Architectural Archives

Large arched white dome building with ornamental ceiling

Image 1: Pier Luigi Nervi's Turin Exhibition Hall. Photo courtesy Matteini.

In this Preservation Roundtable, Frank Matero, Professor and Chair of the Stuart Weitzman Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, moderates a discussion on the opportunities and challenge
Black and White photograph of exterior of Louis Kahn designed Phillips Exeter Library
Willam Whitaker, Architectural Archives Curator, was invited to speak to students at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire to celebrate the 50th anniversity of the school's library, designed by architect Louis Kahn.
A lantern-like bridge in concrete and wood spans a small river in a dense urban setting

Photo: Fangfang Tian

The Weitzman School of Design, in association with Southeast University and Tongji University, will present a two-part exhibition tracing China’s shifting design practices over a century in which many of its leading practitioners and scholars were educated at Penn. Co-curated by Zhongjie Lin, associate professor of city and regional planning, the exhibition investigates significant moments in the continuing architectural dialogue between China and the West, between different generations of architects, and among contemporary designers in China.
A middle aged man in a business suit stands on a rocky shore, looking at the ocean

Photo courtesy Julian Abele, Jr. and Patty Susnitzky

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.
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.”
Ink drawing of Philadelphia showing new structures envisioned by Kahn
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.
Curator helps student view photo slides on light table

Photo by Eric Sucar

In March, the Architectural Archives welcomed Liliane Weissberg and graduate students from her Inside the Archive class for a tabletop tour and discussion.
A teacher is surrounded by a group of students

Photographer George Pohl, 1961, Architectural Archives, Weitzman School of Design

A recent article by Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano explores the overlooked contributions of three women, Mimi Lobell, Stanislava Nowicki, and Blanche Lemco, to the history of the School.
Black and gold marble slab
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.
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Image of decorated storefront at the VSBA office building in Manyunk.  This design is a memorial to the victims of 9/11, from fall 2001.

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
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.
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Thursday, October 29th, 2020 6:00pm   Online Free admission; advance registration required Follow this link to register