Graduate Architecture

Faculty Research
Abstract white block sculpture.
Led by Assistant Professor Robert Stuart-Smith, AML-Penn explores the integration of design and production within robotic processes of building manufacturing.
Two students looking at 3D printed models of Baroque buildings.
Associate Professor Andrew Saunders' research explores how emerging technology provides unprecedented access to Baroque architecture’s formal complexities, intricate detail, and deep topological structure.
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
Sponsored Research
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.
The Department of Architecture's ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Culture in Cairo has included an exhibit in the Egyptian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and earned a studio prize from the American Institute of Architects.
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
Copies of 57 Pavillions

57 Pavilions is a 21st-century manual documenting architectural design research at PennDesign examining new potentials for part to whole assemblies where experiments in material expression, morphology, performance and culture fuse with advanced digital design processes and fabrication to produce fullscale architectural consequences.


Daniel A. Barber
A House in the Sun describes a number of experiments in solar house heating in American architectural, engineering, political, economic, and corporate contexts from the beginning of World War II until the late 1950s.

Edited by William W. Braham and Daniel Willis
Architecture and Energy provides architects and architectural theorists with more durable arguments for environmental design decisions, arguments addressing three different scales or aspects of contemporary construction.

Edited by Dan Willis, William W. Braham, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Daniel A. Barber
Organized into a collection containing both examples of best practices and critiques, this impressive array of projects and contributors combines text and graphic material to explore different representations of energy data.