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Green light for the Harvard Innovation Lab

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Harvard Innovation Lab passed a major milestone last week when the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved plans to transform the former WGBH building in the Allston section of Boston into an environment that advances collaboration and entrepreneurship.

“The Innovation Lab is an entirely new model for Harvard,” said Gabe Handel, Managing Director of the Dean’s office at Harvard Business School, in a release issued on Friday. “It is an innovation in and of itself.”

Physically located on the Harvard Business School campus, the Harvard Innovation Lab will encourage entrepreneurship and innovation University-wide.

Cherry Murray, Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering, said, “I see the Harvard Innovation Lab as having the potential to ...[more]

Design underway for Harvard Innovation Lab

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Design is now underway for the Harvard Innovation Lab (Harvard I-Lab), a campus-wide innovation incubator located on the Harvard Business School campus in Boston.

In announcing the project, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said, “The importance of innovation cannot be overstated. It is also of utmost importance and great interest to our students and faculty, many of whom are inventors and entrepreneurs. The lab will foster team-based activities and deepen interactions among both aspiring and experienced innovators across the schools of Harvard.”

Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria said, “Our goal is to drive innovation by connecting entrepreneurial teams, not only across the Charles River, but ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch at Harvard: vision and legacy

18 November 2009

Build Boston, Boston, MA

Thomas D. Kearns AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Terri Evans, Shepley Bulfinch

Harvard Business School’s Gallatin Hall gets rave reviews

Thursday, 21 August 2008

BOSTON, MA – Harvard Business School celebrated the newly renovated Gallatin Hall the old-fashioned way – with an all-night party. As the HBS Bulletin notes, what better way to “road test” a dorm than to invite 73 friends over to sleep in its rooms and test its light switches, windows, and shower heads?

The gut renovation that stripped Gallatin down to its brick walls and concrete slabs transformed the McKim Mead and White building’s warren-like accommodations into the envy of the campus. Gallatin Hall is now ADA compliant, with universal access through a newly restored courtyard, teak rocking chairs and benches lining its elegant brick terrace. A glass-paneled second-floor footbridge ...[more]

Harvard celebrates 75th anniversary of Memorial Church

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Harvard University is marking the 75th anniversary of the completion of Memorial Church with a series of concerts, exhibits, and services. In honor of the occasion Shepley Bulfinch presented the Church with a framed gallery-quality print of the poster the design firm produced for Harvard’s tercentenary in 1936. The poster shows Memorial Church and the grandstands and banners also designed by the firm for the celebrations of Harvard’s 300th anniversary held in Harvard Yard.

Other events include “Heralds of Light: John Harvard and the Memorial Church”, an exhibit at the Pusey Library, and a concert by internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma.

The Church, which was dedicated on Armistice Day (November 11, ...[more]

Shepley's Harvard rhinos celebrate their 70th birthday

Friday, 11 May 2007

Cambridge, MA – Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology held a 70th birthday celebration for Bessie and Victoria, the pair of life-sized bronze rhinoceros sculptures by Katherine Lane Weems that flank the entrance to Harvard’s Biological Laboratories. Featured speakers at the celebration included noted biologist E.O. Wilson. The two rhinos were adorned with makeup, jewelry and skirts for the festivities.

The Biological Laboratories were designed by Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch and Abbott in 1931; over 75 years later the building continues to be a central element of Harvard’s biology teaching and research programs.

In addition to sculpting the Labs’ beloved rhinos, Ms Weems also designed the entrance door panels and the ...[more]

Work-life flexibility – banishing a ‘culture of busy’

18 October 2014

Equity By Design, San Francisco, CA

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch
Francis Pitts, FAIA, Architecture+
Jenny Guan, AIA, LEED AP, Flad Architects, moderator

Just wanted to say ‘Hi’ – a look behind the i-lab logo

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

 

Harvard Innovation Lab logo

I recently picked up on something while reading Steven Levy’s interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in Wired magazine. In response to a question about how to make Blue Origin (his space travel venture) succeed, Bezos said simply: “Maintain a firm grasp of the obvious at all times.”

Capturing the essence of a brand, a story, or an organization is the ultimate communications design challenge. It’s the proverbial truffle of successful identities: uncovering it usually takes some digging, but the rewards are worth it.

Giving the Harvard i-lab a graphic identity had to ...[more]