Deidre Schmidt (LF ’08) and her consulting practice One Roof Global was engaged by World Bank and the government of Indonesia to assist key ministries (Housing, Planning and Public works among them) to formulate a comprehensive and integrated housing policy framework. The framework will help Influence the newly elected presidential administration in meeting the needs of a rapidly urbanizing population.
Schmidt brought on another Loeb, Matt Nohn (LF ’14) to lead the incremental housing pillar of this work while she focuses on public and rental housing. The two have worked together both pre- and post-Fellowship, co-taught a class on lowest cost housing design and finance at the Harvard GSD and presented at the World Urban Forum last year.
Deidre Lal Schmidt (LF ’08) is poised to become the head in October of CommonBond Communities, one of the top 50 affordable housing developers in the nation. She will be the 3rd CEO in the organization’s 43 years.
Jennifer Siegal (LF '03) believes mobile homes get a bad rap, and she’s eager to show people a new experience: fresh, full-of-light, responsive buildings. She was on CBS News Sunday morning to talk about it with correspondent Mark Strassman, and her images support the case.
Watch the video story.
See more images at Office of Mobile Design.
Theaster Gates (LF ’11), whose elastic concept of art encompasses aesthetic rigor, political statement and community and economic development lever, will be giving two lectures at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on December 10 and 11. For the second talk he’ll be partnering with dance icon Bill T. Jones.
Learn more and order tickets–they’ll go fast.
Through tours, festivals, educational programs, concerts and other events Newark Riverfront Revival is building community involvement in shaping the Newark riverfront to reflect the city’s traditions and diversity. The organization is seeking a Newark resident who is an experienced community organizer and/or urban planner to be its new Program Director. Applications are due August 29. Learn more and apply.
Loeb alum Pilar Viladas has a new job as architecture and design editor of Town & Country. She’ll bring her “unique perspective, deep expertise and distinctive aesthetic” to a monthly column and feature stories. Read the announcement in New York Observer.
Deanna VanBuren’s (LF’13) restorative justice project, “Designing Justice Designing Spaces,” which she refined during her Loeb year, is gaining traction. The LA Times has taken notice. read more
With the support of a 2013 Alumni Council Grant, Ana María Durán Calisto (LF '11) called on a team of all-stars from among Loeb alums and GSD faculty for a complex project in Ecuador. read more
Just in time for the Loeb Fall Study Tour in New Orleans this October, the Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will be announcing the winning teams in the Future Ground competition to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans. Maurice Cox (LF ’02) is on the jury. read more