PERSONAL

Harvard GSD

This summer I had the opportunity to attend Harvard's summer design program, which is better known as Career Discovery. The opportunity came at the end of my senior year at UCO. The summer program is a great opportunity to find out more about their graduate program and see what architecture / landscape architecture / city planning / urban design is all about. I found the program to be very engaging and it has been a huge influence on my application process to graduate schools in the fall. During the program we completed three different projects. Which you can find here. One, Two, Three. 

 

I really thought everything about the experience was interesting and important to document. Below is my perception of the GSD, including the building and work spaces. 

Here is the GSD's website for more info on programs and etc. 

The Facade of the GSD is nice mix of concrete and glass. From the front the building gives a somewhat cold and intimidating impression. The building sits close to the street, this allows for a larger courtyard in the back portion of the building. 

The Facade of the GSD is nice mix of concrete and glass. From the front the building gives a somewhat cold and intimidating impression. The building sits close to the street, this allows for a larger courtyard in the back portion of the building. 

Yet the back of the building is mostly glass and gives ample light for working on projects. 

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Inside the building, many great elements or moments are used to highlight the concept and space of the building. This gives the building many dynamic public/private spaces or transitions. 

Inside the building, many great elements or moments are used to highlight the concept and space of the building. This gives the building many dynamic public/private spaces or transitions. 

Ample lecture space. 

Ample lecture space. 

Very minimalistic interior and well directed spaces.

Very minimalistic interior and well directed spaces.

The building is impressive. Its a great space, which is clerkly utilized by a tray spacial system. It gives a very free and open feeling, which is perfect for a creative environment. 

The building is impressive. Its a great space, which is clerkly utilized by a tray spacial system. It gives a very free and open feeling, which is perfect for a creative environment. 

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Lovely visual cross directionality that is built into the space. 

Lovely visual cross directionality that is built into the space. 

Personally, I think this space gives a student a nice amount of work space and the space is not crammed with too many desks. 

Personally, I think this space gives a student a nice amount of work space and the space is not crammed with too many desks. 

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The top terrace has a nice (but small) view towards downtown Boston and makes for a nice place to get away in between projects or lectures. 

The top terrace has a nice (but small) view towards downtown Boston and makes for a nice place to get away in between projects or lectures.