Design Discovery sections are taught by graduating or advanced GSD students who have a concentration in the field they are teaching. Sections have a maximum of ten students per instructor. Each section is coordinated by current GSD faculty.
Jenny FrenchCoordinating Faculty, Architecture
Jenny French is an Assistant Professor in Practice at the Harvard GSD and a co-founder with Anda French of French 2D, an award-winning practice deeply engaged with local issues of collectivity, housing, public space, history, and identity. The firm’s interest in hybrid models between practice and academia has been the catalyst for practice-based research and advocacy. French 2D’s work on mixed-use projects combines ideas of collectivity with more radical organizations and typologies. The firm completed the first all compact unit building in Boston, which provided 180 units and commercial space woven into the Boston University neighborhood. Their work in collaborative and participant led design, not only won a Progressive Architecture Award in 2020, but simultaneously created a transformational zoning ordinance in a major city in Greater Boston. The firm has extensive experience with meaningful community engagement and focuses projects at multiple scales on novel forms of civic participation. These projects include custom environments for participatory events and dinners, urban-scale graphics, experimental facades, and spaces for collective living. French 2D was named as an Architectural Record Design Vanguard winner (2019) and received a 2020 P/A Award from Architect Magazine for Bay State Commons Cohousing. The firm has been featured in numerous publications, including Domus, Metropolis, and The Architect’s Newspaper, and as Architect Magazine’s Next Progressives. The firm was a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist, and has exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Montserrat Bonvehi RosichCoordinating Faculty, Landscape Architecture
Montserrat Bonvehi Rosich is a Lecturer of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design. She teaches in the Master of Landscape Architecture core studio sequence, the Ecology, Technology and Techniques sequence as well as design research seminars. Her research currently focuses on the relation between landscape ecology and the culture of food production in Northern Spain and Southern France.
Montserrat is a licensed Spanish Architect, Urban designer, and founder of TBR Architects, an award winning office focusing on the challenges and opportunities of designing public space. She was the 2017-2018 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the GSD. Prior to joining the GSD, she was faculty at the University of Virginia where she taught urban design, core sequence, and research studios as well as research seminars in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She holds a Master in Architecture from the Barcelona Architecture School at Polytechnic University of Catalonia where she also taught in the urban design department.
Stephen GrayCoordinating Faculty, Urban Planning & Design
Stephen Gray is Associate 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.
Megan PanzanoSenior Director, Early Design Education
Megan Panzano is Senior Director of Early Design Education and Lecturer in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) where she directs the Harvard Design Discovery and Harvard Undergraduate Architecture Studies programs. Panzano has been teaching concurrent with practice since 2010, most recently in courses on optics in relation to space, visual representation, and core design studios in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The design research and built work of her independent practice, studioPM, addresses architectures across a range of scales that are progressive through their interplay of images, objects, and space in the production of more inclusive, open-ended forms of subjectivity. Her work has been honored, published, and exhibited in a variety of contexts, both domestic and international.
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.