Architectural Archives

A modern house set next to a swimming pool with mountains in the distance

Photo Grant Mudford

Barton Myers (MArch’64), the designer of numerous high-profile cultural institutions whose Toro Canyon House (pictured) pioneered the use of industrial off-the-shelf industrial components in residential design, has donated an important collection of records from his early career to Penn. Of the Architectural Archives’ holdings, Myers says, “[They] really give you a chance to see what it was like to be an architect, what forces you’re dealing with, and how one functions in a certain time and context.”
Our Days Are Like Full Years Cover
Thursday, October 29th, 2020 6:00pm   Online Free admission; advance registration required Follow this link to register
Bill Whitaker with Sarah Herda (left) and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss (right)

Photo courtesy of Princeton School of Architecture. 

On March 5-6, 2020 Curator Bill Whitaker and Archivist Heather Isbell Schumacher presented at Anne Tyng: Ordered Randomness, an event organized by Women in Design and Architecture at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.
Cake with "Design With Nature Now" logo on it
The Lincoln Land Institute of Land Policy has realeased Design With Nature Now, edited by Frederick Steiner, Richard Weller, Karen M’Closkey, and Billy Fleming from the Weitzman School's Landscape Architecture Department, and an essay on Ian McHarg by William Whitaker, Curator of the Arc
Sign for Louis I. Kahn, the Nordic Lattitudes
The Architectural Archives held a public book launch and presentation for authors Per Olaf Fjeld amd Emil Randall Fjeld on September 25th. Louis I. Kahn: The Nordic Latitudes is a new and personal reading of the architecture, teachings, and legacy of Louis I.
Sign for "Complexity and Contradiction in Architects". Image: Robert Venturi
The Museum of Modern Art has announced the publication of Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction at Fifty, celebrating Venturi’s 1966 landmark book Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, which grew out of his teaching at Penn.
Black and white portrait of Minerva Parker Nichols
The Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has received a $300,000 project grant from The Pew Center for Art & Heritage for their exhibition, What Minerva Built.
Laurie Olin, France Sketchbooks Book Cover
On October 15th, Laurie Olin came to the Architectural Archives to do a virtual launch for his new publication, France Sketchbooks: The Need for Hand Drawing in a Sped-Up Age.  The event was introduced by Weitzman School dean and Paley Professor, Fritz Steiner, and Laurie Olin was j
Introductory panel for the Miracles in Concrete Exhibiton
A leading authority on the design of prestressed concrete structures, August E. Komendant played an instrumental role in the creation of a number of the most significant architectural designs of the second half of the twentieth century. His collaborations with architects, Louis I.
Viewers at map room event looking at archived maps
In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Libraries Map Room, the Architectural Archives did a map room event at the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of the Archives Month Philly even
Woman holding sign saying "Welcome editor in chief"
The Architectural Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Mildred Schmertz Collection. Schmertz was the long time editor of Architectural Record as well as a respected architectural photographer.
New exhibition "The House We Live In"
The Architectural Archives opened a new exhibit, The House We Live In on Thursday, June 20th.  See the exhibit page for more information.