PROMOTING DESIGN AS A DRIVER FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE
The Harvard Alumni Architectural and Urban Society (HAAUS) is a shared interest group for the extended Harvard community. Our mission is to promote design as a driver for positive social change, environmental sustainability and economic growth by providing a platform for discourse and lifelong learning for members of the Harvard community engaged in shaping the future of the built environment.
HAAUS provides a platform for the architectural, real estate and planning communities to connect, bringing together industry leaders, emerging professionals and students. We are committed to fostering collaboration, sharing knowledge, and building professional relationships.
HAAUS organizes panels discussions, organizes lectures, offers architectural tours, and hosts networking events for alumni, students,faculty and their friends from all Harvard schools.
Benjamin Fortunato AIA, LEED BD & C President (GSD MArch II '08)
Ben Fortunato is an architect at Gachot Studios with over 10 years of experience in the design and development of luxury residential, retail and hospitality projects. He has worked as a design and marketing consultant for Compass Real Estate in the New Development department where he specialized in marketing and design. Previously he was a Project Manager at SHoP architects. Ben is a founding member of Domaine Public, a boutique architecture and development firm specializing in residential project within the Middle East and Americas. He was an editor of the Function of Form a book published by Actar in 2009. Ben received his Master's in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the Pratt Institute.
Greg Haley AIA, AICP, LEED AP Director of Recruitment and Membership (GSD MAUD I '98)
Gregory Haley is a New York based Architect and Urban Designer with over 20 years of experience working on a broad range of residential, institutional, transportation, and urban design projects. He is an Associate with Grimshaw Architects where he played a key role in the development of the Fulton Transit Center in Lower Manhattan, and is currently leading the design of light rail tram stops for the Qatar Education City in Doha, Qatar. Gregory has taught architectural design at NYIT, NJIT, and the Boston Architectural Center, and is frequently a guest critic at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pratt Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design.
Nancy Hou Creative Director (GSD MArch II '08)
Nancy is a co-founder and Principal of Hou de Sousa, a New York based architecture and design studio with a broad spectrum of projects that includes commercial, cultural and residential spaces, as well as art installations. Recent honors include Hou de Sousa's winning entry for the Architectural League of New York's 2016 Folly/Function competition to design and build an educational space at Socrates Sculpture Park. That same year, the office also won the Re-ball! International Design Competition, which called for a temporary installation within Dupont Underground in Washington DC. In 2017, Hou de Sousa was awarded Second Prize for their first large-scale design proposal; the Museum of World Writing in Songdo, South Korea. The office has also been featured as a "Firm to Watch" in Architectural Record and been published domestically and internationally in media outlets such as Architectural Review, Domus, Dwell, Dezeen, Interior Design, NBC, PBS, and the Washington Post. Nancy is currently a visiting professor at Parsons School of Design. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
Andre Kikoski (GSD March '95)
Andre Kikoski Architect is an award-winning Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, acclaimed for engaging innovation and artistry in work that elevates and expands our ideas of the built environment. Named one of the “Top 20 Biggest Power Players in New York City Real Estate” by the New York Post and one of the “Top 40 Firms in Residential Design” by Interior Design Magazine, Andre Kikoski Architect has proudly worked with such renowned brands as The Guggenheim Museum, The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Kohler Companies, Ligne Roset, The Related Companies at Hudson Yards, Saks Fifth Avenue, Swarovski Crystal, and Westfield at the World Trade Center.
Neelima Panoli (MAUD ’12)
Neelima Panoli is a Project Manager in Development Services at Denham Wolf, a real estate firm serving the non-profit community. She previously held positions at a consulting firm, and with non-profit research organizations in New York, focusing on real estate finance, development planning and housing policy. Neelima received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Architecture from University of Mumbai.
Olga Abinader (GSD MUP '08)
Olga Abinader is an environmental planning professional with extensive planning consulting and technical review experience in the public and private sectors. Olga is the Deputy Director of the Environmental Assessment and Review Division at the New York City Department of City Planning. Olga received her Master in Urban Planning degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2008 and her Bachelor of Art from Brown University in 2005.
Ivan Shumkov HAUSA Founder (GSD MArch II '08)
Dr. Ivan Shumkov, the HAUSA founder, is a New York based architect, professor, and scholar. He graduated with masters degrees from Harvard GSD, ETSA Barcelona, and University of Florence. He completed his PhD on Le Corbusier at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, as a fellow of the Fulbright Commission, the Fondation Le Corbusier, and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University GSAPP. He has worked in Spain and Italy. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and has previously taught at Harvard GSD, Parsons, International University of Catalonia, and ETSA Barcelona and lectured in Europe and the USA. Dr. Shumkov is president of the Harvard Architectural and Urban Society Alumni and a practicing architect in New York and Barcelona.