Graduate Architecture

With the new Academic Year, PennDesign welcomes four new members of the standing faculty, subject to University approval; Dean Steiner has also named Megan Ryerson associate dean for research.

Dean Frederick Steiner and Miller Professor and Chair Winka Dubbeldam shared school-wide updates and highlighted exciting innovations in Graduate Architecture.

Over 25 students recieved awards for their outstanding work.

“As PennDesign alumni, you assume new responsibility, and unsurpassed opportunity, to shape our future," Dean Fritz Steiner told the graduating class. The commencement speech was delivered by Oberlin College Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David W. Orr. Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, spoke at the awards ceremony. 

"Forest, Tower, City: Rethinking the Green Machine Aesthetic" examines the interplay of forests and urban architecture.

The Weiss/Manfredi team, 2018 National Design Award Winners for Architecture

The National Design Awards, which have been given since 2000, are intended to “celebrate design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world,” and are bestowed are “in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.”

Photo © Chris Sturman - Trunk Archive courtesy Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

PennDesign has selected Tod Williams and Billie Tsien to receive the inaugural Kanter Tritsch Medal. The Medal will be presented at a benefit in New York City on October 15, 2018, along with the $50,000 Kanter Tritsch Prize for an exceptional second-year graduate architecture student, which has been awarded to Alexandra Mae Adamski.

It includes behind-the-scenes footage of Dubbeldam's firm Archi-Tectonics and explores the emphasis on “New Solids” in her work.

Photo Tom Harris

The installation is just one of several PennDesign faculty, student, and alumni-related exhibitions and events at the 2018 Venice Biennale. 

The international architecture exhibition opens to the public on May 26, 2018.

PhD Candidate Eric Bellin and Lecturer Ben Krone were commended for their service to PennDesign at the 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Bouw's research project, the Hackable City, has focused on the unassuming neighborhood of Buiksloterham, which stretches across a formerly industrial waterfront in the Netherlands.