Nepal Fieldwork by Justin Henceroth MDes RR 2017, Oscar Natividad Puig MDes RR 2016, Omar De La Riva MUP 2017, Illika Sahu MUP 2017, Ashley Thompson MDes RR 2017, Jeronimo Van Schendel MArch II 2016

Somalia Fieldwork by Carlyn James MDes RR 2017



January 2016, an interdisciplinary design research team from the Graduate School of Design conducted fieldwork in Nepal to identify opportunities for innovative approaches in post-earthquake recovery and response. Hosted by World Vision Nepal Earthquake Response in Kathmandu, the team investigated innovation strategies for local partner engagement, gender inclusion, shelter and reconstruction, and geospatial mapping.

Concurrently in Nairobi, James worked with actors in refugee resettlement conducting ethnographic research in shelter reconstruction for high-risk, post-conflict areas to include an impact evaluation of a permanent shelter project in Puntland, Somalia.

Monday April 4, 2016
6:30PM – 8:00PM

CGIS South S050
1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA



A multimedia exhibition speculating on the experience of field-based design research in Nepal & Somalia. Featured work includes research, drawings and sketches, geospatial and conceptual cartography, and photography in order to speculate on risk and resilience, disaster assessment, disaster response, recovery, and rehabilitation as grounded in the contemporary urban condition.

Friday April 1, 2016 – Friday April 15, 2016

Asia Center CGIS South Concourse
1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA



With support from World Vision Nepal Earthquake Response, Harvard Asia Center, Harvard Center for African Studies, Heffernan International Travel Award, Harvard Graduate School of Design Master in Design Studies Risk and Resilience Program, &  Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship.

Image Credit: Ashley Thompson