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ANNUAL 2014 REPORT Dear Alumni and Friends, The Harvard University Graduate School of Design provides a unique space for students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers to explore innovative ideas and
ANNUAL 2014 REPORT Dear Alumni and Friends, The Harvard University Graduate School of Design provides a unique space for students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers to explore innovative ideas and offers a dynamic framework through which these ideas can be tested. The GSD must remain the vital locus for the creation of knowledge about our built environment. We need to continue to develop the technologies, processes, and functions that will improve the performance of our built environment. Our work must also confront the current and future challenges of our contemporary societies. The relationship between knowledge and societal impact is central to the design pedagogy and research agenda at the GSD. As such, it underpins the aspirations and priorities of our Grounded Visionaries campaign. 1 The academic year saw tremendous growth at the School: unprecedented applications and acceptance rates; the appointment of several distinguished faculty members; and the expanded post-professional MArch II degree program. In support of President Faust s vision of One Harvard, the GSD also embarked on new collaborations across campus. The Deans Design Challenge: Urban Life 2030 at the Harvard i-lab and the establishment of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, with Founding Director Ali Malkawi at the helm, exemplify our interdisciplinary efforts. The School continued to reach beyond campus, and beyond Cambridge, to engage in a host of activities around the globe. We invited GSD alumni to share their thoughts in the first-ever Alumni Research Initiative in an effort to build a more engaged community. We hosted symposia in Hong Kong, two GSD student teams won design competitions in Japan, GSD faculty led an affordable housing study in Brazil, and our School community participated in the Venice Biennale, for which our students carried out research, design, and production work as part of the curatorial team and the Rotterdam studio. This GSD Annual Report presents the School s many statistics, initiatives, and activities from the past year in a single condensed volume. As we look ahead, with the renewed focus established through our Grounded Visionaries campaign, it will be imperative that we continue to transform and redefine our role as design educators, researchers, and instigators. By doing so, we can ensure that the next generation of design leaders can continue to construct a more inspired future. Best wishes, Mohsen Mostafavi Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design 2 Rahul Mehrotra MAUD 87 Erika Naginski RF 04, GSA 00 Faculty 3 Preston Scott Cohen MArch 85 4 # of Faculty 72 Faculty by Department 35 Architecture 20 Landscape Architecture 17 Urban Planning and Design Last spring, the GSD made several key faculty appointments. Grace La AB 92, MArch 95 was appointed as the Master in Architecture Program Director, succeeding Mark Mulligan MArch 90 who is now the Interim Curator of the Loeb Fellowship. Other notable appointments include Michael Hooper as Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Ali Malkawi as Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Erika Naginski RF 04, GSA 00 as Director of Doctoral Programs, and Antoine Picon as Director of Research. Further, Bradley Cantrell MLA 03 was appointed Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology. Coming from Louisiana State University, Cantrell was the recipient of the Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture. Kiel Moe MDesS 03, co-director of the School s Master of Design Studies program and the Energy, Environments & Design Lab, was promoted to Associate Professor of Architecture and Energy. In addition, Rosetta Elkin was appointed Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture. Elkin, whose teaching and research focuses on innovative applications of ecological and vegetative technologies, also teaches in the core studio sequence and leads seminars in graphic representation and phytogeography. Bobby Pietrusko MArch 12 was appointed Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. As co-founder of the metalab at Harvard, his teaching and research consider geospatial representation, narrative and critical cartography, and spatial taxonomies. Andrew Witt MDesS 02, MArch 07 was appointed Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture. Witt co-founded the GSD s Geometry Lab and most recently served as Director of Research at Gehry Technologies. 5 % of Faculty Born Outside of the US 26% ARCH 13% LA 51% Total 12% UPD % of Men and Women on Faculty Male 68.9% Female 31.1% # of Visiting Faculty 107 Total ARCH LA UPD 6 Undergraduate Education 7 # of Undergraduates 19 The third year of the undergraduate track in architectural studies continued to build upon the long tradition of a humanities-based architecture program at Harvard. It is co-directed by Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the specialized studios are taught by GSD faculty, as are many of the other courses. Within the architectural studies track, two broad areas of emphasis are made available to the 19 students of Harvard College enrolled in the program: History and Theory includes the study of architecture, cities, landscapes, designed objects, ornament, architectural photography, and material culture. The work spans such diverse places as Africa, the Americas, China, Europe, India, the Islamic world, and Japan, all from antiquity to the present. Design Studies investigates the social and aesthetic dimensions of contemporary architecture, landscapes, cities, and territories, emphasizing issues of sustainable environments, new forms of urbanism, and the use of digital media for visualization and analysis. Sample of FAS Courses Taught by GSD Faculty GSD Faculty Zaneta Hong Yanni Loukissas Timothy Hyde Mark Mulligan & Michael Smith Sonja Dümpelmann Course Title Architecture Studio 1: Transformation Connections Studio II Faculty Tutorial Construction Lab I + II: Conference Course From Mother Earth to Planet Mars: Designed Landscapes, 8 Research 9 Research at the GSD forms interdisciplinary bridges within Harvard s wealth of institutional and intellectual resources and beyond. It is grounded in the belief that many of the key challenges and opportunities of our era require cooperation among the arts, humanities, and sciences, and among the academy, industry, and the public sphere. Research mobilizes design in its full capacity towards addressing important societal issues. A key resource for scholars, practitioners, and public and private sector leaders, the research units at the GSD inform policy decisions and convene critical discussion on a broad range of issues. Continuing this tradition, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) was established in January Housed at the GSD, the CGBC aims to transform the building industry through a commitment to design-centric strategy that directly links research outcomes to the development of new processes, systems, and products. The CGBC sets forth a new era of research activities at the GSD. The Center joins the School s other notable research centers, programs, initiatives, and labs in an effort to bring design to new frontiers of research and societal impact. Through ambitious and rapidly expanding agendas, they serve the global community and help train the next generation of design leaders. Research Centers Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Aims to transform the building industry through a commitment to a design-centric strategy that directly links research outcomes to the development of new processes, systems, and products. Learn more at Advances the understanding of housing issues and informs policy through research, education, and public outreach programs. Learn more at Design Labs Energy, Environments & Design Lab Expands and deepens our understanding of energy in relation to buildings, environments, and design. 10 Geometry Lab Material Processes & Systems Group metalab New Educational Environments New Geographies Lab Responsive Environments & Artifacts Lab Social Agency Lab Urban Theory Lab Engages with core questions of architectural geometry and computational design addressing issues of digital fabrication, infrastructural optimization, and the history of geometry in design. Pursues the understanding, development, and deployment of innovative technologies in the promotion of design as an agent of change in the quest for a better future. A program of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society that serves as an institutional hub for Harvard s digital art, design, and humanities' communities while actively collaborating with partners both locally and worldwide. Connects members of the GSD community who conduct research in new spaces for teaching and learning. Focuses on urban transformations in the Muslim world, casts them in the larger regional and territorial landscapes, and proposes alternatives for their improvement by design. Takes an interdisciplinary look at the design of the physical environment with regard to technologically augmented experiences. Studies the ways in which individuals, institutions, and organizations shape social outcomes in cities. Builds upon the notion of generalized urbanization to investigate emergent socio-spatial formations under the twenty-first century capitalism. Sample of Programs & Initiatives Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Health and Places Initiative The HILT Room Gund 522 Real Estate Academic Initiative Transforming Urban Transport Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure Dedicated to the study of Islamic art and architecture, urbanism, landscape design and conservation, and the application of that knowledge to contemporary design projects. Investigates how to create healthier cities in the future, with a specific emphasis on China. By bringing together experts from the GSD and the Harvard School of Public Health, it creates a forum for understanding the multiple issues that face cities in light of rapid urbanization and an aging population worldwide. An experimental, technology-rich space for teaching and learning through design. Funded through the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT). Contributes to the quality of urban development in the US and internationally through multi disciplinary research and education in real estate and urban development. Examines the spatial, political, and economic enablers and constraints on building sustainable urbanism. Develops and promotes methods and tools that help quantify the sustainability of infrastructure and facilitate the adoption of sustainable solutions. 11 Climate-Resilient Architecture: New Approaches to Design with Materials, taught in Medellin, Colombia. Executive Education 12 # of Programs 34 # of Participants 899 Increase in Enrollment for AMDP Almost 50% # of Countries that Sent Participants to GSD Executive Education 47 GSD Executive Education grew again in FY 14, substantially increasing revenue, and extending the School s reach and global footprint. The Executive Education team successfully delivered a high-level capacity building program on affordable housing in Mexico City as part of a three-year collaboration with the Mexican government. It also delivered programs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in Nassau and Exuma an archipelago of Caribbean islands critical for conservation while working with the Government of The Bahamas as part of a three-year collaboration. Several GSD faculty taught in Executive Education for the first time, or taught in more programs than previously, including Paul Nakazawa, Kiel Moe, Ann Forsyth, Bing Wang, Eric Belsky, Jose Castillo, and Salmaan Craig. Topics ranged from housing policy to sustainable tourism and land use, from energy and architectural technology to designs for schools of the future, and from climate-resilient building materials in construction to leadership and strategy for the built environment. Fiscally, revenue increased and overall enrollment rose substantially from 2013 with a total of 899 participants in 34 programs. The Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP), Executive Education's flagship leadership program, enrolled class XIV with 39 participants. The AMDP s Team Project on Toronto led the city planning authorities to ask for a special additional presentation of the teams ideas and designs for the city s future. Participants this past year hailed from 47 countries and all regions of the United States. They represented a range of industries and practices, including real estate development, architecture, design, banking, corporate real estate acquisitions, nonprofit development, city planning, and housing finance. 13 On campus, Executive Education continued to run joint programs with partnering Harvard schools, including Real Estate Management with Harvard Business School and Learning Environments for Tomorrow with Harvard Graduate School of Education. GSD Executive Education looks ahead to energetic growth and an expanding global presence, that will make a visible impact on growing cities worldwide. Students 14 15 16 Average Age 27 # of Matriculating Students 328 in FY 14 # of Applicants 2,077 Total The GSD welcomed 328 new students at the beginning of the fall semester. They arrived on campus from all over the world to embark on a new journey, advance their studies, develop leadership skills, and build connections that will last far beyond their years at the School. The academic year was an extraordinary one for GSD students, who continued to accrue awards, investigate typologies, and build projects around the globe. Last April, a team of students led by Professors Mark Mulligan MArch 90 and Kiel Moe MDesS 03, won the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition for their Horizon House project in Japan. After a summer in Tokyo developing construction drawings, several students traveled to Japan in December for the unveiling of the built project. Also in Japan, a second team of MUP and MAUD students, led by Professor Jerold Kayden AB 75, JD 79, MCR 79, won first prize in the Tohoku Recovery International Academic Competition for their proposed solutions to help the Tohoku community recover from the effects of the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster. Students also actively engaged in the GSD community by attending events offered by over 40 student groups, including the beloved Friday night tradition Beer and Dogs; the annual Halloween party; the xdesign Conference, a collaborative effort with the Harvard Business School which brought business leaders and creative directors together; and a host of other lectures and symposia presented throughout year. 17 # of Cups of Coffee and Tea Consumed at Chauhaus Every Year 56,000 cups of coffee 7,000 cups of tea % of Male and Female Students Male 51% Female 49% % of International Students % of Minority Students 41% 23% 18 Financial Aid 19 20 Cost to Attend the GSD in FY 14 $42,056 Tuition $21,576 Other $63,632 Total Financial aid at the GSD was distributed to 89 percent of students. With the cost of tuition at $42,056, a large percentage of students required support from the School in FY 14 to help pay for their design education. Amongst those who sought assistance were international students, who comprised 41 percent of the student body. The GSD addressed the critical need for financial aid last year by awarding grants averaging $20,400 to domestic students, and a maximum of $10,000 to international students. It is the goal of the School to continue to help students lessen the burden of debt so they may make decisions regarding their careers driven by their creativity, imagination, and commitment to social impact, not by the level of loan payments due. Average Expected Starting Salary for Domestic MArch I Students Graduating from Architecture Program $56,700 Average Grant to All GSD Students Per Year $18,000 Average Grant to Domestic Students $20,400 21 Maximum Grant to International Students Per Year $10,000 Increase in Financial Aid Expenses, FY 09 to FY 14 $5,161,711 % of Students that Received Financial Aid 89% 7.49% 9.19% 83.31% Average Grant Increase to MArch I Students, FY 09 to FY 14 30% increase 83.31% GSD grants 9.19% Other Harvard funds 7.49% Miscellaneous Fundraising 22 23 # of New Members that Joined the Josep Lluís Sert Council with Donations Over $1, # of Alumni and Friends that Gave to the GSD for the First Time 261 # of Graduating Students that Donated to the Give $20.14 Campaign 52 # of Donors who Renewed their Gift in FY The GSD raises funds for many important programs and initiatives including student financial aid, design technology innovations, faculty research, studios, and facilities. The contributions received from design leaders, design patrons, and Harvard alumni ensure that future generations of designers will be fully prepared to lead in the shaping of our world s increasingly complex built environment. The School had an unprecedented fundraising year due in part to the receipt of a significant gift that has funded the creation of the Center for Green Buildings and Cities. This large-magnitude gift set fundraising revenue at 501 percent over the previous year. We continue to strive for growth in the GSD Fund, which provides resources towards financial assistance. Every dollar raised is put to immediate use, ensuring that each student has a deep and fruitful learning experience as well as a stimulating and rich environment in which to advance their design education. However, in order to fully enhance its leadership position in twenty-first-century design, the School spent much of FY 14 preparing for the launch of its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. Grounded Visionaries: The Harvard Campaign for the Graduate School of Design will support the School s aspirations of: Expanding our capacity by attracting and inspiring innovative, leading-edge faculty and creating facilities for the next century. Enhancing our global impact by broadening research and global studios, while continuing to develop and disseminate our innovative design knowledge. Empowering our students by strengthening their experience with greater opportunities and increasing financial aid for greater access to design education. 26 Alumni Andrew Bank MArch 87 27 L-R, Yekta Pakdaman-Hamedani MArch 05, Martin Semjen L-R, Wendy Evans Joseph MArch 81, Wendy A. Rolland BArch 56 28 Living GSD Alumni Population 12,172 # of Recent Grads that Joined the Alumni Population 353 # of Countries in Which GSD Alumni Live 90 Charged with promoting the work of the GSD and its alumni community, the Alumni Council led the way connecting graduates with each other and with faculty and staff all over the globe. The group hosted a number of regional events, including a reception in Los Angeles to introduce Iñaki Ábalos, the new chair of the Architecture department, to the community s west-coast constituents. Through mentoring relationships, J-Term Externships, portfolio reviews, internships, networking, and recruitment programs, the Council also engaged alumni to take an active part in student professional development activities. Honoring the School s growing global influence, the annual Alumni + Friends Weekend took place 8,000 miles from Gund Hall. Nearly 150 people convened in Hong Kong for a series of lectures and events, including local architectural tours, a grand reception, and a symposium about the future of the city in global cityregions. The inaugural Alumni Insights Lecture Series created to recognize the work of alumni, and to give current students an opportunity to hear about the diverse careers and achievements of its graduates made its debut with a talk by Sharon Johnston MArch 95 and Mark Lee MArch 95, and concluded with Teddy Cruz MDesS 97. Alumni made their way
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