The 46th Loeb Fellowship year was marked by important milestones, not least of which was a changing of the guard. In 2015, the Loeb Fellowship welcomed John Peterson, LF ’06, as its new curator. Peterson, the founder of Public Architecture, has played a significant role in defining the concept of “public interest design” and integrating philanthropy with social innovation and design. He introduced his vision of equity, sustainability, and social justice at the Loeb Fellowship 45th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion in Boston last October, attended by over 190 Loeb alumni. Keynotes by Swoon and Michael Kimmelman drew overflow audiences.
It was also a stellar year for learning and achievements by the 2015-16 Loebs. Highlights include:
Traveling In February with Diane Davis and Jose Castillo’s Merida, Yucatan: the Urban and the Territorial studio, for which the Loebs mentored students and participated as critics in midterm and final reviews.
Serving as panelists and presenters for the Black in Design conference, along with numerous Loeb alumni.
Planning and participating in the ACT! People Design Politics, Politics Design People Symposium, a 3 day event that included a student charrette as well as residencies and presentations by civic leaders from Medellin, Tijuana, and Rio.
Conceiving and presenting 3 Learning from Practice seminars in collaboration with Diane Davis and the Urban Planning Department, in which Loebs shared insights and challenges from their respective fields.
Serving as valuable resources for students in the Risk and Resilience Concentration, including a Loeb-designed fieldwork program with funding from the GSD and the Asia Center, which enabled 6 students to examine post disaster recovery and reconstruction work in Nepal and Kenya.
In all, the Loebs mentored 150 students, launched 10 initiatives, and gave 50 presentations.
Above is a video that class historian Arif Khan created and showed at the Alumni Council meeting in May, which captures the focused, fruitful, and antic nature of the year.