The Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design announces Class of 2022

Harvard GSD’s incoming Loeb Fellowship Class of 2022. Clockwise from top left: Andrea Bolnick, Jordan Weber, Will Hunter, Monica Rhodes, Michael Uwemedimo, Veyom Bahl, Karen Dawn Blondel, Mpho Matsipa, Stephanie Hankey, and Moddie Turay

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Harvard Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) Loeb Fellowship is pleased to announce its Class of 2022, a cohort of 10 innovators who work across fields that engage with the built environment and social outcomes. In addition to marking the program’s 51st class of fellows, the Loeb Fellowship’s 2021-2022 cycle will inaugurate a collaborative fellowship between the Loeb Fellowship and the ArtLab at Harvard University.

Each year, Harvard GSD’s Loeb Fellowship welcomes a cohort of exceptional mid-career practitioners for a one-year residency on the GSD’s campus, where fellows engage in research, audit courses, convene workshops and attend and participate on panels and at conferences to further knowledge-sharing and expanding their work through social engagement.

“The Class of 2022 exemplifies our commitment to some of the most urgent social issues of both the current moment and our collective history, among them racial justice, environmental and spatial equity, the societal impacts of technology, inclusive cultural preservation, and activism,” said Loeb Fellowship Curator John Peterson. “In addition to their year of independent study, we look forward to amplifying the voices and issues that this cohort of Loeb Fellows brings to Harvard and the GSD community, through our events and public programming as well as active engagement with students and faculty.”

The incoming cohort of Loeb Fellows are:

Veyom Bahl
New York, NY; managing director, Robin Hood Foundation

Karen Dawn Blondel
New York, NY; founder, Public Housing Civic Association

Andrea Bolnick
Cape Town, South Africa; managing director, Ikhayalami

Stephanie Hankey
Berlin, Germany; executive director, Tactical Tech

Will Hunter
London, United Kingdom; founder, The London School of Architecture

Mpho Matsipa
Johannesburg, South Africa; founder and chief curator, African Mobilities and Chancellor’s Fellow (FALF), University of the Witwatersrand

Monica Rhodes
Baltimore, MD; director of resource management, National Park Foundation and Director of Partnerships, Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Moddie Turay
Detroit, MI; founder and CEO, City Growth Partners

Michael Uwemedimo
Port Harcourt, Nigeria; co-founder and director, Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London

Jordan Weber
Des Moines, IA; regenerative land sculptor and environmental activist, Walker Art Center and Pulitzer Arts, Foundation Public Projects AIR

In addition to being selected as one of this year’s fellows, Weber has been awarded the inaugural joint Loeb/ArtLab Fellowship.

“As the ArtLab continues to expand and deepen its creative mission, we are excited to collaborate with the GSD on Loeb/ArtLab Fellowship, and we are especially proud to select Jordan Weber for this inaugural cycle,” says ArtLab’s director Bree Edwards. “The Loeb Fellowship’s commitment to interdisciplinary research and experimentation, and to improving social outcomes, intersects harmoniously with the ArtLab’s vision and mission, and we look forward to the important work and conversations that we hope this collaborative fellowship will inspire. Jordan brings a remarkable artistic vision and a commitment to exploring place, race, and power, and we are honored to collaborate on and share some of his projects in the coming months.”