John Syvertsen, FAIA, LF ’86 will receive AIA Chicago’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating his career in architecture and service to the future of the profession. In his career, Syvertsen has distinguished himself through his work as an architect and firm leader, as a leader in community outreach, social impact, and environmental sustainability, and through his professorship at colleges and universities across the country. For ten years Syvertsen was President of OWP/P Architects. He led the merger with CannonDesign where he co-founded the Open Hand Studio dedicated to public interest design and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Since 2015 he has dedicated his career full-time in support of several nonproﬁt organizations.
“John is the model example of a leader – he’s a true gentleman that possesses poise and humility, but makes the tough decisions when needed,” said Andrew Balster, Assoc. AIA, Office Practice Leader of CannonDesign’s Chicago office. “As a mentor, he holds a deep sense of responsibility to ensure future generations not only achieve their greatest potential but that they also contribute to society as a whole. It’s humbling to be able to say I experienced the workplace and culture he helped define.”
To read more regarding this announce visit Chicago AIA here
posted October, 2019
Susan Israel AB ’81, MAR ’86 develops proprietary programs and hands-on creative workshops for sustainability, innovation, communication and leadership with her company Climate Creatives. Susan’s Public Art installations connect communities and foster action toward a more sustainable world. Susan uses her own artwork as a personal lab for exploring ways to connect people to climate issues. Her work has been exhibited in over a dozen group shows in recent years and she has partnered with over 100 organizations.
Susan is an architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. In 2008, after 20 years as an architect, she decided that she wanted to do something more for our climate. What would motivate other people to do more as well? Something fun and visible. What was preventing people from acting? Fear, and lack of belief that their actions matter. Thus, Susan founded Climate Creatives to use art and design to engage people because data alone just doesn’t do it: behavioral change begins with an emotional commitment. Susan develops proprietary programs and hands-on creative workshops for sustainability, innovation, communication and leadership and shares them around the world. She uses creation of public art to focus on the emotional and cultural aspect to appeal to people around climate change instead of data, to help them feel less afraid and more connected and engage to solutions.
posted October, 2019
Six GSD alumni have been elevated by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.
ASLA will formally recognize its 2018 Fellows at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO, October 19–22, in Philadelphia.
Mary Anne Cassin MLA ’82
Walter R. Havener MLA ’86
Ying-Yu Hung MLA ’94
Edward C. Marshall MLA ’86
W. Scott Parker MLU ’86
David A. Rubin MLA ’90
For the full list of 2018 Fellows click here
posted May, 2018
Eleven GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows. The honor recognizes architects who have “achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” A ceremony honoring the new fellows will take place on June 22 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.
Jonathan Barnes MArch ’86
Eric Bunge MArch ’96
Chris Cooper MArch ’98
William B. Gallagher Jr. MAUD ’86
Leonard Kady MArch ’89
Rick Petersen MArch ’88
Naomi Pollock MArch ’85
Christopher Shears MArch ’80
James Susman MDes ’88
Louis Wasserman MArch ’74
Ellen Watts MArch ’79
Read the AIA press release.
Image courtesy of the AIA College of Fellows.
posted April, 2018
A team of GSD alumni are involved in Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a project launched after Hurricane Maria to bring solar generators to the most under-served areas of the island with the long-term goal of promoting solar electric energy for every household in Puerto Rico. Jonathan Marvel MArch ’86 (Project Co-founder and Director of Logistics and Installation), Walter Meyer MLAUD ’03 (Project Co-founder and Strategy Director), Jennifer Bolstad AB ’98, MLA ’02 (Project Co-founder and Director of Administration and Finances), and José Juan Terrasa-Soler MLA ’07 (Director at Marvel Architects San Juan, Puerto Rico) are members of the Resilient Power Puerto Rico team, which operates under the nonprofit Coastal Marine Resource Center. Their work has been featured in a number of news outlets, including Architectural Record, the Miami Herald, AIA blog (interview with Marvel), the Architect’s Newspaper, and the Huffington Post.
In October, Terrasa-Soler participated in the GSD event “Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico: Lessons for Future Urban Disasters,” moderated by Jerold S. Kayden AB ’75, JD ’79, MCRP ’79, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, and organized by the Department of Urban Planning & Design, the MDes – Risk & Resilience concentration, and the course “Land Use and Environmental Law.”
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Marvel via AIA.
posted November, 2017
Margaret Wood MArch ‘86 Recognized as a 2017 Women of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate by Banker and Tradesman
Margaret Wood MArch ‘86 has been named one this year’s 15 Women of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) by Banker & Tradesman. The annual award recognizes key female players in their local FIRE sectors. Wood currently serves as Project Director of Pinck & Co. Inc, located in Springfield, MA. Pinck & Co. provides planning, design and construction management consulting services to owners during all phases of capital projects. The company has been named #36 on the top 100 women led businesses in Massachusetts.
See the full list of this year’s winners.
Image courtesy of Pinck & Co. Inc.
posted July, 2017
The ASLA San Diego chapter presented Spurlock Poirer—the firm of GSD alumnus Martin Poirer MLA ’86, prinicpal—the President’s Award for their work on the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA, and the Award of Merit for the United States Courthouse Annex located in the heart of San Diego. The awards are given each year to honor the best landscape architecture of the San Diego region.
posted December, 2016
The Tennessee ASLA Chapter presented Ritchie Smith MLA ’80 and Lissa Thompson MLA ’86 an Honor Award for their design of the Pedestrian Plaza at the Memphis International Airport. Their firm, Ritchie Smith Associates, was recognized at the chapter’s annual meeting in Chattanooga. Read more about the project here.
posted December, 2016
Jeff Murphy MArch ’86 has been elevated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows for 2016. “The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” The 2016 Fellows will be honored during a ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention.
posted December, 2016