Continuing a tradition dating back to the 1960s, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) named 10 inductees to the Loeb Fellowship.

During their 10-month residency, these mid-career professionals, selected for their activism and expertise, will have the opportunity to convene workshops, engage with faculty and staff, and serve as speakers and panelists to “strengthen their abilities to advance equity and resilience and to harness the power of collective action,” a GSD shared in a statement.

These forward-thinking professionals and advocates are reshaping public spaces and urban infrastructure, remedying health and environmental disparities, tackling housing demands, and safeguarding cultural, natural, and architectural legacies.

Joining an international network of 450 lifelong Loeb Fellows are:

Mariana Alegre

Lima, Peru

Founder and executive director of Sistema Urbano, Cómo Vamos, Ocupa Tu Calle, and NODAL, organizations addressing climate injustice, building community resilience, and exploring socio-ecological urbanism.

Pierre-Emmanuel Becherand


Head of design, culture, and urban planning for the Grand Paris Express since 2011.

Dr. Leanne Brady

Cape Town, South Africa

Health systems activist and filmmaker working as an embedded researcher in the Western Cape Department of Health Emergency Medical Services.

Shana M. griffin

New Orleans

Founder of PUNCTUATE, a feminist initiative integrating critical research methods with activism and socially engaged art, and co-founder of Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, the first community land trust in New Orleans. Griffin is also a Harvard University ArtLab fellow.

Nikishka Iyengar


CEO of The Guild, an organization developing community-owned real estate as a pathway to self-determination for marginalized communities.

Tawkiyah Jordan

New York

Vice president of Housing and Community Strategy for the Habitat for Humanity’s U.S. office.

Tosin Oshinowo

Lagos, Nigeria

Founder and principal of Oshinówò Studio, focusing on socially responsive architecture, design, and urbanism.

Sahar Qawasmi

Ramallah, Palestine

Co-founder of Sakiya–Art | Science | Agriculture, enabling artists, farmers, activists, and students to rethink political and social agency and the space of the commons.

Matt Smith

Santa Fe, N.M.

Co-founder and of Building Common Ground, which provides long-term support to rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.

Tunde Wey

Lagos, Nigeria / Detroit

Social practice artist exploring geographic and racial funding disparities, while seeking ways to resource capital-underserved regions and communities.

“Every year, Loeb Fellows bring an incomparable breadth and diversity of experience to the GSD,” says Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD. “They inspire us with their accomplishments, enrich conversation across our school, and challenge us to think critically about how designers can create a more just world. I could not be more excited to welcome the class of 2025 to campus next fall, and to see what they achieve during their year in residence with us.”