Loebs Schmidt and Nohn Influence Housing Policy in Indonesia

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.

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Deidre Schmidt to Lead CommonBond

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.

Deidre Lal Schmidt read more

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Jennifer Siegal: Pre(tty) Fab

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.

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Theaster Gates at the MFA 12/10, 11

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.

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Newark Riverfront Revival Seeks Program Director

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.

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Loeb and GSD Alums in Public Interest Design

Among the “9 Women Who Are Rocking Public Interest Design” listed in Architizer last week are a Loeb alum and 3 GSD alums. Deanna VanBuren (LF ’13), Liz Ogbu (MArch ‘04), Marika Shioiri-Clark (MArch ’11) and Chelina Odbert (MUP ’07)  are in practice, in academia and even in prisons–building, convening, researching and listening to the needs of communities to tackle social problems on every continent. Read more about them.

Photo courtesy of Lee Romney, LA Times.

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Pilar Viladas at Town & Country

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.

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Deanna VanBuren in the LA Times

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

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Loeb Team and Colleagues Take on Planning Challenge in Ecuador

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

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Future Ground Competition for NOLA–apply by Sept. 29

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

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