Senior Loeb
Scholars Program

The Senior Loeb Scholars program invites prominent individuals whose expertise is outside the normal disciplines of the GSD or whose practice displays a unique focus, for a short term residency at the school.

The central event is a major lecture, however the Scholars also connect with students across disciplines and current Loebs through more intimate seminars and conversations.


Fall 2016: Richard Rogers, architect, and Ruth Rogers, chef

In a career spanning more than 50 years, architect Richard Rogers has designed iconic buildings around the world and advised national and city leaders about the revival of urban areas.

Beginning in 1987, Ruth Rogers introduced London to sublime authentically prepared, regional and seasonal Italian food in her Michelin-starred River Café.


Spring 2016: David Harvey, anthropologist and geographer

David Harvey, professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center, CUNY, has brought the teachings of Karl Marx together with geography to demonstrate how the distribution and organization of territory operatesin capitalist economies.


2015: Michael Craig-Martin, artist and teacher

Michael Craig-Martin is a key figure of the first generation of British conceptual artists of the 1960s and a powerful influence on the generation known as Young British Artists.


2014: Katherine Boo, author, and Sunil Khilnani, scholar of Indian history and politics

Katherine Boo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American investigative journalist who has documented the lives of people in poverty. She is the author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
Sunil Khilnani is director of the India Institute at King’s College, London, and the author of The Idea of India.


2013: Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architects

Acclaimed for their insightful architectural work, the husband and wife team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has designed museums, scientific laboratories, libraries, recreation centers, and performing arts centers, and received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects.


2012: Richard Sennett, urban sociologist

As professor of the humanities at New York University and professor of sociology at the London School of Economics, Richard Sennett has studied social ties in cities and the effects of urban living on individuals in the modern world.


2011: Arjun Appadurai, social anthropologist

Arjun Appadurai, professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University, is recognized as a major theorist in globalization studies and modern nation states and the author of a view of cultural activity known as the social imaginary.


2010: Ulrich Beck, sociologist

Until his death in 2015, Ulrich Beck was one of the most cited social scientists in the world, whose work focused on questions of uncontrollability, ignorance, and uncertainty in the modern age.