Historic Preservation

Stuart Weitzman giving the 2019 Commencement Address
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.
Faculty members Franceca Russello Ammon, Matt Freedman, and Jacob Rivkin
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.
A National Register of Historic Places Plaque

Recently, the National Park Service proposed a suite of changes to the National Register regulations that would seriously undermine the federal government’s ability to preserve its irreplaceable cultural heritage.

The Penn Preservation Student Association (PPSA), a student-led organization that represents students in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, would like to share a statement of solidarity against the proposed rule changes to the national register of Historic Places.
School Alumna Hahn Named Rome Prize Winner
The American Academy in Rome awarded alumna Ashley Hahn (MCP’08, MSHP’08) the inaugural Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize for Historic Preservation and Conservation for her project "Preserving the life between buildings." These fellowships are highly competitive and chosen by
Collapsed ruins of the Punta Borinquen Lighthouse in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in November of 2017.

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, newly-tenured associate professor at PennDesign
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. 
George Nakashima's Arts Building
Since 1992, Holly Boyer-Manders has been an architect in New Jersey. She’s worked on dozens of historically designated projects, including two national historic landmarks, and she’s worked on several award-winning preservation projects.
David Hollenberg (MArch’75), adjunct professor of historic preservation and former university architect at Penn

David Hollenberg has dedicated his entire professional career to preserving Philadelphia’s rich architectural heritage, supporting organizations with the same mission, and training the next generation of architects. 

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that David Hollenberg (MArch’75), adjunct professor of historic preservation and former university architect at Penn, is the recipient
In this church in Nyamata, in Rwanda, bullet holes cover the ceiling and soiled clothing cover the pews and the floor, all reminders of the genocide that took place in the country 25 years ago.

Randall Mason of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has been working in that country for the past three years to conserve memorials dedicated to remembering the 800,000 people who died and to support Rwandans in their quest to do the same. (Photo: Randall Mason)

Less than 25 miles south of the Rwandan capital of Kigali sits a red brick Catholic church. From afar it looks peaceful, much like other churches, but, up close, bullet holes and shrapnel marks become visible. Inside, wooden pews hold small mountains of soiled clothing.
The 2019 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
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.
Mia Maloney conducts an assessment on the wooden features of the Original Dining Room at Taliesin West in January of 2019. In order to understand the degree of deterioration of the four projecting beams, moisture content readings are recorded and mapped on elevation drawings.

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.
The Center for Architectural Conservation at Taliesin West

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.