Graduate Architecture

Cover of book entitled Lateness
Lateness (Princeton University Press, 2020), a new book from renowned architect Peter Eisenman, the 2020 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal in Architecture, examines the work of architects Adolf Loos, Aldo Rossi, and John Hejduk for the ways it was out of sync with its time. Bringing together architecture, music, and philosophy, and drawing on illuminating examples from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Eisenman and co-author Elisa Iturbe suggest “lateness can serve as a form of release from the restraints of the moment.”
Masoud Akbarzadeh
Masoud Akbarzadeh, an assistant professor of architecture at Weitzman who directs the Polyhedral Structures Lab, is on a team of Penn researchers who have been tapped to drive “the Future of Manufacturing” with innovative, interdisciplinary projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Akbarzadeh’s team will focus on “self-morphing building blocks,” or cell-sized modules that can be assembled into human-scale structures.  
Cover of issue of Architectural Design
The most recent issue of Architectural Design has been guest edited by Ali Rahim, professor of architecture and director of the MSD-AAD program, and Hina Jamelle, senior lecturer in architecture and director of urban housing, takes on the theme of Impact. In their introduction to the issue, Rahim and Jamelle look to a new culture of making where architectural projects embrace innovative digital technology while moving beyond the digital signature used in their creation.
Illustration with title of conference overplayed

Illustration by Drawing Architecture Studio

Organised with the Department of Architecture at University of Hong Kong, the symposium "reappraises Archigram through interpretations of the group’s work in relation to the histories and practice of architecture and urbanism across a wider set of geographies."
Rendering of a quarry transformed into a park
On Friday, August 28, as part of the Weitzman School’s New Student Orientation, teams of Design Fellows described the work they engaged in over the summer. One team of four Fellows worked under the leadership of Ellen Neises (MLA’02), adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture and executive director at PennPraxis, to re-imagine a former slate quarry as a heritage park linked to a growing trail system in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.
 Peter Eisenman
The Weitzman School has selected Peter Eisenman as the 2020 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design, and the City of Philadelphia as the 2020 recipient of the Witte-Sakamoto Family Medal in City and Regional Planning for GreenPlan Philadelphia. The recipients of the annual student prizes are Paul Germaine McCoy, in architecture, and Avery Harmon, in city and regional planning.
Image on left shows a short built hallway outdoors with cement floors and red trim. Right image shows illustrative diagram.

The “Cold Tube” pavilion (left) during tests in Singapore in January 2019. The structure is able to provide a cool and comfortable outdoor space through the use of radiant cooling (right). (Image credit: photograph: Lea Ruefenacht; diagram: Dorit Aviv and Jiewei Li)

As colder weather in the northern hemisphere drives more people inside, how has modern architecture influenced the creation of spaces that seem to foster an airborne virus’ spread and can design-based strategies help create safer spaces? To address these questions, Daniel Barber, Dorit Aviv, and Philip Ryan share insights on the evolution of modern building design, how to improve ventilation while reducing energy usage, and ways that architects are supporting their communities with simple, design-based solutions.
Two women stand outside a white tent dwelling with city in the background

Photo Nicholas Pevzner

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is the coldest capital city in the world. On an average day, the temperature doesn’t rise above freezing, and in the winter, it often dips to 40 degrees below zero on the Fahrenheit scale.
Julian Francis Abele, c. 1927

Image courtesy University Archives & Records Center at Penn

Among the Weitzman School’s latest efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community and the design professions, the School has established the Julian Abele Fellowship in Architecture, which will be given annually to a graduate architecture student or students once the fund is fully endowed. The Fellowship is named for the first Black architect to graduate from Penn.
Detail of an archival flier for a 1999 Women in Design event
On September 29, the Weitzman Office of Development and Alumni Relations brought together two alums of the Department of Architecture, Vanessa Keith (MArch’00) and Julie Torres Moskovitz (MArch’00), for an online conversation on how their design practices allow them to engage as activists on urgent societal and environmental topics, from the climate crisis to the Black Lives Matter movement. Recent alum Susan Kolber (MArch’20, MLA’20), who moderated the talk, gave some context on the links between the first Women in Design group and the current one.
 Six black vessels with various protrusions on a blue background
The latest iteration of the Department of Architecture’s Pavilion Project, Mixing Chambers is a virtual installation of designs by first-year graduate architecture students accessed via QR codes in
Solar panels cover a rectangular building surrounded by trees
Leading by Design explores the work of Weitzman alumni, faculty members, and supporters of the School who are expanding the practice of art and design to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Architects Joe and Gail Adams talk about Kahn's environmentalism, defying convention, and lessons of four decades in practice.