Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
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Established 1936
Type Private
Endowment US$314 Million
Dean Mohsen Mostafavi
Academic staff 138
Students 618
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Campus Urban
Website gsd.harvard.edu

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (also known as GSD) is a professional graduate school at Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It offers several masters degree programs, doctoral programs, several executive education programs and a career discovery program. The school also administers the Loeb Fellowship, many research initiatives and publishes the bi-annual Harvard Design Magazine and other design books and studio works. The degrees granted in the masters programs include the Master in Architecture (MArch), Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD), Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD), Master in Urban Planning (MUP), Master in Design Studies (MDes) in more than eight concentrations. The school offers a doctoral degree, Doctor of Design (DDes), and jointly administers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.1

The school's international faculty provide a broad range of design philosophies and visions. A leading industry survey has ranked the GSD's Department of Architecture number one in the United States for six consecutive years and the Department of Landscape Architecture number one for four consecutive years.2 The market value of the school's endowment for the fiscal year 2008 to 2009 was approximately $314 million.

The school's now defunct Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis (LCGSA) is widely recognized as the research/development environment from which the now-commercialized technology of geographic information systems emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s. More recent research initiatives include the Design Robotics Group, a unit that investigates new material systems and fabrication technologies in the context of architectural design and construction.


Classes exclusively devoted to architecture began at Harvard in 1893. In 1900, the nation's first professional course in landscape architecture is offered. The Faculty of Architecture is established in 1914. The major design professions were officially united in 1936 to form the Graduate School of Design. Walter Gropius joins the GSD faculty as chair of the Department of Architecture and brings modern designers, including Marcel Breuer to help revamp the curriculum. In 1960, Josep Lluis Sert establishes the nation's first Urban Design program. George Gund Hall, which is the present iconic home GSD, opened in 1972 and was designed by Australian architect and GSD graduate John Andrews. Current Dean Mohsen Mostafavi was appointed in 2008. 3

Executive Education

Executive Education operates within GSD providing continuing education classes, they are located at 7 Sumner Rd.4 Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMDP) is a six week executive development course. The program is open to established professionals with 15+ years of experience in real estate. Upon graduating from AMDP, participants are full-fledged Harvard University Alumni. As of 2013, AMDP is in its 13th year.5 The other large program organized by Executive Education is summer Open Enrollment. In 2013, Executive Education held 18 classes throughout the month of July. Each class lasts from 1 to 3 days and is eligible for continuing education credits through American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and/or American Planning Association. Open Enrollment classes are open to everyone, though basic knowledge of the subject is recommended.6

Design Research Labs

The GSD Design Labs synthesize theoretical and applied knowledge through research with the intent to enable design to be an agent of change in society. There are seven current labs: Design Robotics Group; Energy, Environments and Design; New Geographies Lab; Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab; Social Agency Lab; Urban Theory Lab; Geometry Lab.


GSD's campus is located northeast of Harvard Yard and across the street from Memorial Hall (Harvard University). Gund Hall is the main building, which has studio spaces and offices for approximately 500 students and more than 100 faculty and staff, lecture and seminar rooms, workshops and darkrooms, an audiovisual center, computer facilities, Chauhaus, the cafeteria, a project room, Piper Auditorium, and the Frances Loeb Library. The central studio space, also known as the Trays, extends through five levels under a stepped, clear-span roof. Gund Hall has a yard that comprises a basketball court and is often used for events, as an exhibition area for class projects, and as the setting for commencement ceremonies.

Other nearby buildings include space for the school's Design Research Labs, faculty offices, the Loeb Fellowship program office, and research space for students, including those in the MDes and DDes programs.

Distinguished alumni and faculty

Gund Hall during Graduation
Gund Hall, the home of the GSD.
Gund Hall


Current faculty

Notable former faculty

See also


  1. ^ "Doctoral Programs". Harvard Graduate School of Design. Harvard University. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]. gsd.harvard.edu. Retrieved on 2012-04-03.
  4. ^ "Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Advanced Management Development Program". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education Programs". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Judges 2009 Bjarke Ingels". World Architecture Festival. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 

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Coordinates: 42°22′33″N 71°06′50″W / 42.37583°N 71.11389°W / 42.37583; -71.11389

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