Announcing the GSD’s Spring 2018 public program

The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s spring 2018 public program opens with a talk by Michael Hays and Andrew Holder on January 23, introducing their exhibition Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech, on view through March 11. Also participating in the program are Annabelle Selldorf, who will present a lecture on January 30, and Aaron Sachs, who will present the GSD’s annual Olmsted Lecture on March 1. Rafael Moneo, Harry N. Cobb, and Peter Eisenman will join the GSD community for a conversation on April 17.

A combination of artists, writers, politicians, and policymakers also will contribute a dynamic range of perspectives on design and the built environment. The School will welcome Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago on February 20 and Raphael W. Bostic, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, on April 10. Through the Rouse Visiting Artist Program at the GSD, the artist Kahlil Joseph will screen and speak about a selection of his film projects on February 22. Visual and performing artist Otobong Nkanga, whose work focuses on issues related to colonialism and resource extraction, will speak on International Women’s Day on March 8. Closing the spring 2018 Rouse Visiting Artist series are Raf Simons, chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, and artist Sterling Ruby, who on April 23 will be in conversation about their design collaborations.

Our full public program appears below and can be viewed on the GSD’s events calendar in the coming weeks and months. Past Harvard GSD events can be viewed on the School’s YouTube channel.




Harvard GSD Spring 2018 public program

Michael Hays and Andrew Holder
January 23
Hays is Academic Dean and Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at the GSD, and Holder is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the GSD. Hays and Holder will give a talk on the occasion of the opening of their exhibition at the GSD, Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech.

Rosa Sheng
January 25
Sheng is principal at SmithGroupJJR in San Francisco and president of AIA San Francisco.

Ken Yeang
January 26
Yeang is principal at T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd., based in Selangor, Malaysia.

Annabelle Selldorf
January 30
Selldorf is the founding partner of New York-based Selldorf Architects.

Sarah Oppenheimer
February 1
Oppenheimer is a visual artist based in New York City.

Migration and the Humanities: A Conference
February 8
Migration and the Humanities is organized by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. The first day of the conference is hosted by the GSD and will feature a reading by novelist Junot Díaz and a conversation with Díaz, Parul Sehgal, New York Times book critic, and Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard. The second day of the conference will happen on February 9 at the Barker Center at Harvard.

Danielle Choi
February 9
Choi is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and was the 2016–17 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the GSD.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
February 20
Emanuel is the Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Kahlil Joseph
February 22
Joseph is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.

On Monuments: Place, Time, and Memory
February 27
On Monuments is a symposium whose participants include Drew Faust, President of Harvard University; Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard; Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard; Sarah Lewis, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard; Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the GSD; Erika Naginski, Professor of Architectural History at the GSD; Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard; and Krzysztof Wodiczko, visual artist and Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at the GSD.

Aaron Sachs
March 1
Sachs is Professor of History at Cornell University.

Mark Joseph and Amy Khare
March 2
Joseph is the Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor in Community Development and Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) at Case Western Reserve University. Khare is a Research Assistant Professor in the Mandel School of Applied Sciences at Case Western and the Research Director of the NIMC.

Otobong Nkanga
March 8
Nkanga is a Nigerian-born visual artist based in Belgium.

Samia Henni
March 9
Henni is an architect and currently serves as Lecturer, History and Theory of Architecture, at Princeton University.

Suad Amiry
March 20
Amiry is an architect and author based in Ramallah.

Thomas Phifer
March 22
Phifer is an architect based in New York City and founder of Thomas Phifer and Partners.

The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction
March 27
The book The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction will be discussed by two of its editors, Luis Valenzuela and Felipe Vera.

Jill Magid
March 27
Magid is an American conceptual artist and writer.

Peter Märkli
April 2
Märkli is a Swiss architect based in Zurich.

Harvard Design Magazine
April 4
Contributors will speak on the release of Harvard Design Magazine issue number 45, the theme of which is Into the Woods.

Jeanne Gang
April 5
Gang is Professor in Practice at the GSD, an architect, and founding principal of Studio Gang.

Amanda Levete
April 9
Levete is a London-based architect and founder and principal of AL_A.

Raphael W. Bostic
April 10
Bostic is the CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Rafael Moneo, Harry N. Cobb, and Peter Eisenman
April 17
Moneo is an architect and the Josep Lluis Sert Professor in Architecture at the GSD. Cobb is an architect and founding partner, with I. M. Pei, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Eisenman is an architect and Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale School of Architecture.

Yvonne Cagle
April 19
Cagle is an American NASA astronaut.

Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby
April 23
Simons is chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, and Ruby is an American artist based in Los Angeles.

Stig Andersson
April 24
Andersson is a Danish landscape architect based in Copenhagen and founder of SLA.