Historic Preservation

In the spring and summer of 2018, PennPraxis worked with a group of community liaisons and residents of twenty-one neighborhoods across the city to create the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit

It’s difficult enough to preserve a historic building, even when you have the time, funds and required expertise, but how do you preserve a historic industrial landscape?

PennDesign’s Fall 2018 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. They’ll offer perspective on architecture as a catalyst, the politics of modern memorials, the impact of LGBTQ history on historic preservation, and more.

Frank Matero (center) with researchers at the Gordion Archaeological Project in Yassihoyuk, Turkey.

Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, will receive the 2018 Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award. The Keck award recognizes “a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals,” and will be presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, in Houston, Texas.

Please click here to read more about fall 2018 Historic Preservation courses, including instructors and class meeting patterns.

This summer, alumnus and faculty member David Hollenberg (MArch’75) retires from his role as university architect, a position he has held since 2006. Here, Hollenberg talks to former student and PennPraxis Research Associate Molly Lester (MSHP’12) about his interdisciplinary roots, working on Independence Mall with the National Park Service, three decades of teaching, and more.

In 2013, PennDesign alumni Courtney Williams (MSHP’12) and Michael Shoriak (MSHP’12) founded Cypress Building Conservation in New Orleans. PennDesign caught up with Williams about the duo’s early days, current projects, and hopes for the future of Cypress.

Francesca Russello Ammon, a PennDesign assistant professor of city and regional planning, focused on Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood for her research on historic preservation. Photo: Eric Sucar, University of Pennsylvania Communications.

A recent PennToday story explores Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Francesca Ammon's research on urban renewal in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood.

Historic Preservation alumna Monica Rhodes was recently featured in Essence magazine.

Historic Preservation Lecturer Vincent Feldman's exhibit of photographs, Ours to Lose, was recently reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“As PennDesign alumni, you assume new responsibility, and unsurpassed opportunity, to shape our future," Dean Fritz Steiner told the graduating class. The commencement speech was delivered by Oberlin College Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David W. Orr. Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, spoke at the awards ceremony. 

Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Photo by Mildred Schmertz.030.IV.A.490.8.1.

On April 12, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation hosted a lecture by David Fixler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP.