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
GSD Student Clubs
GSD Student Organizations
African-American Student Union (AASU)
The GSD African American Student Union is dedicated to supporting the advancements of African Americans in the areas of architecture, design, real estate, urban design, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The group is meant to be a source of unity and strength for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with the specific goal of fostering a network and community that actively promotes the interests of African American students, alumni, future students and the professional fields.
Co-President: Tiera Satchebell
Co-President: Laier-Rayshon Smith
Treasurer: Zarina Ateig
Secretary: Kyle Miller
Media Chair: Bre Taylor
International Relations Chair: Aleiya Evison
External Relations Chair: Christina Graydon
Social Co-Chairs: Tara Oluwafemi, Caleb Negash
AfricaGSD seeks to provide an informative platform for the discussion of African urbanism and architecture. 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 architectural practices within both African and global contexts. A home for Africans and African enthusiasts, this group is both culturally diverse and multidisciplinary in nature.
President: Zarina Ateig
Vice President: Kofi Akakpo
Treasurer: Abby Jamiel
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.
Co-Chair: Angela Moreno-Long
Co-Chair: Ben Hackenberger
Co-Chair: Mena Ahmed
ChinaGSD fosters collaboration with the broader Harvard community by strengthening the dialogue between ChinaGSD and other student groups while also promoting the growth and development of its members. As a platform for facilitating cultural exchange between Chinese students and the broader GSD community, ChinaGSD will work closely with an executive team to organize activities and events open to all GSD students.
Co-President: Wei (Vivi) Zeng
Co-President: Zhi (George) Zheng
Treasurer: Fangyuan Hu
International Relations VP: James Carrico
Academic VP: Mingxuan Qin
Public Relations VP: Runjia (Ryan) Tian
Project Team VP: Jiawei Dou
Internal Relations VP: Xi (Echo) Chen
External Relations VP: Jichao (Adam) Sun
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.
President: Fangyuan Hu
Vice President: Laier-Rayshon Smith
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 include speakers, panels, and thesis PechaKuchas. These meetings 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 under served. 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, both during our Friday meetings and in our annual symposium discussion on design research.
Co-Chair: Jimmy Pan
Co-Chair: Anirudh Gurumoorthy
Co-Chair: Aditi Agarwal
Co-Chair: Delara Rahim
Co-Chair: Yashada Wagle
HUPO (Harvard Urban Planning Organization)
The Harvard Urban Planning Organization (HUPO) is dedicated to supporting Masters in Urban Planning (MUP) students and other students at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) who want to deepen their appreciation and understanding of planning and design issues. HUPO helps 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, Cambridge and area communities, and beyond.
HUPO also works 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. HUPO is dedicated to increasing interdisciplinary discussions at the GSD and across Harvard University to foster cross-sector collaboration around planning issues.
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.
Co-President: Emily Klein
Co-President: Ayesha Mehrotra
Co-President: Evita Chavez
Treasurer: Sarah Zou
Communications Chair: Safeer Shersad
MUP Class Liaisons: Sarai Osorio, Gal Kramer
GSD + Loeb Liaisons: Saul Levin, Tony Castaneda, Amaya Bravo-France
JCHS Liaisons: Anna Carlsson, Moira McCrave
Community Outreach Liaisons: Sury Dewa Ayu, Nevena Pilipovic-Wengler, Emily Duma
Alumni Liaison: Brett Merriam
The Latin GSD is a student organization focusing on the discourse of topics and issues that are relevant to Latin America and the Latinx diaspora. We work towards two main goals: the discussion of topics that are relevant in Latin American countries, and the integration of GSD Latin(x) students with other Latin student groups at Harvard. For this purpose, the Latin GSD will organize lectures, discussions and brainstorming sessions as well as social activities that help to integrate and to enhance initiatives and students interested in the Latin American region.
Co-Chair: Tony Castaneda
Co-Chair: Pancho Brown
Co-Chair: Carolina Sepulveda
Co-Chair: Samantha Saona
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.
Co-Chair: Lamia Almuhanna
Co-Chair: Nadia Asfour
Co-Chair: Mia Zaidan
Co-Chair: Hanan Kataw
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.
Co-President: Milos Mladenovic
Co-President: Jessica Lim
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.
Co-Chair: Christopher Nelson
Co-Chair: Chelsea Lee
Co-Chair: Brett Merriam
Co-Chair: Jose Esparza
Womxn in Design
Womxn in Design is a student-run organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design committed to advancing gender equity in and through design. Led by womxn, but open to all, WiD works to make the design field more equitable and open in light of the historic under-representation of womxn 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.
Co-Chair: Fiona Kenney
Co-Chair: Chelsea Kilburn
Co-Chair: Vaissnavi Shukl
Team Leads: Brittany Giunchigliani, Shira Grosman, Yashada Wagle, Tommy Schaperkotter, Isabella Frontado
GSD Student Clubs
Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) in Design
APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American) in Design aims to provide a space and network for students who self-identify as Asian/American, Pacific Islander/American, Hapa, and Multiracial. As its inaugural semester, we are a working group to address the goals and needs of the APIA student body at GSD. We look forward to collaborating with other affinity and student organizations, having open social events, and generating more conversations around how APIA identity shapes experiences, design, and the built environment at GSD.
DDes Conference Group
We are a group of DDes students who are currently organizing the upcoming DDes annual conference which will happen in the Fall. We hope to establish a public forum through which we can share and disseminate some of the critical discussions and ideas on urban form within the theoretical and practical realms.
East Asia Urban Forum
East Asia Urban Forum (EAU) is an academic group that provides a platform of a highly professional level to discuss urban planning, design, development, and related urban issues with an emphasis on East Asian cities. It brings together distinguished researchers, professors, practitioners, governors, and developers and provokes innovative ideas that may contribute to better cities and human settlements. 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.
Entrepreneurs @GSD aims to create an interdisciplinary platform for all Harvard students who are looking to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage.
Based at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the club provides opportunities for students from different schools to socialize, collaborate, and create innovative solutions to the world in the 21st century. In addition to mixers, there will be a series of informal seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and startup companies from different industries.
If you are a Harvard student who is interested in startup culture or just want to meet entrepreneurial friends, the Entrepreneurs @GSD is here for you.
FilmGSD is a student group for people who like to watch movies on big screens. That's it. We will meet weekly to enjoy a free classic or contemporary film, eat some food, and converse. Each film will be introduced by a critical statement prepared by one or more members, and will be followed by a brief discussion. Whether you are a casual movie-goer, a diehard, or just need a break from the grind, FilmGSD can offer you a quiet space to sit, think, watch, and relax.
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.
We keep honeybees and educate our peers about the art and science of beekeeping. We promote an understanding of urban ecology and pollination, including both native pollinators as well as domesticated bees. GSBees encourages discussion of the role of bees in the food system, and the American landscape and beyond. We apply design methods and skills to create tools, habitat, and other products to support bees. We are also part of the larger Harvard University beekeeping collective, and collaborate across schools.
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.
Ho In Kuong
GSD Future Society
Exploring the ethics and political potential of technological and scientific advances, particularly in relation to the build environment.
GSD Mountain Club
The GSD Mountain Club hopes to promote health, wellness, enjoyment of the outdoors and nature among the student body through group activities organized over the course of the year.
Mountains, forests, waters and trails provide us with an excuse to get out of studio, a means of reflecting on the work that we do at the school, and can even (dare we say!) become a source of inspiration for future design work.
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.
GSseeds is a Harvard Student Group that seeks to raise awareness about the global food shortage and the immense loss of seed varieties we face nowadays. Our mission is to promote urban conservation of open-pollinated seeds through the distribution of seed containers. We truly believe that having a disperse network of seed keepers could be a safer option for preserving different heirloom varieties thus making a less vulnerable seed bank. GSseed encourages people to reconnect with the importance of seeds for our modern world, whilst consolidating the community of keepers. Our dream is that urban population embraces seed conservation in their daily lives just as it used to be in the beginning of our civilization.
Adriana David Ortiz Monasterio
GSD World Tea Club (GSTea)
GSTea club aims to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and relaxing setting for GSD students and people who love tea and tea culture. GSTea has a tea time weekly to brew different kinds of tea and share cultural knowledge about tea. The club also coordinates with other organizations at Harvard like Harvard Art Museum, and external guests to enrich the diversity of tea-related events. The tea gatherings help the school to address the issue of student mental health, especially international students and provide comfortable, constructive environment at Gund.
Ziyuan (Zoe) Wu
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.
Harvard Asia Real Estate Association
Harvard Asia Real Estate Association is a professional club based in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. We promote real estate related opportunities in Asia by:
– Inviting professionals for distinctive speakers series
– Arranging a joint-schools field trip to visit industry-leading real estate companies and/or projects in Asia.
– Collaborating with other real estate clubs in the IVY League schools and other affiliated institutions for networking events.
Dora Ruanlanming Du
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.
Harvard Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
The Harvard Student Chapter of the ASLA serves the GSD community by connecting students of all disciplines to the many facets and potentials of landscape practice. In particular we seek to:
- Grow and nurture the network of GSD students, students at other institutions, alumni, and professionals
- Investigate built work and the forms of professional practice that have created it
- Advocate around issues of importance to the discipline, including climate change, labor, gender and racial equity, and environmental justice
- Expand the conception of landscape practice to emphasize its cross-disciplinarity
- Highlight the ideas and work of our membership and school as contributions to debates inside and outside of the discipline
- Engage our local community around landscape and public space and offer the talents and energy of our membership through service
Andreea Vasile Hoxha
Healthy Places Student Group (HPSG)
Healthy Places GSD is a student group uncovering 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.
All HPSG members lead planning of events and other programming
Hong Kong GSD
Hong Kong GSD is a student group with social and academic dimensions. Hong Kong GSD invites 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.
Zai Xi Jeffrey Wong
Zhixin (Nicole) Lin
Japan GSD is a cultural and social group open to all students interested in deepening their appreciation of Japanese design culture. JapanGSD seeks to make connections between the students and alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the contemporary and historic fields of design in Japan. Japan has a long history of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, and technology that have made international connections to countries all around the world. Harvard has maintained strong connections to design in Japan through figures like Walter Gropius and, more recently, Toshiko Mori, Seng Kuan, and the studio abroad hosts Sou Fujimoto and Toyo Ito. JapanGSD seeks to highlight up and coming designers in Japan to continue this strong tradition. Our events will give GSD students the opportunity to interact with Japanese designers, enjoy Japanese cuisine, and immerse in Japanese culture through a Japan GSD-organized trip to Japan.
Jewish Students in Design (JewSD)
Jewish Students in 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.
Kirkland Gallery is a student organization dedicated to supporting the Harvard Graduate School of Design community and its emerging artists/designers. This is our eighth 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.
Korea GSD (KGSD)
As a vital connection between GSD and the greater Korean community at home and abroad, Korea GSD plays two reciprocal roles. First, it serves as a platform that invites foreigners to learn about the academic, cultural, and professional practices of Korea. Second, as a Korean representative of GSD, it establishes external relationships with the larger academic community, such as the 300-student Harvard Korea Society, as well as the global leading industries headquartered in Korea.
Interdisciplinary and international understandings are cultivated through exhibitions, lectures, discussion forums, and Korea Trek.
Jae Ho Yoon
LaborGSD is committed to promoting engagement with labor issues across architecture, design, and the academy – historically and in the present. Our goal is to:
- build solidarity among different groups and disciplines through collaborative social events;
- support student workers at the GSD through mentorship and workshops;
- create a supportive environment for low-income, first-generation, and/or working students;
- provide the next generation of design workers with the tools they need to advocate for themselves and others, drawing upon a rich history of activism, organizing, and graphic excellence in the design disciplines and beyond.
The Mediterranean student club at the GSD aims to bring students together to recognize the Mediterranean as a region and to address pressing issues, celebrate culture, and build communities that will last beyond the Graduate School of Design
Muslim Student Union
The Muslim Student Union is an affinity group for members of the Muslim culture and religion.
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS_GSD)
The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (NOMAS_GSD) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.
Andreea Vasile Hoxha
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.
The Real Estate Development (RED) Club
We are the Real Estate Development (RED) Club at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 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.
We welcome you to join us!
South Asia GSD
The South Asian region is a microcosm of diversity and includes the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This student group aims to advance and deepen the understanding of critical issues of South Asia and its relationship to the world. Through a series of lectures, events, and celebrations, we will bring the spirit of the region to the discourse at the GSD. The group will not only help GSD understand the South Asian context more comprehensively, but will promote collaborations between those interested in working for and with initiatives acting towards its preservation and development.
Saeb Ali Khan
Spain GSD is an academic group than aims to promote the work of Spanish scholars, architects, planners, and institutions, within the Harvard Community and beyond. We organize events promoting Spanish culture, with the objective to create an enriching dialogue and exchange, that could lead to innovation and a better understanding among designers.
Adriana Pablos Llona
Alex Fernandez Grande
Victoria Patricia Lopez Cabeza
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.
Wei Hsiang Chao
Test Print: MDes Zine
The zine is an informal student publication that aims to circulate the work of MDes students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, for the purposes of sharing writings and internally building a scholarly community. MDes Zine aims to expand the norms of what GSD work looks like, and to connect MDes students across concentrations and with non-MDes colleagues. Its informality is dedicated to publishing works in progress, provocations, and excerpts. It is a test-print for design studies scholarship.
Each semester, we invite all MDes students to contribute content—all current MDes students are prequalified and all original academic work is published.
The Critical Collective
The Critical Collective is a group of students, started by members in the Critical Conservation program, who gather to discuss/engage/critique whose past/future is created by investigating cultural meaning, identity and context. Our workshops, lectures, discussion groups, and exhibitions attempt to address social [in] justice in the built environment by analyzing the frames that create historical narratives, the underlying concepts of how we approach history and how these affect decisions about existing context.
The Urban Review (Harvard Student Urban Planning Forum)
The Urban Review is a digital urban planning journal run by Master in Urban Planning students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Our publication serves as compilation of critical engagements with themes relevant to planning and their social, economic or environmental implications. We collect and share ideas from urban planning, design, and architecture students at schools across the U.S., seeking to create a cross-institutional dialogue between students of the built environment.
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.
Natalia Escobar Castrillon
UD:ID (Urban GSD)
UD:ID is a medium through which students at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD) can have open conversations about the discipline and practice of Urban Design. UD:ID's mission is to foster environments and platforms to support these open conversations. As an increasing amount of students from all disciplines become interested in discussing the role of designers and the future of cities, UD:ID becomes a vehicle to catalyze and amplify opportunities for these discussions to continue occurring.
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.
Romy El Sayah
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.
Recently active clubs currently in hiatus:
GSD Arts Group
GSD Music Band
Southeast Asia GSD (SEA)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.