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Speakers & Schedule


Morning Prayers at the Harvard Memorial Church*


Coffee at Gund Hall​*

9:00 – 9:45AM



Opening Address

Benjamin Bromberg Gaber

Master in Architecture Candidate, '19

President of Harvard GSD Jewish Students of Design

Chantine Akiyama

Master in Architecture Candidate, '19

President of Harvard GSD Christian Fellowship


10:15 – 11:45AM

Morning Panel

Can Religion and Design Coexist?

Christian Gonzalez Ho

Cultural Theorist, Writer, Consultant

Edward Eigen

Senior Lecturer in the History of Landscape and Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Oludamini Ogunnaike

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of William and Mary


Barbara Mann

Professor of Cultural Studies and Hebrew Literature and the Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature, The Jewish Theological Seminary

12:00 – 1:00PM

Lunch & Conversations


1:00 – 2:45PM

Midday Panel

Practicing Faith,
Practicing Architecture

Ronit Eisenbach

Professor, University of Maryland
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Esther Sperber

Owner of Studio ST Architects, Writer, Public Speaker

Jennifer Liston Munson

Executive Director, 

Armenian Museum of America


Karla Britton

Lecturer in Architecture,

Yale School of Architecture

15 minute break

3:00 – 5:00PM

Afternoon Panel

Building a

Compassionate Environment


Francis Oda

Chairman, G70;

D. Arch., FAIA, AICP, LEED AP; Pastor, New Life Church Honolulu

Munjed Murad

Doctorate of Theology (ThD) Candidate, Harvard Divinity School

Shelley Hornstein

Professor, Architectural History & Visual Culture, York University

James Wescoat

Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Geography in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT; Co-director, Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism


Kyle Dugdale

Critic in Architecture, Yale School of Architecture

5:15 – 5:30PM

Closing Remarks

Christina Gonzalez Ho

Writer, Musician, Attorney

5:30 – 7:30PM

Happy Hour with GSD Beer & Dogs

7:30 – 8:30PM

Hillel Dinner*

*optional events to attend



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