The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Loeb Fellowship has announced its Class of 2022. The ten individuals were selected from a group of 134 candidates, and work across fields including activism, urbanism, public art, film and media, technology, and real estate development. The 2021-2022 cycle, the 51st in the Loeb Fellowship’s history, will also see an inaugural collaborative fellowship between the Loeb Fellowship and the ArtLab at Harvard University.
The ten incoming 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
"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 Fellowship includes a one-year residency on the GSD’s campus, where Fellows engage in research, courses, and workshops on both the Harvard and MIT campuses, as well as participating in panels and conferences to further knowledge-sharing and expand their work through social engagement.
In addition to being selected as a Loeb Fellow, Jordan Weber has also been awarded the inaugural joint Loeb/ArtLab Fellowship, aiming to enrich the fellowship experience with studio space at the Harvard ArtLab. “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,” said ArtLab’s Director Bree Edwards.
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