Mohsen Mostafavi

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

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 Barbar

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

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.

Charlie Gaillard

Charlie Gaillard is an American strategist and research assistant in the Office for Urbanization. Gaillard completed his B.A. in English and Art History at Williams College. His work takes place at the intersection of language and visual culture. Prior to joining the Office, he held a position as a strategist at the design consultancy 2×4.

Nono Martinez-Alonso

Nono Martínez Alonso is a computational designer, architect, and machine learning engineer with a penchant for simplicity. His research focuses on the development of intuitive tools for creatives and how the collaboration between human and artificial intelligences can enhance the design process ( Nono graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master in Design Studies in Technology, hosts Getting Simple ( — a podcast about simple living, lifestyle design, technology, and culture — sketches things that call his attention (, writes about enjoying a slower life, and records creative coding and machine intelligence tutorials (

Seok Min Yeo

Seok Min Yeo is a Korean landscape urbanist and research associate at the Office for Urbanization. Yeo completed his MLA at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and his B.Arch at Syracuse University School of Architecture. Yeo’s work explores techniques of understanding and translating ecological phenomena into design methods, with a special interest in the relationship of the sun and the built form of the city. Before coming to Harvard, he held design positions at Payette and Safdie Architects.

Jeffrey S. Nesbit

Jeffrey S. Nesbit is an American architect, urbanist, and postdoctoral research fellow in the Office for Urbanization. His research focuses on processes of urbanization, infrastructure, and the defense landscape. Currently, Nesbit is studying the 20th century spaceport launch complex at the intersection of architecture, aerospace history, and the rise of “technical lands.” He has written several journal articles and book chapters on infrastructure, urbanization, and the history of technology, and is co-editor of Chasing the City: Models for Extra-Urban Investigations (Routledge, 2018), Rio de Janeiro: Urban Expansion and Environment (Routledge, 2019), and New Geographies 11 Extraterrestrial (Actar, 2019).

Boya Zhang

Boya Zhang is a Chinese architect and research associate in the Office for Urbanization. Zhang completed his MArch II at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and holds his MArch degree and BArch degree with Distinction from Tsinghua University. Zhang’s research interests focus on the interactions between urban form and its environs shaped by cultural and political forces. Prior to joining the Office, he worked for architectural offices in Beijing, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Boston.

Research Assistants

Celina Abba, MLA ’23

Christopher Ball, MAUD ’23

Fabiana Casale, MLA, MDes ’22

Olani Ewunnet, MDes ’22

Slide Kelly, MLA, MDes ’24

Angela Moreno-Long, MLA ’22

Arty Vartanyan, MLA, MAUD ’23

GSD Faculty

Preston Scott Cohen, Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture

Timothy Dekker, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Jill Desimini, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture

Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Senior Research Associate

Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning, Director of the Master in Urban Planning Program

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design

Ali Malkawi, Professor of Architectural Technology and Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

David Moreno-Mateos, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Richard Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development

Chris Reed, Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture

Holly W. Samuelson, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Bing Wang, Assistant Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment

Amy Whitesides, Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Andrew Witt, Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture

External Faculty

Rosetta Elkin, Academic Director of Landscape Architecture, Pratt Institute

Andrew Fox, Professor, North Carolina State University and Co-Director of Coastal Dynamics Design Lab

Teresa Gali-Izard, Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich

Jesse M. Keenan, Associate Professor of Real Estate, Tulane University

Maggie Tsang, Wortham Fellow, Rice University

Kongjian Yu, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Peking University


Michael Rock / 2 × 4, New York

Eric Rodenbeck / Stamen, San Francisco

Eric de Broche des Combes / Luxigon, Paris


Pedro Aparicio, Research Associate

Aziz Barbar, Research Associate

Christina Burkot, Administrator

Bert deJonghe, Research Assistant

Sara Favargiotti, Visiting Scholar

Francesca Romana Forlini, Research Assistant

Mariano Gomez-Luque, Research Fellow

Mark Heller, Research Assistant

Camila Huber Horta Barbosa, Research Assistant

Daniel Ibañez, Research Fellow

Gia Jung, Research Assistant

Amir Karimpour, Research Assistant

Mingyu Kim, Research Associate

Sue Kim, Research Associate

Helen Kongsgaard, Research Associate

Christian Lavista, Research Assistant

Jaewon Lee, Research Assistant

Ting Liang, Research Assistant

Xiuzheng Li, Research Associate

Xun Liu, Research Associate

Jiangpu Meng, Research Assistant

Chris Merritt, Research Assistant

Matthew Moffitt, Research Assistant

Sam Naylor, Research Assistant

Javier Ors-Austin, Research Assistant

Mercedes Peralta, Research Associate

Fletcher Phillips, Research Assistant

Daniel Quesada Lombó, Research Associate

Lane Raffaldini Rubin, Research Assistant

Christopher Reznich, Research Assistant

Luciana Saboia, Visiting Scholar

Ruben Segovia, Research Associate

Sudeshna Sen, Research Assistant

Dana Shaikh Solaiman, Research Assistant

Soo Ran Shin, Research Assistant

Joshua Stevens, Research Assistant

Isabel Strauss, Research Assistant

Irene Toselli, Visiting Scholar

Maggie Tsang, Research Assistant

Ximena de Villafranca, Research Assistant

Abbey Wallace, Research Assistant

Zhaodi Wang, Research Assistant

Zishen Wen, Research Assistant

Lindsay Woodson, Research Assistant

Weijia Wu, Research Assistant

Sofia Xanthakou, Research Assistant

Jessy Yang, Research Associate

Erin Yook, Research Assistant

Haoyu Zhao, Research Assistant

Xin Zhong, Research Assistant