CLASS OF 2017
Adria Boynton holds degrees in both Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Adria won the Maharam Fellowship for technology, engineering, and art, and used the award to research resilient design guidelines at the Massachusetts Port Authority. She was subsequently invited to the International Resilience Symposium at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Adria’s work was featured in a Manhattan exhibition that raised money for Japanese earthquake relief. She was a project manager for a resilient Design/Build that reclaimed an industrial waterfront site. Adria was also selected for RISD’s European Honors Program, where she developed a resilient urban design in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. She has served as a guest critic and interned at multiple design firms.
Adria’s research interests include making coastal areas and aging infrastructure more resilient to sea level rise, storms, and other extreme events.
Prior to joining GSD, Justin designed and facilitated collaborative processes to address complex and controversial social and political issues. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Justin worked with cities throughout Southeast Asia to build climate resilience and to look at the effects of large-scale transformative processes including urbanization and regional integration. Before that, Justin was a fellow at the Meridian Institute in Colorado where he facilitate the development of a community-based system for building resilience that was later piloted throughout the US. He also worked on issues including technology, security, forestry, water resources, agriculture, and energy. For his work developing new US Forest Service Planning Regulations, he was awarded the 2012 National Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Award. Justin has a degree in Biology, with Distinctions, from The Colorado College. He is a Henry Luce Scholar and a Boettcher Scholar, and he speaks English, Thai, and Spanish.
She’s a native Southerner, avid traveller, and wholehearted believer in the idea that who you’re designing for should be who you you’re designing with.
Prior to coming to the GSD, Carlyn was working at the strategic design consultancy ThinkPlace in Canberra, Australia. There, she worked with clients across Australia and Singapore to design innovative solutions to complex ‘human’ problems. Carlyn also assisted in the strategic planning of ThinkPlace’s international development arm.
Carlyn has extensive experience in ethnographic research, particularly in resource-poor contexts from East and West Africa to immigrant communities in Washington, D.C. and the lowest-income counties in the Southeastern US. She has conducted independent research on female entrepreneurship in Ghana with the University of Ghana, collaborative research on agricultural innovation in Kenya with the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute, and policy research on barriers to accessing microfinance in Kenya for the (former) Canadian International Development Agency. Much of Carlyn’s work focuses on the many forms of ‘value’ and ‘money’, and how credit-debt relationships can be a proxy for deeper social meaning (i.e. trust, social capital, resilience).
Carlyn holds a Master’s degree in anthropology from McGill University in Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in anthropology, international relations, and French from the University of Alabama.
She hopes to focus her thesis on the topic of impact measurement and evaluation design.
Genevieve Ennis Hume
Prior to studying at the GSD, Genevieve co-founded bespoke jewelry studio, Hume Atelier, bridging mining policy with ethical sourcing. She has worked extensively with artisanal miners, community leaders and international educators across South America and Africa, and has collaborated with organizations such as USAID, the UN, and the OECD. Her fieldwork has centered on land tenure, resource management and poverty reduction initiatives. She has facilitated traceable and transparent supply chains to develop peace-based economies with the aim of mitigating risk in post-conflict mining regions.
Since 2006, Genevieve has taught at the University of British Columbia. She has created and executed a program in Intercultural Communication in Development and Social Innovation at Kaospilot in Denmark, Colombia and South Africa. She has taught Ethical Sourcing in Design at the Pratt Institute as well as at the Rhode Island School of Design. Genevieve holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Interdisciplinary Health and Human Service, and a Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication.
Prior to his studies at Harvard GSD, Arthur led a disaster resiliency project through Architecture for Humanity that sought solutions to the Next Big One (a high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami event).
Arthur received his Bachelor of Environmental Design with Distinction and Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, and was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal upon graduation. His award-winning thesis investigated the use of “soft infrastructure” as a means to confront the issue of sea level rise. This project was presented at the AIBC & AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference.
His research at the GSD aims to develop long-term strategies for multi-hazard risks (such as the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis in Tohoku, Japan) that mitigate the augmented destructive effects and promote community permanence. With roots in the region, his investigations will look at the Pacific Northwest, while also considering other coastal communities along the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Andrea Margit is a communicator interested in imagining and planning the cities of tomorrow in a participatory fashion. She has 15 years of professional experience dedicated to rewire people’s intellect to their environments using cultural, educational and political resources. Prior to joining GSD, she was managing forest management educational programs in the Brazilian Amazon and working in the development of the Museum of Tomorrow, a centerpiece of the regeneration plan for the port district of Rio de Janeiro. She has also worked with Conservation International for seven years to strengthen knowledge management and participatory implementation of protected areas in the Tropics. In the Master in Design Studies she expects to focus her research in waterfront resilience in the face of climate change.
Ashley C. Thompson
Ashley’s research interests include dynamics of resources, power, and their interdisciplinary implications.
Ashley entered the United States Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and served as a Civil Engineer Officer. In 2014, she led a bilateral team of 40 engineers on a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief mission to the Philippines. Aimed at bolstering regional stability and building partner capacities, the team collaborated with the US State Department, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippines Department of Education to construct a two-room schoolhouse and execute critical infrastructure projects in support of 1,500 students. Dedicated to eliminating sexual assault from the military, she also served as an Alternate Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, responsible for victim advocacy and training of 12,000 active duty and civilian members. She is a nationally certified Sexual Assault Advocate and Crisis Responder.
Ashley graduated magna cum laude from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture. She has extensive personal and professional international experience to include working with Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, France.
CLASS OF 2016
Prior coming to MDes program, Farzaneh Eftekhari conducted research on health risk communication in vulnerable population in rural areas in Mexico and immigrant communities in Lisbon, Portugal. As a product designer, she identified a new platform for diabetes education and preventative program through object experience and brand design. Considering the climate change risk’s conflicts, she is interested to look at disaster prone dense neighborhoods in large cities and design an educational platform to improve resilience of the community toward natural disasters.
Prior to his studies at Harvard University GSD, he studied architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and he obtained a masters in Urban Design (MPUR) from the same university. His final thesis focused on a particular neighborhood in the Chilean city of Talca where he explored how the local universities could collaborate in the reconstruction and revitalization efforts after the 2010 earthquake, his work was selected as the best thesis of the program for the year 2012. Cristobal has collaborated with the urban development division of the Chilean Ministry of Housing, working with the team that worked on the design of a new capital for Palena after the eruption of Chaiten volcano, He has also collaborated with Talca’s municipal government after tthe 2010 earthquake and he has worked with the Chilean firms REC Arquitectos and LIKE Arquitectura. At the GSD, he has been focused in researching urban risk in Chilean intermediate cities and he is a research assistant at Harvard’s ZOFNASS Program for Sustainable Infrastructure.
A practicing architect for 20 years, Dave’s experience includes living systems (green roofs, vertical gardens), energy-efficiency, and building deconstruction and resource conservation advocacy with Urban Habitat Chicago and the Delta Institute. From 2010-2013, he worked with Architecture for Humanity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, UN-Habitat, and Internews to help manage the transition from emergency response to neighborhood redevelopment in Port-au-Prince. In 2014, he participated in Resilient Bridgeport with the WB unabridged w/ Yale ARCADIS Rebuild by Design team led by Waggonner & Ball Architects of New Orleans. In 2015, he contributed to the Harvard GSD student team’s finalist-winning entry for the Boston Living with Water competition. Dave is also a certified Passive House ™ consultant, a contributing author at UrbDeZine, and creator ofmessysystems.com. Prior to beginning the Mdes program, Dave established re:ground llc, a consultancy providing expertise for the integration of natural systems and built environments to clients in international development, urban, and post-disaster contexts. His research interests are risk transfer legacies and pathways to resilience through constructed/restored ecologies in post-colonial coastal contexts. Currently, he is investigating the impacts of technological and economic changes on the ecology of coastal development corridors in Cuba in the context of an evolving relationship with the United States. Email: email@example.com
Shanika Hettige is an American born Sri Lankan who was raised in the Philippines. Her primary interests lie in pre-emptive action for minimizing the impacts of coastal and flood-related hazards.Shanika received a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from the Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning. Her undergraduate honors thesis made the case that metropolitan coastal regions – Southern Manhattan in particular – should focus on the robustness of lifeline sectors such as transportation, information, waste services, electricity, gas, and water in order to reduce vulnerability. Currently, she hopes to develop an actionable transition approach to tackle the tangled issues of flood-risk vulnerability based fundamentally on risk communication, nature and natural based features, and urban acupuncture methods.
Seung Kyum Kim
Seung Kyum Kim, LEED AP, has had many years working experiences in the fields of landscape architecture, urban planning, and international cooperation in both private and public sectors in the United States and South Korea. His recent works on a large infrastructural project and international cooperation have expanded his interest of current challenges facing the practice of risk management interplaying between politics, resilience and infrastructure development. He was awarded the Presidential Citation for his outstanding riverfront development works from the President of the Republic of Korea.
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Evangeline McGlynn is a GIS and information management specialist seeking an Mdes in Risk and Resilience. Immediately prior to her enrolment in the Graduate School of Design, Evangeline worked as a regional GIS and IM specialist in the Middle East. Her main projects in that region included information services to the humanitarian community on the Syria refugee crisis as well as longer term assessments and capacity building in Yemen.
Evangeline holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Cartography/GIS as well as a certificate in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies, the latter of which she put to use when she lived in Kyrgyzstan for three years. She has also worked in the software industry as an interaction designer.
In the Mdes program, Evangeline’s research interests include finding ways to facilitate more inclusive disaster response, particularly in regions vulnerable to social conflict.
Oscar Natividad Puig
Oscar Natividad Puig is a licensed architect, graduate of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, and a Fulbright Fellow pursuing an MDes in Risk and Resilience at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During an exchange program at the Technische Universität Berlin (2009/2010), he worked on a reconstruction project in Chile. Through this initiative, he became co-founder and Director of Project Management of the organization Reclaiming Heritage e.V (RH), an association actively working in Chile and Haiti since 2010. Oscar worked for the Center of Public Policies in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2011 and developed Subsidized Social Housing projects for GWA Studio in Pretoria, South Africa in 2012. Shortly before beginning his MDes, Oscar led on-site logistics and community involvement management for the latest reconstruction project of RH in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti: Rebuild Haiti Homes. Oscar is interested in fostering the intersection in between design-based disciplines and social sciences. His research focuses on building a broader understanding of risk, developing a flexible framework for urban risk assessment, and testing it in the specific case of Haiti. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Ota is an Mdes candidate in the Risk and Resilience concentration and M.Arch II candidate at the GSD.