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Virtual Weitzman School Talks

The Weitzman Development and Alumni Relations team has launched a series of Virtual talks on issues related to current events for our community. These hour-long talks bring together leading experts to discuss how design can address today’s challenges and problem-solve for our future.

For upcoming Virtual Talks, visit Events. Below are recordings of previous Virtual Talks.

The Design Legacy of Julian Abele

Friday, May 14, 2021

11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)

About the Program

On Friday, May 14, 2021, the Weitzman School of Design Office of Development and Alumni Relations held a virtual talk on the work and legacy of Julian Abele.

Julian Abele (BArch1902) was the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Architecture. During Abele’s time at Penn, he forged a special bond with classmate Louis Magaziner (BArch1900), the first Jewish student to graduate from the School of Architecture.

Magaziner's great-grandniece, Amy Cohen (MA’01) and Abele’s great-grandnephew, Peter Cook, discussed the two architects’ enduring friendship and the legacy of their work. The virtual talk was be moderated by Mark Gardner (MArch’00).

About the Speakers

Amy Cohen (MA’01)
Director of Education at History Making Productions

Amy Cohen spent twenty years as a middle and high school social studies teacher. While teaching at Masterman School, she was among the first cohort of educators to teach African American History once it became a graduation requirement for Philadelphia public school students.

As Director of Education at History Making Productions, she develops educational materials to accompany documentaries about the history of Philadelphia. She produced Octavius V. Catto: A Legacy for the 21st Century which won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Historic/Cultural Program Feature. Cohen is a monthly columnist for Hidden City, an online magazine about Philadelphia’s history and built environment.

Peter Cook
Design Principal, HGA, AIA NOMA

Recognized nationally for design excellence, Peter has over 25 years of experience in the design of cultural, educational, civic and commercial spaces. His process is centered on listening closely to the client and their communities, translating aspirational and programmatic needs into a compelling story and vision.

His many designs include a collaboration with David Adjaye and Phil Freelon on the design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. Today, as a Design Principal with HGA, Peter is a leader in the design of the firm’s arts, community, and educational projects, and in that role is currently leading the design of a new science museum in Northern Virginia, as well as two projects at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello—a  Contemplative Site and Burial Ground, both spaces honoring the enslaved people of Monticello and their descendants. Peter’s work has led to appointments to the Peer Review Committee of the GSA’s Design Excellence program, the Mayors’ institute on City Design, as well as recognition by the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Athenaeum, and the Urban Land Institute.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He is a frequent lecturer and participant with community-based organizations, including the National Organization of Minority Architects where he previously served as the President of DCNOMA and as a member of NOMA’s Board of Directors. He taught previously at Columbia University and continues to lecture and serve as an invited design critic for educational institutions and organizations around the country.

Mark Gardner (MArch’00)
Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner, AIA, NOMA

Located in New York City,  Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects is an award-winning design practice and studio that works across scales from product design to interiors to buildings.  Mark has led many of Jaklitsch / Gardner’s design initiatives, and works to best understand the role of design as a social practice. His firm has won an AIA National Honor Award and numerous AIANY, NOMA and Architizer design awards. The practice is currently working with a non-profit partner on a Honey Bee Study Center in Dodoma, Tanzania. Mark is the Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice and Society at the School of the Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School Of Design, where he is helping the school study issues of diversity and inclusion. He also currently serves on the Board of Made in Brownsville, a nonprofit on a mission to reduce the number of disconnected youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn by lowering their barriers to entry to the STEAM professions and increasing their relevant experience in the innovation economy. Mark is a Past President and currently serves as Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a member of the AIANY Exhibition Committee and Past Co-Chair and current member of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which he helped to restart with Venesa Alicea. He is Vanguard Member of the Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

Better is Temporary

Thursday, March 25, 2021
1:00PM - 2:00PM (EDT)

About the Program

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, the Weitzman School of Design Office of Development and Alumni Relations welcomed John Hoke, (MArch’92), Chief Design Officer, NIKE, Inc., for a virtual talk moderated by Sarah Rottenberg, adjunct assistant professor and executive director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and hosted by Charlette Caldwell (MSHP'16), Penn Weitzman Alumni Association Board President and Research Fellow, The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites.

What role do curiosity and empathy play in design? How can diversity and sustainability fuel innovation? This talk will explore issues of equity and access in design, and dive into how creativity shapes a more desirable future. John Hoke spoke on his journey to Nike, the design principles and values he’s inculcated there, and why the value of critical thinking and creative problem solving endures.

About the Speakers

Speaker

John Hoke III (MArch'92)
Chief Design Officer, Nike, Inc.

John Hoke currently serves as Nike Inc.’s Chief Design Officer. In this role, he leads Nike’s global design team, responsible for envisioning the future of sport. John directs an international creative community of over 1,000 designers charged with inspiring and innovating while designing hundreds of apparel and footwear styles each year.

John promotes, speaks, and writes about the power and possibility of design and creativity throughout the world. He is a permanent design fellow at Pennsylvania State University, his alma mater; a member of Herman Miller, Inc.’s Board of Directors; an advisor to Piaggio Fast Forward, and a trustee at Pacific Northwest College of Art. John also served as national trustee of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Prior to Nike, John was a designer at Michael Graves Architecture & Design in Princeton, New Jersey. His work included architectural, industrial, and graphic design for a wide variety of international clientele. Mr. Graves served as a personal mentor until his death in 2015. John holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, B.Arch; University of Pennsylvania, M.Arch; and Stanford University, MBA.

Outside of Nike, John dabbles in his sketchbook and computer, snowboards, mountain bikes, and runs. He enjoys time spent with his wife and three adult sons.

Moderator

Sarah Rottenberg
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Rottenberg oversees the Integrated Product Design Program at Penn, a master's program that bridges design, business, and engineering. Sarah specializes in bringing people together to design products and experiences that are desirable, meaningful, feasible, and viable. She is adept at articulating design processes and methods, teaching Design Thinking and Design Process to students across the university. Sarah is a cofounder of Lia Diagnostics, a company that has developed a flushable pregnancy test - a sustainable product that puts women in control of their own experience. Sarah began her career as a design strategist at Doblin, Inc. and was a directing associate at Jump Associates. She has a MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BS from Georgetown University.

Kahn @ 120

Thursday, February 18, 2021
6:00pm – 7:00pm (ET)

About the Program

On February 18, Weitzman Development and Alumni Relations in partnership with Designers & Books presented a special conversation with the three children of influential architect Louis I. Kahn, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of his birth. The three speakers, all accomplished artists in their own right — in music, painting, and film—discussed their father’s influence, as well recollections of him, his continuing legacy, and his relevance in the world today.

Speakers:

Sue Ann Kahn, CW'61 

Alexandra Tyng, MSED'77

Nathaniel Kahn

Moderator

Richard Saul Wurman, BArch'58, MArch'59

Host

Charlette Caldwell, MSHP’16, President of the Penn Weitzman Alumni Association

About the Speakers

Sue Ann Kahn, CW’6, has advocated for the preservation and restoration of her father’s architecture for over three decades. She has also been an active consultant and significant lender to the major exhibitions of his work. In 1996, she co-curated Louis I. Kahn Drawings: Travel Sketches and Synagogue Project for The Jewish Museum in New York. Most recently, she collaborated on The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows, an exhibition of Kahn’s pastels at his Kimbell Art Museum. She is a noted flutist, chamber musician, and teacher.

Alexandra Tyng, MSED’77, is a contemporary realist painter. She has received numerous national awards and has been featured in major art publications. Tyng’s work resides in the permanent collections of several U.S. museums including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., the New Britain Museum, and the Springfield Art Museum; and her work has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Lightner Museum. Her painting Jet Streams was chosen by authors David and Carl Little for the front cover of their recent book, Art of Acadia. Tyng is also the author of a book about her father’s philosophy of Architecture entitled Beginnings, published by Wiley in 1984. She is currently at work on a series of figurative paintings for a fall 2021 exhibition at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.

 

Nathaniel Kahn is an award-winning filmmaker. His 2018 film The Price of Everything premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on HBO, and was nominated for an Emmy. Kahn's My Architect, about his father, architect Louis Kahn, won the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding direction of a documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award, two Independent Spirit Awards, and an Emmy. My Architect is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Kahn’s film Two Hands, about the late concert pianist Leon Fleisher, was also nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy. Kahn's The Hunt for Planet B about the search for life in the universe, premieres at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2021.

Moderator

Richard Saul Wurman, BArch’58, MArch’59, FAIA, studied under and worked for Louis I. Kahn and Charles Eames.  He is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). Awards received include: University of Pennsylvania Penn Alumni’s 2014 Spirit Award; Art Director’s Hall of Fame, the Trinity College Dublin Annual Medal in Discourse; Dublin College James Joyce Award; Lifetime Achievement Award, Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum, Guggenheim and Graham Foundation Fellowships, Ladislav Sutnar Prize and Boston Science Museum’s 50th Annual Bradford Washburn Award.  Wurman has created ninety books on architecture, cartography, design, sports and medicine. 

Wurman created and chaired the TED conference from 1984 until 2003 and created and chaired the TEDMED Conference from 1995 to 2010; and chaired IDCA 1972 and WWW Intellectual Jazz 2012.

Creative Collaborators: A Conversation with Wendy Evans Joseph and Stuart Weitzman

December 8, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

About the Program

Weitzman's Office of Development and Alumni Relations organized a virtual conversation with Stuart Weitzman (W’63) and Wendy Evans Joseph (C'77) to discuss their careers and how designers successfully build creative networks with business clients. This talk was moderated by Mark Gardner (MArch’00).
 

About the Speakers

Speakers:

Wendy Evans Joseph, C'77
Principal, Studio Joseph

Wendy Evans Joseph, C'77, is the founder of Studio Joseph. Under her leadership, Studio Joseph has completed a diverse array of public, institutional, and cultural projects, including Penn's Larry Robbins House, the home of Management and Technology, a pedestrian bridge for The Rockefeller University, and a highly acclaimed pavilion in Webb Chapel Park, Dallas. Her passion for art and museum culture, and public education has led to a strong commitment to exhibition installations and community engagement projects. A part of a belief in interdisciplinary thinking, Studio Joseph works in graphic design, media, technology, industrial design, and lighting design to create immersive environments for shared learning. Before founding Studio Joseph, Wendy had a distinguished tenure at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. She is a licensed architect, holding NCARB certification, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Joseph received a Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is an Academician of the National Academy of Design. As an active participant in professional leadership, she was the president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, chairman of the AIA National Committee of Design, and president of the Architectural League of New York. She currently the president of the National Academy, and a board member of the American Ballet Theatre and Second Stage Theatre and City as Living Laboratory (CaLL).

Joseph holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and a Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She was on the Weitzman Board of Advisors from 1992-2007 serving as Chair of the Board for almost a decade. She was also a member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees.

Stuart Weitzman, W’63
Founder, Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman, W’63 built the footwear company, Stuart Weitzman, into one of the world’s most renowned fashion footwear brands. Weitzman’s passion for design has been a lifelong pursuit as he began working in his father’s Massachusetts shoe factory while still in college. After graduating from the Wharton School, Weitzman applied himself to the industry with laser-like focus, eventually building the globally-renowned company that bears his name.

In 2015, he orchestrated the sale of Stuart Weitzman, LLC to Coach (which was renamed Tapestry in October 2017 to reflect its multi-brand identity). Weitzman stayed on as the Creative Director for the company through May 2017 at which time he became Chairman Emeritus. Since stepping down from an active role in business, Weitzman has pursued myriad interests. He is a sought-after lecturer at universities around the world, and he also mentors the many students who seek his counsel on starting their own businesses. He is currently supporting the development of a museum in Madrid, Spain, dedicated to Spanish-Jewish history. He co-produced two plays one that opened on Broadway in 2019 and the other is expected to open in London in 2021. As a member of the Board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, he also contributes to the success of our aspiring Olympic athletes and has been one himself, by representing the United States in table tennis at the Maccabiah Olympic Games.

In February of 2019, Penn named its School of Design in honor of Weitzman, in recognition of both his ongoing philanthropic support of the University and his active engagement in its academic activities. He currently is a member of the School’s Board of Advisors and teaches an Entrepreneur in Residence class regularly at the School.

Moderator:

Mark Gardner, MArch’00
Principal, Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

Mark L. Gardner, MArch’00, AIA, NOMA, is Principal at Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects. Located in New York City, J/GA is an award-winning design practice and studio that works across scales from product design to interiors to buildings. Gardner has led many of J/GA’s design initiatives, and works to best understand the role of design as a social practice. His firm has won an AIA National Honor Award and numerous AIANY, NOMA and Architizer design awards. The practice is currently working with a non-profit partner on a Honey Bee Study Center in Dodoma, Tanzania.

 

Gardner is the Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice and Society at the School of the Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School. He is on the Board of Advisors for the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School Of Design, where he is helping the school study issues of diversity and inclusion. He also currently serves on the Board of Youth Design Center (YDC), a nonprofit on a mission to reduce the number of disconnected youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn by lowering their barriers to entry to the STEAM professions and increasing their relevant experience in the innovation economy. Gardner is a Past President and currently serves as Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a member of the AIANY Exhibition Committee and Past Co-Chair and current member of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which he helped to restart with Venesa Alicea. Gardner is a Vanguard Member of the Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

Preserving Black History: Towards a More Inclusive Movement

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00 pm

About the Program

A conversation with Monica Rhodes (MSHP’12), Professor Randall Mason, and Mark Gardner (March’00) on preserving the legacy of civil rights history, and the creation of a new center at the Weitzman School focused on the preservation of civil rights sites.

Presenters:

Speakers:

Monica Rhodes (MSHP’12)
Director of Resource Management at the National Park Foundation

Professor Randall Mason
Associate Professor, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning
Senior Fellow, PennPraxis

Moderator:

Mark Gardner (MArch’00)
Principal at Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects.

 

Host:

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16)

Penn Weitzman Alumni Association Board President
PhD Student, Columbia University
Research Fellow, The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites

 

Related Links

https://www.design.upenn.edu/cpcrs/about

About the Speakers

Speakers:

Director of Resource Management at the National Park Foundation

Monica Rhodes is the director of Resource Management at the National Park Foundation. In this role, Rhodes oversees facility and construction grant making to the National Park Service and helps leads efforts to develop strategies for African American and Latinx engagement. Prior to her role at NPF, Rhodes was the founding director of the National Trust’s HOPE (Hands - On Preservation Experience) Crew, which was created to expand the preservation movement to a younger, more diverse audience. In the five years of leading HOPE Crew, Rhodes guided over 165 preservation construction projects, trained 750 young people and veterans, and engaged 3700 volunteers in large-scale community events. Under her leadership, the program garnered more than 1 billion media impressions and supported $18 million of preservation work, primarily in national parks. Before joining the Trust, Rhodes worked as a consultant to preservation non-profits.

Rhodes' work has been featured in national outlets like, PBS NewsHour, Huffington Post, Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report. She also appeared in a feature spread on women in the preservation movement in Essence Magazine’s Spring 2018 issue. Separate from her work with NPF, Rhodes sits on the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and the Market Center Community Development Corporation board in Baltimore City. She also serves as an advisor for the DC LGBTQ Historic Context Study and a project reviewer for the Facilities and Buildings grant program for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Rhodes earned her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Tulsa and a Master’s degree in African American Studies at Temple University. She also attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation.

Associate Professor, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation; Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning; Senior Fellow, PennPraxis

Randy Mason teaches in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and is Associate Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning. His courses focus on historic preservation planning, urban conservation, history, and cultural landscape studies. Mason's research interests include theory and methods of preservation planning, cultural policy, the economics of preservation, historic site management, the history and design of memorials, and the history of historic preservation. He leads the Urban Heritage Project, which undertakes applied research projects on site management and on social, economic and political aspects of historic preservation. His books include The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (edited with Max Page; Routledge, 2004).

Before joining the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. He contributed to Getty publications including Economics and Heritage Conservation, Values and Benefits of Cultural Heritage Conservation, and Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage. Previous positions include Assistant Professor and Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Maryland, and adjunct faculty in landscape architecture at RISD. His professional experience includes several years of consulting practice and he co-founded the nonprofit research group Minerva Partners (which developed projects to strengthen the connections between heritage conservation and social development).  He served on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia from 2006-2013 and is currently on the board of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Mason was awarded the 2012-2013 National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize, and during his residency at the American Academy in Rome researched the Roman architect, planner and conservationist Gustavo Giovanonni. Earlier in 2012, Mason was granted an Honorary Doctorate, Honoris Causa, from Gothenburg University in Sweden.

Moderator:

Principal at Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects.

Located in New York City,  Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects is an award-winning design practice and studio that works across scales from product design to interiors to buildings.  Mr. Gardner has led many of Jaklitsch / Gardner’s design initiatives, and works to best understand the role of design as a social practice. His firm has won an AIA National Honor Award and numerous AIANY, NOMA and Architizer design awards. The practice is currently working with a non-profit partner on a Honey Bee Study Center in Dodoma, Tanzania. Mr. Gardner is the Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice and Society at the School of the Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School. Mr. Gardner is on the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School Of Design, where he is helping the school study issues of diversity and inclusion. He also currently serves on the Board of Made in Brownsville, a nonprofit on a mission to reduce the number of disconnected youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn by lowering their barriers to entry to the STEAM professions and increasing their relevant experience in the innovation economy. Mr. Gardner is a Past President and currently serves as Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a member of the AIANY Exhibition Committee and Past Co-Chair and current member of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which he helped to restart with Venesa Alicea.  He is Vanguard Member of the Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

Host:

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16) is a PhD student and Provost Diversity Fellow currently studying the history and theory of architecture at Columbia University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American architecture and vernacular architecture. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and continues to work part time in Philadelphia on various preservation projects.

Designing Practice

Monday, October 19, 2020
1:00pm – 2:00 pm

About the Program

How do architects design practices that engage with the community and the culture of architecture through building? For these west coast architects, designing practice means foregrounding design, but also relates to making choices about how to run their offices while at the same time, looking at what projects to pursue, shaping a place for their teams to thrive in, and creating opportunities for their communities through architectural advocacy.

Presenters:

Rudabeh Pakravan (MArch’00)
Principal, Sidell Pakravan Architects

Kristen Sidell (MArch’00)
Principal, Sidell Pakravan Architects

Maxine Skaggs Kennedy (MArch’00)
Principal, Studio Skaggs Kennedy

 

Moderator:

Susan Kolber (MArch and MLA ’20)

 

Host

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16)
Penn Weitzman Alumni Association Board President
PhD Student, Columbia University
Research Fellow, The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites

 

Related Links

Studio Skaggs Kennedy studiosk.net/

Sidell Pakravan Architects sidellpakravan.com/

About the Speakers

Kristen Sidell and Rudabeh Pakravan are principals of Sidell Pakravan Architects, an architecture practice based in Berkeley. They believe in the power of architecture to influence context, culture, community, and individual experience. Sidell Pakravan approaches architectural design as both a physical exploration of space, form, scale, and volume, as well as a vital practice of civic and social engagement. Their critically informed, idea-driven designs physically materialize as distinctive, bold, and contextually resonant constructions.

Kristen Sidell is a LEED accredited, registered architect.  She holds a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts. Kristen is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley.

Rudabeh Pakravan is a registered architect and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is on the design faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. Rudabeh is a member of the Board of Directors of the AIA East Bay and Rites of Passage, an advocacy organization for formerly incarcerated youth.

Kristen and Rudabeh met while pursuing their Master's in Architecture degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Following over a decade of working for other firms in both Europe and North America, they founded Sidell Pakravan Architects as a practice designed to explore critical questions through the process of building.

Maxine Skaggs Kennedy (MArch'00)
Principal, Studio Skaggs Kennedy

Maxine Skaggs Kennedy is Principal of the architecture firm Studio Skaggs Kennedy (S_SK) in Berkeley, CA, and a licensed architect in California and Washington. S_SK is run as a studio in which study, research, and collaboration are vitally important to their approach to design.  S_SK’s projects are diverse in type, size, and use but always consider context and function, light and structure, and always with a decidedly modernist attitude. Some of S_SK’s most recent projects include rehabilitating and reimagining a historic theater into a mixed-use food hall and community co-work / event space, upcycling a disused gas station into an indoor/ outdoor beer garden, and a new 21 home neighborhood as part of the dynamic Bridge District in West Sacramento. This project, Moderns at Eames Walk, won awards for Exceptional Residential Project from the AIA East Bay and Best Urban Housing from the Sacramento Business Journal. Maxine received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. In 2015 Maxine, along with her husband Sean Kennedy, founded their firm Studio Skaggs Kennedy,

Moderator:

Susan Kolber is a 2020 Weitzman Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture graduate. During her time at Penn and now currently, Susan’s research explores ethical, aesthetic, and environmental practices that reposition and reimagine humans and their interactions with other beings in the built environment. As a leader of various initiatives at AIA’s Equity by Design group and Penn’s Women in Design organization, advocacy work has been an important aspect of her professional and academic practices. She has focused on increasing equity in the professions of architecture and landscape architecture through projects that have focused on data collection, storytelling, and mentorship. Her professional background is in residential architecture and public landscapes where she has worked on projects of different scales combining her interests in multispecies relationships and environmental research, equity advocacy, and passion for design. Susan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania studying Architecture, Urban Studies, and East Asian Studies.   

Host:

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP'16)

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16) is a PhD student and Provost Diversity Fellow currently studying the history and theory of architecture at Columbia University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American architecture and vernacular architecture. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and continues to work part-time in Philadelphia on various preservation projects.

Activism in Practice: A Conversation with two of the founders of Women in Design (1999-2000)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (ET)

About the Program

How does the climate crisis, Black Lives Matter, and social justice impact the work of the architect? How do we take part and take action, working across disciplines to create positive change? This talk will investigate the effects of action on institutions, fields of study and practice, and the shape of design itself.

Presenters:

Vanessa Keith (MArch’00)
Principal, Studioteka Design, Lecturer in Architecture, Weitzman School of Design

Julie Torres Moskovitz (MArch’00)
Principal, Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC
P/T Instructor, Syracuse University

Moderator:

Susan Kolber (MArch’20 MLA’20)

Related links:

Studioteka: www.studioteka.com

2100 A Dystopian Utopia Book: https://www.urpub.org/books/2100

2100 E Book: https://www.urpub.org/books/2100-a-dystopian-utopia-e-book-edition

Metropolis: https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/2100-dystopian-utopia-book-studioteka/

Landscape Architecture Magazine: https://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/2017/05/11/thrive-or-survive/

FNA: https://www.fnarchitecture.com/  

The Greenest Home Book: https://papress.com/products/the-greenest-home-superinsulated-and-passive-house-design  

Women (Re)Build Book: https://www.appliedresearchanddesign.com/product/women-rebuild/  Bartuskaite)

About the Speakers

Vanessa Keith (MArch’00)
Principal, Studioteka Design, Lecturer in Architecture, Weitzman School of Design

Vanessa Keith is a registered architect and the Principal of Studioteka, an award-winning design firm she founded in 2003. Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Studioteka approaches design through a multidisciplinary lens that spans the boundaries between architecture, economic and social development, and urban and environmental concerns. Vanessa is especially interested in the issues faced by cities as they adapt to climate change, and in envisioning design-oriented technical and engineering solutions to environmental problems. The firm’s design work and writing has appeared in USA Today, Frame Magazine, Mark Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, Hinge Magazine, Surface Asia, Urban Omnibus, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Metropolis and Design Bureau. Vanessa is the author of "2100: A Dystopian Utopia – the City After Climate Change," a book on the future of cities in a hotter world with a preface by Saskia Sassen, published by Terreform as part of Michael Sorkin’s Urban Research Series. She is also an editor of “Kingston Harbor: Development Transects,” a book of urban design work published by Columbia University in 2010. The firm’s work ranges from urban, residential and commercial design, interior design, lighting and custom elements, planning, feasibility studies and investment packages, as well as design research and writing.

Keith gave the Alan H. Ryder Distinguished Lecture on her work at Carnegie Mellon and the keynote at the Louisville Sustainability Summit in Louisville, Kentucky in 2017, a talk and book signing at the Drawdown Learn Conference at Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY in 2018, and two Earth Day talks at Georgia Tech and Clark Atlanta University in 2019. She has taught a capstone course in economic and political development at Columbia SIPA, as well as interior design, architecture and urban design studios at Columbia GSAPP, Pratt Institute, City College Spitzer School of Architecture, and the University of Pennsylvania. More information on these and other events and talks is in the news section of her website.

Keith holds a Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2000), Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (1995). Concentration: Economic Development. Focus Area: Urban Planning. B.A., Columbia University (1992). Major: Religion and Non-Western Philosophy. Minor: Fine Art (printmaking)

Julie Torres Moskovitz (MArch’00)
Principal Architect at Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC

Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA is an architect licensed in NY, NJ, GA, and WA and founder of Fete Nature Architecture (FNA) based in Brooklyn. She is a Passive House Certified Consultant and LEED AP. Her studio - FNA Studio is a vital, collaborative firm whose process is founded in research and investigation of new ways to inhabit the urban fabric. This method of working is informed by an aptitude for green technologies, collaboration and commitment to equity, climate adaptation, and reimagining architecture for common good and enjoyment. FNA Studio pledges to actively work to create spaces - both by listening and working with community - projects that uplift the community, that bring equity and collective joy, and encourage togetherness but from a safe distance during this pandemic. 

Torres Moskovitz was the architect on the first certified Passive House building in NYC in 2012 which won a 2014 International Design Passive House Award and a 2015 AIA COTE Honorable Mention. She is the author of "The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design," published by Princeton Architectural Press and contributed to "Women [RE]Build Stories Polemics and Futures." Her studio - FNA completed several resiliency projects in Canarsie, Brooklyn as part of NYC’s Build-It-Back program. She is a Pratt Center Taconic Fellow researching greening city street carts and is working on cooperatively-run women vending spaced in Jackson Hts, Queens. She is on the Advisory Board of the Street Vendor Project and the Institute for Public Architecture and was appointed by the Mayor to the NYC Loft Law Board which works with tenants and landlords. Torres Moskovitz teaches an Eco-Urban seminar at Syracuse University School of Architecture. She is a Judicial Delegate and County Committee Member for Assembly District 50 in Brooklyn. Torres Moskovitz has a Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2000), and a B.A. in African Studies (colonialism and neocolonialism of French-speaking Africa) and French from the University of Michigan (1993).

Moderator:

Susan Kolber (MArch'20 MLA'20)

Susan Kolber is a 2020 Weitzman Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture graduate. During her time at Penn and now currently, Susan’s research explores ethical, aesthetic, and environmental practices that reposition and reimagine humans and their interactions with other beings in the built environment. As a leader of various initiatives at AIA's Equity by Design group and Penn’s Women in Design organization, advocacy work has been an important aspect of her professional and academic practices. She has focused on increasing equity in the professions of architecture and landscape architecture through projects that have focused on data collection, storytelling, and mentorship. Her professional background is in residential architecture and public landscapes where she has worked on projects of different scales combining her interests in multispecies relationships and environmental research, equity advocacy, and passion for design. Susan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania studying Architecture, Urban Studies, and East Asian Studies.

Host:

Charlette Caldwell (MSHP’16)
Penn Weitzman Alumni Association Board President

Charlette Caldwell is a Ph.D. student and Provost Diversity Fellow currently studying the history and theory of architecture at Columbia University. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American architecture and vernacular architecture. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and continues to work part-time in Philadelphia on various preservation projects.

Been Here: A Virtual “Corner Talk” on Black Urbanism, Design, and Planning

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm (ET)

About the Program

How is Black life generative in the design and planning of cities? What are the paths forward for a discourse and practice of Black Urbanism? How are Black urbanists defining themselves and the often overlooked blindspot of Blackness in relation to the larger urbanist professions?

Presenters:
Dr. Matthew Jordan Miller, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Weitzman
Principal & Global Director of Design, Gensler

Sara Zewde
Principal, Studio Zewde

Moderator:
Mark Gardner (MArch’00)
Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, professor of Architectural Practice & Society, School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School, and member of the Weitzman School Board of Overseers.

Related Links
Studio Zewde
“Black Scholar Makes His Mark on Urban Planning” Philadelphia Tribune
Valongo Wharf Africatown
Breathing Monuments poem

An Architecture of Optimism in a Post-Pandemic Society

Thursday, June 4, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm (ET)

About the Program

What will a post-pandemic world look like? There is no doubt that design will have a big role to play, especially since there are opportunities for design intervention everywhere we look. Now is the time for us to rethink how we design our new buildings and reimagine our current ones. This conversation will touch on the ways design can make a difference in a post-pandemic world.

Presenter:
Jordan Goldstein (MArch’96), FIIDA, FAIA

Principal & Global Director of Design, Gensler

Moderator:
Sarah Rottenberg

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Related Links
"Jordan Goldstein is Disrupting Your Post-COVID Work Life,” Disruptor Series Podcast
“Design responds to a changing world,” Gensler Research and Insight
“An Architecture of Optimism for a Post-Pandemic Society,” Gensler Research and Insight blog, by Jordan Goldstein
“Building a bridge for L.A.’s homeless population,” By Rob Jernigan and James Kelly, Gensler Research and Insight

About the Speakers

Jordan Goldstein (MArch’96), FIIDA, FAIA
Principal and Global Director of Design, Gensler

An award-winning architect, Jordan Goldstein oversees Gensler’s focus on design innovation and project delivery. Throughout his career, Jordan has led the design of more than eight million square feet of commercial projects in the US and abroad. A sought-after spokesperson on the future of design both domestically and globally, Jordan has been featured in many prominent design publications. In 2015, the Washington Business Journal named Jordan one of the 25 top innovators in Washington, DC, and has regularly included him on its list of the 100 most influential leaders in that market. An advocate of helping the next generation of designers prepare for tomorrow, Jordan has frequently taught a course on design at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master's degree in architecture and has been the Kea Professor at the University of Maryland, where he earned his BS in Architecture.

Sarah Rottenberg
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Rottenberg oversees the Integrated Product Design Program at Penn, a master's program that bridges design, business, and engineering. Sarah specializes in bringing people together to design products and experiences that are desirable, meaningful, feasible, and viable. She is adept at articulating design processes and methods, teaching Design Thinking and Design Process to students across the university. Sarah is a cofounder of Lia Diagnostics, a company that has developed a flushable pregnancy test - a sustainable product that puts women in control of their own experience. Sarah began her career as a design strategist at Doblin, Inc. and was a directing associate at Jump Associates. She has a MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BS from Georgetown University.