Graduate School of Design


Bacow, Garber, and Harvard’s 14 School Deans Urge University Affiliates to Vote

Ahead of Election Day, Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow, Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, and the 14 deans of the University’s schools sent an email to affiliates Friday morning urging them to vote and reaffirming the “values that bind us together as a community.”


Graduate School of Design Faces Backlash After Restructuring Master of Design Studies Program

The Harvard Graduate School of Design announced Friday it has restructured its Masters of Design Studies Program, raising concerns among students and alumni over how administrators came to the decision and whether the shift will dilute the degree’s educational value.


HLS, HSPH, GSD, HDS, and Radcliffe Institute to Stay Virtual in Spring 2021

Harvard Law School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will continue to hold their instruction and programming online next semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Preeminent Architect Challenges Students To Build Better Affordable Housing in Lecture

Michael Maltzan, a Los Angeles-based architect who has designed low-income housing with the Skid Row Housing Trust for over a decade, challenged students to build quality housing for the homeless in a lecture hosted by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Wednesday night.


Professor Debates Racial Politics of Canonicity in Modern Architectural History

Professor of Architectural History at the University at Buffalo Charles L. Davis II discussed his research on antiracist architecture in an online lecture hosted by the Graduate School of Design.


Design School Hosts Panel on the Intersection of Voting and Design

With the upcoming United States federal election on November 3, panelists at the Harvard Graduate School of Design discussed how integrating intentional design efforts can increase voter turnout and re-define civic engagement.


Harvard’s Design School 3-D Prints Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers Battling COVID-19

After Harvard’s campus operations largely halted due to the novel coronavirus last month, the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s fleet of 3-D printers has been put to work producing personal protective equipment for medical personnel at nearby hospitals.


N. Michael McKinnell

N. Michael McKinnell, an influential architect who co-designed Boston City Hall and taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for more than 20 years, passed away due to coronavirus complications late last month. He was 84.


Michael McKinnell, Renowned Architect and Harvard Design School Professor, Dies at 84

N. Michael McKinnell, an influential architect who co-designed Boston City Hall and taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for more than 20 years, passed away due to coronavirus complications late last month. He was 84.


‘Few Parallels in Our History’: Harvard Schools Outline Coronavirus Contingency Plans

Administrators from across Harvard’s schools sent school-specific instructions and reassurances to students Tuesday following University President Lawrence S. Bacow’s announcement that Harvard would move to remote instruction March 23.


Physicist and Environmental Activist Speaks at Design School 'Womxn’s Week' Event

Physicist and environmental activist Vandana Shiva cautioned against globalization and industrial agriculture while delivering the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s annual International Womxn's Day keynote lecture Tuesday evening.


Graduate School of Design Draws Crowds to Talk on Harvard in Allston

Harvard Graduate School of Design hosted an event discussing Harvard’s expansion into Allston from an urban-planning perspective Tuesday.


With Contingent Worker Policy Change, Major Benefits and Unforeseen Challenges

As more than 150 temporary and less-than-half-time Harvard employees transition into permanent, benefited staff positions following a policy change that went into effect in March, the shift has brought “extraordinary” opportunities for some, but unintended challenges for others.


Sarah Whiting Named Next Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarah Whiting, the dean of architecture at Rice University in Texas, will be the next dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During her nine-year tenure at Rice, Whiting helped restructure the school of architecture’s curriculum, enhanced facilities on campus, and increased funding for research and course development.


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