung
Aiysha Alsane

 

GSD Veterans

GSD Veterans is an organization open to all GSD students who have served or are currently serving in the US Armed Forces, and to any GSD students who would like to support veterans on campus and off campus. The primary purpose of the club is to make GSD veterans aware of contacts for veteran benefits and Harvard wide veteran events, in addition to raising awareness of veterans in the design profession.

Leadership
Kate Spies
Ryan Thomas

 

The Harvard Real Estate Review

The Harvard Real Estate Review is a student-run publication investigating the intersection of real estate, technology, and design. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, connecting students and academics with industry professionals to foster collaborative conversations and explore solutions to contemporary urban issues.

Leadership
Malia Teske
Chris Grenga

 

Harvard Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

The purpose of the Harvard Chapter of ASLA shall be to bring not only Landscape Architecture students but also multidisciplinary students together through organized activities that:

  1. are consistent with the purpose and policies of the Society;
  2. enhance understanding of the Society, the profession, and related disciplines;
  3. improve skills and knowledge, and complement the educational curriculum; and
  4. encourage students’ participation in programs of the Society, its professional chapters, and other students from affiliated chapters.

Facebook: Harvard Student Chapter – American Society of Landscape Architects | instagram: gsd_asla

Leadership
Melissa Green
Annie Lynch
Melody Stein
Jonathan Kuhr

 

Harvard Student East Asia Urban Forum

The East Asia Urban Forum is an academic group that provides a platform of highly professional level to discuss urban planning, design, development and related urban issues with a focus on East Asian cities. It brings together advanced researchers, professors, practitioners, and governors, and provokes innovative ideas that may contribute to better cities and human settlement. It also links students, professors, professionals, and enterprises, and creates a close collaboration between academic and practice fields. It is organized by doctoral students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Leadership
Yingying Lu
Xiaokai Huang

 

Harvard Student Urban Planning Forum

The Harvard Student Urban Planning Forum is the GSD's urban planning publication, a compilation of critical engagements with themes relevant to planning and their social, economic or environmental implication.

http://harvardurbanforum.org/

Leadership
Hung Co
Margaret Haltom
Evan Hazelett
Alex Rogala

 

Healthy Places

Healthy Places GSD uncovers the agency of planning and design practitioners to promote healthier communities. We take an equity-focused and cross-disciplinary approach, bringing together students and faculty across campus with practitioners to raise the visibility of research, projects, and advocacy on health and the built environment. Our group hosts panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and on-the-ground site visits to further our shared knowledge and skills. Our monthly Salon Series invites students to share their expertise and interests, allowing deep dives into specific health impact issue areas.

Leadership
Mariana Pereira Guimaraes

 

Hong Kong GSD

Hong Kong GSD (HKGSD) is a student group with both social and academic dimensions. We invite all students who are broadly interested in the cultural and urbanistic conditions in Hong Kong to participate. Through lectures, social events, and other activities, Hong Kong GSD aims to provide a platform for students, designers, and scholars to exchange views and debate ideas relating to issues such as housing, real estate, and design practice. As a community, Hong Kong GSD also offers opportunities for students to connect with alumni, local practitioners, and other parties.

Leadership
Anson Ting Fung
John Yau Chung

 

Japan GSD

Japan GSD is a cultural and social group open to all students interested in deepening their appreciation of Japanese design culture. As we continue to grow, we strive to strengthen the communication between Japanese culture and the GSD design community in reciprocal ways. Our events will give GSD students the opportunity to interact with Japanese architects, enjoy Japanese cuisine, and immerse in Japanese culture through a Japan GSD-organized trip to Japan.

Leadership
Hiroki Kawashima
Togo Kida
Kira Horie

 

JewSD

Jewish Students of Design (JewSD) is a non-denominational social group that connects Jewish GSD students to each other and to Jewish events happening elsewhere on Harvard's campus. The group will plan events that celebrate Jewish history and culture with a special emphasis on the contributions of Jewish designers in contemporary cultural discourse and the relationship of our tradition to the designed environment.

Leadership
Benjamin Bromberg Gaber
Eric Moed

 

Korea GSD (KGSD)

Korea GSD (KGSD) is a student group that provides a community for the Korean students within the GSD community. KGSD has three main goals for the community: First, to serve those who identify themselves as Korean such that they will be able to easily adapt and adjust to both the GSD and US culture and community. Second, to serve as a platform for the greater student body to engage in cultural, professional, and academic practices of contemporary Korea. Third, to establish long-lasting relationships with the larger academic community, including the 500-member Harvard Korea Society as well as Harvard alumni and industry leaders. In order to do so, KGSD will focus on Korean-themed social events throughout the year, academic lectures and lastly, a Korea trek for the first time within the GSD.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/koreaGSD/

Leadership
Yuna Kim
Eun Su Kim
Jinwoo Kim

 

MASS ENGAGE

MASS ENGAGE is a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration that introduces gsd students to real-world practice and project design, development, and realization. In partnership with Fitchburg, Massachusetts, MASS ENGAGE will undergo the first of potentially many regionally focused, critically engaged, design, planning, and community development projects.

Leadership
John Wagner
James Carrico

 

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

The National Organization of Minority Architects oversees a large number of student chapters across the nation, offering valuable mentorship program to its members. By being part of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students chapter at the GSD, students have the opportunity of being part of an organization that welcomes any minorities in the field of design, as well as having a voice that engages with issues happening at the national level.

Leadership
Julio Torres Santana
Andreea Vasile Hoxha
Sandra Bonito

 

OpenMDE

openMDE is the student organization for the MDE program at the Harvard GSD and SEAS. The group crosses disciplines, pedagogies, and labels to address complex topics and problems in contemporary society — through the lens of design, engineering, and business. We seek to foster a collaborative community by co-hosting events with student organizations at SEAS, HKS, HBS, and other graduate schools across Harvard.

https://mde.work/openMDE

Leadership
Hanid Wicaksono
David Gomez
Oliver Luo
Mitsue Guerrero Monsalve

 

ORCA (Organizers for Radical Climate Action)

ORCA is a student-led group of organizers working to end local, national, and global reliance on fossil fuels by taking thoughtful, swift, and radical action towards a more just and sustainable future.  We combine the unique skills and perspectives of students, staff, faculty and fellows to inform a strategic, inclusive organizing approach towards achieving the environmental goals we share with so many others.

Leadership
Saul Levin
Safeer Shersad

 

POP^UP

POP^UP is group of designers, artists, engineers, architects, planners and creative thinkers who seek practical applications for concepts they are studying. We leverage Harvard University and outside resources to fund, plan, design, and build an urban installation responding to a particular community group, site, and/or program. Through this engagement, we seek to determine how design can benefit communities, neighborhoods, and the public realm most directly.

Leadership
Malika Leiper
Helena Cohen

 

Rowing Club

Rowing Club is a student rowing organization, committing to promote the ultimate spirit of team-work and increase the endurance of the members from different departments. Rowing Club tries to provide members a new perspective viewing the nature and the built environment through the rowing on the water of the city. It also serves as a platform for promoting the sport of rowing and connects students across the university.

Leadership
Xuanyi Nie
Dingliang Yang
Xiaokai Huang

 

South Asia GSD (formerly India GSD)

South Asia is a microcosm of diversity and a land of limitless opportunity. The student group will bring the flavor of South Asia to the GSD through academic, social, and cultural initiatives. With a focus on its powerful traditional foundations, it will attempt to make sense of South Asia’s current situation and formulate context-specific ideas for its future. The group will not only help the GSD understand the South Asian context more comprehensively, but will promote collaborations between those interested in working for and with initiatives working towards its preservation and development.

Leadership
Sampath Pediredla
Ashutosh Singhal

 

Southeast Asia GSD (SEA)

SEA (Southeast Asia) GSD aims to be a network and resource for Southeast Asian studies across all design disciplines. As a student group, our mission is to carve out more space for individuals of all backgrounds to connect with Southeast Asia through cultural, social, and academic programming. We seek to establish collaborative partnerships with like-minded student groups representing areas that traditionally get overlooked in our daily conversations at Harvard.

Leadership
Malika Leiper
Panharith Ean

 

Spain GSD

Spain GSD is a student group based at the GSD, which aims to promote the work of Spanish scholars, architects, planners, and institutions, within the Harvard community and beyond. The group organizes lectures by Spanish emergent and consolidated architects and scholars, site visits to Spanish-designed architecture in the area, and social gatherings in order to give visibility and bring to forth the challenges and successes of the country in the architecture and planning fields, but also in the social and economical arena addressing contemporary debates. The group also functions as a platform for new discourses and possibilities within the Spanish context to be heard by a diverse international community. The objective is to create an enriching dialogue and exchange, that could lead to innovation and a better understanding of the Spanish culture in North America.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spaingsd | instagram: @harvardspaingsd

Leadership
Francisco Colom
Pablo Izaga
Eduardo Mediero

 

Taiwan GSD

The main objective for the student group is to serve as a platform that connects Taiwanese scholars, designers, and architects to the academic world at the GSD. We want to serve as a connector that delivers contemporary design issues in Taiwan, ranging from single architecture to the urban realm, and present these interesting phenomena to the student body. We will be holding lectures and symposiums which help others understand current design issues in Taiwan. The group will also perform as a mediator which will bring students to visit the unique culture in Taiwan and to collaborate with local design intellectuals. Our mission is to cultivate rigorous conversation among different professional groups and provide opportunities for the GSD to uncover the hidden beauty of this country.

Leadership
Poyao Shih
Nai Tzu Cheng
Chi Hsuan Wang

 

Time Matters

How do architects deal with continuous changes in the built environment? How do we respond to a modern world of artifacts with programmed obsolescence? This discussion group will reflect on conservation understood as the regulation of change in the built environment and will address the material, but also cultural and ideological implications of designing for impermanence. We will bring speakers to present provocations and alternative ideas about the temporal dimension of architecture. Since 2016, the group is linked to the production of the GSD annual publication OBL/QUE that gather students' work with critical conservation projects and interpretations. This publication is available online as a free pdf at www.criticalconservation.com.

Leadership
Natalia Escobar
Francisco Colom

 

Urban GSD

Urban GSD exists for the purpose of uniting designers, planners, and citizens at the GSD and within the larger Harvard campus around the issues and topics shaping our urban environments. Our aim as a collective group is to promote, foster, and engage with collective discourse on the many issues, challenges, and ideas that shape, establish, and inform our built world.

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Leadership
Austin Ward
Sudeshna Sen
Evan Shieh
Maria Peroni

 

xDesign

xDesign is a collaborative organization between groups at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Business School and other graduate school and organizations from across the Harvard community. It aims to leverage expertise within the University by bringing together creative thinkers, design luminaries, professors, experts from various background, and students to engage, debate and reinterpret the design process for a selected subject.

Leadership
Nick Oueijan
Nicki Adler
Eamon O'Connor

 

YogaGSD

YogaGSD provides biweekly yoga classes for GSD students that are accessible, free, and attuned to our graduate school lifestyles. YogaGSD is focused on providing a safe and open space for students to practice yoga for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Leadership
Anna Curtis-Heald

 

ZenSD

Introducing calm, compassion, and contentment to the trays.

Leadership
Timothy Ravis
Antonio Castaneda
Ceraus Bablon

 

Recently active clubs currently in hiatus:

AR/VR Club
Brazil GSD
Canada GSD
Europe GSD
filmGSD
GSDJ
GSD Music Band
HCI @ GSD
New Geographies
Other Pedagogies
UX GSD
Verifast
Working GSD

Contact studentgroups@gsd.harvard.edu if you would like to petition to revive a club on hiatus. Clubs are considered inactive rather than on hiatus after a full academic year without activity and will be removed from this list.