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Posted May 22, 2017
Seminar Will Challenge Students to Rethink Connections Between Wellness, Healthcare and Design

To design its new patient Pavilion on the former site of the now-deconstructed Penn Tower, Penn Medicine has enlisted the design expertise of world-renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners. But the final product, a 13-story structure with 700 new beds and 50 operating and procedure rooms, will be the work of multiple inputs, including some conceptual design proposals from PennDesign graduate architecture students.

Posted May 19, 2017

Photograph by Iwan Baan

MASS Design Group Wins Cooper Hewitt Design Award

Cooper Hewitt announced its annual National Design Awards with recognition ranging from lifetime achievement to fashion design. The Architecture Design Award was given to MASS Design Group for their work on the UK Holocaust Memorial, a hospital in Rwanda, and a primary school in the Congo. The Boston-based firm is a collaborative of 75 employees working in more than a dozen countries.

Posted May 18, 2017

“Flexible Materials Skyscraper” submission for 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition.

Students Honored by Dorot, eVolo, Gensler, and ALSA-NY

Joshua Harrington Davidson (GCP’17) won the Dorot Fellowship for Jewish Leadership in the 21st Century. Each year, 12 Fellows are chosen by the Dorot Foundation to live in Israel, where they gain skills to observe where change is needed, assess and interpret the actions needed to bring about change, and then become active players in the social change process. 

Posted May 16, 2017
Celebrating the Power of Design and the Class of 2017
Nearly 300 Master’s and PhD degrees were presented on Monday afternoon under a sunlit tent on Meyerson Plaza at PennDesign’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Capping off a weekend’s worth of festivities that began on Friday with a reception for the Year End Show for design graduates, the ceremony was led by Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner, who shared the podium with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, who gave the Commencement Address; alumnus and Overseer Mark Gardner (MArch’00), who congratulated gradates on behalf of the Board of Overseers; PennDesign Alumni Association President Stuart Mardeusz (MArch’95); and the department and graduate group chairs.
Posted May 16, 2017

Photo Ryan Lash

Dr. Mindy Fullilove
2017 Commencement Address

Dean, faculty, families, friends and, especially, the graduates:

It is an honor to share this commencement with you. As a psychiatrist, I am keenly aware of the preciousness of these liminal moments—we hover in-between, at the threshold. We are neither here nor there, we linger, happy and afraid, longing for both sides. How bittersweet to leave the joys of these years, these friends, these teachers, these studies, but how enticing to move into the future for which you have been training.