Previously one of the largest producers of marble in the world, The Vermont Marble Company, as a supplier, designer, fabricator, and seller, was a global competitor in the European-dominated world of building and ornamental stonework from the early to mid-20th century.
Like the rest of the world, the Architectural Archives closed to the public last March, and the staff began to work remotely. By the summer, we were back on site, but only part time and with very limited researcher access. This has required us to shift the way we work and create new w
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.
Thursday, October 29th, 2020 6:00pm Online Free admission; advance registration required Follow this link to register
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.
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.
In March of 2021, a group of Abele’s living descendants, including his son, Julian Abele, Jr., and his great grand-niece and -nephew Susan Cook and Peter Cook, joined a virtual panel celebrating the life of their long-overlooked forebear, the first Black student to graduate from Penn’s architecture program.
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.”
An effort to create a facsimile reprint of the 1962 publication The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn is being spearheaded by alum Richard Saul Wurman (BArch’58, MArch’59) who played a critical role in the making of the original publication.
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
Julia Moore Converse (1946-2020) came to Penn in 1984 and worked as the curator and later as the Director of the Weitzman School’s Architectural Archives.
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