Standing on the brick-paved Essex Street Pedestrian Mall in Salem, Massachusetts, and adjusting his purple silk scarf, Dan Monroe, who has served as the Peabody Essex Museum’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo executive director and CEO for over 25 years, gestured to the institution’s new expansion. “We have never believed that new buildings are theContinue reading
Mark Lee, principal and founding partner of the Los Angeles–based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, is completing his first year as chair of the department of architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). Final exams loom, and to reach his office, one has to scramble up steep stairs past students’ desks—”trays” in GSD speak—at GundContinue reading
I am an American freelance writer based in Boston. I lived and worked in the Middle East for seven years. I hold a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. My publications center around arts and culture from the Middle East and far beyond its borders (most recently, design in New England as well as personal essays).