Graduate Architecture

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Image: Aerial Robotics Lab, Imperial College London

Researchers including Weitzman's Robert Stuart-Smith have made a swarm of bee-inspired drones that can collectively 3D print material while in flight, allowing unbounded manufacturing for building and repairing structures.
Extruded material in donut shape / diagram showing heat transfer from lattice floor plate
Penn has been selected to receive $2.4M in funding from the US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). “We’re taking a multi-scalar approach to minimize the impact of using concrete, which is the most ubiquitous construction material globally,” said Masoud Akbarzadeh, director of the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory and assistant professor of architecture.
FORMA – the design-driven architecture practice led by Miroslava Brooks and Daniel
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.
Elizabeth Delmelle and Daniela Fabricius
The Weitzman School welcomes geographer and geographic information scientist Elizabeth Delmelle and architectural historian and theorist Daniela Fabricius to the standing faculty. Delmelle is an associate professor of city and regional planning and the director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program; Fabricius is an assistant professor of architecture whose work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the political, intellectual, and aesthetic histories of 20th-century architecture and urbanism.
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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. 
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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.