Graduate Architecture

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A new publication, Under Pressure: Essays on Urban Housing (Routledge, 2021), edited by
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Photo: Iwan Baan courtesy MASS Design Group

On November 18, MASS Design Group, the nonprofit firm based in Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, that got its start building hospitals, will receive the 2021 Kanter Tritsch Medal in Architecture, and the City of Minneapolis will receive the 2021 Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning for Minneapolis 2040, a comprehensive plan to guide the city’s growth. The recipient of the $50,000 Kanter Tritsch Prize in Energy and Architectural Innovation is Beikel José Rivas and the recipient of the $50,000 Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize in City and Regional Planning is Xuezhu Zhao.
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Winners are awarded cash prizes to fund summer research "on far-reaching topics that push the boundaries of critical thinking and architectural design."
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More than one year after the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed campus life, challenging students and faculty to find new ways to teach and learn remotely, the Weitzman School held a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15. In her keynote address, alum and renowned landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn (MLA‘74) advised graduates that “designing a career is literally the work of a lifetime.” She was joined by MArch candidate Amber Farrow, the department chairs, and program directors in addressing the Class of 2021.
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Photo courtesy Julian Abele, Jr. and Patty Susnitzky

In March of 2021, a group of Abele’s living descendants, including his son, Julian Abele, Jr., and his great grand-niece and -nephew Susan Cook and Peter Cook, joined a virtual panel celebrating the life of their long-overlooked forebear, the first Black student to graduate from Penn’s architecture program.
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Nancy Ma's project will contribute research towards critical design strategies for residentail bedrooms and wards in children’s hospitals. 
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The latest iteration of the Department of Architecture’s Pavilion Project, Hyperlapse Chambers is an installation of designs by first-year graduate architecture students taking place in Meyerson Hall on Wednesday/Thursday, October 6th &7th at 2–6pm.
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In conjunction with the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, CityX Venice, a virtual exhibition of new and recent work by leading architects and designers from around the world, opened online in May. Winka Dubbeldam, who is Miller Professor and chair of the Department of Architecture and director of the Advanced Research and Innovation (ARI) Lab, served as one of the creative directors, inviting faculty members to present examples of the design-research under way at Weitzman.
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As in years past, DesignIntelligence is looking for students and professionals with hiring and/or supervising responsibility to participate in the program. So, we’re calling on alums, students, and friends to take the survey. To reflect the enduring value of a Penn education, it’s critical that as many voices from the Penn community are heard as possible.
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Laia Mogas-Soldevila joined the graduate architecture faculty at the Weitzman School of Design last fall, after holding appointments as a visiting professor in Cornell University’s Department of Architecture and an instructor with the MIT Department of Architecture and MIT MediaLab. She is the co-founder of DumoLab, an experimental architecture and engineering research studio. Her research examines the potential for new types of materials to drive the process of design, and the implications for architecture’s relationship to the environment.
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Photo courtesy Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

In a long career with the architecture firm Skidmore Owings Merrill, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, professor of architecture and urban design and former dean of the Weitzman School, worked on large-scale transportation projects all over the globe. One of the biggest was Moynihan Train Hall, an expansion of New York’s Penn Station, which opened earlier this year. In this interview, Taylor talks about the project's challenges and rewards.
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Two studies by Dorit Aviv, assistant professor of architecture and director of the Thermal Architecture Lab in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, show how architecture can help create interior spaces that are both COVID-safe and energy efficient.