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.
Before he was a Prtizker Architecture Prize winner, architect Robert Venturi was a member of the faculty at PennDesign.
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.
Did you know our Architectural Archives has more than a million objects? Or that the archives' curator, William Whitaker, lives in a home here in West Philadelphia designed by a famous architect? How cool!
With six dozen works including drawings, photographs and models, KieranTimberlake: Drawn + Quartered, on view at PennDesign’s Architectural Archives through October 14, surveys
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
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.”
PennDesign is widely recognized in China, not only for training the next generation of designers and preservationists, but as the alma mater of the founders of modern architecture.
A sketch model for Louis Kahn’s famed National Assembly Building of Bangladesh is getting a gentle makeover, with guidance from two of Kahn’s former associates. “This model is an incredibly important part of the design process, revealing the creative mind at work,” says William Whitaker, curator of the Architectural Archives at PennDesign.
The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded an $82,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
In an article for the Winter 2016 issue of Context: The Journal of AIA Philadelphia, excerp