Architectural Archives

Laurie Olin at a PennDesign studio review
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.
Robert Venturi in Piazza Navona, Rome, 1965

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.  
Wildlife Road Crossing, Michael Van Valkenburg and Associates, 2010, among the projects to be featured in the exhibition ‘Design With Nature Now‘

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.
William Whitaker in the Archives
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!
James Timberlake
With six dozen works including drawings, photographs and models, KieranTimberlake: Drawn + Quartered, on view at PennDesign’s Architectural Archives through October 14, surveys
Provincial Capital Building, Toulouse, France; Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates; photographer unknown; Penn Architectural Archives.

Provincial Capital Building, Toulouse, France; Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates; photographer unknown; Penn Architectural Archives.

Former faculty members Denise Scott Brown (MCP'60 and MArch'65), Hon.
Laurie Olin, Practice Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture

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.”
‘The Rise of Modernity’ on view at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum

Photo: PSA, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum

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.
Kahn's model of the National Assembly Building in Bangladesh, from the Louis I. Kahn Collection of the Architectural Archives

Kahn's model of the National Assembly Building in Bangladesh, from the Louis I. Kahn Collection of the Architectural Archives

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.
Earth timeline superimposed over seashell

Lawrence Halprin Collection, Eco Score, Architectural Archives

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).
Flower store with big neon signs
In an article for the Winter 2016 issue of Context: The Journal of AIA Philadelphia, excerp
Susan Macdonald
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation had the pleasure of hosting two events with Susan Macdonald, Head of Field Projects at the Getty Conservation Institute, this week.

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