Design Discovery Studios are taught by graduating or advanced GSD students who have a concentration in the field they are teaching. Studios have a maximum of ten students per instructor. Each discipline is coordinated by a current GSD faculty teaching in that concentration.
Jenny FrenchCoordinating Faculty, Architecture
Jenny French is a Design Critic in Department of Architecture teaching in the core studio sequence, and a founding partner of the Boston-based studio, French 2D. French 2D’s work explores a wide disciplinary range – from new models of urban living, including micro-housing and co-housing, to installations intersecting art, identity, and information. French 2D’s work has been published in Arch Daily, Architectural Record, and exhibited at MoMA, the BSA, and the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. She received a BA in art history and studio art from Dartmouth College and a MArch from the GSD. She is a recipient of the GSD’s Julia A. Appleton Traveling Fellowship and has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Danielle ChoiCoordinating Faculty, Landscape Architecture
Danielle Choi is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She teaches in the Masters of Landscape Architecture core studio sequence and leads design research seminars.
Choi’s research concerns the role of landscape architecture in the political ecology of the built environment. At the turn of the 20th century, large-scale infrastructure and public parks in American cities co-authored multiple narratives of environmental control, crisis management, and regional boundaries. Currently, her research on these issues concerns civil waterworks, aquatic ecology, and the public realm in Chicago, and the politics of landscape preservation in these living environments.
Choi is a licensed landscape architect in New York State and founder of LILAC. She was the 2016-2017 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the GSD. Prior to joining the GSD, she taught studio in urban design at Columbia University GSAPP and was a senior associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York City, where she led strategy and design of complex urban landscapes and managed large multi-disciplinary teams. Choi also worked as a designer at Topotek in Berlin and SCAPE in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the GSD, where she received the Jacob Weidenmann graduation award for excellence in design.
Stephen GrayCoordinating Faculty, Urban Planning & Design
Stephen Gray is Assistant Professor of Urban Design with experience working in complex urban environments with municipal agencies, colleges and universities, private developers, non-profits, and the public. His interests center on the intersection of design and engagement as tools for empowerment as well as drivers for the production of progressive urbanism, and his research focuses on (1) humanist approaches to urban design at the intersection of politics, power, race, and place; (2) socioecological urban design approaches to urban resilience; (3) urban peacescapes that integrate peacebuilding, development, and urban design; and (4) implementation strategies for urban design projects across social, political, spatial, temporal, and geographic scales. Current projects include the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative where his team is revisiting well-known places in Boston through graphic collage and digital animation of archival sources to highlight the collision of racially biased policies and civil disobedience; and the design and implementation of child-focused public space facilities to improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.
Jeffrey KlugFaculty Director, Design Discovery Program
Jeffrey Klug is the co-founder of the firm BUTZ + KLUG Architecture, a Boston-based architecture firm. He received his Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from Auburn University, studied Architecture at the University of Virginia, and received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He also studied Urban Design at Cornell University. He is the author of several articles published in Zone, the Cornell Journal of Architecture, and the AIA New York magazine. His firm’s work has been the recipient of several international awards for furniture design as well as architectural design and has been published in Design Bureau Magazine, Dwell, Design New England, the Boston Globe, and Boston Home Magazine. He has taught architectural design at Yale, MIT, and the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.
Design Discovery invites exceptional professionals and academics to give lectures and join career panel discussions on design, history, theory, office practice, and other aspects of each profession. Speakers are often available for informal conversations afterward.
Past speakers have included:
- Alex Anmahian, Principal of Anmahian Winton Architects
- Maurice Cox, director of planning and development for the city of Detroit
- Gary Hilderbrand; partner at Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture
- D’Wayne Edwards, footwear designer and founder Pensole Footwear Design Academy
- Seth Gordon, Film Director and Producer
- Alex Krieger, professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Christian Long: Design Share
- Kathryn Madden, Critic in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Principal of Madden Planning Group
- Thomas Lyons Mills, Professor of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design
- David Saladik: MASS Design Group
- Kirk A. Sykes, Senior Vice President and President of Urban Strategy America Fund
- Maryann Thompson, Adjunct Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Founder of Maryann Thompson Architects
- Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Panel discussions have included:
Design and Planning Practices, Career Options, Career Change, and Preparing a Portfolio.