GSD students are invited to explore January Experiences through CREATE, the GSD Career Services website. Brief opportunities, such as attending an Open House at a firm or having coffee with a Loeb Fellow, are great ways to explore a range of career options. We also offer two week externships or “mini-internships”, which provide experience with firms such as Studio Gang and Snohetta.  Log on to your CREATE account to view a range of opportunities.

Alumni Council Firm Tours

The GSD Alumni Council is organizing tours of alumni-led firms for students who will be in NYC and/or Boston over the break.  Open houses are open to all current GSD students. PLEASE SAVE THE DATES:

NYC Open Houses, January 10-11

Firms include:

  • Studio Gang
  • KPF
  • Supermass
  • Rafael Vinoly Architects

Plus, you’re invited to a student-alumni networking reception, and a tour of Sekou Cooke MArch ‘14’s exhibition on Hip-Hop Architecture.


If you’ll already be in NYC, you can also join Harvard Global Networking Night in Brooklyn on January 9:

Los Angeles Student-Alumni Mixer
Join GSD West for a Los Angeles student-alumni mixer organized by Alumni Council member Brenda Levin MArch ’76.

Date: January 10, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90013

Questions? Contact Paul Caporaso at 949-572-9627 or


Boston Open Houses, January 17-18
Firms and details TBD – more info coming soon.

Look out for an email later this week with more details including times, more firm names, and RSVP info. In the mean time, SAVE THE DATE!

Trip Dates:
January 2 – 11, 2019
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018
Apply Here

Taiwan GSD is proud to announce the 2019 Taiwan Trek. A draft schedule is below.

Day 1:  Taipei- Yilan
Field Office Architects (Office Visiting)
As one of the most influential architecture office in Taiwan. Huang believes in the root of architecture that lies deeply within life itself, and life’s truest form is not one of static and tangible qualities, but of dynamic and ephemeral, constantly in change.
Luodong Cultural Factory (Private Tour) Yilan Society Center (Private Tour)
Yilan Cherry Blossom Cemetery (Private Tour)

Day 2:  Taipei
Taiwan University Library
Minsheng Community
Treasure Hill Artist Village
2018 Taipei Biennial
For Taipei Biennial 2018, titled Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem, the curators will attempt to transform TFAM into a platform for multi-disciplinary discussions of ecology, and to shed light on environmental issues through international artists’ perspectives.
Bio-Architecture Formosana (Office Visiting)
Kris Yao ARTCH (Office Visiting)

Day 3: Taipei
Taipei Railway Manufacturing Plant
The Taipei Railway Factory was the largest workshop of Taiwan Railways Administration. For decades it manufactured and maintained thousands of railway vehicles. The Factory was established in 1935 replacing the original workshop, which had become became inadequate. It was the largest railway workshop ever built in Taiwan. The Governor-General of Taiwan recognized its establishment as celebrating the Empire of Japan ruling Taiwan for 40 years.
Shih Chien University Design Workshop

Day 4: Taipei
Shih Chien University Design Workshop
OMA Taipei Performing Arts Center + Shilin Night Market

Day 5: Taipei – Miaoli
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (Office Visiting)
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
“Qi Mei Xue” is an experimental program of local aesthetics. The core spirit of the enterprise that conveys the nature of sustainability, the spirit of the staff, and the philosophy of life. Based on the old Shangri-La Paradise in Taiwan, it integrates into the local culture and gradually builds an experimental platform for the aesthetics of life through tourism and life experience.

Day 6:Miaoli
CMP Village

Day 7: Taichung
Taichung Opera House (Private Tour)
National Library of Public Information
AMBI STUDIO (Office Visiting)
YU-HSIU Art Museum (Private Tour)
Day 9: Tainan
Old Town Area
Tainan Confucius Temple
Anping Fort
Haian Road Area (MVRDV)

Day 8: Kaohsiung
The Pier-2 Art Center
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Private Tour)

For more information, please contact:

Trip Dates: January 7 -13, 2019
Application Deadline: October 30, 2018
Please send your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (approximately 100 words)

The annual HARVARD GSD Japan Trek provides students/participants the opportunity to visit leading Japanese design and development firms and institutions, study innovative Japanese architecture and urban design, and at the culmination of the trip, participate in an immersive workshop with professors and students from Japanese Universities. This study tour marks the remarkable success in fostering international exchange of design, culture, and ideas.

Kyoto / Katsura Imperial Palace, Byodo-In Temple, Taian Teahouse
Osaka / Expo Park, Church Of Light,

Tadao Ando Architects (Tbd), Nikken Sekkei, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum (Kobe), Todai-Ji Temple (Nara)

Theme: “Post 2025: Osaka Expo And Its Built Environment” Or “Future Kyoto As A City For Future Tourisum” (Tbd)

PARTICIPANTS: Harvard Gsd Students, Japanese Architecture School Students, Highschools Students, Public Applicants

FINAL PRESENTATION: 1/13(SUN) 14:00- (PLACE TBD), Open To Public

October 30th: Application Deadline

Please send your CV and a short Statement of Purpose (approximately 100 words) to

Japan GSD will confirm participation to each applicant by November 7th. If application exceeds 15, we will select approximately 15 participants.

KOREA TREK/Boundaries of Korea
Trip Dates:
January 4 – 10, 2019
Application Deadline: November 7, 2018
To Apply: Korea TREK 2018 – 2019 Application

We believe that Korea is currently in a “period of transition” where both the past and present of Korea distinctly co-exist (architecturally, socially, culturally, politically, etc). This naturally creates undefined ambiguous boundaries within the country. Nonetheless, we believe that ambiguity can also mean various possibilities. Through the TREK, we plan to visit and observe these undefined boundaries and hope to approach Korea with a different perspective.

  1. Flight: Participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own flights. Please prepare visas if applicable.
    • Estimate Price: $1200 ~ $1300
  2. Accommodation: Korea GSD will arrange all accommodations and itineraries for the trip. If you would like to arrange your own accommodations, please let us know Participants are expected to pay for their own accommodations until further announcements regarding any subsidization.
  3. Subsidizing: We are currently in negotiation with potential sponsors who may subsidize for part of the trip, but we cannot guarantee any funding at this time. We will announce any subsidies as soon as possible.
  4. Applications are due 10/31/18 (Wed). Please apply online through the link Korea TREK 2018 – 2019 Application
  5. There will be a small fee to guarantee your spot in the trek. Details will be emailed to you after the application period.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

J-Term China Trip 2018/Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Hongkong
Trip Dates:
January 10 – 19, 2019
Application Deadline: TBA

Information session Thursday, October 18 6:30pm in Gund 109.

Wintersession at Dumbarton Oaks: Culture and Philanthropy in America
Dates: January 9 – 17, 2019
Application Deadline:
November 1, 2018

Philanthropy has always played an important role in the American public sphere, and the present moment is no exception. Few cities have had their cultural landscape shaped by philanthropy to the extent seen by the nation’s capital, which thus provides a stimulating space for reflection on philanthropy’s goals and impact. This nine-day course will offer students historical and contemporary perspectives on the history and influence of philanthropy in America, with an emphasis on the domains of art, culture, and civil society. Daily seminars will be complemented by guest lectures and trips to museums and cultural institutions in Washington, DC.

ASIA TREK/Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore
Trip Dates:
January 7 – 17, 2019
Application Deadline: November 4, 2018
To Apply: ASIA TREK 2019 Application

Asia Trek Summary 2019