Architectural Archives

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
Portrait of Julia Moore Converse
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.
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.
Denise Scott Brown speaking at Robert Venturi Memorial
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
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.
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. 
John Lawson (far left) and Lorna Katz (second from left)
On May 11th, Bill Whitaker, Curator of the Architectural Archives, co-led a tour of the Swarthmore College campus in conjunction with Docomomo.