Historic Preservation

The 2019 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 115 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, including five School of Design alumni.

Photo: Andrew Fearon

A member of the PennDesign team that is working with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on a new study of Taliesin West, the architect’s legendary winter home and school, Mia Maloney reports on her first trip to the National Historic Landmark.

Mia Maloney, a student in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation who works with the Center, conducts an assessment on the wooden features of the original dining room.

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign has entered into a 5-year collaborative research agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to assist in activities leading to the study and preservation of Taliesin and Taliesin West. The partnership will allow students and faculty to engage in graduate studios, internships, seminars, and theses on topics related to the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Home and Studio of legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiú, New Mexico, are the subject of new comprehensive conservation assessment to be led by PennDesign faculty members Pamela W. Hawkes and Michael C. Henry.

PennDesign congratulates faculty members Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra for earning tenure from the University.

In a series of studios and related programs, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is investigating preservation issues in distressed neighborhoods in Detroit and Philadelphia.

Photo by Héctor J. Berdecía-Hernández.

After the devastation of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico, PennDesign student Héctor J. Berdecía-Hernández (MSHP’20) and a group of students from Puerto Rico conducted an island-wide survey of historic properties that's been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and others.

Aaron Wunsch has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure, in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and in the Department of Landscape Architecture. 

Photo: Scott Spitzer via Penn Flickr

Three students from PennDesign talk about learning to navigate the world of policy as Graduate Associates at Perry World House.

In this commentary, Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, considers the dominance of modern architecture in historic preservation activities.

Photo: Melissa Luo

Why do we preserve buildings? Who do we preserve them for? As a student studying conservation science, I crawl through dusty basements more often than I ponder these questions. Thanks to the generosity of the Robin M.

Four PennDesign Historic Preservation alumni representing various facets of preservation practice discussed the dimensions and scope of the profession as well as the responsibilities, authority, and ethics of the preservation professional.