Grounded Visionaries Design Weekend + Campaign Launch

The GSD invites you to join Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and guests for an inspiring series of conversations and events celebrating design on September 12+13, 2014 in Cambridge.

During this weekend we will not only celebrate design and the GSD’s impact in the world, but also give you a chance to reconnect with classmates, colleagues, faculty, and others. The Grounded Visionaries weekend kicks off on Friday as Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, and other featured speakers engage with an audience of faculty, students, and alumni. Design Dialogues occurs throughout Saturday, and Fumihiko Maki MArch ‘54, GSA ‘56, shares a look back at his stellar 60-year career as an architect Saturday night. We will close out the evening with a design-forward party in Gund Hall’s “back yard” where you can meet friends old and new, listen to great music, and enjoy a generous offering of food and libations.

Whether you’re a graduate or a friend of the School, we hope to see you on campus September 12+13 for a look at the GSD today and tomorrow!

To be part of this special design weekend, please register online or visit the Grounded Visionaries campaign website at For a complete view of the events, speakers, program updates, hotel blocks, directions and more, please view a PDF of event details here. You can also view a PDF of the event program here.


AIA / ASLA Credits

Grounded Visionaries’ Design Dialogues programming has been approved for the following


    • 8 AIA Course Learning Units (LU/HSW)


    • 7 ASLA Hours of CES (HSW)


Your attendance on Friday, September 12 from 5:30–7:30p.m. and Saturday, September 13 from 9:30a.m.–4:30p.m. will qualify you for these credits (pending your submission of your AIA/ASLA member number and signing in at each session).


Friday 9.12.14

Registration Opens / Grounded Visionaries Exhibition
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Floor of Gund Hall

Restless Legacy: Beyond the Elements of Architecture
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street
The Grounded Visionaries weekend kicks off with a welcome and inspired discussion. Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, and other featured speakers engage with an audience of faculty, students, alumni and friends.


  • Iñaki Ábalos


  • Christy Cheng MArch ’07


  • Drew Gilpin Faust


  • Phil Harrison AB ’86, MArch ’93


  • K. Michael Hays AM ’95


  • John K. F. Irving AB ’83, MBA ’89


  • Rem Koolhaas AM ’95


  • Michael B. Lehrer MArch ’78


  • Mohsen Mostafavi

Grounded Visionaries Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
First floor + Trays in Gund Hall
Join current GSD students duringtheir beloved Friday night tradition:
Beer + Dogs (but with a twist!)

Saturday 9.13.14

All programming will take place in Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Porticos and Chauhaus

Morning Sessions
Piper Auditorium
Master of Ceremonies: Jerold Kayden AB ’75, JD ’79, MCR ’79

Wildly Civilized: Ecological + Extreme + Planetary Urbanism…What’s Next?
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
A provocative discussion about urbanization and the future of cities.



  • Neil Brenner AM ’11




  • Diane E. Davis AM ’12




  • Lars Lerup MAUD ’70




  • Rahul Mehrotra MAUD ’87




  • Jorge Silvetti AM ’83




  • Charles Waldheim AM ’09




  • Martha Welborne LF ’12


Break 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Dense Urbanism: A Conversation With…
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.



  • Alex Krieger MCUPD ’77, GSD ’85




  • Moshe Safdie


Practical Grace: Designers Face the Future
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
An enlightened exchange on how design will adapt to new challenges, and its responsibility to global society.



  • Teran Evans MArch ’04




  • Jeanne Gang MArch ’93




  • Eric Höweler




  • Grace La AB ’92, MArch ’95




  • Toshiko Mori AM ’95




  • Michael P. Murphy MArch ’11




  • Kate Orff MLA ’97




  • Krzysztof Wodiczko


Lunch: Food Truck Collation
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gund Hall’s “Back Yard”
Local food trucks serve up crowd favorites.

Afternoon Sessions
Piper Auditorium
Master of Ceremonies: Grace La AB ’92, MArch ’95

Relevance and Revelation: A Conversation With…
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Preston Scott Cohen MArch ’85
Mack Scogin AM ’09

Spectacular Simplicity: New Models of Design Research
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Energetic presentations on how innovative research at the GSD advances our understanding and knowledge of the world.



  • Ann Forsyth AM ’12




  • Michael Hooper




  • Jane Hutton




  • Ali Malkawi AM ’13




  • Farshid Moussavi MArch ’91




  • Antoine M. Picon AM ’01




  • Andrew Witt MDesS ’02, MArch ’07


Break: 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Built Environment: A Conversation With…
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



  • Michael Van Valkenburgh AM ’88




  • Peter Walker MLA ’57


Student Work Presentations
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Curator: Anita Berrizbeitia MLA ’87

Break: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Grounded Visionaries: The Harvard Campaign for the GSD
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Piper Auditorium
A tribute to the School’s past and its aspirations for its future, including how the GSD will continue to affect change on a global scale.



  • Phil Harrison AB ’86, MArch ’93




  • John K. F. Irving AB ’83, MBA ’89




  • Marc Kushner MArch ’04




  • Fumihiko Maki MArch ’54, GSA ’56




  • Thom Mayne MArch ’78




  • Mohsen Mostafavi


Closing Celebration
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Back Yard Tent
A design-forward party that showcases the GSD and allows you to connect with friends, both old and new. A generous offering of food and libations will be served.


Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].