Graduate Architecture

The recent feature by Architizer is "one of the most extensive collections to date of innovative women in architecture."
Rendering with aerial view of single story building with copper-colored roof
Now in its fifth year, HOK Futures invites Philadelphia-area architecture students to participate in the competition. All three of the finalist spots were awarded to teams from Weitzman.
Rendering of the entry of a new medical building
Across the United States wintertime surges in COVID-19 cases and a slow vaccine rollout are two vivid examples of how the pandemic continues to impact daily life.
A crowd of people in a Philly street gather in front of a foldout stage with two musicians performing
Sixteen teams of graduate architecture students spent the last week and a half in January designing carnival floats for a celebration of Juneteenth. They were responding to the brief for an annual competition open to students in the ARCH 502 design studio, which will focus this semester on the 52nd Street SEPTA El station on the Market-Frankford line.
Barber discusses his new books, the impact of air conditioning on modern architecture, and how design intersects with the climate crisis.
A futuristic architectural rendering featuring office buildings and a plant-like structure
An energy-efficient datacenter entitled Sanctuary of Datum, the design was produced in a 2020 MSD-EBD studio led by Dorit Aviv, assistant professor of architecture and director of the Thermal Architecture Lab.
The American Institute of Architecture's College of Fellows awarded 102 of members admission into the AiA College of Fellows, the highest level of membership and honor available within the AiA. The University of Pennsylvania is proud to have eight alums within this distinguished class.
Rendering of a futuristic large building with a Gothic tower
Last spring, as COVID-19 was shutting down office buildings and storefronts around the country, Associate Professor of Architecture Ferda Kolatan spent a lot of time walking around New York, where he lives, and thinking about how the pandemic could permanently alter the architecture of the city.
Five men constructing a wall-like structure in water out of bamboo and other natural materials
In a new book, Building with Nature: Creating, implementing, and upscaling Nature-based Solutions (nai010 publishers, 2020), experts from science, engineering, design and nonprofits describe the key concepts of EcoShape, a Dutch initiative to promote eco-friendly building practices through hydraulic structures. Edited by Matthijs Bouw, associate professor of practice in architecture and landscape architecture, and Erik van Eekelen, the book links building projects in Europe and Southeast Asia to their landscapes and economic and social systems. In this excerpt from his essay “Learning from Place,” Bouw describes a trip to Demak, Indonesia, with a group of students from the Weitzman School to see how EcoShape hydrological engineering projects are bringing urgently needed, nature-based solutions to local conditions that are rapidly changing due to the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.
Rendering of a mirrored float moving down a West Philadelphia street with bystanders surrounding it
This year's prompt asked students to consider the broader West Philadelphia community by imagining parade floats that would celebrate, honor, and recognize the neighborhood's rich history. 
Architectural render of interior arched space with crates stacked to the right and a semicircle of mismatched chairs to the left
Their submission, Renewed Palimpsest, was originally created for Associate Professor of Architecture Ferda Kolatan's 701 studio "Oddkin Architecture in Istanbul III: Remaking the Büyük Valide Han."
Watercolor showing a rundown house next to a river

Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Weitzman faculty and students are re-examining the role of designers, planners, and preservationists in meeting a host of societal challenges that came to a head in 2020. Many new seminars and studios for Academic Year 2020-2021 respond directly to them, by looking at the history of epidemics; tools to empower residents of low-income neighborhoods to engage in redevelopment; and the ways in which racial identities are constructed through the built environment.

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