SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of September 23

Designing buildings to bring the outside in
Architecture alumna Maria (Kivisild) Ogrydzia BArch ’69 was the first woman, international student, and architecture student elected president of MIT’s Undergraduate Association. She’s continued to break through what she calls the “same old” throughout her career. Slice of MIT.

SA+P alumni featured in new video series: Around the world with MISTI
DUSP alum Erik-Logan Hughes MCP ’18, currently holding the role of technology development program manager at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, worked through MIT-Germany with think tank and public policy consultancy Adelphi on a green certification program that incentivizes EU companies to become more environmentally friendly. Learn more at Slice of MIT and see the full playlist.

Michael Rakowitz SM ’98 wins $100,000 Nasher Prize
Michael Rakowitz, the Chicago-based, Iraqi American artist known for producing powerful works that often address complicated histories and events, such as the death of Tamir Rice—the twelve-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer in 2014—and ISIS’s systematic campaign to destroy cultural heritage, has been named the winner of the $100,000 Nasher Prize by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. Artforum

What impact do we have on our environment?
Media Lab alumna Freedom Baird SM ’97 is profiled in WBUR’s The ARTery for an Arlington art installation that makes us think about our presence. Learn about the project, "Room to Grow" and Baird's experience as Arlington Public Art’s summer artist-in-residence. 

Business as usual isn’t enough for Harvard GSD’s new commander-in-chief
Architectural Digest profiles the GSD’s new dean, Architecture alumna Sarah Whiting PhD ’01 (HTC) during the first few weeks of the school term to hear how she plans to shape one of America’s most elite architecture programs. 

Lois A. Stanley named vice president for campus operations
DUSP alumna Lois A. Stanley PhD ’02 was appointed vice president of campus operations for Brandeis University. At Brandeis, she will focus on enhancing the safety, functionality, environmental sustainability, and accessibility of the campus for students, employees and surrounding community. Prior to her new appointment, Stanley served as the director of campus and capital renewal planning at Tufts, where she created multi-year programs for housing and for learning spaces, developed a sustainable strategy for long-term capital renewal, and was instrumental in in the development of Tufts’ first comprehensive five-year capital planning process. Brandeis Now.

Caitlin Berrigan: “Imaginary Explosions”
ACT alumna Caitlin Berrigan SMVisS ’09 has her first solo exhibition in New York now through November 14, 2019. In our urgent era of climate crisis, her work investigates how deep time and interspecies communication might assist us in radical planetary transformation. Learn more

Aldo Tambellini: “The Black TV Project Installation”
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of former CAVS fellow Aldo Tambellini’s legendary creation of Black TV, the Italian-American multimedia pioneer artist presents the premiere of a new site-specific installation, realized by editing and combining hundreds of hours of filmed television news programs with his personal experimental mixed-media works. Learn more.

Alia Farid: “In Lieu of What Was”
ACT alumna Alia Farid SMVisS ’08, a Kuwaiti-Puerto Rican artist, presents In Lieu of What Was, an exhibition showcased in Portikus Frankfurt. Farid’s artistic practice is characterized by an interest in political, cultural and economic phenomena as well as their influences on the environment. Learn more.