GSD Reunion Weekend 2016

Date(s) - 09/30/2016 - 10/01/2016
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

  • Location
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA






ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please email Sarah Knight if you would like more information on how to register in person. 


The GSD Classes ending in 1′s and 6′s will be celebrating their reunions with a festive weekend in Cambridge, MA! Meet faculty and students, see how the GSD, Harvard Square, and Boston have changed, and reconnect with your classmates and fellow alumni. Spouses/guests welcome.

For questions, please contact Sarah Knight at or 617.384.5276.

To view a list of your classmates who have already RSVP’d, please click here.


Download GSD Reunion Weekend 2016 draft Schedule

Schedule as 9/27/16; subject to change. Please refer to the final schedule in your registration packet for all locations.

Friday, September 30

Arrivals morning to mid-day

Pre-reunion option: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community Service Fellowship Poster Session Reception
Loeb Library, Gund Hall

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration; Observe students live in classes with the instructors below OR attend a session at Harvard Art Museums’ Conservation Center.
Gund Hall Lobby

Studio Observation:

  • Gund Hall, 2nd Trays North (and Lounge)

Harvard Art Museums: Straus Center for Conservation (Fogg Museum)

  • 3:50 – 4:20 p.m. and 4:20 – 4:50 p.m. Space is limited.
  • The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is a world leader in fine arts conservation, research, and training. The center’s laboratories come together to enrich the understanding of and care for the approximately 250,000 objects in the Harvard Art Museums’ collections.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. All Reunion Class Reception
Porticos, Gund Hall 

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dinner (by class, informal and on own)

Saturday, October 1

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. All Reunion Mentoring Breakfast with Students
Room 112 (Stubbins)
Get to know students and answer questions they might have of “life after the GSD.”

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. All Reunion Class Morning Session and group photo
Piper Auditorium – Steps

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Department Breakout Sessions
Informal discussions and Q&A sessions with leadership from each of the program areas.

• Architecture – Piper Auditorium Steps
• Landscape Architecture – 109 (the Cave)
• Urban Planning and Design – Gund 124

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch by Class
Pick up tote bag lunch in the lobby of Gund, proceed to the room below to enjoy time with your classmates. Beverages will be available in the rooms.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. GSD Today: Student Experience
Choose 2 of the 30-minute tours/discussions below to learn more about the current student experience. From research centers and design labs to the great resources in Gund that support students work.

• Fabrication Lab –  Rachel Vroman MArch ’10 and student TAs, Gund Hall Basement
From hand tools to robotics, a tour of the fabrication facilities available to GSD students, including CNC machines, the Wood Shop, laser cutters, and 3D printing.

• Exhibitions at the GSD – Dan Borelli MDesS ’12, Gund Hall Lobby
The GSD’s Exhibitions Department (unique at the University) mounts 15-20 exhibits at the GSD in 4 spaces annually. Hear about the process of taking visual and text-based research and material and translating it to a three-dimensional space.

• Loeb Library Special Collections – Ines Zalduendo MArch ’95, Basement level, Loeb Library
Special Collections enables original research, scholarly access, and academic inquiry for students, faculty, and researchers worldwide, based on its depth and breadth of collections. You are encouraged to come and explore a renewed insight into our Special Collections and its’ purpose of advancing the GSD’s disciplines by connecting interests of researchers to resources in the library.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Tour activities
See what’s new (or new again) on Harvard Campus, in Cambridge, and in Boston.

At Capacity: Harvard Art Museums tour – Led by Justin Lee MArch ’04, who worked for Renzo Piano Building Workshop as they renovated the Fogg museum. Tour includes one hour of tour by your fellow alum, and an hour of browsing the galleries.

At Capacity: Seaport Innovation District: Autodesk BUILD Space – Join Rick Rundell, MArch ’86 and Martin Bechthold DDes ’01 on a visit to this 34,000 sq ft community innovation studio and workshop for digital fabrication, design robotics and construction automation.

• Harvard Campus Planning: the Sert-Designed Smith Campus Center – Led by Tanya Iatridis, Senior Director University Planning, Harvard University

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reunion Reception and Dinner
Piper Auditorium
Let’s turn the site of reviews and critiques into a room full of happy memories. Dean Mohsen Mostafavi will provide a short welcome and remarks to begin the social evening. Enjoy a lovely catered dinner, with tables for each class to enjoy the evening together.
From 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Class photos will be taken on Piper steps from

Sunday, October 2

Classes free to organize informally – No organized programming. Tour a classmates’ project, have brunch, do a classic Boston activity as a group.


Map of Cambridge area hotels.

The Harvard Visitor’s Travel Portal is available. Services include hotel booking at discounted Harvard rates, car rentals, and other ground transportation services, campus tour reservations, maps, and directions.

The Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
1.800.882.1818 / 617.864.1200

The Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden Street
1.866.500.0293 / 617.547.4800
For Harvard rate, use code “HVD.” Rate subject to availability.

The Harvard Square Hotel
110 Mt Auburn Street
1.800.458.5886 / 617.491.222

The Hotel Veritas
1 Remington Street
1.888.520.1050 / 617.520.5000

Irving House at Harvard
24 Irving Street
1.877.547.4600 / 617.547.4600

Harding House at Harvard
288 Harvard Street
1.877.489.2888 / 617.876.2888

Doubletree Suites Boston
400 Soldiers Field Road
1.800.874.0663 / 617.783.0090
Complimentary shuttle to Harvard Square available.

Le Meridien Hotel
20 Sidney Street
1.800.543.4300 / 617.577.0200

Mary Prentiss Inn
6 Prentiss Street

Courtyard by Marriott, Cambridge
777 Memorial Drive
1.888.236.2427 / 617.492.7777
$5.00 shuttle to Harvard University available.

Best Western Plus Hotel Tria
220 Alewife Brook Parkway
1.866.333.TRIA / 617.491.8000
Call for Harvard rate. Rate subject to availability.
Complimentary Shuttle to Harvard Square available from 7am-10am.

The Marriott Residence Inn Cambridge
120 Broadway, Six Cambridge Center
1.800.331.3131 / 617.577.254

Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel
50 Broadway
1.800.228.9290 / 617.494.6600


Map of Harvard Square area restaurants.


Alden & Harlow40 Brattle Street

Beat Brasserie13 Brattle Street

Grafton Street Pub & Grill1230 Massachusetts Avenue

Harvest44 Brattle Street [on the walkway]

Harvard Faculty Club20 Quincy Street

Henrietta’s Table in The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street

Park Restaurant & Bar59 JFK Street,

Temple Bar American Bistro1688 Massachusetts Avenue


Hong Kong Restaurant, Lounge, Night Club1238 Massachusetts Avenue

Wagamama – Cambridge Harvard Square, 57 JFK Street


Toscano – Harvard Square, 52 Brattle Street


Border Café – Cambridge, 32 Church Street


Legal Sea Foods – Charles Square, 20 University Road