Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design and served as Dean of the GSD from 2008-2019. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. He was formerly Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He has taught at numerous institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule). Dean Mostafavi serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the board of the Van Alen Institute, and has served on the design committees of the London Development Agency (LDA) and the RIBA Gold Medal. He is a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects. His publications include On Weathering (MIT, 1993); Delayed Space (Princeton, 1994); Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002);Logique Visuelle (Idea Books, 2003); Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA Publications, 2004); Structure as Space (AA Publications, 2006); Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller Publishers/Harvard GSD, 2010); Implicate & Explicate (Lars Müller Publishers, 2011); and Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli, 2011).
Charles Waldheim is a Canadian-American architect and urbanist. Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and director in the Office for Urbanization. Waldheim’s research examines the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He is author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. Waldheim is recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the Cullinan Chair at Rice University; and the Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Aziz Joseph Barbar is a Lebanese architect and research associate in the Office for Urbanization. Barbar graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master in Design Studies in Technology and holds a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from the Lebanese American University. His experience and research interests focus around topics of computational geometry, automated construction techniques, and data analysis in relation to building performance and urban form. Barbar has taught landscape architecture studios at the GSD. Prior to his work at Harvard, he worked for distinguished architectural and engineering offices in Lebanon and Austria.
Kira Clingen is an American landscape designer and research associate at the Office for Urbanization. Clingen completed her MLA and MDes in Risk and Resilience at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and B.A. in Policy Studies and Asian Studies from Rice University. She was a 2016 Thomas J. Watson Fellow and spent a year in Mauritius and Myanmar looking at climate adaptation strategies for coastal communities. Her work explores preparation, usable pasts and the role of speculative fiction in designing for climate changed landscapes. She has written several articles and book chapters on climate adaptation.