Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award Recipients

2018 Recipient — Mario Schjetnan M.L.A. ’70

Mario Schjetnan is a Mexican architect who graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and received a master’s degree in landscape architecture and urban design at UC Berkeley. In 1984, he was awarded Harvard University’s Loeb Scholarship to carry out advanced environmental studies.

Schjetnan is from a generation of late twentieth-century architects, landscape architects, and urban planners who work to address environmental issues related to urban development, keeping in mind consequences for life on the planet. His theories and practices on the design of our cities are based on environmental knowledge and consideration for people’s quality of life and wellness, creating a new ethical and aesthetic relationship with the environment.

For forty years, his workshop, Urban Design Group, has created innovative built environments throughtout Mexico, as well as in the United States, Chile, China, Lebanon, and elsewhere.

He has received awards for his projects in the United States, Italy, Argentina, and Mexico. In 2015, he was awarded the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Prize, the highest honor awarded by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), for his architectural work benefiting landscape and the environment.

Previous Recipients

Adnan Shihab-Eldin ’65, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’70 — 2017
Todung Mulya Lubis LL.M. ’78, J.S.D. ’90, Founder and Senior Partner, Lubis, Santosa & Maramis — 2016
Sir Colin Blakemore Ph.D. ’68, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the School of Advanced Study, University of London — 2015
Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University — 2014
Andrés Roemer, Diplomat, Writer, Philanthropist, and one of Mexico’s most internationally recognized public intellectuals — 2013
Xiulan Zhang, Social Policy Expert, Founder of Beijing Normal University’s Institute of Social Development and Public Policy, China — 2012
Yuan Tseh “Y.T.” Lee, Nobel Laureate, academician, educational reformer, statesman, Taiwan — 2011
Josephine Namboze, champion of public health research, practice, and education in Africa — 2010
Reynato S. Puno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines — 2009
Mario Bergara, President of the Central Bank of Uruguay — 2008
Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership — 2007
Dr. Mu Sochua, Secretary General, Sam Rainsy Party, Cambodia — 2006
Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand — 2005
David Harrison, CEO loveLife, South Africa — 2004
Norman Myers, Environmental Scientist, United Kingdom — 2003
Dr. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Economic Minister of Indonesia — 2002
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría, President of Costa Rica — 2001
Zivorad I. Kovacevic, Ambassador of Yugoslavia to the United States — 2000
Dr. Urvashi Malhotra Sahni, Educator and Education Reform Advocate, India — 1999
Dr. Ahmed Ahmed Goueli, Minister of Trade and Supply Arab Republic of Egypt — 1998
Laura Castillo de Gurfinkel, Minister of Education, Venezuela — 1997
Venkataram Ramakrishna, Director, South East Asia Regional Bureau for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (iuhpe) — 1996
James C. Y. Soong, Governor, Taiwan Provincial Government, Republic of China — 1995
Han Sung-Joo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea — 1994
Hans-Peter Duerr, Chairman of the Directorate of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany — 1993
Mohamed Alshaikh, Minister of Urban and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia — 1992
Julius G. Kiano, Chairman, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and former assemblyman, Kenya National Assembly, 1963—79 — 1989
Hans Hollein, Internationally acclaimed architect, Vienna, Austria — 1988
Joon Lew, Director, World Vision Leprosy Research and Treatment Center, Seoul, Korea — 1986
Allan Gotlieb, Ambassador of Canada to the United States — 1985
Widjojo Nitisastro, Former Minister of State for Economic, Financial, and Industrial Affairs of Indonesia — 1984
Yoash Vaadia, Vice President, Finance and Administration, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel — 1983
Choong Kun Cho, Executive Vice President, Korean Air Lines — 1982
Kuang Tou Chang, Vice President, Tsinghua University, Beijing — 1981
Kenneth D. Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Iran — 1980
Joao Baptista Pinheiro, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States — 1979
Sadako Ogata, Minister of Japan to the United Nations — 1978
Menahem Rebhun, Head, Division of Environmental Engineering Laboratories and Research Centers, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology — 1977
Haraldur Kroyer, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States — 1976
Haakon Wexelsen, President and Professor, University of Agriculture, Aas, Norway — 1975
Choh-Ming Li, Vice Chancellor and founding Chief Executive of the Chinese University of Hong Kong — 1974
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan — 1973
Garegin Saroukhanian, Adviser to the Ministry of Health for Health Planning and Training, Iran — 1972
John J. Akar, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States — 1971
Sun Fo, President of Examination Yuan, and one of the framers of the Constitution of the Republic of China — 1970
Mario E. G. Bancora, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, Argentina — 1969
George K. Togasaki, Japanese businessman, civic leader, and President of Rotary International — 1968
Galo Plaza, Former President of Ecuador and United Nations diplomat — 1967
Abdul Majid, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States — 1966