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PAO at Harvard for a Year

Dec 8th, 2017

People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Principal James Shen began his year as a 2018 LOEB Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) with an informative talk that detailed both PAO’s past work and the firm’s goals for the upcoming year. 

Established in 1968, The LOEB Fellowship is curated by Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. LOEB Fellows are accomplished practitioners, influential in shaping the built and natural environment, whose work is advancing positive social outcomes in the US and around the world. In the middle of promising careers they step away from their hectic professional lives for one academic year. Fellows audit classes at the GSD and throughout the vast network of Harvard and MIT. They engage with faculty and students, participate in Fellowship events, and collaborate with their peers. They become part of a powerful growing network of colleagues passionately committed to revitalizing communities.

As a cohort of nine fellows this year, they bring both national and international perspectives from their work in cities and rural communities in America as well as other countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, China, and South Africa. Our interests range from urban regeneration, urban agriculture, youth leadership, housing, humanitarian crisis response, social entrepreneurship, border regions and rural landscapes. 

This year's new session of the LOEB scholarship winner

Shen is the fourth Chinese recipient of the LOEB fellowship. Other past winners include:

Yan Huang (2004 LOEB Fellow, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development)

黄艳/Yan Huang

Lin Wang (2009 LOEB Fellow, Shanghai Planning and Land Resources Administration)

王林/Lin Wang

Weiwen Huang (2010 LOEB Fellow, Director of Future + at the Shenzhen Center for Design)

黄伟文/Huang Weiwen

Participants and audience members included practicing architects, professors, and students at the GSD, as well as past and current LOEB Fellows. In his talk, Shen chronicled the innovative and entrepreneurial highlights from the firm’s seven year history, which ranged from its official status as a social enterprise to its plans to expand operations to the United States.

沈海恩/James Shen

People’s Architecture Office is Asia’s first B-Corp certified architecture practice, and access to the GSD and Harvard’s social entrepreneurship community will strengthen his position as a leader in social innovation.

2018 LOEB scholars