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PennPraxis is the outreach, practice and professional arm of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.


The mission of PennPraxis is to extend design excellence and innovation beyond the classroom and into communities by creating opportunities for students, faculty and partners to collaborate. We pursue this mission by helping faculty take on practice opportunities that match their interests and provide real world opportunities to work with clients on design challenges; by providing fee-for-service consulting in design and research assignments; and by convening events and communicating the practical work of the School. 

PennPraxis’ activities draw on the talent of the School of Design’s five departments and programs (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Historic Preservation and Fine Arts), cultivate multidisciplinary work, and serve to extend the educational and research missions of PennDesign. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, PennPraxis is committed to public service.

PennPraxis exemplifies the vision of the Penn Compact to increase access, integrate knowledge, and engage locally and globally in the University’s core endeavors of teaching, research and service.

Get Involved

PennPraxis encourages engagement with design, planning, and development, both from within the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and in the community-at-large.

PennPraxis is a 501(c)3 non-profit which enables faculty and student collaboration at PennDesign. PennPraxis has also worked with faculty and students from other schools of design in past projects. Faculty, students, and members of the public can participate in projects in various way:

Faculty/student proposed projects: Faculty members and students may propose projects to PennPraxis and work with our staff to develop necessary organizational, fiduciary, and budgetary tracking systems to successfully manage projects. Interested students and faculty should contact Executive Director Randall Mason at

Students interns: PennPraxis regularly needs interns on grant-funded projects. Interested students should send an expression of interest to

Members of the public: Many PennPraxis projects involve civic engagement and invite public input into design and planning. Those interested in participating in planning processes, sponsored either by PennPraxis or other organizations, should regularly check PlanPhilly's events listings.



410 Duhring Wing
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215.573.8720

Fax: 215.573.9600