The Harvard Graduate School of Design has revealed the incoming class of its 2023 Loeb Fellowship, naming "a group of nine innovators who work across activism, horticulture,real estate development, technology, architecture, visual arts,a nd other fields that engage with the built environment and social outcomes," according to a GSD press release. This year's cohort, the GSD's 52nd class of fellows, will continue its collaboration with Harvard's arts and interdisciplinary research hub ArtLab, a partnership that launched in 2021.
In keeping with Loeb tradition, the 2022-2023 class of fellows will participate in a one-year residency at the GSD, conducting research and attending workshops aimed at expanding their work. This year, the fellows were selected from a pool of 131 candidates; they will join an international community of more than 450 Loeb fellows including designer and activist Deanna Van Buren, artist Theaster Gates, and the late architect Philip Freelon.
“Activism is in Loeb Fellows’ DNA. The 2023 fellows have been addressing social migration and housing, gender and resource equity, and environmental justice, along with a host of other societal challenges that manifest in the built and natural environment,” Loeb Fellowship curator John Peterson said in the press release. “Their intelligence, creativity, and commitment further the fellowship’s legacy of social engagement through practice.”
The 2023 Loeb Fellows
Founder, Ocupa Tu Calle and Sistema Urbano
Dario Calmese (2023 Loeb/ArtLab Fellow)
Artist and Founder, The Institute of Black Imagination
Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture; Founder, Climate Positive Design
Claudia Dobles Camargo
San José, Costa Rica
First Lady of the Republic of Costa Rica 2018-2022
Coordinator at the Centers Against Gender Violence and Community Infrastructure program; National Ministry of Infrastructure
Co-Founder and Chairman, GerHub
Former Senior Library Manager, Memphis Public Libraries
Director of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Co-Founder and Partner, Maslow Development Inc.