Three Harvard Design Graduates Commence Impact KAEC Fellowship in Saudi Arabia

This week, three bright young graduates from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design arrive in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), Saudi Arabia, to commence an intense five months of work and research.

The three Fellows – Heidi Cho, Edward Meng and Tiffany Obser – are the first graduates to embark upon the Impact KAEC Fellowship, a new part of our Cityquest initiative to shape the future of brand new cities globally.

KAEC is a major new city being built on the shores of Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, and host city of our Cityquest – KAEC Forum.

The Impact KAEC Fellows will spend a total of five months living and working in KAEC to implement different urban initiatives. They will also lead a group initiative that contributes to KAEC’s urban development. We designed the Fellowship as a unique opportunity for top international graduates to gain on-the-ground work experience in one of the most ambitious new city projects in the world.

Read the Perspectives by Fellows here!

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Meet the Impact KAEC Fellows

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Heidi Cho

Impact King Abdullah Economic City Fellow
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Heidi is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design with concurrent degree in Urban Design and Urban Planning. Her interests lie in international development and planning, and she has worked for urban planning consultant companies working on master planning for cities in China and Mexico and participated in the Incheon Airport Competition.

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Edward Meng

Impact KAEC Fellow
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Ed Meng has a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley. He has worked on sustainable transportation and technology projects in Saudi Arabia, China, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, and Southern California.

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Tiffany Maria Obser

Impact King Abdullah Economic City Fellow
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Tiffany Obser recently completed her Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her professional interests lie in research and architecture at the urban scale. She has contributed to design projects in Colombia, the USA, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Saudi Arabia, where she visited KAEC in 2012.