Graduate Architecture

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Richard Farley, adjunct professor of architecture; Elizabeth Lovett, lecturer in undergraduate architecture; and Akira Drake Rodriguez, assistant professor of city and regional planning, have received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2021-2022. Named in honor of the architect and longtime faculty member who served as dean of the School from 1951-1971, the awards are given annually based on student nominations to recognize distinguished teaching and innovation in the classroom, seminar, or studio. 
Daniel Barber
Daniel Barber, associate professor of architecture and director of the PhD Program in Architecture, has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for a study of how to live in buildings after fossil-fuel energy sources are no longer socially viable.
Six Weitzman Master of Architecture students were among the 19 graduate awardees selected for Metropolis magazine's second-ever "Future 100" showcase.
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Contemporary Architecture Practice. Lijia Smart Park, Chongqing, China

Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP), the New York- and Shanghai-based firm founded and led by Weitzman faculty members Ali Rahim and Hina Jamelle, has been selected to design Lijia Smart Park Innovation Center West District. At 510,830 square meters, the development in Chongqing, China, is the firm’s most complex project to date.
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Photo David Leatherbarrow

Having achieved the rank of professor emeritus in 2021, David Leathbarrow will be honored at a series of events in the spring of 2022. In an interview, Leatherbarrow talked about the ideas that have sustained his attention over time, how Penn students differ from others, and why Philadelphia is the best city to study architecture.
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Image credit: Studioteka Design

The design professions are increasingly preoccupied by the imperatives of climate change, from reducing fossil fuel use to adapting to sea-level rise and extreme weather. So, for architects in training, these considerations are now fundamental. This semester, graduate architecture students at Weitzman are digging in, through coursework that explores the relationships between design, the environment, climate, and the future of the planet.
FORMA – the design-driven architecture practice led by Miroslava Brooks and Daniel
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After teaching for more than 16 years at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture and serving for six years as department chair, Rashida Ng (MArch’01) returned to her alma mater as Presidential Associate Professor of Architecture in the spring of 2022, and this July she will become chair of the undergraduate architecture program. In an interview, Ng talks about her exploration of urban housing and new materials—and why this is a watershed moment for both the profession of architecture and architecture education.
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Weitzman’s Advanced Research & Innovation Lab (ARI) brings together the combined expertise of Weitzman School faculty members with state-of-the art fabrication, measurement, and modeling technologies. Led by Miller Professor and Chair of Architecture Winka Dubbeldam, ARI is comprised of seven research centers where faculty have engaged in widely diverse work on topics ranging from the creation of biodegradable building materials to mapping the topology of Baroque architecture. Here we catch up on the latest news from three ARI labs.

First Place: Wenliu Tu (MArch’24) and Luxin Zhong (MArch’24) | The Hug

This year’s BLT Architects Student Design Competition challenged contestant teams to tackle an adaptive reuse and addition to one of BLTa’s historically designated buildings – The International House. Three teams of Weitzman Architecture students won the competition, which included teams from other schools in the Philadelphia area.

First Place: "Jumbled Synergies" by David Perrine (MArch'23) and Kyle Troyer (MArch'23)

Master of Architecture students from the Weitzman School of Design were recognized in the 2022 HOK Futures Competition. Three teams of Weitzman students won top honors.
Bohan Lang, Ross Mackenzie, Qin Wen

Team #5 Bohan Lang, Ross Mackenzie, Qin Wen

Winners of the annual Albert F. Schenck-Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship Prize for first-year MArch students have been announced.

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