SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of November 19

Crafting ‘ghosts’ from Iraq’s lost culture
The BBC follows artist and ACT alum Michael Rakowitz SM ’98 in Chicago, as he and his team create colorful likenesses of destroyed ancient Assyrian wall reliefs. In the studio

DCA ranked in ARCHITECT Mag's 2018 Top 50
Desai Chia Architecture, the firm of Architecture alumni Arjun Desai MArch ’92 and Katherine Chia MArch ’91, was ranked #19 in the nation in Design ARCHITECT Magazine's Top 50. Learn more.

Congress has no clue what Americans want
In an op-ed for the New York Times, Leah Stokes PhD '15 (DUSP), SM '15 (MIT Political Science) and colleagues discuss their forthcoming paper, “Legislative Staff and Representation in Congress” (American Political Science Association Review), which demonstrates that senior Congressional staff do not know what their constituents want across a range of issues, from climate change to the minimum wage and gun control.

He planned L.A.'s development. Now he builds it.
Prior to his current role as managing director of Cityview, Con Howe MCP '75 worked with Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, the New York City Department of City Planning, and the Los Angeles Planning Department. Read his profile in the Los Angeles Times.

DUSP alum named Interim Director of the DC Office of Planning
With nearly 15 years of public service in the District Columbia and federal government, including work at the DC Housing Authority and the US Department of Treasury, Andrew Trueblood MCP '09 has been appointed Interim Director of the DC Office of Planning. Learn more

BBC 100 Women 2018
Media Lab PhD candidate Joy Buolamwini SM ’17 (MAS) is named among 100 trailblazing women who are using passion, indignation and anger to spark real change in the world around them. BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year and shares their stories. BBC.

ACT alum focuses on community and strategy for Corocan
In his short tenure as the inaugural director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Sanjit Sethi SM ’02 has faced numerous challenges. Over the past three years, with limited funds and resources from GW, Corcoran has experienced disruptive construction to its flagship building, faculty contract issues and declining enrollment. But now Sethi said he’s focusing on outlining a strategic plan, collaborating with the D.C. community and hiring more faculty – plans he said will push the school in the right direction. The GW Hatchet.