City and Regional Planning

Portrait of Jing Zhang and Jingzhi Chang with Ben Medler

Photo courtesy Wharton Customer Analytics

A team of City and Regional Planning students at Weitzman won the latest datathon organized by the Wharton Customer Analytics (WCA) for Electronic Arts (EA), the entertainment company behind such hit games as FIFA 17 and The Journey. 
Lisa Servon at the podium in a ballroom with conference attendees
Lisa Servon, the Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning at the Weitzman School, has been named research fellow at the Filene Research Institute, where she’ll lead the newly-launched Center of Excellence for Consumer Financial Lives in Transition. The Center will focus on strengthening credit unions’ capacity to adapt to consumers’ changing financial lives and livelihoods as they face new forms of economic struggle and financial fragility.
Posters designed by students for Green New Deal projects show various landscapes
Over the course of the fall 2019 semester, Weitzman students added their voices to the public discussion on climate change adaptation and infrastructure, as part of an interdisciplinary Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning studio called Designing a Green New Deal: The Spatial Politics of Our Response to Climate Change. 
Portrait of Zhongjie Lin teaching
Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Zhongjie Lin speaks in this interview about his new project, Spatial Visions Connecting China and the West: A Centennial Review and New Perspectives on Future Urban Environments. The project builds on a series of Weitzman initiatives supported by the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund since 2015. Lin and his partners are planning a large exhibition and two symposia at Penn for the fall of 2020.
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 to encourage students with a commitment to diversity to pursue 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.
A bronze bust of Stuart Weitzman is unveiled by Dean Fritz Steiner (left) and President Amy Gutmann, while Weitzman (right) looks on during the Stuart Weitzman School of Design naming celebration.

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.” 
Rendering of proposed redevelopment work showing streetscape improvements
Two teams of Penn students received honorable mentions in the highly competitive 2020 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Hines Student Competition.
Aerial view of low rise housing in Los Angeles
Having played a key role in Philadelphia's first citywide housing plan, the assistant professor of city and regional planning is working to understand frictions and discrimination in the L.A. housing marketing and elsewhere. 
Five students are gathered at a laptop
In 2019, the national estimates remain jarring: Three out of every five fire-related deaths in homes occur in properties without working smoke alarms.
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.