Harvard University has announced a $15 million gift from Ronald M. Druker and the Bertram A. and Ronald M. Druker Charitable Foundation for an expansion of its Graduate School of Design.
Part of GSD's Grounded Visionaries campaign, the gift will provide the funds needed to launch a renovation and expansion of the school's main facility, Gund Hall. Over the past several years, Druker has worked closely alongside Mohsen Mostafavi, dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, to help define and develop a strategy for the school's future spatial and facility needs, taking into account its increasing focus on design innovation. In recognition of the gift, the school will name its primary exhibition gallery the Druker Design Gallery.
Located in Gund Hall, the gallery, which is open to the public, serves as a site for experimentation and the explication of ideas and plays a fundamental role in the pedagogical life of the school. It also has a long history of exhibitions that engage the historical and contemporary conditions of design discourse across physical, digital, and spatial media.
A longtime supporter of the school, Druker was a member of the GSD faculty from 1975 to 1983. In 1986, he established an endowment creating the Druker Traveling Fellowship, reflecting his firm belief that travel and exposure to different points of view are critical components to the development of one's professional practice. More recently, he has served on the school's visiting committee and the dean's advisory council and chaired the school's strategic planning committee.
"I am delighted that this generous gift from Ron, one of the GSD's most prominent, committed, and long-standing advocates and supporters, will provide resources crucial to helping us move forward our plans to build new, innovative spaces of research and learning," said Mostafavi. "It is equally meaningful and fitting for the school to be able to name its primary exhibition space in his honor."
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