Will and Nan Clarkson Visiting Chair

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Will and Nan Clarkson

For over 20 years, Will and Nan Clarkson have generously supported the Clarkson Chair program, which invites distinguished scholars and professionals to campus for lectures and seminars that engage students, faculty, practitioners and members of the public in knowledge-sharing, scholarship and debate on critical issues in architecture, planning and design. 

The Clarkson Visiting Chair is an endowed visiting position awarded semiannually to a distinguished scholar or professional in the disciplines of architecture, planning and design. This award is in recognition of excellence in the pursuit of scholarship and professional application within these disciplines.

Clarkson Chair in Planning (spring 2018)

Ann Forsyth

Ann Forsyth

We are pleased to welcome Ann Forsyth as the 2018 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. Trained as an architect and planner, Ann Forsyth explores the social aspects of physical planning and urban development and has analyzed the success of planned alternatives to sprawl. In particular, her work addresses the tensions between social and ecological values in urban design.

Trained in planning and architecture, Ann Forsyth works mainly on the social aspects of physical planning and urban development. The big issue behind her research and practice is how to make more sustainable and healthy cities. Forsyth's contributions have been to analyze the success of planned alternatives to sprawl, particularly exploring the tensions between social and ecological values in urban design.

Forsyth is also a reflective practitioner/theorist and has created several new ways of understanding social and intellectual diversity in planning and design. Her education includes a B.Sc. in architecture from the University of Sydney, M.A. in urban planning from UCLA, and Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell.

At Harvard Forsyth is  a Senior Faculty Fellow at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, an affiliated Faculty Member, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, a Faculty Associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Clarkson Chair in Architecture (spring 2018)

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

The School of Architecture and Planning's 2018 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Architecture, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto is a professor at Columbia University's GSAPP. Tsukamoto is a graduate of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he later taught in the architecture department.

Tsukamoto specializes in 'architectural behaviorology' a science that focuses on human behavior both inside and outside buildings, and the behavior of buildings in their surroundings and environmental elements. His research aims to synthesize all these behaviors and foster organic architecture.

Tsukamoto co-founded Tokyo-based atelier bow-wow together with partner Momoyo Kaijima. The firm has built over 25 houses, public museums, and commercial buildings. While a majority of this work can be found in Tokyo, other projects are in Denmark, France and the United States. The firm's research studies have contributed to “micro-public-space,” a concept of public space, which has been exhibited across the world at events such as Biennales in Sao Paolo, Venice, Istanbul, and Liverpool.

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Architecture

  • Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Eve Blau
  • Frank Barkow
  • Guy Nordenson
  • Anne Lacaton
  • Antoine Picon
  • Teddy Cruz
  • Yve-Alain Bois
  • Joan Ockman
  • Michele Addington 
  • Kenneth Frampton
  • Anthony Vidler
  • Glenn Murcutt
  • Peter Zumthor
  • Lars Lerup
  • Mark Wigley
  • Sanford Kwinter
  • K. Michael Hayes
  • Daniel Hoffman
  • M. Christine Boyer
  • Alberto Pérez-Gómez
  • Marco Frascari

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Planning

  • john powell
  • Todd Swanstrom
  • Emily Talen
  • Lewis Hopkins
  • Edward Blakely
  • Thomas Daniels
  • Philip Berke
  • Donald Shoup
  • Michael Teitz
  • Michael Greenberg
  • Michael Batty
  • Lawrence Frank
  • Peter Dreier
  • Michael Kwartler
  • Gerrit-Jan Knaap
  • Alan Artibise
  • Andrew Isserman
  • Michael Storper
  • Robert Yaro
  • Patsy Healey
  • John Forester