Josep Lluís Sert Council

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The Josep Lluís Sert Council is a community of annual leadership donors who are committed to supporting the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, its students, and the future of design education. Sert Council members play an integral role in helping to advance the GSD’s preeminent status and provide essential funding to support our students, faculty, and degree programs.


Members are committed to supporting the GSD through annual leadership gifts. 

Donors who support the Harvard Graduate School of Design with annual leadership gifts are recognized through the Josep Lluís Sert Council. There are the three different levels of giving:

  • Associate (annual contributors of $1,000 to $4,999 and adjusted levels for recent graduates)
  • Partner (annual contributors of $5,000-$9,999)
  • Principal (annual contributors of $10,000 or $24,999)
  • Dean’s Circle (annual contributors of $25,000 or more)

Develop a stronger relationship with the GSD.

In recognition of their annual leadership support, members are invited to attend exclusive events, receive publications and communications, participate in special opportunities and are acknowledged in the annual Giving report.

Sert Council Associate:

Sert Council Partner:

  • All of the above, plus
  • Receive complimentary GSD publications.
  • Invited to participate in additional event opportunities.

Sert Council Principal:

  • All of the above, plus
  • Receive a unique gift.

Dean’s Circle:

  • All of the above, plus additional special opportunities.

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Sert Council members provide the GSD with immediate-use support. 

Members of the Josep Lluís Sert Council provide the School with immediate-use support, enabling the School to attract the most ambitious and talented design students while developing an environment where faculty bring innovation to their teaching and research.

Annual Giving opportunities include:

  • GSD Fund for Financial Aid
  • A Degree Program Fund (MArch, MLA, MAUD, MDes, MUP)
  • Dean’s Innovation Fund
  • Dean’s Fund for Real Estate
  • The Frances Loeb Library

There are additional opportunities for supporting the GSD and joining the Sert Council. To learn more, please contact Courtney Ward, Associate Director of Leadership Gifts: cward@gsd.harvard.edu.


Join fellow Sert Council members at events throughout the year.

Members of the Josep Lluís Sert Council are invited to a series of exclusive events throughout the year that provide opportunities to tour the latest projects and sites, as well as participate in thought-provoking industry conversation. For upcoming Sert Council events, click here.

Past events include:

    • reception and conversation on how the GSD is engaging in research and discourse with the City of Los Angeles.
    • An exhibition tour and reception at Friedman Benda: curators shared the inspiration behind their exhibitions.
    • tour and luncheon at 30 Dalton Street in Boston with collaborating architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Cambridge Seven Associates.
    • panel discussion entitled “Diversity in Design” at Perkins + Will Boston office.
    • An exclusive tour of Blarke Ingels Group’s newly completed Via 57 West.
    • presentation and tour of the recently expanded SFMOMA by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher MDes ’04, the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design.
    • discussion about the influence of media on the field of architecture and design at Architizer.

About Josep Lluís Sert

136315Josep Lluís Sert, Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, was a globally recognized architect and visionary leader whose unique perspective on cross-disciplinary training has become a hallmark of the School. Under his tenure, the GSD initiated the world’s first urban design degree, which continues to define the field on a global scale. The School is committed to building on Sert’s legacy by addressing complex issues around the world. The Josep Lluís Sert Council is an important component in fulfilling this ambitious goal.