Architectural Archives

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.

Denise Scott Brown, the Architectural Archives, and the Weitzman School hosted a celebration for architect Robert Venturi in the Fisher Fine Arts Reading Room on June 15th, with remeberances from students, colleagues, friends, and family.  Beyond an internationally significant legacy of buil

This April, a model of Louis I. Kahn's National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh traveled to the United Nations as part of the exhibition, From Island to Island: The Creative Journey of Louis Kahn.

On WHYY’s podcast “The Why,” William Whitaker, Architectural Archives Curator, discusses Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn’s attempt to curb the city’s traffic in the 1950s.

In conjunction with a survey exhibition at the Architectural Archives, longtime faculty member Laurie Olin talks about his design process, the interchange between his practice and teaching, and the experience of space.

Venturi, Scott Brown Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Before he was a Prtizker Architecture Prize winner, architect Robert Venturi was a member of the faculty at PennDesign.

The Architectural Archives opened a new exhibit, The House We Live In on Thursday, June 20th.  See the exhibit page for more information. 

On May 11th, Bill Whitaker, Curator of the Architectural Archives, co-led a tour of the Swarthmore College campus in conjunction with Docomomo.

 Photo © Paul Zizka

Design With Nature Now, echoing the title of McHarg’s 1969 book Design With Nature, takes visitors on a global tour of 25 ongoing or completed projects in 21 nations—from China to the United States, and from Columbia to New Zealand—to measure the political, environmental, and economic dimensions of landscape architecture as practiced today.

Professor Anooradha Siddiqi brought her Bernard/Columbia achitectural history class, Modern Architecture in the World to the Architectural Archives on April 12th.  The class viewed original drawings and models from the Kahn collection, and heard from Henry Wilcots about the construc

Photo © OLIN / Sahar Coston-Hardy

In conjunction with a survey exhibition at the Architectural Archives, longtime faculty member Laurie Olin talks about his lifelong drawing practice. “A lot of design is about planning and thinking and then working through a problem,” he says.“Drawings are problems that you set for yourself when you’re trying to figure out how to express something.”

Photo courtesy Yukon to Yellowstone Conservation Initiative

Over $500,000 in competitive grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage will support new initatives by PennDesign and its faculty to study and expand the practice of design in the 21st century.