City and Regional Planning

Vincent Reina portrait

Vincent Reina, assistant professor of city and regional planning at the Weitzman School, has received the 2019 Rising Scholar Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Established to recognize rigor and originality on the part of a pre-tenure faculty member, the award was announced at the ACSP Annual Conference in Greenville, South Carolina, held October 24 – 27, 2019.

Gene Kohn stands at podium with Fritz Steiner at right

Seven decades after he first came to Penn, A. Eugene Kohn (BArch’53, MArch’57) stood before a group of Weitzman faculty, alumni, donors, and students last week and told a story about his mother. When he was young, Kohn told the audience, she made a living as a dressmaker.

Lisa Servon portrait

Lisa Servon, professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Servon has just been appointed the Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor. It’s one of two presidential professorships established as part of the School’s Lead by Design Campaign with the goal of diversifying the faculty by attracting and retaining acclaimed scholars and practitioners in endowed positions.

Ann Strong at middle age in a raincoat outdoors, and Strong in later life holding flowers

Professor Emeritus Ann Louise Strong died peacefully in her home at Beaumont Retirement Village in Bryn Mawr on Sunday, August 25. She was born on April 26, 1930 in Auburn, New York.

This semester, Marilyn Jordan Taylor led a design studio that took a wide-angle view of the airport’s future—more capacity and more service, but hopefully better connections to Newark, and investments in struggling neighborhoods in the adjacent South Ward. Taylor’s class was just one of three design studios in the Weitzman School that dealt with the evolving shape of American airports this spring. 

Francesca Russello Ammon, associate professor of historic preservation and city and regional planning; Matt Freedman, lecturer in fine arts; and Jacob Rivkin, lecturer in fine arts, have received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2018-2019.

Eboni Hawkins and Sean Smith on the Meyerson patio with Locus Walk in background

This fall, the Department of City and Regional Planning is welcoming the first cohort of Moelis Scholars, a new program open to African-American and Latinx students who are thinking about pursuing careers in housing and community and economic development.The goal is not just to bring people from a range of backgrounds into the planning discipline, but to help them find a way into the private development world as well, says Ron Moelis (C’78 W’78), CEO and founding partner of L+M Development Partners and the primary supporter of the new fellowship program.

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Designer and footwear industry icon Stuart Weitzman was honored in a ceremony Thursday celebrating the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. President Amy Gutmann thanked Weitzman for a “lifetime of engagement with Penn,” saying he “believes in the power of design to immeasurably improve the human experience.” 

As a new academic year begins, scholarship coming out of the Weitzman School is engaging a range of topics, including farmland preservation in Pennsylvania and Maryland, development in the megacities of Latin America, architectural resilience in Japan, and the socio-ecological legacy of Desig

The Department of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School earned the 7th spot in the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs in the U.S.

Joining the students, guests, and faculty gathered at Irvine Auditorium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony was Stuart Weitzman, the award-winning designer for whom the School of Design was named in late February, and the evening’s featured speaker.

 Photo © Paul Zizka

Design With Nature Now, echoing the title of McHarg’s 1969 book Design With Nature, takes visitors on a global tour of 25 ongoing or completed projects in 21 nations—from China to the United States, and from Columbia to New Zealand—to measure the political, environmental, and economic dimensions of landscape architecture as practiced today.