About the Weitzman School

  • “I believe history is more powerful with authentic places representing it.”

    Hanna Stark, an alum of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation


The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design prepares students to address complex sociocultural and environmental issues through thoughtful inquiry, creative expression, and innovation. As a diverse community of scholars and practitioners, we are committed to advancing the public good–both locally and globally–through art, design, planning, and preservation. 

The Values That Guide Us

We are proud of our exceptional legacy of advancing design education, scholarship and practice, and improving the quality of everyday life through design. We recognize that we should measure our success not just by what we do but by how we approach our work. The values and guiding principles below reflect our commitment to creating a culture of trust, integrity, and fairness.

We treat each other with respect – faculty, staff, and students – regardless of background or position

We strive to create an inclusive environment, embracing difference and welcoming diverse perspectives

We believe that everyone in our community should feel welcome, valued, and unafraid to ask questions or raise concerns

We seek to foster a supportive community, celebrating our successes and learning from our mistakes

We encourage risk taking and exploring beyond established boundaries in pursuit of excellence

We believe in teamwork, recognizing that differences of opinion are constructive and should be addressed collegially and respectfully

We are committed to frequent, open, and transparent communication

We recognize that some members of our community may experience unfair barriers or advantages and we make changes to ensure that everyone has access to equal opportunities

Fast Facts

Master’s Degrees Offered 11
STEM-Approved Programs* 7
Interdisciplinary Degrees (Internal and External) 26
Certificates 15
Doctoral Degrees 2
Standing Faculty Members 43
Associated Faculty Members 17
Academic Staff 161
Master's and PhD Students 767
Master's Students 716
PhD Students 51
Female 63%
Male 36.5%
Non-binary .5%
Minorities** 149
White 197
Countries Represented 33
Ages 21-50
Average Age 26
Master’s students receiving scholarship awards 54%

Figures for Academic Year 2021 - 2022

*Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Design, Master of City Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Master of Urban Spatial Analytics, Doctor of Philosophy in City and Regional Planning.

**Domestic students only; includes students who self-identified as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black (Non-Hispanic), Hispanic, or Multiple Ethnicity.



Frederick “Fritz” Steiner (MRP’77, MA’86, PhD’86) is Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Dean Steiner has a long and distinguished track record as a scholar, teacher and administrator. Most recently, he served for 15 years as dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree, in city and regional planning, from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has also been a research scholar at the Penn Institute for Urban Research since 2013. Dean Steiner's appointment was announced on February 25, 2016 and has been extended through June of 2025.

Board of Advisors

Members of our Board of Advisors provide leadership, direction, and support for the future of the Weitzman School.

Kevin Penn, W83, Chair
John Carrafiell
Roberta Fine Dranoff, MCP’75
Loren Easton, C'01, WG'07
Jeffrey Fine, C’76, MArch’78
Mark Gardner, MArch’00
Laurence A. Goldberg, W’89
Jay Goldman, W’79
Mark R. Goldstein, C'83, W'83
Eric N. Gribetz, W'95
Vicki Panzier Gross, W'87
Michael Halpern, W'83
Mason Haupt, W'77
Lee Huang, W'95, MPA'06
Albert Kalimian, W’79
Lori Kanter Tritsch, MArch’85
Scott M. Kleinman, C’94, W’94
A. Eugene Kohn, C’53, MArch’57
Steve Lefkowitz
Nathan Leight 
Ben Lin, W'05
Richard Linhart, W’83
Matthew H. Nord, W'01
Bonnie Stone Sellers, CW’73
Amrita Sen, W’92
Gary Siegler, W’83
David R. Smith, MArch'90
Patricia Pickman Udell, C’78
Stuart Weitzman, W'63
Barbara Wilks, MLA'93
Michelle Kroiz Winn, C’95

Administrative Staff

Chris Cataldo, Director of Finance and Administration
Jessica DeJesus, Director of the Research Support Center
Leslie Hurtig, Vice Dean for Administration
Alex Jarymovych, Director of IT Services
Michael Grant, Senior Director of Communications
Matt Miller, Director of Justice and Belonging
Kali Meeks, Associate Director for Professional Development and Leadership 
Emily McCully, Registrar
Jeff Snyder, Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations
Karyn Tufarolo, Associate Director for Faculty Affairs, Justice and Belonging Initiatives, and Online Learning Initiatives
Karl Wellman, Senior Director of Operations and Planning & Design and Construction
Jamie Eidlin, Director of Admissions

Justice and Belonging at Weitzman: Beyond DEI

The Weitzman School is committed to creating an educational setting in which all students, faculty members, and staff members are valued. We strive to create an inclusive culture that celebrates difference and is strengthened by contributions from people of all races, religions, countries of origin, genders, ages, sexual orientations, physical abilities, learning differences, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We aspire to support and retain a student body, faculty and staff who are representative of the multiple communities and publics with which we collaborate and work. A diverse community at the Weitzman School enhances our ability to prepare the next generation of artists, architects, landscape architects, planners, and preservationists to become leaders and innovators in a multicultural society.

Learn about past, present, and future initiatives in the section of this website dedicated to Justice and Belonging (JxB).

Why Penn

Generations of designers, planners, preservationists, and artists have chosen to pursue their passion at Penn. Here are some of the factors in their decision:


Generations of Weitzman graduates have shaped their profession through their practice and scholarship, and the School continues to train the future leaders of design’s many fields.


One of the most affordable cities of its size in the Northeast, Philadelphia is replete with history, architectural and landscape landmarks, and diverse neighborhoods. Its arts and music scene rivals that of Austin, Montreal, and Seattle. 

Interdisciplinary Study

The Weitzman School is unique among U.S. graduate institutions in bringing together architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, and the fine arts; students are encouraged to take classes across disciplines.

Making a Difference

Weitzman’s architecture department was originally established in 1890 with the express purpose of improving the built environment for Philadelphians. Still at the heart of Weitzman's curriculum are community-based, site-specific studios, and students can receive funding and guidance for social impact projects through PennPraxis. 

A School within a University

Weitzman students enjoy access to all 12 Schools at the University, including Wharton, Engineering, and Social Policy. Dual degree offerings and certificates add further breadth to study at the Weitzman School.

Meaningful Research

Weitzman faculty and students work on socially relevant initiatives led by PennPraxis, the Center for Environmental Building Design, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, the Penn Institute for Urban Research (IUR), the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, and the Center for Archectural Conservation.


The Weitzman School retains the commitment of inventor Benjamin Franklin, Penn’s first president and longtime trustee, to applied research. Art and design are understood as acting in dialogue with society for the betterment of humanity.


Relationships are at the heart of the Weitzman experience, and they’re built outside the studio as well as in. Along with Happy Hour and the annual Beaux Arts Ball, programs initiated by Student Affairs, Student Council and student groups like Penn Women in Architecture help form bonds for a lifetime.

Stuart Weitzman

In February of 2019, the University of Pennsylvania named its School of Design in honor of award-winning designer and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman, Wharton Class of 1963, in recognition of both his ongoing philanthropic support of the University and his active engagement in its academic activities. The new name, the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, reflects Weitzman’s enduring influence in the world of design and his extraordinary support of the School. Read more about Stuart Weitzman in the official announcement.