Graduate Architecture

Research Projects

Diagram of Philadelphia region

Diagram of Philadelphia region illustrating the benefit received by two different locations, an exurban center, Norristown CBD, and a rural township, Bass River, NJ. Each receives some benefit from each of the other 1,378 census tracts, but the UME of Norristown is double its EAB, while that of Bass River is reduced to 70%.

William W. Braham and Jae Min Lee

Setting up instruments.

Weather station at the Ger Test Ranch

Working with UNICEF and the Mongolian non-profit GerHub, a team from PennDesign’s Center for Environmental Building and Design and KieranTimberlake Architects is auditing the thermal performance of six improved ger at a test site and five occupied ger in the ger district of Ulaanbaatar.


Under the direction of Associate Professor Simon Kim, PennDesign participates in an ongoing collaboration with Seoul National University (SNU). These intiatives are supported by Heerim Architects and Planners, a global leader in architecture and construction.


Research Publications

Simulating the architecture of different cellular materials in nature using PGS technique; the force and form diagrams of a strut-based cellular (a,b), a polyhedron cellular (e,f), and a shellular (i,j) unit-cell designed by PGS. The 3D aggregation of the force diagrams (c,g,k) results in different kinds of triply periodic cellular materials (d,h,l).

Assistant Professor of Architecture Masoud Akbarzadeh was the principal investigator of research published in the journal, Advanced Functional Materials with an impact factor of 18.81.

Ali Rahim, professor of architecture and director of the MSD-AAD program, and Hina Jamelle, senior lecturer in architecture and director of urban housing, take on the theme of Impact in the September 2020 issue of Architectural Design (Volume 90, Issue 5).

Under Pressure: Essays on Urban Housing (Routledge, 2021), edited by Hina Jamelle, senior lecturer and director of urban housing in the Department of Architecture, gathers and contextualizes recent conversations on urban housing through a design lens.

Conferences / Papers

Map of Philadelphia with colored zones

Locational value in Center City Philadelphia, UME/EAB, ratio of urban emergy to assets and inputs, showing that the pattern of investment and decay around the city center.

Co-authored by William W. Braham

This paper examines the metabolism of urban location, which is offered as a contribution to the expansion of urban metabolism analysis beyond the largely biophysical methods of mass-energy-balance and emergy accounting.

Black and white image of group seated on sofa in wood paneled room

Source: Vienna (Austria), University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Art Collection and Archive, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Papers, “Chinareise,” 1934, Photos, F/CJ/1.

Sophie Hochhäusl

In the 1930s and the 1950s China recruited thousands of foreign "experts” to consult on programs to modernize the country. Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897–2000), an Austrian architect and postwar member of the Communist Party, was invited to participate in these programs in both periods.