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.
Erin Ota is an Mdes candidate in the Risk and Resilience concentration and M.Arch II candidate at the GSD.
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.