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.

Upcoming event

Dean Sarah M. Whiting invites Nicolai Ouroussoff, Florencia Rodriguez (LF ’14), and Thomas Weaver into a conversation about the power and importance of the written word within the design fields. Words Build Worlds March 10.


2020: Florencia Rodriguez (LF ’14), Nicolai Ouroussoff, and Thomas Weaver

Florencia Rodriguez is the founder of PLOT magazine and an architect, convener, curator, writer, and editor. Her current project with Pablo Gerson is the editorial platform Lots of architecture –publishers and the publication NESS. On Architecture, Life and Urban Culture. She was a Loeb Fellow in the class of 2014.

Nicolai Ouroussoff is a writer and architecture critic currently completing a book on architecture, culture and politics from the First World War to today. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his work for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Thomas Weaver is an architectural writer, teacher and editor for art and architecture at MIT Press. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, TU Delft.

2018: Kenneth Frampton, architecture historian, and Silvia Kolbowski, artist

Kenneth Brian Frampton is an architect, critic, historian, and architecture professor at Columbia University. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading architecture historians of modernist architecture.

Silvia Kolbowski’s focusses on cultural and political issues through video, installations, and photography, using historical figures and events to analyze power imbalances.

2017: Bruno LaTour, philosopher

Bruno Latour is a philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist known especially for his innovative and iconoclastic work in the field of science and technology studies. He has taught at the École des Mines de Paris, Sciences Po Paris, and the London School of Economics.

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.